General Contractor

Articles covering day-to-day oversight of the construction site and management of building projects.

  • Two Tell-tale Signs that It’s Time for Construction Estimating Software

    Two Tell-tale Signs that It’s Time for Construction Estimating Software

    Spreadsheets are a familiar estimating tool for a lot of industries. Because they’re a staple of the business software mix, they’re an easy choice. That doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you.

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  • 7 Deadly Sins of Spreadsheets: Are Your Construction Estimates at Risk?

    7 Deadly Sins of Spreadsheets: Are Your Construction Estimates at Risk?

    While basic spreadsheets were once the de facto standard, they’re no longer the best solution. They lack critical features and functionality that could be putting your profits in danger.

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  • Your Last Estimate Failed — Try This Instead

    Your Last Estimate Failed — Try This Instead

    Your firm can’t afford another bad estimate. Learn how to improve the appeal of your bids with a few easy tips and construction estimating software.

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  • How to Compete for Bigger Construction Projects

    How to Compete for Bigger Construction Projects

    Experts estimate that most construction companies only win between 10-20% of the projects they bid. Estimating is often considered to be a numbers game. Here's how to compete for bigger projects.

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  • Your Best Estimator Just Quit - Now What?

    Your Best Estimator Just Quit - Now What?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for cost estimators is projected to increase by 11% by 2024. Here are 3 tips to minimize the impact should your top estimator quit.

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  • 4 Margin-killing Construction Estimating Errors—and How to Avoid Them

    4 Margin-killing Construction Estimating Errors—and How to Avoid Them

    When you underestimate, you eat into your margins, which are already tight. When you overestimate, your high bid may be the reason you lose the job to a competitor. Here's how to avoid construction.

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  • Construction Appreciation Week 2018

    Construction Appreciation Week 2018

    Construction workers from JE Dunn have been building a 125,000 square foot, four-story office building for Trimble. Office employees said thanks during Construction Appreciation Week 2018.

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  • How to Save 87.5% on Every Layout Point

    How to Save 87.5% on Every Layout Point

    If you're a layout technician, you might be doing layout the old fashioned or manual way. This could mean losing time, money, and valuable resources.

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  • Contractors Liable for Unpaid Wages — Is This a National Trend?

    Contractors Liable for Unpaid Wages — Is This a National Trend?

    Controversial legislation holding general contractors liable for unpaid wages and benefits owed employees of their subcontractors has already passed into law and may be the start of a nationwide trend

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  • 3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D laser scanning is your most cost-effective and efficient solution to streamline the collection of accurate measurement data on complicated construction projects. But here are some myths debunked.

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  • Cybersecurity In Construction: What You Need to Know

    Cybersecurity In Construction: What You Need to Know

    While building sites have always been attractive targets for thieves, the construction industry is now facing attacks in a relatively new area: cyberspace.

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About BIM Content

    5 Things You Need to Know About BIM Content

    The main BIM goal of manufacturers is to deliver accurate, easy-to-use and high-quality content. And for this, simply storing the content in the cloud is not enough. This is what you need to know.

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  • State of Construction 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    State of Construction 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The results are in! We surveyed over 1,000 construction professionals in the MEP and field professions to determine the state of construction in North America. Read on to learn more.

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  • The U.S. States with the Highest Paying Construction Jobs

    The U.S. States with the Highest Paying Construction Jobs

    The construction industry is booming across the United States, in line with the state of the economy. But, there’s a big difference in pay for construction pros depending on which state they’re in.

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  • How HVAC LOD Levels Impact Your 3D BIM Model

    How HVAC LOD Levels Impact Your 3D BIM Model

    LOD, or Level of Development, can have a major impact on the size of your HVAC model, as well as the amount of hours and effort needed. Here's how you deal with LOD in a LEAN way.

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  • Using Technology to Handle Jobsite Emergencies

    Using Technology to Handle Jobsite Emergencies

    You can’t always control a jobsite — there will inevitably be circumstances that throw projects for a loop. That’s why it’s important to set several precautions to handle jobsite emergencies.

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  • 3 Costly Effects of Poor Jobsite Access Control

    3 Costly Effects of Poor Jobsite Access Control

    As a safety or security manager responsible for the health of dozens of workers and equipment valued in the thousands, you don’t have an easy job. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult jobs there is

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  • Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction layout procedures for MEP projects have dramatically evolved in recent years. The real question facing all layout and field workers: have you evolved with them?

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  • Jobsite Access Control: How to Know Who's Really Onsite

    Jobsite Access Control: How to Know Who's Really Onsite

    Safety managers, project managers, engineers, and superintendents know that access control comes down to three seemingly simple factors —  the Three W's of Labor Tracking.

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  • 5 Things to Remember When Writing a Competitive Bid

    5 Things to Remember When Writing a Competitive Bid

    Most companies only close on 10 - 20 percent of bids. Learn what estimators can do to help close deals, and the role technology plays in improving the quality of project bids.

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