OP TECHNOLOGYBy Moussadak Mezouaghi 

Imagine taking a quick scan of your project and, by comparing to last year's scan, detecting slight shifts in a foundation that can be repaired before they become a problem. Also imagine running alongside a 100-mile-long gas pipeline and sniffing out even the slightest of leaks, all within a single day; or peering into a tower from every angle, then repeating the examinations from precisely the same vantage points on a regular schedule – automatically detecting when a single cotter pin slips or a metal support bends out of shape.

Such thoughts represent ongoing and future applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in commercial applications. The systems offer particularly bright prospects for improved speed, safety and documentation on design and construction projects, as they help streamline multiple workflows and reduce costs for mapping, monitoring, analysis and data gathering.

 OP RESI ED PIC 1By Jindou Lee

Worker safety is one of the most important objectives for any construction company – and the failure to make it a top priority can have catastrophic consequences. Construction managers and executives are always looking for new ways to make sure their employees and contractors stay safe when they are on the job, but unfortunately, there is no cure-all that will ensure that accidents will be reduced or eliminated. Or is there?

Recently, I read “The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals,” by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney and Jim Huling, which has significantly influenced my thinking on a number of topics. The book is especially relevant to reducing accidents, injuries, and deaths in the construction industry. This isn’t just some theoretical approach ­ construction companies are already implementing processes based on this book to monitor their sites and create successful outcomes. Let’s look at how each of the book’s 4 disciplines of execution, or 4DX principles, applies to worker safety.

 COMM UAV ED PIC 1The Commercial UAV Expo looked at how drones can make a difference.  

By Jeremiah Karpowicz

The many ways in which drones can impact a construction project have been detailed and documented over the past few years. Whether we’re talking about how drones can be used to gather more frequent and accurate stockpile measurements or what kind of efficiencies they can create for project managers, it’s clear the technology can and is making an impact in the industry.


Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a familiar construction method in Europe, but is just beginning to hit its stride in the United States, making its way into new buildings and combining a much sought-after sleek, clean and modern vibe with the authentic, warm character of wood. While it previously would have been unheard of for wood to replace steel and concrete as a structural element in larger buildings, CLT is changing everything. Here's what you need to know about it, why you should be using it, and on-the-ground tips for success.

 OP COMM ED PIC 1By Todd Andrew

In August, three leading organizations – the American Institute of Architects, National Association of Home Builders and Associated Builders and Contractors – published their mid-year construction economic forecast.

For those of us who are general contractors specializing in commercial projects, the report will probably conjure up some memories.

According to a summary of the forecast in Architect magazine, “Commercial spending, which includes sub-categories such as retail, is projected to increase by just 6.5 percent from 2016 to 2017– roughly half of the prior year’s gains and anticipated due to the projected slowdown in office construction in the next year.”

Twenty years ago, market conditions were quite similar: relatively strong but projected to weaken in key areas. Like today, America in 1996 was about five years into recovering from a recession – granted, nowhere as bad as the most recent.


 OP NYNJ ED PIC 1By Carlos DeLeon

Today’s construction market is not the industry my father started his career in over 27 years ago. We have moved from an industry built on personal relationships and handshake deals to a fast-paced market revolving around high-speed emails and close encounters with prospective and existing clients who are ever demanding and increasingly short on interaction.

With this in mind, today’s residential construction leaders must adapt to a new reality that relies on technology for cost effectiveness and timeliness. After all, the rules of the game have not changed, but we do find ourselves challenged by the new mediums by which we must communicate and make our clients feel valued.

 OP CIVIL ED PIC 1By Alvin F. Lindsay

There are few businesses that generate as many disputes as the construction industry. Chances are that even the best owners, contractors and design professionals will experience formal dispute proceedings, whether in court or in arbitration. And few businesses generate as much information, so it is helpful to understand how and why lawyers obtain discovery of that information. Here are some tips for those business people who may be new to the litigation process:


U.S. consumer awareness of energy efficiency spiked suddenly in 1973 when an Arab oil embargo led to soaring oil prices and fuel shortages. Many Americans will recall waiting in long lines on alternate odd- or even-numbered days to fill up their cars’ gas tanks, getting slammed with astronomical home heating bills, or walking to school in the dark as Daylight Savings Time was extended into winter to help save energy.

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