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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.


 

The Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) of the English Premier Soccer League has a new stadium under construction.  The 61,000-seat stadium, set to be complete for the 2018-2019 season, will also be hosting two National Football League (NFL) games per year, featuring tailgate parties and American food.  Read more.

 


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

 

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.


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.



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