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Collaboration is essential to nearly any type of business innovation, and building information modeling is one major example in construction with its great transformative potential, writes Continuum Advisory Group's Clark Ellis. But management must first take advantage of BIM through "every part of the business including marketing, sales, selections, purchasing, estimating, structural engineering, construction, customer experience, warranty and even how the homeowner manages their home."
Florida high school student Brandon Powell credits the mentorship of building information modeling specialist Andrew Schroeder for helping him win his ACE Mentor Award scholarship. Powell said Schroeder's inspiring guidance in BIM was a life-changing experience, giving him a fuller understanding of budgeting and scheduling in his submission of a wind-tunnel-tested design for the proposed Miami Beckham United Soccer Stadium.
A pair of European developers plans to purchase a 440-acre site on Chicago's waterfront and develop a 20,000-home residential community. The homes would be modular, and the project could also contain office and retail space.
Edinburgh's Ross Pavilion near Edinburgh Castle in Scotland will feature a wave-shaped roof garden. American firm wHY won the competition for the project with its Butterfly design, shown in these photos.
Elliott + Associates Architects in Oklahoma City has designed a white concrete residential structure with a giant circular opening in the middle, where residents of the 10 units can view the sunset and sunrise. The firm worked directly with the fire marshal to ensure the design complied with the city's fire regulations.
Pulling together and sharing project information in the construction and engineering sector has been difficult, which has hurt productivity. But a new wave of technology startups has raised $10 billion in financing since 2011, and McKinsey & Co. looks at how new tech could affect job sites, back offices and digital collaboration.
Indoor Reality's 3D web-viewer mapping solution now has a Time Travel mode that allows users to see changes and progress in interior construction. Multiple data sets are gathered over time, making it an easier process than the traditional need to take photos from the exact same angle all the time.
Leaders can improve the climate of their workplaces by modeling inclusion instead of just promoting diversity, writes author and consultant Glenn Llopis. In this commentary, he offers three strategies to boost inclusion, including using human resources to help departments improve collaboration.
Mildly enforced formal structures, even when chosen at random, encourage employees to interact in beneficial ways with others in their organization while having the option to stop working together if the collaboration does not prove to be useful, write Julien Clement and Phanish Puranam. "The planned interactions facilitated by a formal structure can guide how social networks evolve, even when the structures themselves are not based on any superior insight about who should interact with whom," they argue.
We continue to hear from many of you that the labor market remains tight. While it is clear that worker shortages are, in some cases, a significant problem for many contractors, we feel it is important to continue our efforts to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey.
The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. We invite you to share this survey with your members so that we can hear from as many voices as possible. Thank you for your help in getting the word out.
Take a look at what's on the agenda for AGC's 2017 Environmental Conference
Join us on Sept. 13-14 in Crystal City, Va.
Explore management solutions, tools and technology, and best practices at AGC's 2017 Construction Environmental Conference. The 2017 CEC is about being prepared and having a plan in place to address environmental responsibilities during all phases of a project. We will look at how environment compliance fits in with estimating, permitting, acquiring and closing out properties, common pitfalls during operations, and more. The 2017 CEC will also deliver current information you have come to expect on a wide range of environmental compliance topics, sustainability, and green infrastructure.
Registration is open. Will you be joining us? Take a look at the educational topics, register, and make your travel arrangements today!
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