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By Lad Dawson

Disruptive technologies continuously impact daily life as organizations and individuals embrace advancements to work faster and smarter. Developments in mobile technology have redefined everything from the way banking is conducted to how social interactions occur. Technologies applied by companies like Uber and Lyft have changed how travel is approached. The construction industry, however, has been slow to adopt innovative, game-changing developments.

To propel projects from multiple angles, developers and general contractors need look no further than the modular building industry. Harnessing advances in this niche has the power to transform construction as we know it. Given strong demand for new development, a limited labor supply and persistent project management pressures, disruptive modular technology addresses the many risks that threaten to derail a project and delay a return on investment.

 OP COMMERCIALBy Ron Beck

Today’s generation of estimators and engineers are under pressure to do more with less resources and adapt quickly to change. To do this, it is vital that engineering and construction companies (E&Cs) embrace methodologies to meet customer requirements and cope with new economic conditions.

Estimators with cutting-edge technology – such as integrated economic evaluation software with built-in engineering and cost content – are empowered to rapidly and confidently evaluate capital investment projects early in the design process, understand all the economic implications of engineering decisions and manage projects more effectively.

 OP CIVILBy Willy Schlacks

Right now, it’s easy to find examples of how automated machinery and robots have made their mark in industries like manufacturing and automotive. Companies like Ford and Uber are leading the development of self-driving cars and robots are moving manufacturing forward by performing jobs that require a certain level of agility. And while it’s easy to call on examples of how automation is moving these industries forward, it’s much harder to see how automation will impact construction equipment.

But telematics may soon change that.

 VALUE ENGINEERING 01Value engineering allows you to cut costs without compromising quality.   

By Paul Ruig 

Particularly in construction projects with tight budgets or in softening markets, being as cost-efficient as possible is critical. One of the best ways construction managers can accomplish this is through cutting costs out of the line-of-sight, where it won’t be noticed by the end user. 

 TRANSPARENCY IN CONSTRUCTION 01Transparency may be the future for construction.   

By Hogi Kurniawan

Transparency might be the future for the construction industry, whether developers and contractors want it or not. In order to comply with a new update from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), more information will have to be shared through additional disclosures, more judgment involved and possibly more oversight will have to be implemented. 

 REMANUFACTURING 01It might be time for you to consider using remanufactured parts.   

By Jamie Sullivan

If you’re like most construction equipment owners, you probably have a few older machines that still work great, but finding replacement parts for them may not be so easy. You also may have machines that are out of warranty but on occasion still require costly repairs. Plus, if you’re like most construction equipment owners, you don’t have any time for a downed machine. So, if you haven’t considered remanufactured parts before, then you’ve been missing out on one of the most efficient and affordable sources of quality replacement parts for your construction equipment – from older model equipment to machines that have yet to be produced.

 MOBILE WORK 01Ready or not, mobile work is coming to the construction industry.   

By Stewart Carroll

It’s 5 a.m. Monday, and Jeff Ratcliff, director of preconstruction, wakes up to a ringing phone. It’s Chad Schieber, the business development director at his construction firm, who received an email late last night from the client with the $100 million mixed-use project. Surprise: The budget review meeting planned for Wednesday has to happen this morning. Scrapping plans for breakfast with the kids, Jeff rushes through his morning routine and jumps into his car. His laptop is back at the office, and he’ll need it for the meeting at the client’s office. 

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