MATCHMAKING ARTICLEIn dating and in business, it’s about living your core values.   

By Michael Boren

In a lot of ways, business relationships are like your personal relationships. Whether you’re evaluating business partners, hiring new team members or trying to win work, both parties are looking for that special spark. When the chemistry is right, great things can happen. But without it, you eventually find that the passion and caring just aren’t there, and a breakup is inevitable. 

WOMEN IN ARCHITECTUREWhat construction managers need to know about working with women architects.   

By Amy Hood 

Women architects understand the challenges associated with their profession, but what makes it worse are the biases they encounter from a male-dominated discipline. While times are changing, women in architecture and construction have had to overcome reservations that their gender might in some way limit their knowledge, competence, expertise and creativity. 

DIGITAL WORKSITEThere are four reasons to manage your worksite digitally.   

By John Kennedy and Richard Bergfeld

The construction business, with all of the contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other vendors, manages more critical documents on a day-to-day basis than nearly any other industry. As a result, construction work trailers often become a storage and management nightmare, reduced to document warehouses with little to no room for contractors to conduct business. 


When it comes to accounting, many contractors have two burning questions: which accounting method is best for my company, and which will give me the best tax advantage?

For regular taxpayers, their only concern is whether their overall accounting method should report income on the cash basis or the accrual basis of accounting. However, contractors have other factors that need to be considered. Contractors have the opportunity to use multiple methods of accounting for their long-term contracts. These methods will depend on whether the company is a small or large contractor and whether their contracts are short-term or long-term.

LABOR SHORTAGEHere's how to combat the industry workforce shortage.

By Adam Dalva

The construction industry is experiencing a fundamental shift as fierce competition for candidates to fill both new and open positions intensifies. The pace of monumental-scale infrastructure construction projects is on the rise worldwide, with current annual global infrastructure demand projected at $4 trillion, according to the World Economic Forum. The U.S. government plans to raise $1 trillion in a private/public partnership to rebuild major infrastructure throughout the country, with a focus on roads, bridges and other major construction endeavors. In addition, technology is transforming the way projects are designed and delivered and diversity is becoming an increasingly important focus for the industry, expanding beyond race and gender to include diversity of thought, background and experience. 

Augmented RealityBy Steve Smith

Retail giants, leading healthcare apps and school educators are beginning to explore augmented reality (AR), a technology that layers computer-generated enhancements atop an existing environment via portable or wearable devices. For these industries and others, AR adoption is still in its early stages — but not for long. For the construction sector in particular, AR offers a range of opportunities to help workers complete tasks as efficiently as possible and streamline the entire construction process. From initial planning and visualization, to execution of the work and the marketing of the finished product, AR will prove an essential tool to ultimately transform the construction industry for the better. Here are a few examples of how AR will impact the construction moving forward.

HURRICANE RESPONSEHurricanes shouldn’t be the end for your projects.

By Daniel A. Kapner

This year’s hurricane season – which saw hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria causing widespread destruction in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – has caused unprecedented damage and economic loss. According to some estimates, the damage may reach as high as $375 billion. Owners of construction projects and their contractors should carefully consider certain legal and insurance-related issues as part of their recovery strategies.

DISTRACTED DRIVINGIs Your Distracted-Driving Policy Working?

By Construction Today Staff

A study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reveals that nearly 80 percent of vehicle accidents involve driver inattention. Although distracted driving is a common and costly issue, only 27 percent of businesses have a formal distracted-driving policy. Clearly, companies can do more to limit this threat to employee safety and business performance.

Construction Today recently spoke with Travelers President of Construction Rick Keegan and Bob Kreuzer, Travelers’ vice president of construction risk control, who discussed auto risks in the construction industry and how businesses can take a proactive approach to safety.

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