Getting the Word Out

“Getting the word out,” the act of communications, sound like a reasonable approach to many issues. In times of emergency, not knowing what is happening and what must be done can mean illness, injury or even death. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many businesses to recognize employee communications as a weak spot that needs to be addressed.

CrewMinders, an Atlanta-based technology firm, has a new platform to help organizations improve communications, and CDC compliance, while developing an all-important safety culture. CrewMinders allows companies to communicate with hourly employees through simple and rapidly deployable tools that ensure employees are safe, healthy, and informed.

Confidence in the Economy

The confidence executives have in the economic future has, naturally, taken a hit from the stay-at-home and lockdown rules following the coronavirus pandemic’s surge in March. Many segments of the market have been surveyed over the past few months to see how companies envision the near future, the confidence they have in the overall economy, and their segment’s special problems.

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s June 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector.


What’s Next: Women, Unite

I am in the middle of a blog series on what needs to happen next to propel the construction industry forward, amid a pandemic and economic turmoil. Naturally, some of the first topics I tackled were heavily tech-focused such as the IoT (Internet of Things) or process-driven such as prefab. However, I think it is just as apropos that we talk about societal changes that need to happen, specifically around women in the workplace.

Brotherhood: You’ve Got to be Kidding!

It is no secret that we as a society have a need to belong. Many psychologists say we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Being part of a community, if done well, can reinforce that positive view and identity for the group. A strong group is able to define what it is, and what the group isn’t.

Facts of the Week

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Constructech Awards 2020

Industry Market Briefs

Constructech TV

As construction businesses are preparing to go back to work amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Peggy Smedley and Matt Wheelis, global business development, Geosystems Division, Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, highlight the four big areas that we need to be thinking about. They also identify technology that can help and how construction companies are adopting technology on the jobsite in a different way.

Featured Article

    Sustainability requires careful planning as well as innovative design that encourages long-term viability. Construction of the end-product to the highest standards will convert theory into practice. The wind turbine is an example of the combination of design and construction bringing affordable and environmentally sustainable efforts to market.

    New reports from Navigant Research and Frost & Sullivan find that onshore and offshore wind turbines are making inroads where allowed to proliferate. In some areas, legal roadblocks to wind farms are preventing them from the growth that they are seeing in locations that are more concerned about renewable energy.

    Navigant Research discusses the main regional and country markets driving offshore wind and analyzes trends and forecast data on a megawatt level through 2028. Frost & Sullivan takes a look at the onshore wind turbine market and the technology companies that are working to make this form of energy generation more acceptable.

    In the early days, there were concerns offshore wind farms would be too expensive to grow at a large scale and compete with traditional energy market prices. Today, factors such as higher wind speeds, higher plant load factors, more stable power generation, almost limitless offshore space for turbine installations, and rapidly declining costs are moving the market. As offshore wind farms become more acceptable, abundant clean energy for many coastal load centers will be generated where a greater proportion of population and energy demand is located; areas where onshore wind or solar is more difficult or costly to develop will be the beneficiaries. Indeed, multiple markets are moving toward construction without subsidies and with a willingness to take fluctuating market prices.

    Top Products Award 20

    Much has changed since the original Constructech Top Products launched more than 10 years ago. Perhaps the biggest change worth noting is that the technology itself has evolved, rather quickly too.

    Thought Leadership

    • Maria Laguarda-Mallo

    Sustainable City of the Future: A Case for Mass Timber Construction

    Our civilization is in the midst of both housing and environmental crises. According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population will be living in urban areas by 2050. The implications of this in terms of climate change are considerable based on the fact that urban areas rely greatly on use of concrete and steel. In terms of the environmental footprint, the manufacturing of cement is responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions; a figure that will increase if urban construction trends continue to rise.

    The Peggy Smedley Show

    Caroline Blazovsky, president and founder, My Healthy Home, joins Peggy to share her story about how she got into the healthy home movement and how allergies led her to explore this more.

    Guest Column

    In our industry we have to be ever present of the hazards that surround us. On the jobsite, we have to contend with unanticipated site conditions, damage, or theft of materials, equipment, and tools, and the myriad of safety hazards that demand a continuous 360 degree awareness of our surroundings.