Many construction contracts, particularly for public works, include a limitation on subcontracting, effectively requiring the prime contractor to perform a certain percentage of the value of the contract with its own forces. This encourages hands-on management of the project by the prime. It also discourages the “brokering” of the work, bidding by entities that bring capital and bonding capacity, but little else. Read more.
The ConsensusDocs Coalition recently announced the first set of new contract documents, part of a major update initiative to reflect ongoing industry trends towards collaboration and new project delivery and financing methods. The trends and developments include lean construction, building information modeling (BIM), sustainable principles in design and construction, new construction techniques and technologies, increased transparency, and recent legal and insurance developments. Read more.
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 This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing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.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is building two new stations, both slated to be complete this year, and part of an expanded 16-mile gateway to Silicon Valley that will operational by 2018. This quick one minute and 10 second time-lapse video captures the construction of the two stations. Read more.