VOLUME 6   ISSUE 11   MARCH 17, 2017

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Second place bidders frequently look for ways to displace low bidders. The most common tool is a protest that the low bid is not responsive to the solicitation or the low bidder is not responsible. Two California contractors took the challenge to another level and the case went to the state’s highest court. Read more.


 

 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Thomson-Line Transit - Cut and Cover Construction
  • 3D-Printed Skyscraper in the Works
  • Public Building Renewal Act of 2017

Read more.


 

The Seattle DOT released a 5-minute 360-degree video of the SR99 viaduct replacement project that features the Big Bertha tunneling machine, covered here in ConstructionPro Week several times in the past few years. Read more.

 


 

Share ideas and meet new friends at the Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS) 2nd Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA – May 7-10. The conference will feature lectures and panel discussions on scheduling topics, including best practices, risk and claims.  Read more.



From Previous Issues:
Volume: 6, Issue: 10 - 03/10/2017

 

Last week in our blog highlights, we announced the availability of a construction productivity survey by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).  This week we take a closer look at the survey and the 168-page report. The survey was international in scope involving more than 75 MGI employees from eight offices worldwide. In addition, the MGI staff consulted with more than 45 internationally known productivity experts, consultants, academics, economists, researchers and practitioners, including AGC’s Ken Simonson, Lean Construction Institute founders Greg Howell and Greg Ballard, productivity expert John Borcherding of the University of Texas and Stanford’s Paul Teicholz. 

 

MGI surveyed 5,000 construction-industry CEOs representing asset owners, engineering and construction firms, suppliers and other institutions such as construction consulting firms, academics, and industry associations. Participants were asked to rank the relative importance of root causes of low productivity, and indicate what their companies were doing to address them.  Read more.


 

 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Smart Buildings Are Made, Not Born
  • 10 Reasons Construction Companies Go Out of Business
  • More Efficient Bulbs Will Save U.S. Consumers More Than $10 Billion a Year
  • 6 Traits to Look for When Hiring Construction Executives

Read more.


 

Built in the cold and snow in the Russian town Stupino, Apis Cor 3D-printed its first house, a 409 square-foot concrete house in the middle of winter.  Read more.

 


 

New Standard Design-Build and Construction Management At-Risk ConsensusDocs Contracts

ConsensusDocs, a coalition of 40 design and construction industry associations, announced today that it is publishing completely updated design-build and construction management at-risk standard documents. Read more.


 

If you're interested in using a blog to promote your construction industry business, mark your calendar for Thursday March 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM CST by the Construction Marketing Association, with a focus on the A/E/C industry.  Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 9 - 03/03/2017

 

By Bruce Jervis

 

Individuals involved in civil litigation are entitled to represent themselves, to appear pro se. They are not required to hire a licensed attorney in order to participate in the judicial process. What happens, however, when a party to litigation is a group of individuals or an organized business entity? Can a non-attorney member or proprietor represent the broader entity? Read more


 

 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • 2017 Construction Productivity Survey Report Cites Poor Past Performance but is Optimistic About the Future
  • Read the Contract Closely: Preambles and Hidden Obligations
  • Government Contractors – Are You Compliant with the Buy American Act and Trade Agreement Act?

Read more.


 

Completed in 1968, the Oroville Dam, which made recent news about California flooding, is the tallest dam in the U.S. and impounds the second largest man-made lake – Lake Oroville. We uncovered a documentary video of the seven-year project produced and directed by Mark S. Lambert. Read more.

 


Volume: 6, Issue: 8 - 02/24/2017

 

ConstructionPro Week has reported several articles on the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) to construction and building operations and maintenance. In a nutshell, an IoT device is a way of connecting sensors tied into building equipment, structural components and security devices to the cloud (Internet) for the purpose of measurement and/or control of the connected items. In simple terms, consider smart thermostats like the Nest, an alarm system, electric blinds, the garage door or even the refrigerator in your home. With your smartphone, you can be virtually connected to all these devices to see their current status and to make changes. For example, you can turn off your ice maker and put the thermostat on 78 degrees while you are on vacation for four weeks.

 

In addition, these sensors can have the capability of reporting on the operating conditions and upcoming maintenance requirements, or even just keeping track of the location of an item. On a bigger scale, sensors can play a significant role for all types of structures, from buildings to infrastructure, and not just after the building is complete. During construction, IoT can play a role in production, logistics, project controls and safety. Read more.


 

 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:

 

  • Construction Compliance: Who Contractors Answer To
  • Teaming Agreements: A Win-Win for All Parties
  • More Efficient Bulbs Will Save U.S. Consumers More Than $10 Billion a Year
  • 6 Traits to Look for When Hiring Construction Executives

Read more.


 

In this century, major earthquakes in the United States have damaged or destroyed numerous buildings, bridges and other structures. No wonder our engineers work hard to develop seismic-proof designs. Seismic proof means that a structure will withstand shaking and other motions. Watch how one such structure design is being tested.

 



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