The architecture, engineering and construction sector continues a period of robust consolidation with firms trying to position themselves as jacks of all trades, in wider and wider geographies.
Even the building materials sector is busily merging and acquiring to deal with overcapacity and to improve their competitive positions, according to a new report out from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Deal volume in the third quarter was 54% greater than the same time last year. Continue reading →
When Charles Clemons with Bath Fitter of Chattanooga went looking for a loan partner to qualify customers on the spot, he wanted a company that didn’t have a lot of hassles and one that would help him close business with three major categories of customers. Continue reading →
The fundamental shift in how the construction industry does business is now reflected in pay rates, according to research from FMI, a provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. Since the great recession, an increased emphasis on sales and the process of nurturing relationships is making business development, and project accounting/office management pay rates increase quicker than other industry occupations. Continue reading →
Japanese construction firm, Obayashi announced its intention of building a space elevator to carry materials and people into space at a fraction of the cost of today’s rockets. The plan is to have one in place by 2050 with the help of an international organization set up for the task.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows two groups face higher risks of death on the job. Hispanic or Latino workers, and those identified as contractors had higher on-the-job deaths than in previous years. Continue reading →
The revolution in easy-to-use job site cameras continues with a new entry that claims to make it quick and easy to record job site activities. The Brinno Construction Camera, otherwise known as Brinno’s TLC200 f1.2 model, offers subcontractors, and others on construction sites, the chance to easily record activities on the fly.
Many construction sites have cameras these days, but they are often controlled by the GC, owner or CM. Continue reading →
Starting in January 2015, employers in states covered by federal OSHA must report all work related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours, and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses within 24 hours, according to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans must check with their state plans to find out their implementation dates. Continue reading →
The Dark Ages, so called because civilization forgot a lot of stuff, led to human misery on a grand scale. Now, some people claim construction has entered just such a phase when it comes to mitigating moisture and mold problems in buildings. Continue reading →