As a general contractor you have to be selective when it comes to the subcontractors you work with. You want to choose companies that have a dependable skilled workforce, strong management, financial stability and can perform quality work to your company’s standards. As with any business decision, picking subcontractors to work with requires you to […]
Is your construction company spending enough money on construction software and other technology? According to a recent report by Software Advice, the answer is probably no. The report shows that a majority of the construction companies surveyed, 52 percent, are still using pen and paper to handle time consuming tasks like takeoffs and estimating. Prospective […]
Can you think of a commercial construction project that has been completed without the use of hand tools or power tools? Yeah, neither could I. Maybe it’s our familiarity with them or the fact that they are such a commonplace item on the construction site that hand tool and power tool safety often gets overlooked. […]
Want to make $20,000 a month off your idle equipment? Rent it out. From backhoe loaders to wheel loaders, construction firms are turning to lending programs to make the most of their heavy machinery. In a new whitepaper called “Tech Innovations Drive Increases in Heavy Equipment Leases and Rentals,” Purchasing.com surveyed over 70,000 business owners, CEOs, managers, […]
Cutting costs and finding better business practices are critical for any construction contractor. One way you can do both is by taking actions to improve your business’ finances and thereby reduce your surety bond cost. It’s not often you get the chance to kill two birds with one stone, so take a look at these […]
Running a successful construction business is fraught with challenges. See the results of our 2015 Biggest Challenges survey to find out the hardest things construction companies will have to overcome to be successful this year.
We’ve put together a list of mobile construction apps that will help your commercial construction firm be more productive. Whether you need an app to view and manage plans, conduct a safety meeting or replace your outdated timeclock system, we’ve got you covered.
Every construction company will have to face and overcome some kind of challenge in 2015. Tell us the two biggest challenges your construction company will face next year and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a FREE Halo Light™ from Illumagear.
I want to start off by wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. As the month comes to a close it can only mean one thing…the end of No-Shave November. (I can guarantee my wife will be handing me a razor on December 1st and kindly reminding me that I promised to shave it off.) […]
Late last month the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Equipment Register (NER) released their 2013 Theft Report. For the first time in years, the number of reported heavy equipment thefts increased. The 11,486 heavy equipment thefts reported in 2013 is a 5 percent increase over the 10,925 thefts reported in 2012. This […]
Construction businesses across the country are dealing with challenges relating to the changing seasons. As autumn takes hold, dramatic drops in temperatures and reduced hours of sunlight mean a greater dependence on worksite power generation. And in an industry where optimizing efficiency while maximizing productivity is essential to a successful operation, finding the right power […]
I happened to be looking the other day at the most basic indicator of health in our industry, the Census Department’s data on the Value of Construction Put in Place. Looking only at Nonresidential Construction, the sector we serve, I noted that the average value for the year so far is nicely up from last […]
For the past few years, frankly, the Commercial Construction industry has been a tough place to be. Many of our customers were scrambling, taking any and all work they could find. Now, with employment in overall construction, including residential, showing positive trends our industry is bouncing back. That’s terrific news and many of our customers […]
Telematics systems combines GPS technology, on-board diagnostics and monitoring sensors to track, log and report data via cellular networks on the performance and operation of your construction equipment. Telematics systems are similar to way a black box records flight data on airplanes. Whether you’re using it for your on-road vehicles, off-road heavy equipment or both, […]
For the past week I’ve had the opportunity to test-drive and review ClockShark, a new time clock software and mobile app designed specifically for construction companies. ClockShark is a cloud-based software so you can access it from any desktop or laptop with an Internet connection. The mobile app, which turns your employees’ smartphones into personal […]