April 21, 2021
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Growing Your Business
Cemex, EDIN Network, AS Backe, Sol Services and Element will form a cross-industry ecosystem that will work with IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder to develop a digital platform that connects supply chains in the construction industry. The platform, known as OpenBuilt, will be developed on the Red Hat OpenShift hybrid cloud platform and run on the IBM Cloud.
Full Story: Concrete Products (4/19) 
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Reduce Issues and Disputes with Site Reality Data
Construction project managers can streamline workflows and optimize resources by integrating drone-based data into project management systems. Learn how DroneDeploy brings all site reality data into one solution, from drones to 360 cameras. Download the infographic
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Regulations to Watch
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, are proposing a bill that would provide additional funding to seasonal small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program. The proposal would modify "a provision in the Paycheck Protection Program to provide additional funds to some seasonal businesses who applied in the early days of the PPP, helping to equalize their treatment with that of other seasonal small businesses," the senators say.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/20) 
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Employers should be prepared for significant changes under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, including extended unemployment assistance and premium assistance for employees who qualify for COBRA coverage. The plan also expands paid sick and family leave coverage while increasing the wages employers can claim credit for.
Full Story: JD Supra (4/19) 
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Tech You Need to Know About
Researchers are looking into how artificial intelligence can use wearable camera data to help exoskeletons act without as much human input. The aim is "to automate motion," says Edgar Lobaton, a researcher at North Carolina State University.
Full Story: IEEE Spectrum online (4/12) 
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Baubot has developed robots to assist with tasks on construction sites. The robots, still in pre-production, will be available with either a 40-inch arm or an 82-inch arm.
Full Story: Tech Xplore (4/15) 
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Two companies that have developed technology to inject carbon dioxide into concrete and store it there are the latest winners of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. CarbonBuilt and CarbonCure Technologies will each receive $7.5 million to continue developing their technologies.
Full Story: RenewEconomy (Australia) (4/20),  Concrete Products (4/19) 
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Safety Updates & Procedures
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration compiled a list of four top hazards for construction sites: fall hazards, struck-by hazards, electrocution hazards, and caught-in or caught-between hazards. Fall hazards were the leading cause of fatalities in 2019 for deaths unrelated to transportation.
Full Story: Construction Business Owner (4/12) 
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A study using virtual reality suggests roofing workers tend to take more risks on the job when more safety measures are in place. Plans are in the works for similar studies involving other categories of construction workers, but lead author Sogand Hasanzadeh says the results show that workers need to be made aware that safety measures don't justify riskier decision making.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (4/13) 
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Training & Retaining Crews
Career and technical education students in a Texas district recently learned to install carpet from a local flooring company, Aggieland Carpet One. The goal of the exercise was to show students about potential career pathways in the industry, according to Floor Covering Education Foundation Executive Director Jim Aaron.
Full Story: KBTX-TV (Bryan-College Station, Texas) (4/19) 
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The Economy
Five "mini-megacities" were undergoing a construction boom right before the coronavirus pandemic. A return to those cities shows their construction markets have held up well, building on strengths that made the cities desirable in the first place.
Full Story: Construction Dive (4/19) 
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AGC News
A new virtual workshop offering is open for registration. A Subcontractors' Guide to Lean Construction will be held 12-4 p.m. on May 12-13, 2021. This course will offer 7.5 CM-Lean CE Hours toward the renewal of your CM-Lean.

Construction is becoming more competitive every day and many general contractors are turning to Lean Construction as a way to deliver quality projects on time and on budget - sometimes with varying degrees of success. If you've ever been part of one of these projects, maybe you were a bit frustrated by the process, had a hard time seeing how it could help you or weren't given much guidance. If Lean is new to you, now is the time to find out what it's all about.

In any case, this dynamic, informative and fun two-day workshop is an absolute must for all subcontractors and will help you understand what Lean Construction is, where subcontractors fit into the equation and how you can really make Lean work for you.
  • History of Lean - how it applies to construction Waste in Construction - learn to see hidden waste
  • Workflow - why smooth is way more important than fast
  • Last Planner System® - what it is, how it helps projects (and subs) and how to use it
You'll be able to start using Lean on your projects immediately and will quickly become a subcontractor of choice for Lean projects.

Target Audience:
All members of a construction project team, including:
  • Trade Company Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Superintendents
  • Foreman
Register today.
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