At the Associated General Contractors of America's National Convention, Tim Sinclair, chair of AGC's Specialty Contractors Council, took part in a forum on preconstruction best practices -- a list of which is included in this article. Sinclair says open communication is a primary key to a successful project, and he notes the importance of subcontractors trying to understand the perspective of the general contractor when submitting a bid.
The construction industry has a terrible record with payments, posing a financial risk that is often underestimated, particularly as it affects the cash a firm needs to sustain operations. Zlien's Peter Menge offers several tips on how to avoid the worst and speed payments, including sending notices even when not required and automating the waiver exchange process.
Marketing needs to be more personalized and less prescriptive to build bonds with customers, writes Richard Earls. An honest, empathetic and trustworthy client-centric approach to marketing will satisfy clients and bring you more business.
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Concrete barriers that provide a buffer between drivers and workers, along with 360-degree lighting, can offer valuable protection at roadside construction sites, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Meanwhile, employers may be expected to provide monitoring equipment, security guards and other protections during construction in high-crime areas, according to attorney Glenn Monk.
The House Small Business Committee has issued anti-cyberhacking guidelines for small businesses, which include suggestions for better data security. While the issue of cybersecurity is more commonly associated with large financial institutions, the committee points out that nearly 60% of small companies go out of business following a hack and 71% of cyberassaults target businesses with fewer than 100 workers.
Technology was on full display at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. This story highlights some of the top tech trends in the construction industry, including drones, telematics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, wearable technology and self-healing building materials.
Employers can improve the efficiency of their safety programs by integrating safety into their company's operational and support processes, writes Peter Susca. They also can make proper safety conditions more visually apparent and allow employees to help design safety processes that will avoid cumbersome extra steps.
Managing the workforce is a focal point at the Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention in Las Vegas, where it's been noted that competition for top talent has heated up. A company's culture plays a key role in attracting quality employees, and four tips can help improve talent acquisition.
Associated General Contractors of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson doesn't foresee a huge influx of federal money for infrastructure this year and is skeptical that a divided Congress could pass any legislation. He sees construction growing in 2017, albeit "very spotty, very segment-specific."
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