Use GPS Fleet Tracking to Surprise Your Bottom Line

GPS fleet tracking makes business owner happy.
More construction businesses are using GPS fleet tracking to overcome the rising costs of fleet ownership. (copyright photosebia.)

GPS fleet tracking offers construction companies more control over vehicle and equipment costs. Discover these five advantages.

By Robert J. Hall

For construction companies, finding ways to reduce costs and improve income is always a top priority. Yet management often loses control over vehicle and equipment fleet costs. GPS fleet tracking is one tool you can use to get back in control, and stay there. With the right fleet tracking system, you can reduce fuel costs, reduce wear, reduce maintenance costs, lower your exposure to theft, and  improve billing accuracy.

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Wood Construction Answering Call for More Sustainable Tall Buildings

Wood construction figures prominently in the redesign of the Empire State Building
The redesign of the Empire State Building envisions wood for both structural and architectural elements. If wood can reduce the weight of flooring systems while also reducing the embodied energy of the structure, it will offer a sustainability bonus. (Graphic is courtesy of Metsä Wood)

People are continuously pushing the limits of wood construction. Now, even very tall buildings, once only the domain of concrete and steel, are getting designed using wood as structural components. Proponents claim the payoff can help trim humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower material costs, reduce transportation costs, and speed up on site assembly.

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Unusual Construction Project Brings Waves to Austin

This unusual construction project brings waves to inland surfers.
Bringing waves to an inland location is no small feat on its own, but when you also have to make water use sustainable, you’re entering an entirely different way of thinking about landscapes. (Rendering Courtesy of NLand Surf Park)

In the category of unusual construction project, things don’t get much more unusual than building a place to surf that’s about four hours from the nearest ocean. But, that’s what’s getting under construction in Austin, Texas, with completion slated for 2016, or about eight months after kick off.

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Differentiate Your Construction Business by Helping Clients Use Water Efficiently

Use water efficiently to help ensure these scenes stay around
With continuing water misuse, scenes like these might eventually disappear. But there are initiatives that help to use water efficiently, beginning with outdoor uses around the home and business. (Copyright: mohannall / 123RF Stock Photo)

By Beth Livingston

To help contractors, builders, and designers create climate-appropriate, beautiful landscapes that use water efficiently, EPA created the WaterSense® Water Budget Tool. The Web-based tool requires simple inputs such as zip code and desired plant type to determine whether a landscape design uses too much water for the region.

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A Deeper Look at Restaurant Construction

The Kapnos Taverna_(Image by Jim Cuddy and Mathew Lynch)
Kapnos Taverna, Arlington, Virginia: Hospitality Construction Services and Bethesda-based architecture and design firm Streetsense employed a simple and comfortable palette of colors and materials throughout the restaurant. Eclectic lighting fixtures, terracotta tile, live herbs and plants, and custom millwork panels create an urban, Mediterranean atmosphere for guests. In the bar area, ebony-stained, distressed wood dresses the bar front while charred wood lines the back bar. To further create the natural atmosphere, a steel framed vertical herb garden hangs in the main dining room. (Image by Jim Cuddy and Mathew Lynch)

Rob Mescolotto, founder and owner of Hospitality Construction Services, answers some questions about restaurant construction trends, the challenges of building them, and tells how his company differentiates itself in the busy hospitality sector.

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Equipment Telematics: Riding on the Leading Edge

Equipment telematics is taling the paperwork out of managing equipment
Slowly, clipboards are giving way to tablets and smart phones as more construction companies adopt equipment telematics. (Copyright: ndoeljindoel / 123RF Stock Photo)

By James White

Modern construction equipment and machinery now includes advanced technology for optimizing safety, efficiency and more. It’s called  equipment telematics, and by using it you can remotely track information about your equipment.

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Construction Risk Management Boosts Profits

Sometimes, risk management feels like walking a tightrope.
Sometimes, risk management feels like you’re walking a tightrope. But, a change of perspective can reveal opportunities.(Copyright: konstantynov / 123RF Stock Photo)

While 73 percent of executives feel that risks to their companies are on the rise, companies in general are not meeting the increased risks with improved risk management. In fact, only 12 percent of responding companies demonstrated qualities that marked them as true risk management leaders, according to a PwC U.S. risk review.

For everyone in a construction business, risk is like a hot potato and it’s handled that way.  So construction has more than its fair share of companies taking responsibility for risks not directly under their control. But, there are ways to come out on top.

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5 Ways Equipment Financing is Empowering Small Construction Businesses

Hitachi 2 boom Excavator
Excavators with two arms, and an increasing array of attachments, are lowering project costs on construction sites. Favorable equipment financing is putting more technology within easy reach. (Courtesy Hitachi Construction Equipment)

Small construction businesses can often get 100% equipment financing, eliminating the down payment, and freeing up cash, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA).

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