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It’s the End of BIM as You Know It—Are You Ready for Connected BIM?Open in a New Window

When you combine sensor and GPS technologies with 3-D modeling in the cloud, you no longer have mere raw data. There’s now a real-time connection between a physical construction site and its digital twin in the cloud—unlocking an infinite number of opportunities for efficiency and project management.

 

P3s: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Open in a New Window

With government officials’ increasing understanding of the P3 structure, the narrowing difference in financing cost thanks to federal programs, and a focus on life cycle costs and risk transfer, governments across the country are beginning to look to P3s as a way to deliver on promises of infrastructure investment. Many governments are in the process of evaluating public-private partnerships in meaningful ways, conducting rigorous analyses to determine whether a P3 is the prudent way to procure a project. 

 

A New Delivery Method for Construction Management EducationOpen in a New Window

In school, skills and subjects tend to be taught in “buckets.” Later, graduates arrive at a jobsite and everything they learned from the buckets—estimating, safety, scheduling, accounting and so on—need to be combined into a heavy duty mixer. How often is the estimate discussed without the schedule or budget? Everything intertwines and mixes together. As such, schools need to align education with the real world and account for the learning styles of newer generations. 

 

The Hospitality Market Heats UpOpen in a New Window

With the summer months in full swing, so is the 2017 travel season. Warm weather, long days and the kids off school mean families all over the country are in the midst of their summer adventures. Considering the current geopolitical state, economic forecasters are cautiously observing what the 2017 travel season will mean for the hospitality industry.

 

Mid-year economic Forecast: Momentum Meets IntrigueOpen in a New Window

If economic performance reflected consumer and business ebullience, the United States would be in the midst of a historic boom. As an example, a recent Small Business Economic Trends survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) indicates that business confidence is at the 97th percentile, meaning business confidence is only this high 3 percent of the time. According to NFIB, “small business owners remain optimistic about the future of the economy and the direction of consumer confidence. We are encouraged by signs that optimism is translated into economic activity, such as capital investment and job creation.”

 

Is Your Jobsite Smart Enough?Open in a New Window

There’s a lot for contractors to be excited about on the technology front: drones, BIM, mobile apps, sensors, wearables, telematics, smart tools, video documentation, robotics, 3-D printing, laser scanning, generative design and much, much more. But the prospect of all the analytics, alerts and automation can quickly turn overwhelming without a firm strategy and capable IT staff in place. The trick is finding the sweet spot between doing what’s right for the company and not falling too far behind competitors—all while heeding employees’ appetite for change and making sure the technology is actually suited for construction environments.

 

ABC Members Invest $200,000 in Military FamiliesOpen in a New Window

"Honor their sacrifice. Educate their legacy.” That motto has inspired Folds of Honor since 2007, when Major Dan Rooney started the foundation as a means of providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

 

What hobby or pastime inspires you most when you are not at work?Open in a New Window

"All too often, a hectic day at work leads to rushing home to take care of household tasks and spend time with family before starting over the next day. When I get a chance to press pause and enjoy some free time, I enjoy golfing, cooking out with friends and family, and attending sporting events and movies. 

But one thing stands out as my favorite and most inspiring pastime: I love to build, renovate and improve. It may seem like a crazy concept for someone in the construction industry to spend his free time building, but as a project manager, I spend very little time doing hands-on construction work."

 

Metal Buildings: Green Made EasyOpen in a New Window

Metal buildings are an easy, cost-effective choice when going green, thanks to their efficient use of materials and labor and the steel’s high quantity of recycled content. However, documenting their savings and efficiency while keeping up with various sustainability codes and rating systems is an ever-changing and difficult task.

 

Don't Just Check the Compliance BoxOpen in a New Window

A monumental shift is taking place in the construction industry regarding training operators in the safe use of equipment. While OSHA acknowledges that training is an essential part of every employer’s safety and health program, the degree to which that is currently required depends on the complexity of the environment and the actual work equipment being used. 

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