A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

As we noted in previous posts, we will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments on this project. It seems now that Joe Montana, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers football team, is caught up in the construction issues at the Millennium Tower commonly known as the Leaning Tower of San Francisco. According to SFGate (the web publication of the San Francisco Chronicle), Montana and his wife have sued Millennium Partners, the developers of the tower, and the Transit Joint Powers Authority, the public authority building the transit center next door, for $2.7 million in damages for the purchase and $1 million in “consequential damages.”
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May 11, 2017
This is the change year for politics, construction, and technology. One wise philosopher once said that, “Every time of change brings tremendous risk, but also brings tremendous opportunity.” Emily Peiffer over at Construction Dive published a paper on 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017. Watch if you want to, but I would go further and say that if you want to emerge in a better position in 2018, you had better incorporate some of these changes into your business today.
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May 04, 2017
Construction Dive’s Hallie Busta recently listed six construction documentary films that you should watch if you are interested in construction. One of those films, Block by Block documents the men who are building the tallest building in India, a country not known for its safety on construction sites.
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April 28, 2017
Construction schedules are a lot like peanut butter – smooth and creamy or crunchy. That might seem like a bit of a stretch but check this out. Anyone who has been around the design and construction world for even a short time knows that the project schedule makes or breaks a build’s safety, profitability, and even its ultimate marketability.
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April 25, 2017
With the looming skilled workforce shortages, it will become critical that all of us develop ways to improve our productivity on our jobs no matter how large or small they might be.
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April 18, 2017
We have written about problems in search of solutions like the looming skilled craft worker shortage being made worse by the impending retirement of “the old guys” in the business, the exploding demand for new construction and the lack of new trade skilled workers entering the industry, especially in the US.
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April 10, 2017
Put yourself in the shoes of an owner leasing office space in a market driven by the oil and gas business that at the end of 2016 had 231 million square feet of office space, negative absorption and a 17.5% vacancy. Lots of opportunity there for sure.
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April 05, 2017
There is lots of buzz in the US about women in the construction industry. Questions are being asked about why more women are not attracted to the field, how more women can be attracted to a career in construction, and who are the leading women in US construction.
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March 30, 2017
Building Information Modeling or BIM has been around the architectural profession for several decades, but it is just now hitting the offices and projects in the construction industry as new delivery and contracting methods are arriving on the scene.Those new delivery methods and the emergence of virtual reality and augmented technologies pioneered by NASA and the gaming industry, are fast becoming the next wave of technology hitting the construction industry scene.There are quiet conversations among the “Techies” in the industry about 3D, 4D, 5D and even 6D or 6th dimension BIM. Most of the research and development is currently in the 3D environment and is exemplified by the introduction of Augmented Reality Technology by Google and Autodesk.   
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March 27, 2017
“The Future is here, it is just not very evenly distributed yet.” - William Gibson, AuthorAdvanced technology is screaming onto the construction jobsite today. Everything from remote driverless dump trucks to self driving concrete trucks, smart phones, ipads, laser scanners, thermal imaging cameras, RFIDS and geospatial devices are all being adopted by contractors on the jobsite. Some companies are investing in the new technologies and others are waiting. They will soon be screaming if they don’t pay close attention to the rapid development of augmented reality and its impact on all parts of our industry.Personal protection too, is about to get a makeover for the first time in decades.   
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March 17, 2017