Volume: 6, Issue: 14 - 04/07/2017

 

This article started out as a review of a schedule specification clause in a recently updated standard form document.  In the process of getting comments on the form from the author’s local contacts, I received instead a range of comments on the use, or non-use, of schedules, and blaming specs for being either too detailed or non-existent.  As a reader of ConstructionPro Week, you may have noticed we often advocate for active use of schedules on construction projects.  Larger and more complex projects can benefit from the use of critical path method (CPM) scheduling software.

 

This past December, the ConsensusDocs coalition announced updates to more than a dozen of its standard form contracts, some released this past December and others in early 2017 (see ConstructionPro Week Vol. 5 – Issue 48, 12/16/2017).  ConsensusDocs® 200, Standard Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Constructor received an important update to the project schedule clause.  Article 6.2, Schedule of the Work, now requires the use of critical path method (CPM) scheduling concepts, including “…  (a) a graphical representation of all activities and events, including float values that will affect the critical path of the Work, and (b) identifies dates that are critical to ensure the timely and orderly completion of the Work.”  Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 13 - 03/31/2017

 

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

 

  • BIM Implementation Guidance
  • 8 Tips to Double Your Net Profits
  • Smart Cities - Construction and Connectivity

Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 12 - 03/24/2017

 

by Neil Opfer

 

ConExpo 2017, held March 7-11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the largest construction-oriented event in the United States with 130,000 in attendance.  The event covered 2.8 million square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibit space.  This event is so costly for manufacturers to move in and move out their equipment displays that it is only held once every three years here in the U.S.  Conversations with a number of contractors found many in a buying mode given the current U.S. emphasis on the political front with the anticipation of increased infrastructure spending.

 

So what was new and interesting?  Numerous manufacturers are engaged in line extensions with new entries of both largest-size equipment and smallest-size equipment.  Read more.

 


 

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

 

  • France Unveils First Solar Panel Road
  • Seller-Doers Leading the A/E/C Industry to New Levels of Marketing
  • How People Look at Buildings - The Devil is in the Details

Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 11 - 03/17/2017

 

 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.


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.


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.


Volume: 6, Issue: 4 - 01/27/2017

 

Everyone needs a challenge. So there has been a wave of events to show off some excavator operation skills. The events took place in different countries including one in Canada last August. Take a look at impressive things these operators can do.

 


 

 

 


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