Handle Your Next “Oh Shit…” Moment On The Jobsite

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You know the feeling: Your crew is working hard, interruptions are minimal, and the project’s tracking well – it’s a good day. Then you get an urgent email or phone call about a screw-up, or you make the discovery yourself. It’s bad. Even worse? This one’s on you. You’ve got an “Oh shit” moment you need…Read More

Simple Instagram Tips for Marketing Construction Companies

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Instagram for construction contractors? Isn’t that the platform my teenager uses for what the kids call ‘selfies’? Nope, not anymore. Instagram is quickly gaining on more widely known social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and many small businesses are starting to realize the platform’s potential for marketing their companies. If you’re a contractor not…Read More

Contractors: Are You Risking Enough?

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“Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.” – Chris Hadfield, Astronaut Construction Dive recently forecast that contractors will be more cautious about project selection this year. Ok, on…Read More

“Zero Punch List” Possible? Does It Even Matter?

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If you tackle it right, there’s no good reason punch list should eat up the final 20% of your project. But is it ever realistic to shoot for a “zero punch list” project? Or is that like believing that there actually is a dark side of the moon? Let’s dig into that – so you…Read More

Talk That’s Not Cheap: Construction Project Communication

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Tell me you haven’t heard some version of this before: “There’s been some miscommunication (Read: someone f’d up), and it’s causing some delays.” Or: “The project got off to a slow start.” You know when you hear that — because you do hear it— that someone is losing money, and it’s probably not helping their…Read More

How to ‘Miscommunicate’ Better on Construction Projects

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The title of this post is not a typo, in case you were wondering. No, I was having a conversation the other day with a guy after work. We were talking about communication on construction projects. Pretty broad topic. But he works in the field 50-60 hours a week in New York City. I wanted…Read More

Where are the Construction Project Managers?

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The construction industry is facing a labor shortage, and project managers (PMs) are among the top three hardest to find of skilled workers. Four out of five organizations report that they are struggling to find qualified PMs, and more than 20% of PMs are approaching retirement age and will need replacing. How did this shortage…Read More

Why Some Companies Stopped Doing Daily Reports

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Before the dawn of the Digital Age, the construction daily report made sense. Stakeholders needed to know what was happening on the job, when, and they couldn’t know that until the end of the day. They needed to wait until the end of the day for their superintendents to take their notepad on the long…Read More

Construction Project Portfolios – Is Yours Up to Snuff?

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It’s no secret the construction industry is highly competitive, and so it might seem safe to assume that all companies have a website to showcase their work. That would be a false assumption, especially regarding smaller companies that have operated for years without one. If they’ve done well for themselves up until now, what’s the problem? Security…Read More

How Would We Build Stonehenge Today?

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Was Stonehenge a celestial observatory, a place of healing, or a holy site? Was it created by magic, an army of men, or aliens (and if so, can we get those aliens back, please)? The monument in southern England, which attracts almost a million visitors a year, continues to confound experts as to how and why…Read More