OK, I admit it, I stole the title from Elon Musk. My head is hurting and I was looking for something descriptive and pithy and Musk had already said it. The pandemic is creating new risks for all contractors, large and small. None of the experts I read or listened to can tell me whether we’re looking at a) a quick recovery, b) a global slowdown, or c) a pandemic-driven recession.
Once upon a time, technology was pretty simple. There was a simple, serial process, input-process-output. Data was input, processed, and (hopefully) information came out.
Most folks have a secret recipe for a killer stew, ribs, etc. It is the result of time tested evolution of a basic recipe, to one that has that special zing that makes it legendary.
Early in my career I helped develop tech for VTC (vehicular traffic control). The tech we built was the result of queuing models created using GPSS (general purpose simulation system) and later Q-GERT (queueing-graphical evaluation and review technique).
An old story, “The Merchant’s Daughter” tells the tale of a merchant in 1352 in Glynval, England who was successful and wealthy, but when times grew difficult and labor shortages were commonplace, the family was forced to do the work they had always hired others to do.
This past July, an article surfaced that made me sit up and take notice. The article described a two-story modular villa that could be assembled in just three hours.
As contractors, we are constantly being asked to “value engineer” our solutions. I know very few of my colleagues who are not intelligent and creative, and we seldom are at a loss for ideas.
If you did your homework in the pre-award phase, you did a constructability analysis.
Once upon a time we had no document-management problems. OK, so it was a very long time ago. Back then there were two historical eras: BC (before computers) and AD (after data).
In many tropical climates you’ll find them. They’re the prize of sport fishers and thrill seekers.