Is Drone Aerial Photography Really Best for Your Construction Projects?

Drone aerial photography for construction is rapidly evolving in both the technology available as well in the rules governing their use. Find out about the regulations, safety, quality issues, costs, and a measured way to consider what’s best in aerial photography for you.

By Sherry and Brett Eklund

It’s no secret that aerial photographs play an essential role in any construction project. They help with the planning process, assist builders in documenting the progress of a project, provide an opportunity to spot potential issues that would otherwise be missed, capture great marketing images, and more.

It used to be the only way to get sky-view pictures for construction purposes was to hire an aerial photography team with a  piloted aircraft.  However, a new player has entered the scene – the drone. And whether you choose to hire a professional aerial photography team using a fixed-wing airplane, helicopter, or drone, or choose to go the DIY route, all have a place in the world of construction. But, using drones is complicated and ever evolving, so we’d like to touch on a few key points to help you understand drone aerial photography.

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7 Tactics for Solving Your Skilled Worker Shortage

Construction’s skilled worker shortage has a long history, and is forecast to continue. But, there are ways to use social media to improve your chances of finding new recruits.

By David Secunda

It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a skilled worker shortage. The recent recession saw many construction workers leaving the industry, and now with the retirement of the baby boomers, finding quality, skilled workers is an up-hill battle for many human resources professionals in our industry.

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Cutting Through the Cloud of Contention Over the New Silica Dust Rule

The new silica dust rule aims to curb lung and other diseases
The new silica dust rule raises as much contention these days as any other government effort to protect workers.(Copyright: lakhesis / 123RF Stock Photo)

Commentary and news surrounding the new silica dust rule show the construction industry has a lot of fear about it. Unfortunately too, there is plenty of misinformation floating around to keep the fear rolling, and to simply stir contention.

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Book Review: Engineering Reference Book for Builders

book review of engineering reference book
For all those who love the details on building, this engineering reference book offers a place to study, and to get answers. (Background Image Copyright: khunaspix / 123RF Stock Photo)

When you build, you have to deal with engineering concepts, and any builder who has an advanced knowledge of engineering has a competitive advantage.

However, for those builders without advanced engineering knowledge there is a resource in its 12th edition that serves as a handy engineering reference book in a compact package. This is also a valuable resource for estimators, schedulers, project managers, and students of construction and architecture. And, anyone who deals with submittals and RFIs will find plenty of necessary details here when working on specifications.

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