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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is not news to you that any construction project starts and ends with one thing: your customers. We have said it before, and we will stay it again: no matter what you are building, it is critical for you to create a positive building experience for your customer. And, what is at the forefront of creating this positive building experience? Good communication.