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

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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

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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.


Volume: 6, Issue: 3 - 01/20/2017


According to a recent article in ENR by Thomas Schleifer, Ph.D, failed projects are more likely to occur when contractors seek new work outside their traditional niche. The more obvious scenario is work on a project in which the contractor has no experience at all, but failure is also more likely even when new projects are only slightly different than their prior experience.  Based on extensive studies, Schleifer and his team have developed a free tool to help contractors, subcontractors, owners and designers obtain an accurate measurement of project selection risk.  Read more


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


  • Construction Industry Poised for Another Good Year

  • Architecture Billings Skyrocketed in 2016

  • Construction Junkie's Top 12 Technology for 2016


Volume: 5, Issue: 48 - 12/16/2016


As of September 28, 2016, 5,552 companies received FAA "333" exemptions allowing limited use of drones for commercial purposes.  This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing commercial use of drones. As of December 6, 22,488 remote pilot licenses have been issued and we anticipate use in construction to accelerate.  


ConstructionPro Week is conducting its 3nd annual survey on drone use in the construction industry. We want to find out what experiences you may have had or if you're contemplating drone use in the future.  How would you use them?  Would you fly them yourself or hire a service firm?  Do you have any cost or safety concerns? Have you discerned any best practices in using drones?  Take the short ConstructionPro Week survey and tell us what you've learned or what you would like to know!  Please click here to take the survey.  Respondents will be sent the survey results and receive future coverage of our drone use research. Also, please forward this email to others in your company for their input as well.  Thank you.


First appearing in the 1980s, Primavera has evolved to be the preferred critical path method (CPM) computer program for scheduling complex construction projects.  It is often specified in both private and public construction contracts, and includes extensive features to help track resources, costs and earned value.  Because of its capabilities, the latest iteration, Oracle Primavera P6, can sometimes overwhelm new users, but it doesn't have to be that way.  In fact, P6 has a number of features that can both speed up and improve the quality of schedule development. Read more.




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