Mobile Apps Explosion Offers New Game for Construction

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The mobile app explosion coming in 2015 will bring more and better options for small and medium sized businesses operating in vertical industries like construction. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Small and medium sized businesses are spending more on mobile devices and the infrastructure to support them, as reported in ITBusinessEdge. Spending on mobile apps tops the list of mobile budget items, and 60 percent of surveyed SMBs said mobile was critical for their businesses. In return for their investments they’re realizing savings and operational efficiencies that used to only be available to the big guys.

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Top 3 AEC Industry Business Challenges for 2015

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Companies in the AEC industry face challenges in 2015, and beyond, that will require putting some thoughtful strategies in place. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Companies in the AEC industry will find the answers to their biggest 2015 challenges will have to come from within. Their tests will lie in responding to volatile markets, handling the talent crunch, and mitigating growing enterprise and project level risks, according to Kent Goetjen, PwC Engineering and Construction (E&C) leader.

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Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions

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You might feel like you’re being thrown to the sharks if you’re caught up in a Miller Act payment bond dispute in Illinois. But the case there reminds how important it is to seek counsel when considering any government contract. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

By Todd Bryant

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision on a Miller Act payment bond claim by a subcontractor has stirred discussion. The court’s ruling concerns construction claims against project bonds made on public works by subcontractors, and whether separate payment and performance bonds are needed. Continue reading Ruling Raises Miller Act Payment Bond Questions

Construction Recruiting Strategies Derailed by Managers

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When companies struggle to keep help there could be problems at the very top. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

Successful construction recruiting strategies might require looking more closely at your existing managers and the career paths your company has mapped out for new hires.

Morrissey Goodale LLC, an AEC management consulting and research firm, found that 24% of AEC leaders said their most recent key hires left their previous firms because of poor relationships with their bosses . Exiting employees were also discouraged by the advancement opportunities (21%),  or wanted better work-life balance (16%), or wanted better compensation and benefits (11%).

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Millennials And Homeownership: Home Building’s $64 Question

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Finances on many levels get blamed for millenials not owning homes at traditional rates. But, there’s more to it then that. (Copyright: / 123RF Stock Photo)

There seems to be a lot of angst about millennials and  homeownership, and it’s all about when they’re going to get serious about it. And that anxiety is increasing as the costs of homeownership start to rise. Without the millennial generation buying into the quintessential cornerpiece of the American dream, the dreams of home builders might have to be adjusted — downward.

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Builders Beware: Copying Plans and Structures Could Cost You

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There’s more to architectural copyright than just plans and drawings, and some people are finding that out the hard way. (Copyright : agency by)

Architectural copyright infringement is not limited to architectural plans ever since a 1990 change to copyright law, according to Philip R. Stein, a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg’s Litigation Group, writing in The National Law Review. Since then, buildings are automatically copyrighted along with their plans. And, high profile cases illustrate that designers are serious about protecting their work. Continue reading Builders Beware: Copying Plans and Structures Could Cost You

Temporary Labor Liabilities Increase for California Contractors

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Standard temporary employment contracts may no longer limit contractor liability exposure when laws extend liability to third parties. (Copyright: hafakot / 123RF Stock Photo)

New temporary labor liabilities increase for California contractors. Come January 1, 2015, construction contractors operating in California who hire temporary workers can be held liable if the labor contractor doesn’t supply workers compensation, or doesn’t pay wages owed to a temporary worker. It doesn’t matter if the contractor didn’t have knowledge of violations, or even if the contractor and labor supplier are joint employers.

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Unruly Mobile Apps Spell Trouble for Privacy and Business Security

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Of the more than 50,000 free Android business apps scrutinized so far, thousands have questionable permissions based on their uses.  (Copyright: bacho12345 / 123RF Stock Photo)

New university research reveals many free mobile apps don’t always play nice when it comes to mobile application privacy. That spells difficulty for AEC businesses and is part of the reason only a small percentage of information technology decision makers say they are truly confident the security technologies they have in place will do the job.

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