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News for contractors and the construction industry | March 7, 2012

  • Recoup, regroup and re-emerge at AGC's Convention

    As contractors, you need to deal with rapid technological advances and a stunted economy. You can no longer rely on business as usual, and making connections and being able to communicate well with all partners in a project has become a necessity. Come to AGC's 93rd Annual Convention, starting next Tuesday in Honolulu, and figure out how to deal with these challenging times. It's not too late to register.

    Below is an outline of the distinguished guests who will be appearing at the convention, and a brief recap of some recent construction industry news as well as some tips on making connections.

    Watch your inbox on March 21 for a comprehensive recap of all of the convention's events.

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  Featured Speakers 
  • Daniel Burrus
    * Technology forecaster and business strategist
    * Founder and CEO of Burrus Research
    * Author of six books, including "Flash Foresight: How To See the Invisible and Do the Impossible" and "Technotrends" LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • John Hofmeister
    * Former president of Shell Oil Company
    * Founding CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy
    * Author of "Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider" LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commander Kirk Lippold, USN, (Ret.)
    * Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it was attacked on Oct. 12, 2000
    * Senior Military Fellow for Military Families United
    * President of Base to Peak, LLC LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Karl Rove
    * Former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
    * Former president of Karl Rove + Company
    * Fox News contributor and op-ed columnist for The Wall Street Journal LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Educational Sessions 
  • Harnessing technology

    Want to learn how to use BIM as a delivery method tool or use it in the field? Wonder how you can maximize the impact of social media in your projects or better plan and manage a technology-driven construction project? Interested in learning to use advanced visualization to boost productivity or manage a plethora of electronic data? Then you're covered; there are several sessions to choose from. Presenters include:

    • Richard Andrews, Zurich North America
    • Ted Bumgardner, Experagroup
    • Dace Campbell, BNBuilders
    • Matt DeVries, Stites & Harbison PLLC
    • Stephen A. Jones, McGraw-Hill
    • Atul Khanzode, DPR Construction
    • Brian Larson, Barton Malow Company
    • Peter Lasensky, NoteVault
    • Rodd Merchant, PE, LEED AP, JE Dunn Construction
    • Hans Milberger, Hans Milberger
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  • Managing your business

    Want to learn how to use government incentives to help you win work and eliminate a culture of entitlement? Curious about succession planning, strategic-decision making or how to make diversity work? Need a better way to plan your tax strategies and manage risk; evaluate lean construction or the value of your business? There are sessions for that. Presenters include:

    • Steven Anderson, Ph.D., Integrated Leader
    • Dr. William Bender, Jr., Central Washington University
    • Patti Burquest, McGladrey
    • Melanie DePaoli, Omicle
    • Jim Eisenhart, Ventura Consulting Group
    • Neal Flesner, Ventura Consulting Group
    • Glenn Gelman, CPA, MS-Tax, Managing Director, Glenn M. Gelman & Associates
    • Brad Hams, Ownership Thinking, LLC 
    • Brian K. Humes, CPA, Clifton Gunderson LLP
    • David MacNeel, Baker Concrete Construction
    • Ron Magnus, FMI Corporation
    • Langston Trigg, GSA
    • Denny Watts, Watts Constructors
    • Timothy P. Muehler, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, JD, Clifton Gunderson LLP
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  • Connecting with yourself and others
    Want to know the four essential leadership skills; how to manage stress and the need to always multitask; or create the life you've imagined? Or, want to set yourself apart from your competition; better manage your reputation with others; succeed in business and relationships? Then try these presentations. Presenters include:

    • Anthony Huey, Reputation Management Associates
    • Connie Merritt, author of McGraw-Hill's "McGraw-Hill: Too Busy For Your Own Good"
    • Kelly Riggs, Vmax Performance Group
    • Makana Risser Chai, Certified Speaking Professional of the National Speakers Association
    • Cindy Sakai, TH!NK, LLC
    • Shawn Steiman, owner of Coffee Consulting
    • Julie Theroux, author, speaker, master face reader
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  Industry News 
  • BIM can aid retrofit challenges
    As rapid urbanization places greater strain on infrastructure -- making it more vulnerable to earthquakes and other disasters -- building information modeling technology can help engineers and contractors develop an integrated approach to retrofitting infrastructure and be especially useful in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering, writes Terry Bennett, LEED AP. It can help those involved "visualize, simulate and analyze infrastructure designs long before construction to meet the ever-changing demands," he argues. STRUCTURE magazine (3/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Imagine tiny robots as your crew
    Source: CNN
    Autonomous Agile Aerial Robots -- devices capable of intricate maneuvers -- could be the next thing/person on your crew. They spin, hover, flip and can fly in a flotilla with no bumping into one another and they could help you assess damage to a structure before you go in for repairs. "Technology is a resource-liberating force," said Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize. CNN (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LEED leads now; net-zero will be mainstream next
    From affordable apartment developments to luxury condos to Habitat for Humanity homes, LEED is leading the way. Rooftops capture groundwater, minimizing runoff, cellulose insulation is mainstream and geothermal heating isn't out of the question. Green retrofit projects will multiply from 2010 levels by three to five times by 2015, while net-zero energy projects will be the standard for LEED Platinum by 2018, according to a forecast by McGraw-Hill Construction. The Tennessean (Nashville) (3/4), Forbes/Green Tech Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Building Connections 
  • How to collaborate with your clients
    Investment advisers can learn from their clients, resulting in a relationship that works both ways, writes Libby Dubick. Dubick suggests asking probing questions, listening to clients' investment ideas and offering perspective and objectivity. InvestmentNews (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Key connections to help you land a job
    To improve your chances of getting a job, track down the decision-makers in a company and connect with them via social media before your interview, Tony Morrison writes. Other key contacts to improve your job chances include a mentor who can offer advice and a contact who understands your abilities and can refer you to others, he writes. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Older Web users turning to social media, researchers say
    Older Internet users are embracing social networks more rapidly than their younger counterparts, according to research. A Nielsen study found that Facebook use was growing most rapidly among people 55 and older, while a separate survey by TGI MobiLens found that over-50s were more likely to use mobile devices to access social networks than were those younger than 30. (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC Charities' 2012 Operation Opening Doors Project is under way
    AGC continues to work with Ralph S. Inouye Co. to identify local contractors and vendors to help support the 2012 Operation Opening Doors Project. Work is well under way for this year’s project; the HUGS renovation project will include removing dangerous boulders in the children’s play area, repaving a concrete slab in the picnic area, widening doors and other items to make the facility more handicap accessible. As of now, we have raised $5,000 for the project and hope to double that total in the coming weeks. In addition, we will continue to line up more volunteers from AGC Convention attendees to donate their time on March 10. If you would like more information about the project, please visit the Charities' website or watch this video. For more information, please contact Nahee Rosso at or (703) 837-5348. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Watch your inbox Wednesday, March 21
    Watch your inbox Wednesday, March 21, for a comprehensive recap of all of the news from the AGC's 93rd Annual Convention. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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