The Benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows for the ability to exchange and coordinate a high level of information to aid in the design, construction, and post-construction of a building.  The A/E industry has seen a major shift from conventional 2D deliverables of construction plans and specifications to additional requirements, which include provisions for delivery of 3D BIM models. Autodesk® Revit® MEP is a BIM software that has a lot to offer.  Sections, fixture counts, and pipe schedules can easily be generated within the building model for detailing or sizing equipment and determining pipe losses.  The best way to become familiar with the program is to begin using it on a regular basis.  The out of the box content is not usually […]

3 Strategies for More Effective Prefabrication

You might think that a process change that could help solve some of the construction industry’s biggest challenges — including the struggle to find skilled workers, too-high job site injury rates, and the demand to produce ever-more complex projects on exceedingly shorter deadlines — might get pretty immediate buy-in. Prefabrication is touted as a solution to many of the problems hammering the construction industry. Although the number of projects using systems built in a factory environment has grown in the last decade, the industry still struggles to see widespread adoption by general contractors. Demand for greater project efficiency and the availability of new construction technology are nudging contractors ever closer to prefabrication. A recent survey conducted by AEC consultant FMI found that […]

Jobsite Community is on it’s way: Here’s why you should be excited!

  A couple of weeks ago we told you about the launch of a next level construction professional online resource, Community. We’re back to discuss the value of a construction-only community and we grabbed Jobsite’s  Community Manager, Jenn Chen, and asked her for her thoughts about how the community will impact you, the professional. “The beauty of Community is that it’s for everyone. It’s where you’re able to have industry-based conversations, not just product-specific, which allows for a wider audience and deeper conversations” says Chen. Ask Questions and Share Best Practices Fifty years ago if you were just starting out in the construction industry and you had a question, who or where did you turn? Maybe the lead PM at your firm? […]

TECH, THE TRADES, AND THE NEXT 10 YEARS

BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION OCTOBER 17 AT 10 AM PT LIVE FROM PROCORE HEADQUARTERS Ten years ago, the first iPhone was released. Few would have guessed the impact that would have on construction. But as the technological revolution advances, the industry also faces a growing labor shortage. Join Procore CEO Tooey Courtemanche and special guest Mike Rowe for a livestream event where they’ll talk candidly about how the trades and technology will impact construction over the next decade. Get on the virtual guest list to receive updates and watch the event live. Plus, you can submit a question and join the discussion.

The 6 Steps You Need To Take to Dump Your Spreadsheet Dependence

  So, you’re a small contractor and you’ve relied on Excel for a long time. It’s in every aspect of your business. You do your accounting with it, you use it for estimating, and you have it involved in project planning and project management. It is so well entrenched that the thought of moving on seems too daunting. Just consider though that for every month you wait to adopt tools that overcome spreadsheet dangers, you are becoming less and less qualified to compete. In fact, if you think your spreadsheets are accurate, you are probably deceiving yourself. Multiple sources put the error rate in spreadsheets at 80% or more, with one claiming the error rate is actually closer to 90%. […]

Warranty Issues You Just Can’t Escape

From Pennsylvania to New South Wales, and beyond, contractors face challenges with warranties. Your best bet is to prevent the need for warranty work, and make sure you aren’t signing up for more warranty work than you should. Typical construction contracts require the contractor to deliver the correct quality in materials, workmanship, and equipment. The “correct” quality gets spelled out in the project’s specifications. Unfortunately, many people forget to, or don’t want to read the specifications, so inappropriate items get substituted. Substitutions without approvals lead to rework, either when it’s caught, or later when the owner notices. Then, too, it’s not unusual for the specifications only to call for something that is free from defects, or new, or of good quality. That […]

6 Lean Construction Myths BUSTED

Myth #1:  Waste Reduction = Lean Construction Waste is expensive. According to the Construction Industry Institute, on average, waste accounts for 57% of a construction crew’s time—and that’s not even including materials, rework, and so on. But if you think lean is the same thing as waste reduction, you’re missing out. All competent builders strive to eliminate waste. That doesn’t make them lean. Rather, lean is formal system that provides for two key things: Flow Continuous improvement   Flow: The ability of a team to operate in an uninterrupted fashion, moving from one task to another in a single, continuous manner, seamlessly handing off tasks from one stage to the next without disruption. Continuous Improvement: Ongoing effort to improve products, […]

Airflow considerations when designing HVAC ductwork

  Ductwork used to channel or direct air to spaces throughout a building can impact the efficiency of the structure’s HVAC system. That’s why it’s important to properly design and install ductwork and its components, including the dampers used to regulate or stop airflow. As they select dampers that will best suit their ductwork design, HVAC construction engineers have the option of specifying either airfoil, triple-V groove or modified flat blades. Airfoil blades offer several advantages, beginning with blade strength. Read More 

Design Risks the Modern Contractor Should Watch Out For

Contractors take on more design responsibilities on projects using new delivery methods. But along with the new influence, comes new risks. New project delivery methods are reshaping the role of the contractor. Throughout most of the 20th Century, design-bid-build was the standard way of running projects. This model relied on architects working with the owner under separate contract for the design phase. From there, the project was put out for bid to contractors to do the building. So Many Roles Today, more contractors find themselves as construction manager, assisting with design, or acting as partners with other participants. Generally called design-build delivery methods, these place design and construction services within one contract. Design-build use has risen rapidly over the past […]