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Constructech magazine accepts articles from guest contributors on the topics of construction technology and construction software.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Turning Construction Planning on Its Head

For the past 50 years, large capital projects have relied on the science of what is known as CPM (critical path methodology) to plan and forecast project completion dates. There have been iterative improvements to CPM, such as accounting for risk in the form of generating risk-adjusted schedules, but the fundamental approach to CPM hasn’t materially changed.

By |2019-04-18T19:22:00+00:004/22/2019|

Addressing the Labor Shortage in Construction Industry

No matter your trade, we have all felt the sting of the current labor shortage. Finding skilled labor is harder than ever, which leads to the question: what can we do about it? As a construction consultant for the past 19-plus years I have seen a few things that worked and a few things that did not.

By |2019-04-15T15:18:10+00:004/15/2019|

When it comes to technology, get with the program

According to theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” That prophetic statement is still pertinent today—especially when it comes to design and technology.

By |2019-04-08T13:33:22+00:004/8/2019|

Spreadsheets, Forecasting, and the Productivity Problem in Construction

As practitioners in the industry know far too well, construction has a productivity problem—fueled by a high proportion of projects coming in over budget and behind schedule.

By |2019-04-01T14:38:21+00:004/1/2019|

Project Leadership through Project Management

The implementation of construction-management best practices is critical to good leadership. While the construction industry is replete with academic best practices, the sad reality is that the prevailing best practices in the industry are reactive and responsive to case law.

By |2019-03-25T15:02:32+00:003/25/2019|

How Owners Can Get the Most Out of Construction Technology

When commissioning a project, it can be challenging to select a winning bid. You want a fair price, but can’t afford to sacrifice quality, either. As more contractors are incorporating technology in their processes, the use of digital tools is an increasingly important differentiator.

By |2019-03-14T17:31:26+00:003/18/2019|

New Technology for Recycling Returned Concrete

Concrete is the world’s most used construction material. It is used to construct homes, schools, offices, roads, runways, tunnels, and bridges and so much more. However, it has a large carbon footprint and waste concrete has become a major problem.

By |2019-04-10T21:43:51+00:003/11/2019|

Harnessing the Power of SST

Every year provides an opportunity to change business processes and technology within an organization. Business is moving faster than ever. We’re in a boom time for innovation in every sector.

By |2019-03-04T20:01:33+00:003/4/2019|

ERP Technologies Continue to Transform the Residential Construction Industry

Despite the steady increase in starts and new home sales since 2011 and the burgeoning millennial market for new residential construction, it’s too early to predict the health of the market in 2019. But, the affordability and availability of more powerful and better integrated residential construction enterprise-resource management software solutions level the playing field for smaller builders to compete against larger players.

By |2019-02-25T23:13:11+00:002/25/2019|

Coming Out of the Slowdown Better than Ever

If you’re heading to IBS 2019 with a little more apprehension than last year, you’re not alone. Many businesses are feeling a little sluggish. Slowing sales, cost challenges, and lowered pricing are tempering past optimism. We can approach this time with fear, or we can see the relative slowdown as a time for introspection and planning.

By |2019-02-13T21:44:36+00:002/13/2019|