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OP COMMERCIALBy Steven Cvitanovic

In today’s world of 24-hour news cycle and Twitter, it is impossible to avoid the dialogue generated by the election and subsequent inauguration and administration of Donald Trump. Journalists and pundits across every medium are debating whether Trump is a Putin sympathizer hell-bent on ruining America or whether he will single-handedly “Make America Great Again.” Much discussion also focuses on how Trump’s immigration and trade policies will affect the construction industry.

The Trump Effect, however, is not the point of this article. Instead, let this article remind you of your company’s ultimate goal: remain competitive and profitable. In this period of uncertainty, ignore the tweets and headlines and focus on making your business great again. Here are a few things to consider:

OP CIVIL

By Willy Schlacks

It’s no secret the cost of ownership for construction equipment is steep. And as today’s contractors are well aware, any piece of heavy equipment costs more than its initial price tag. After factoring in everything from maintenance and repairs to insurance and depreciation, it’s clear that mixed-fleet ownership is a delicate balance between budget and books.

The main issue in construction equipment management is the disconnect between contractors and their equipment data. Previously, contractors haven’t been able to see all of the information they need about their entire equipment fleet all in one place. And that lack of visibility means they’re leaving money on the table through poor productivity, reactive maintenance and underutilized assets.

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 SUSTAINABLEPolymer flooring can provide an attractive, sustainable option.   

By Sophia Daukus 

The quest for a genuinely eco-friendly flooring system demands a full evaluation of how the product is manufactured, end-of-lifecycle disposal, VOC content, water use, sanitation, the specific needs of the facility in various areas durability and the final cost. Facility managers who are seeking an environmentally-safe option to achieve LEED certification can achieve these goals by evaluating the range of polymer flooring systems available.

 CONSTRUCTIONA contingency plan can prevent a project from being derailed.   

By Matthew T. Strong

Disruptions are part of the construction business because the complex process of building or remodeling a facility does not occur in a vacuum, but rather in the context of the larger world, where many forces are at play. From weather to an owner’s operational schedule, there are numerous factors that can disrupt the best laid construction projects and plans. The secret to dealing with these disruptions is to anticipate them and plan contingencies so that when the inevitable occurs, it won’t derail a project and cause significant repercussions. 

 OP INSTITUTIONALBy Sam Laurin

Drones are already a common presence on many construction sites, and by all accounts, will only increase in use. While the use of drones on construction projects has a significant upside, there are a number of things that could go wrong. What if the drone crashes and causes personal injuries or damages property? What if the drone gets off course and captures unauthorized photos and videos?

 TECHBIM processes and other software will continue to evolve in 2017.

By Ralph Schoch

The growing demand for construction technologies such as 3-D modeling and the use of augmented reality is making jobsites smarter, safer and more efficient. Every day, new technologies are introduced and more organizations are adopting them. This idea proved true at Autodesk University, where organizations recently showcased the innovative tech trends that will impact the industry in 2017.

The industry can expect to see three technological trends develop in the year ahead.

 OP RESIDENTIAL copyBy Chris Caddell

Construction project risk management has traditionally been seen as a way to prevent risks rather than create value. But in the current uncertain environment, the limitations of using risk management in a purely defensive - rather than offensive - way are apparent. 

 OP INDUSTRIAL copyBy Mark J. Stempler

The green building industry is arguably more popular than ever. The number of certified green buildings grows every day across all sectors of the building industry. Unfortunately, the contracts for sustainable projects are sometimes behind the times. Standard construction contracts are often not tailored to address the numerous issues and nuances that may come up on sustainable projects. This potentially puts all contracting parties at greater risk of uncertainty if disputes arise on the job site. Preparation on the front end of a green building is usually the best way to alleviate problems later on, and it starts with the contract. This is true whether the project is one for new construction or for renovations or retro-fitting.

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