New Tricks

Fieldlens user Jerry McClung is the head superintendent on senior living facility project in Tampa. At age 60, he admits to sometimes feeling “left in the dust” when it comes to new technology. But while grasping the digital world can be a challenge for Jerry, he sees the benefit it can provide when utilized properly and was happy to talk to us about his success with Fieldlens.

Before using Fieldlens Jerry was putting together a hand written daily report at the end of each day. After a long day putting out fires, managing contractors, and walking the job site for hours each day, these reports were of necessity abbreviated versions of what actually occurred. It was a long, aggravating process at the end of an exhausting day to regurgitate everything that happened, add pictures, input the head counts and format the report before sharing it with his project team.

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Get project notifications your way

You’ve asked for easier to set, more customizable project notifications. You’ve asked for more relevant, easier to read emails with more post details. We’ve been listening. We’ve rebuilt notifications from the ground up to bring you a better way to stay on top of your projects.

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What you need to know: 

As of this morning, you will start seeing new immediate and daily project update emails along with a new way to control your notification settings.

If you had the opportunity to explore the new options and get your notifications preferences set just the way you like them, you’ll only receive notifications matching those settings from here on out. If you didn’t make any changes, that’s OK too – we’ve applied our recommended settings for now, and you can make changes any time.

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

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 can do great things like make your clients happy and get paid faster.

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First up, if you don’t believe a “zero punch list” job is possible, why is it still worth shooting for?

It goes against the grain, but it’s a great strategy for aligning your project team to collectively work toward higher quality each day. (The alternative being to let poorly-executed work sit until you’re at the tail end of your project.)

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Make Your Toolbox Talks Count

When was the last time you paid full attention to an in-flight presentation? Sure, you probably have the main points memorized.

The real answer: possibly never, and certainly not every time you fly. This might be how your construction crew is feeling during your safety meetings. And as fines keep climbing, that just isn’t gonna fly.

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1. Make it memorable

How do you keep your crew’s attention and make sure they’re engaged during safety meetings when you’re covering the same ground over and over?

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Is Your Punch List Mobile Madness?

Punch list: No one is immune to the storm that kicks up just when you’re headed out the door to the next job. And no one feels the pressure to stay on top of punch lists more than a residential builder.

But there’s a way to get you out the door faster and hang onto your sanity.

I just have a few questions for you first.

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After your walkthrough, you might file your scrubbed checklist away in a box in your truck. Then you have to repeat the process with another punch list from the owner and designer (all while juggling multiple projects elsewhere).

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3 Skills All Great Construction Managers Need

As you know, construction managers can make or break any project. And right now they’re laying the groundwork for the future of the industry to satisfy the growing demand for green building, support the development of new technology, and answer the call to renew domestic and global infrastructure. 

But what separates the great from the good (and bad)? Here are three leadership skills that every top construction manager has in their toolbox:

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Planning and Goal Setting

Detailed planning and goal setting are required for projects to have a chance to come in on-time, on-budget, and safely. Whether following a phased master plan or weekly schedules and agendas, managers create and rely on these tools to track progress and hold their teams, as well as themselves, accountable. With countless moving parts and various stakeholders invested in construction projects, great managers make planning and goal setting a priority so satisfying client expectations is realistic and achievable.

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Change Order Tracking for People Who Hate Wasting Time

There is one constant in life and in construction, and that is change. Design, materials, hands. Yet how we document that change can mean the difference between getting work done, and creating extra work. And you hate that. So do I.

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) says this about change orders: “…most effective when backed by systematic documentation, the contractor should provide all back up to the architect and the owner.” O.K., except, here’s the way most companies deal with change orders:

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Construction Managers: How to Own Daily Productivity

Does this situation sound familiar?  You’re in a status meeting, struggling to pay attention, but the person talking isn’t engaging anybody or sharing any information you care about. The meeting ends, and instead of feeling like you have a better handle on things, you feel like you’ve all but wasted 30 minutes. As a construction manager, you have to ask yourself, “Is this how my team feels after one of my meetings”?

Too often managers call too many meetings to report on what’s happening and don’t involve the attendees, ask for input, have meaningful discussions, or adjourn with an action plan. – George Hedley, HardhatBizSchool.com

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When Fast Track Project Delivery Works & Fails

Why would construction start on a project when the design isn’t even complete? It seems to go against all logic, and yet it can lead to a project getting closed out faster and smiling stakeholders at the finish line. What makes fast track delivery work or fail?

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When fast track project delivery works

With a fast track project delivery, the contractor is picked early in the process and assists with the design development. And work begins well before the design is even finished. As construction progresses, designers work to keep up with the contractors. In the end, the fast track project should be finished in much less time than a traditional project.

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Realistic Timelines & Execution Plans for Hotel Renovations

U.S. hoteliers are expected to spend a record $6.4 billion on capital expenditures, which includes hotel renovations, in 2015, a 7% increase over 2014.

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When renovating hotel rooms, construction teams might not be thinking much about how their work will ultimately result in travelers receiving a good night’s rest. However, understanding the full scope and impact of hotel renovations is a key factor in creating realistic timelines and execution plans, achieving productive workflow and satisfying stakeholder goals.

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