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  • More Than $53 Million of Equipment Sold at Ritchie Bros. Auction

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    mshoup
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Ritchie Bros. the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold more than $53 million of equipment and trucks at its unreserved public auction in Fort Worth, Texas. The two-day auction set a new Fort Worth site record for number of lots sold, with more than 4,250 items being sold to bidders around the world, including 500+ trailers, 385+ truck tractors, 95+ excavators, 90+ loader backhoes, 50+ compactors, 50+ flatbed trucks, 45+ boom trucks, 40 crawler tractors and 35+ winch tractors. More than 3,750 people from 53 countries registered to bid in person, online and by proxy.
  • AGC participates in panel on drone use

    AGC SmartBrief
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Associated General Contractors of America and other trade organizations were part of a recent panel discussion in Washing -More- 
  • Water Damage Scottsdale: Help! My Pipes Broke In My Home

    Peak One Builders
    Mike Christensen
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    It’s an all too common problem; you wake up in the middle of the night because you hear water running only to discover that your pipes have burst. This is very common in Scottsdale and without question, it’s very frustrating when a major home component breaks and causes significant damage. However, there are a few things that you can and should do if this occurs that can reduce additional damage being done to you house and save you a considerable amount of stress fixing water damage in Scottsdale. Step #1 – Cut the Water Supply to the House There are a few items that every home…
  • Gresser Becomes Licensee for Primekss' PrimeComposite

    Floor Covering
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Gresser Cos., a full-service concrete and masonry contractor, signed a license agreement with Rabine Group/Primekss of Chicago to provide PrimeComposite, a jointless, steel fiber-reinforced, composite flooring system.
  • First-time jobless claims in U.S. hit 4-decade low

    NRCA SmartBrief
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    The strong U.S.  -More- 
 
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Novel scissor-like bridge structure for use during emergencies

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    A test of the Mobile Bridge® Version 4.0 over a real river demonstrated its viability for practical use. During the test, the bridge was set up without any foundation work, and a vehicle could easily travel across it. This was achieved safely with very few people and without any problems.
  • ‘Eco-towers’ will fight climate change

    16 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    A new generation of green skyscrapers could help alleviate worldwide climate change, writes an urban planner.
  • First-of-its-kind tornado panels installed in Montgomery home

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    A product designed by engineers to help save lives during natural disasters is approved for use.
  • Graphene-based film can be used for efficient cooling of electronics

    10 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    Researchers have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon, which favors the film's performance compared to typical graphene characteristics shown in previous, similar experiments.
  • Using muons from cosmic rays to find fraying infrastructure

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Seeking a better way to identify faulty energy infrastructure before it fails, researchers are using subatomic particles called muons to analyze the thickness of concrete slabs and metal pipes. Their technique is a way to safely and non-invasively find worn infrastructure components using background radiation already present in the environment.
 
 
 
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Electrically Conductive Inks and Coatings come in primary colors.

    17 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    Resistant to abrasion, scratching, flexing, and creasing, 126-29 series serves applications where electrical conductor is required and appearance of graphics arts is desired. Red, blue, and yellow colors with 5 Ω/sq./mil max sheet resistivity are available and exhibit color stability as well as minimal opportunity for surface transfer of conductive particles. Applied by screen-printing, dipping, and syringe dispensing, products adhere to Kapton, Mylar, glass, and other substrates. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Conductive Coatings
  • Gel Finishes blacken metal surfaces of small batches.

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    Suitable for iron, steel, copper, brass, bronze, and other metals, Brush-on Presto Black®, Antique Black®, and Antique Brown® Gels are intended for post processing part touchup or on manufactured metal parts not suitable for traditional processing lines. Applied at room temperature, gels adhere to vertical surfaces and stay where applied without runs, drips, or bleeding onto adjoining surfaces. Chemical reaction takes 5–10 min following surface cleaning to remove oil, oxides, and welding...This story is related to the following:Metal Finishes |
  • Elastomeric Coating reduces heat in building interiors.

    12 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    Formulated as protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs, WeatherCote&trade; Elastomeric Coating delivers 88% initial reflectivity that reduces wear and tear on membrane below and helps lower temperature inside building by directing heat and UV away from surface. This ENERGY STAR®-rated, water-based acrylic roof coating, applicable via spray, roller, or brush, adheres to such substrates as granulated BUR, SBS and APP, metal, wood, and concrete.<br /> This story is related to the following:Chemical Processing and Waste ManagementWater Based Coatings |…
  • Thermoplastic EM Shielding Compounds have ready-to-use formula.

    9 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    Engineered for housings of electric and electronic devices, LUVOCOM® ES compounds deliver optimized performance against electromagnetic (EM) waves. Properties eliminate need for secondary operations/installation of metal sheets or films or coatings, while rheology, optimized for facilitated processing and thin walls, lowers risk of defects in molded parts due to imperfectly distributed fillers. Electrical conductivity allows small contact areas for necessary electric grounding. This story is related to the following:Electrical Equipment and SystemsEMI/RFI Shielding Coatings | Compounds
  • Haptic Display Glass resists fingerprints.

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    Featuring optimized thin film coating that offers smooth, hydrophobic surface to repel fingerprints, Vista AR&trade; Haptic Glass has low photopic brightness of less than 0.3%, providing durability and reflection control in demanding environmental conditions. Magnetron-sputtered coating is inorganic, stands up to 120 days in salt fog humidity chamber, and can perform in exposure to direct sunlight and subzero temperatures. Product tests at 8H&ndash;10H pencil hardness, making it...This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsOptics and PhotonicsSearch for suppliers of:…
 
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    Construction Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • Coming Soon... New Closing (no, Consummation...) Rules!

    Barley Snyder
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    What?! We can’t call it a closing anymore? Under new federal regulations regarding the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the terminology for a “closing” or “settlement” is now a “consummation”, a...By: Barley Snyder
  • Presidio Parkway Opens in San Francisco

    Nossaman LLP
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    The long-awaited Presidio Parkway opened for the first time to Bay Area motorists on July 12th, ahead of schedule and to local and national praises. The $1.1 billion Presidio Parkway replaces Doyle Drive – an outdated and seismically deficient...By: Nossaman LLP
  • Duty to Cooperate Ruling Narrows Insurers’ Ability to Foreclose Coverage for Settled Class Action Claims

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Insurance policies typically include a cooperation clause, which requires the insured to cooperate with the insurer in the defense of a covered claim. Insurers routinely use this clause as a sword against their insureds by arguing that some alleged...By: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Recent Developments in Retrofit Liability of Publicly Accessible Properties

    Faegre Baker Daniels
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    If you own or invest in an older, publicly accessible property that does not comply with new regulations, you may be at risk of substantial liability. Retrofitting older properties to comply with new legal requirements and standards can be expensive...By: Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Elements of RAD discussed during the Ballard Spahr webinar

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
    A number of essential points arising under HUD’s Notice PIH 2012-32, REV-2  were discussed during Ballard Spahr’s webinar, HUD’s Revised RAD Notice — What it Means for Closed and Future Projects. As a follow-up to the webinar, Housing Plus will be...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • Windows & Doors Rebates

    Andrea O
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    The Canadian government provides costs incentives to encourage Canadians to switch over to high-efficiency products. Ontario homeowners can get Government of Canada ecoENERGY grants for new doors and windows when they replace their existing units. Replace windows with models that are ENERGY STAR qualified for your climate zone and get $40 back per unit. Replace […]
  • Average Window Installation Cost

    Andrea O
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    The following data is based on pricing info homeowners provided when contributing reviews on HomeStars.
  • How to get government rebates for your A/C

    Andrea O
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Did you know that as much as 60% of the average homeowner’s energy bills go toward cooling and heating their home? By switching to an Energy Star qualified system, you can save money on your energy bill and get up to $650 in government rebates. To qualify, your cooling system must be purchased and installed […]
  • Types of Air Conditioners

    Andrea O
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Summer weather has arrived! If you’re feeling the heat and want to get air conditioning for your home, here’s a quick guide on the different options on the market and their price, based on costs reported by homeowners.  1) Central Air How it works: It uses your home’s ducts and registers (the grill-like vents on […]
  • How to Optimize the Efficiency of Your AC System

    Andrea O
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Optimize your AC’s Efficiency Simply put, air conditioners take heat out of your house, in much the same way that refrigerators do. To optimize their efficiency, try to prevent heat from getting inside the house in the first place with the following steps: Your roof gets most of the direct sunlight and the attic is […]
 
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    DaveYoho Blog

  • Q&A From June 2015 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Building rapport with prospects continues to be one of the biggest issues in the industry, which is why it was addressed during our latest home improvement webinar. As always there were numerous questions that we could not answer during the program, so we will tackle them in this posting. Q: Do you believe you can teach salespeople how to develop rapport? A: The purpose of our program is to help individuals develop the language, the methods of asking questions, and assimilating the information received into a presentational manner which benefits the customer and makes them want to hear more…
  • Continued Q&A From April 2015 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    We will continue to address some of the most pertinent questions that were asked during our latest home improvement webinar. Q: What is the best compensation plan for salespeople? A: Compensation is a key. So let’s start out with a couple of “do not’s”. Avoid paying salespeople on a profit sharing basis. The profitability of each contract should be measured against the allowable compensation built into your price. Incentive compensation where contracts are constantly sold within those parameters or what is considered above average profitability could be considered at the end of…
  • Q&A From April 2015 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    On our most recent home improvement webinar we had numerous questions that were not able to be addressed during the program. Here are responses to several of them: Q: In a company where the average contract is $12-15k, how much volume should be expected from a salesperson? A: By today’s standards, with the kind of leads most companies develop, a salesperson selling $15k contracts should be producing in excess of one million dollars net revenue per year, which represents somewhere between 65-70 net contracts. We have clients who have average contracts between $7-8 thousand dollars and the…
  • Mark Victor Hansen

    Brad Yoho
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    As a benefit to our blog subscribers (at the end of another great year), we will share the foreword to Dave’s best-selling book Have A Great Year Every Year. The contributor is Mark Victor Hansen, who is best known for his “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. If you have not read this powerful book, take the time to read this foreword and then call our office (703-591-2940). Have a wonderful holiday season! Millions of dollars and billions of hours have been spent buying and reading books or listening to tapes, the intent of which was to make the reader/listener better…
  • Q&A from August 2014 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Our most recent home improvement webinar “8 Key Ingredients of a Successful Canvassing Program…Revealed!” was a hit, and as a result we will be concentrating a large portion of our Profitability Summit on this topic. Here are responses to some of the questions that were not covered during the program. Q: How do we hire the right people starting with the right canvassing manager? A: Start with a simple premise – - generally what are you looking for is: Someone who can do the job (history/experience). Someone who will do the job (behavior/adaptability to the language of…
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    Construction Law in North Carolina

  • 3 Unusual Signs that You Will *NOT* be Sued (tip)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    So often, lawyers are the bearers of bad news.  What will get you sued.  Signs a lawsuit is coming.  What you can’t say (even though you’d really like to say it!).  What “wouldn’t be prudent”.  (h/t SNL). Today, we’re turning that on its head, with 3 signs that you will NOT be facing the business end of […]
  • Please pardon our dust…. (blog update in progress; back to your construction law posts shortly!)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
      Readers: Pardon for the interruption you may have gotten today in your RSS feed.  I’ve been working on some behind-the-scenes housekeeping matters, and inadvertently published a not-ready-for-prime-time post.  Please disregard. I’ll be back with good construction law issues and questions shortly…..  
  • 7 Sustainability Ideas for Modular Classrooms in the Education Industry (guest post)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    Today, a guest post on sustainable modular classrooms from Kathy Werder, a freelance architect by profession and a researcher by nature.   According to Kathy, most of her research papers focus on promoting integration that leads to sustainable and lean design and construction practices. Kathy is obsessed with the latest rage in the construction industry – modular […]
  • Give Way or Yield? The jurisdiction of your contract does matter! (Law note)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Have you ever been to England?  If so, you’ve likely seen their version of our “Yield” sign– the “Give Way” sign.  It is a bit jarring to those from this side of the “big pond”. Similarly, contracts can be worded differently– and, interpreted differently– depending on the state that you are in.  This is why it is always a […]
  • Learn from SONY: Don’t use trash talk in your construction project emails!

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Lessons in construction administration come from everywhere — including the SONY scandal. In case you are a bear hibernating in a cave (in which case, go back to sleep!), you’ve heard about the SONY hacking that was apparently, but not definitively, done by North Korea due to their displeasure over the movie The Interview.  And, you […]
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    Construction Marketing Made Simple!

  • Contractor Marketing Swipe File Tip: Steal This Font Tip Now!

    Darren
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    The contractors I speak to each week who are trying to differentiate themselves from their competitors could stop a team of oxen. Problem is, there is only so many ways you can build a deck, only so many ways you can make a kitchen remodeling client feel special, or provide “the best customer service experience” in the trades. At the end of the day, nothing you say to a prospect either in person or online is going to be that much different. But I have an idea on how to show it… A few weeks ago I had a cold, I was miserable and stuck in the house. Summer colds suck and I…
  • Construction Marketing Idea: Setting Up Your First Blog in Four Steps

    Gina S.
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
      When your business’s reputation is based solely on the work that you are able to do, a contracting blog can be one of your most invaluable construction marketing tools. Unfortunately, unless you’re also a technologically savvy individual, setting up your own blog can be an intimidating experience. Do you need to use a template? Are you going to need to set aside the time to learn a new, complicated programming language? Or are you going to need to carve a new niche in your budget to have someone set up and maintain a blog for you? Don’t worry, we have the answers…
  • 5 Construction Marketing Keyword Tips

    Sam
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    Construction keywords Vs industry terms – Search Engine Basics. We’ve all fallen into that trap once or twice: you rely on industry terms that most people outside the contracting industry won’t understand to impress your new potential clients. When you’re setting up a website or blog, it may be tempting to toss a few of those industry terms in as well to bring errant web browsers to your page. While it may work on the human customers that you work with, there is one thing that it won’t work on: Google. Search engine optimization, otherwise known as SEO, can…
  • 5 Signs it’s Time to Update Your Construction Website

    Sam
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    Is it time for a website overhaul? After getting their websites created, some contractors never give a second thought to giving refreshing or updating it. Even the nicest looking website needs some care and feeding to help it perform better and reach a new group of visitors. So how do you know if your website needs an overhaul? You can start by asking yourself the following questions: How old is your website? Very few contractors have time to update their websites every month or even ever few months, and truth be told, it is not really necessary. Unless you have changed your contact…
  • Construction Marketing is About Know, Like & Trust

    Sam
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    Know Like Trust What is it and how do I use it to grow my business? Construction marketing is about increasing the popularity of your website, and for that matter, your company, and one of the best ways to do it is through the “know, like, trust” factor. The secret sauce to your business’s success. Once you are confident that you have quality website content that is well-suited to your target audience, the elusive element becomes captivating that audience. How will they know you exist? How do you make them like you? How can you build trust into an online relationship between…
 
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Constructech selects Autodesk as Top 50 Technology Powerhouse

    Julie Jacobson
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    “Autodesk offers a lot more than just AutoCAD, Revit, and Navisworks, as it has built out its portfolio to help drive construction toward BIM, which includes cloud services and greater mobility.” —Constructech editors For the sixth year in a row, Autodesk has earned a spot on Constructech Magazine’s Top 50 Technology Powerhouse list. The list is compiled by the magazine’s editors after researching hundreds of companies, including reviewing financials, conducting interviews with construction companies, and more. “The companies that earned this year’s designation prove they have…
  • Upcoming Webcast: Winning more work without going over budget

    Julie Jacobson
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Do you want to set yourself apart from the competition and walk your clients through projects before you break ground?  Do you like to impress your prospects by demonstrating your understanding of design intent, recognizing potential issues before they get built?  Do you want to show your prospects how their designs would exist in today’s environment? If you answered YES to any of these questions, join us for a webcast on July 15th at 8am PDT, as we explore the latest visualization technologies to make your project look like a movie without the expense of specialized resources. Register…
  • Project VUE Viewing for Navisworks available via Autodesk Labs

    Julie Jacobson
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    For those of you who have been looking for a way to open Intergraph VUE files directly in Navisworks, there is an Autodesk Labs project that may interest you. Viewing Intergraph Smart™ / SmartPlant 3D® VUE files in Autodesk Navisworks is alive in the Labs! When you consider the ability for Autodesk Navisworks to now display coordination models (NWD and NWC) in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016 and include Navisworks' ability to aggregate models from many sources (including point clouds), we are seeing collaborative plant design rising to a new level. Learn more and join the project here. A…
  • Just-in-Place: The Case for Augmented Reality in AEC

    Dace Campbell
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    AR: An Extension of Lean For decades, pundits, prophets, prognosticators, and purveyors of technology have been forecasting the fit of Augmented Reality (AR) for the AEC industry (I know, I'm one of them!) In recent years, as hardware evolves, and BIM matures, we find ourselves on the threshold of AR solutions being truly capable of extending capabilities for architects, contractors, and owners. Autodesk is no stranger to AR, and we continue to keep an eye on the technology, looking for the right solutions for our customers. We've defined (refined?) AR as the real-time display of…
  • Upcoming Webcast: Conquering the chaos: How BIM can help improve project coordination

    Julie Jacobson
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Join Adam Settino, VDC Manager for Lee Kennedy Company and Jarrod Krug, our construction industry technical marketing manager for the third webcast in the Innovation and Productivity Webcast Series.  On June 25th at 8am PDT, Adam and Jarrod will show you how to manage dozens of construction professions and trades even when resources are slim and owners are demanding. Successful companies are adopting BIM processes to help improve team coordination and drive on time and on budget project delivery. Join us to learn how new features in BIM 360 and Navisworks 2016 can help you better manage…
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    LMN - Landscape Management Network

  • LMN TIME APP Release

    Megan Gazeas
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    LMN Time App now available for  free download on smartphones and tablets, LMN Time helps business owners produce realistic and accurate information in seconds, per job. Offering remarkable speed and responsiveness, the app will offer each user unique access to … Read the rest
  • Equip Your Company for Success

    Megan Gazeas
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    By: Mark Bradley As Published in the Landscape Trades Magazine June 2015 Issue. Equipment is always a popular topic of conversation in our LMN workshops. People love to see and share ideas for equipment, trailer configurations, and tools that improve … Read the rest
  • LMN @ SIMA

    mike@golmn.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    Come visit LMN at Booth 220 to celebrate the launch of the new LMN TIME App available now on both Android + Apple FREE for all LMN Members! Plus, learn ‘tips and tricks’ on maximizing the LMN software to its … Read the rest
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Megan Gazeas
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
      LMN (Landscape Management Network) LMN Time App Now Available For Download On Smartphones And Tablets Unique platform offers landscape contractors anytime, anywhere access to tools that drive productivity and profit. SCHAUMBURG, IL – JUNE 25, 2015 – The ultimate … Read the rest
  • New Updates for LMN + LMN Time (June 2015)

    mike@golmn.com
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Update Released Tonight for LMN + LMN Time Software Tonight we went live with an improvement update to LMN + LMN Time.  Here, we’ve implemented some of the most frequent user suggestions over the last quarter. LMN Time | New … Read the rest
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    Roof Life of Oregon

  • Watch: What Is A Dead Valley On My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Daniel explains dead valleys and how they can affect your roof. Call Roof Life of Oregon for a free inspection and we’ll look for any problems your dead valleys may be causing.
  • Watch: A Well Care Check-Up

    Patrick Morin
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    What to expect at your well care check up: Call us for a free inspection and we’ll make sure your roof remains a long-term investment.
  • Why Remove Debris Off My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    If you have a home that’s downwind of trees or maybe “that neighbor’s darn trees,” you’re going to get a deposit of debris on your roof. That debris can cause heavy and lasting damage to your roof. Roof Life of Oregon can easily take care of that debris with an annual service so that you never have to come home to a disaster. You’ll notice on a roof that there are inside corners and outside corners. Inside corners are what we call valley areas. Sometimes there is also a redirection of a valley and we refer to that as a dead valley. When the tree debris falls on the roof, that…
  • Watch: What Is That Pole Sticking Out Of My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Daniel, one of our roof specialists, tells you what that pole is that sticks out of your roof and how we at Roof Life handle it. Roof Life of Oregon can give you a free inspection to make sure that your power pole is dealt with correctly.
  • Your Roof Should Be An Asset

    Patrick Morin
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Outside of leaks, the number one reason people call Roof Life of Oregon is because their roof simply looks bad. Your home is a reflection of you to your friends, family and neighbors. Not only that, a history of maintenance will raise the value of your roof, making it a huge asset when the time comes that you want to put your home on the market. You want your roof to look healthy and well maintained, kind of like your yard, your car or your personal appearance. A neglected roof starts looking pretty nasty; the moss, the black fungus, everything starts to fall apart. When you have your roof…
 
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    Triumph Modular | RSS Feed

  • Announcing the Launch of our Refreshed Website

    Janet Field
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new, improved and refreshed website! After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch. The new site offers a fresh new look, user-friendly navigation and plentiful use of imagery. The site is available to browse at triumphmodular.com, take a minute to explore and offer your ... Read More The post Announcing the Launch of our Refreshed Website appeared first on Triumph Modular.
  • Inferior Modular Buildings?

    Gregg Kelly
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Does the modular building industry suffer an inferiority complex? How else to explain the tendency to force each and every space need into a modular application. The industry must accept that not all buildings fit into a modular solution. Of course the industry is filled with progressive, innovative thinkers who have successfully completed inspiring projects and in the process moved ... Read More The post Inferior Modular Buildings? appeared first on Triumph Modular.
  • Modular Childcare Center at Harvard Wins Merit Award

    Janet Field
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    AIA San Fransisco honors the Harvard Yard Childcare Center with their Merit Award. Learn more about the entry and award. The post Modular Childcare Center at Harvard Wins Merit Award appeared first on Triumph Modular.
  • Contemplating Modular Construction – Part 2

    Janet Field
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    In Contemplating Modular Construction Part 1, we discussed the cost savings implications of employing modular construction methods. We primarily looked at the potential for cost savings both on a direct cost basis and the cost savings realized from the condensed construction schedule. However, consideration must be given to all the additional benefits of modular construction beyond cost. Additional benefits include; ... Read More The post Contemplating Modular Construction – Part 2 appeared first on Triumph Modular.
  • Mobile Office Team

    jan@creativemarketdesign.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The post Mobile Office Team appeared first on Triumph Modular.
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    Help Everybody Everyday

  • My New Book Is Out (And It’s Not What You Think)

    Matt Handal
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A while back, I sent an email discussing two potential books I was working on. But then I decided to ask myself a very important question. What projects on my list are the most challenging and have the most potential for impact? So, I put those books on the back burner for the time being. I decided to focus my limited time and energy to challenge myself to experiment with the develop of a few high-impact projects. The first was a much needed online course on proposal management. Well, that was a smash hit. The next project I focused on was writing a children’s book. Yes, my first…
  • The Complete Guide To Getting That Raise Or Salary You Want

    Matt Handal
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    For many of us, it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about that raise or salary that has somehow alluded you.  If you are in that situation, I suggest you check out Ramit Sethi’s Ultimate Guide To Asking For A Raise And Negotiating Salary. In this guide, he shows you how much a raise is really worth to you, how to negotiate your salary, and how to overcome your weaknesses or avoid common mistakes. He has even compiled a list of videos where his students try to ask him for a raise. Those videos alone are worth your time. So, check out his site and get that raise or salary…
  • What Happens When Proposal Managers Become Client For A Day?

    Matt Handal
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Video marketing is all the rage today. I decided to spend some money and have a video made during a recent speaking event I did for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. I think it came out pretty good. If you’d like me to speak at your upcoming event, send me a message through my contact form. If you liked this article, please subscribe below or on the right side of the homepage. If you want to give us your thoughts on this video, please leave a comment below.  The post What Happens When Proposal Managers Become Client For A Day? appeared first on…
  • Why You Are Wrong About The Differences Between Marketing and Business Development

    Matt Handal
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    We often see ourselves as marketers or business developers. In my experience, people see a clear distinction between those two things. You’ve probably met marketers who just aren’t comfortable with business development and business developers who think that marketing just isn’t their thing. There was a time when I believed I knew what the clear differences between marketing and business development were. But boy, was I wrong! And if you have the beliefs I once held, you might be hindering your effectiveness (and maybe even your career). Let me explain. What I Thought A…
  • The Procurement Method That Actually Puts The Incumbent At A Disadvantage

    Matt Handal
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Over the last year, particularly on federal contracts, I’ve been seeing the rise of a very disturbing procurement process. It’s “Brooks Act” compatible. It is a safe method for procurement professionals to use. And it actually puts the incumbent at a disadvantage. What is it? It is called Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA for short). Wait a minute, hasn’t this been around forever? Yes, it has. But, based on what I’m seeing, reading and hearing, the use of this procurement method has dramatically increased since 2013. And it’s now being used to procure everything from…
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    Roof Life of Oregon

  • Watch: What Is A Dead Valley On My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Daniel explains dead valleys and how they can affect your roof. Call Roof Life of Oregon for a free inspection and we’ll look for any problems your dead valleys may be causing.
  • Watch: A Well Care Check-Up

    Patrick Morin
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    What to expect at your well care check up: Call us for a free inspection and we’ll make sure your roof remains a long-term investment.
  • Why Remove Debris Off My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    If you have a home that’s downwind of trees or maybe “that neighbor’s darn trees,” you’re going to get a deposit of debris on your roof. That debris can cause heavy and lasting damage to your roof. Roof Life of Oregon can easily take care of that debris with an annual service so that you never have to come home to a disaster. You’ll notice on a roof that there are inside corners and outside corners. Inside corners are what we call valley areas. Sometimes there is also a redirection of a valley and we refer to that as a dead valley. When the tree debris falls on the roof, that…
  • Watch: What Is That Pole Sticking Out Of My Roof?

    Patrick Morin
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Daniel, one of our roof specialists, tells you what that pole is that sticks out of your roof and how we at Roof Life handle it. Roof Life of Oregon can give you a free inspection to make sure that your power pole is dealt with correctly.
  • Your Roof Should Be An Asset

    Patrick Morin
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Outside of leaks, the number one reason people call Roof Life of Oregon is because their roof simply looks bad. Your home is a reflection of you to your friends, family and neighbors. Not only that, a history of maintenance will raise the value of your roof, making it a huge asset when the time comes that you want to put your home on the market. You want your roof to look healthy and well maintained, kind of like your yard, your car or your personal appearance. A neglected roof starts looking pretty nasty; the moss, the black fungus, everything starts to fall apart. When you have your roof…
 
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    Trilogy Builds

  • Trilogy Wants You to Know: Green Building Permits and Codes

    Trilogy Partners
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Different communities have different building codes. These building codes are meant to ensure the safety of the homeowner. There are also green building codes that you will have to abide by in different communities that are meant to help protect the environment that the community is located in. Communities all over the country deal with … Continue reading Trilogy Wants You to Know: Green Building Permits and Codes
  • Trilogy Wants to Know How Your Community Stacks Up

    Trilogy Partners
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The term “green” building is something that is generally associated with environmentally friendly building practices. Many people define it as a concept for making a home less harmful to the environment and more sensitive to the space around it. There are hundreds of different ways that you can do this when building or renovating a … Continue reading Trilogy Wants to Know How Your Community Stacks Up
  • Trilogy Believes in Stylish Responsibility

    Trilogy Partners
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We believe in making sure that your home is as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible, but don’t be mistaken into thinking that this means that you can’t add a bit of style to your interior design. Adding style and sustainability is something that is called stylish responsibility, something that is beginning to catch on … Continue reading Trilogy Believes in Stylish Responsibility
  • Trilogy Spotlight: Picking Eco-Friendly Materials for Tile

    Trilogy Partners
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tile is a great material to use throughout your home, whether it’s flooring or walls in the bathroom or the backsplash in your kitchen. The durability and resistance of tile makes it perfect for these two spaces, and the flexibility in design makes it easy to incorporate into any style. The following are a few … Continue reading Trilogy Spotlight: Picking Eco-Friendly Materials for Tile
  • Trilogy Can Help You Achieve Your Green Housing Goals

    Trilogy Partners
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Here at Trilogy, we focus on designing eco-friendly buildings. If you are interested in designing an environmentally-friendly custom home design, then we suggest checking out some of the following green building ideas for inspiration: Sustainable flooring – The use of cork or bamboo are both sustainable options that provide the same kind of durability and … Continue reading Trilogy Can Help You Achieve Your Green Housing Goals
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    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts

  • The Beach House

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Posted by MarvinRemodel This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.
  • A Reconfigured Staircase

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Posted by Susan_Teare The custom work of many talented people came together to improve flow and beauty to an old staircase in a historic home
  • Artist Modern Remodel

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Posted by lavenson A whole house remodel that transformed a late 1940's ranch style house with 8 foot ceilings into modern, spacious, gallery like space for an empty nester couple, one of whom is an artist.The project succeeded through a great collaboration between owner, architect and a design-build contractor
  • Infinity Cutting Tools Track Master Track Saw Blades

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Posted by Matt_Higgins Replacing your track saw blade can be expensive and less than convenient since they are specialized and aren't as readily available as conventional saw blades. This saw blade hopes to change that...
  • Smart Thermostats on the Rise

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Posted by ScottG Internet-connected smart thermostats are no longer an oddity as they become the norm rather than the exception
 
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    constructionequipment.com

  • NCCER Revises Core Curriculum

    mshoup
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The National Center for Construction Education (NCCER) released the fifth edition of its Core Curriculum: Introductory to Craft Skills along with revised versions of Scaffolding, Your Role in the Green Environment and Managing Electrical Hazards.
  • AGC Participates in Panel on Drone Use in Construction

    mshoup
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and other trade organizations were part of a recent panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on drone use, reports AIN Online.
  • Senate Adds Export-Import Bank Renewal to Highway Bill

    mshoup
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    The Senate voted to advance a proposal to extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter as part of highway funding legislation, reports the National Journal. In a 67-26 vote, the Senate voted to end debate on Sen. Mark Kirk's amendment reauthorizing the 81-year-old bank, which lost its charter to back new loans.
  • More Than $53 Million of Equipment Sold at Ritchie Bros. Auction

    mshoup
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Ritchie Bros. the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold more than $53 million of equipment and trucks at its unreserved public auction in Fort Worth, Texas. The two-day auction set a new Fort Worth site record for number of lots sold, with more than 4,250 items being sold to bidders around the world, including 500+ trailers, 385+ truck tractors, 95+ excavators, 90+ loader backhoes, 50+ compactors, 50+ flatbed trucks, 45+ boom trucks, 40 crawler tractors and 35+ winch tractors. More than 3,750 people from 53 countries registered to bid in person, online and by proxy.
  • Trimble Teams With Zello to Update TrimFleet Suite

    mshoup
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Trimble announced an updated version of Trimble TrimFleet Suite for construction material producers. TrimFleet 6.5 integrates with Zello, a push-to-talk (PTT) application, for TrimFleet Communicator—a feature of TrimView office software and TrimFleet Mobile for the in-cab display. Leveraging integration with Zello for Work, TrimFleet Communicator is a Voice over IP radio replacement that enables quick and reliable communication across the organization. TrimFleet Communicator offers company-wide communication to TrimFleet Mobile and TrimView users.
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    AEC Business

  • Are We on the Road to Sustainable Construction?

    AEC Business
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    By consuming resources and creating pollutants and wastes, the construction of buildings and infrastructure has a dramatic... The post Are We on the Road to Sustainable Construction? appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Making The Most Of Your Commercial Space

    AEC Business
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    Wherever your business is located, space comes at a premium, and this means that you need to... The post Making The Most Of Your Commercial Space appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Knee Pads That You Love to Wear – Interview with Joe Johnson

    Aarni Heiskanen
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:57 pm
    This is an interview with Joe Johnson, a young entrepreneur and developer of memory foam knee pads.... The post Knee Pads That You Love to Wear – Interview with Joe Johnson appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Bid to Win in Professional Services

    Aarni Heiskanen
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Answering requests for proposals (RFP) or requests for quotations (RFQ) is a recurring activity for many professional... The post Bid to Win in Professional Services appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Life Cycle Assessment with One Click – Interview with Ryan Zizzo

    Aarni Heiskanen
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Life cycle assessment of buildings and infrastructure using smart tools and BIM is the theme of my interview... The post Life Cycle Assessment with One Click – Interview with Ryan Zizzo appeared first on AEC Business.
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    wctankrecovery.net

  • Why Oil Tank Removal in Vancouver?

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    If you are new to Vancouver, or to the property market in the city then you might not realize what all the fuss about oil tank removal is about. It is possible you might not have even heard of it before, especially if you have moved here from a different country or have never owned a property before. Unfortunately oil tanks exist and the unpleasant fact of the matter is that they need to be removed. You might be thinking “What oil tank? I haven’t seen an oil tank on my property.” And you are right. It is unlikely that you would be able to see the oil tank in question. The reason for…
  • Dangers and Health Hazards of Underground Storage Tank

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    An underground storage tank (UST) is a lurking danger for the environment and inhabitants of a property. North America has a history of buried oil tanks that are now abandoned by the residents. They are no longer in use and pose a danger to the people occupying that area as well as the surroundings. Earlier, fuel tanks or underground oil tanks played an essential role in the heat and energy supply to a home. They were in working condition and part of the energy consumption cycle of the property. However, USTs are no longer used in Canada or the USA. They are abandoned and have been reduced to…
  • Oil Tank Removal In Vancouver – Is It Worth It?

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Some of the provincial laws in British Columbia can make little sense in our modern world. A lot of them seem archaic and inconvenient and don’t fall in line with modern life in a city like Vancouver. One such law is the removal of Residential Underground Storage Tanks (RUSTs). These are oil tanks that were previously used for heating residential properties, before natural gas became the main fuel source in Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia. When this happened, the old oil tanks were buried underground to keep them out of the way and out of sight. This seemed like a good idea at…
  • Property Owners and Oil Tank Removal

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:36 am
    If you are a homeowner in British Columbia and are thinking about selling your property, you are in a very good position. Property prices in the province are soaring, especially in the city of Vancouver. Space is seriously in demand in the city, with newcomers looking to snatch up whatever house or condo they can find. While it is relatively easy to sell a house in Vancouver and neighboring British Columbia cities, there is one thing that can get in the way: having an oil tank on your property. This may come as a surprise to many homeowners looking to sell, as surely you would be able to see…
  • How To Engage Oil Tank Removal in North Vancouver

    admin
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Residents of the District of North Vancouver (DNV) should be aware of the guidelines for any issues relating to residential underground storage tanks, or RUST’s as they are known for short. Please note that the below information are only guidelines, and we strongly advise checking directly with the District of North Vancouver before acting on any of these suggestions. Recommendations for Oil Tank Removal in North Vancouver It is recommended by the District of North Vancouver that any residential underground storage tanks that are found on a domestic property and have not been used for two…
 
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    Guardian Pool Fencing | Removable Pool Fence with Pool Gate | Safest Pool Fences

  • How to Maintain a Salt Water Swimming Pool

    viktoria
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
      Traditional swimming pools use chlorine or bromine to help keep the pH levels of the water sanitary to swim in during the hot sunny days. Now days, more and more pool owners are switching to salt-water swimming pools because … Read More >>
  • How to Keep Frogs Out of My Swimming Pool

    viktoria
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
           You wake up on Saturday morning, refreshed after a long work week, and put on a bathing suit for some relaxing time in the pool. You step to the edge…only to find that frogs have made their … Read More >>
  • How to Use the Swimming Pool for an Abdominal Workout

    viktoria
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
       There are multiple benefits to owning a swimming pool – from the fun and relaxation it provides for your family, to being the perfect refuge at the end of a long, hot day. Moreover, a pool can provide a means … Read More >>
  • How to Remove Black Algae From a Swimming Pool

    viktoria
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Removing black algae from your swimming pool can be a hassle for any pool owner. These small black spots all over the walls can make even the nicest swimming pool look awful, but thankfully it is a problem which can … Read More >>
  • Fun Things to Do in a Swimming Pool

    viktoria
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Pools are great for swimming and exercise, but they can also be a great source of fun. There are many different games and activities that can be played in the water. Kids, teens and even adults will love playing in … Read More >>
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    Constructive Thinking

  • In D.C., saying farewell to Lady Bird

    Skanska USA
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    It has been two years since our 1,323-ton Lady Bird tunnel boring machine last saw daylight. This month, she completed her mission of carving a 4.5-mile-long, 26-foot-diameter tunnel below Washington, D.C.’s Potomac and Anacostia rivers, and in a ceremony yesterday her cutterhead – the elaborate front section with cutting and slicing tools – was lifted out of the ground. Her complexion had changed, as the bright blue and green paint she was covered with at her outset had long since worn away. But she was still impossible to miss. Lady Bird’s 26-foot-diameter cutterhead is presented…
  • How we’re approaching sustainable commercial development from a “deeper, holistic perspective”

    Skanska USA
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Mats Johansson, president and CEO of Skanska USA’s commercial development unit, recently spoke with Commercial Property Executive about our long-term and thoughtful  approach with the Class A office and multi-family residential buildings we develop. In all our actions, we focus on the needs of the end user. “The tenant who is moving into the building should think about high quality, sustainability and efficiency, and know that we as developers have thought about those things on their behalf,” Mats said. “We want them to know that we understand who they are, and we have adapted the…
  • Final element placed for Virginia’s new Midtown Tunnel tube

    Skanska USA
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    A tunnel element is suspended from the catamaran-like barge as the immersion process gets underway. Our Skanska-led joint venture on Tuesday reached a major milestone: immersing the final 16,000-ton hollow concrete element for the new Midtown Tunnel tube, the centerpiece of our $2.1 billion Elizabeth River Tunnels public-private partnership. Eleven such behemoths – each about 340 feet long – now form a new tunnel stretching between Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., that is scheduled to open to traffic next year. Tuesday’s immersion started at 6 a.m., and the final element was at the bottom…
  • NPR talks with our CEO Rich Cavallaro about taking the long-term view on infrastructure and sustainability

    Skanska USA
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    This week, Skanska USA CEO Rich Cavallaro talked with Jeremy Hobson of NPR’s Here & Now show about the urgent need for the U.S. to improve and take a long-term view of its infrastructure, with the latest short-term federal transportation funding bill set to expire at the end of this month. Rich also discussed the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to help advance critical public projects, the state of the U.S. construction market, the unique challenges of urban construction, and Skanska’s commitment to sustainability, including green construction. Regarding…
  • This thesis shows how performance management can improve client satisfaction

    Skanska USA
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:24 am
    Early in her construction career, Wendy (Li) MacLeod-Roemer realized there was significant room to improve construction delivery beyond traditional means. To help advance our industry, she decided to pursue a PhD in organization management to understand what changes would be most effective. She dedicated her thesis to exploring how performance management can transform construction projects. Here, Wendy – now one of our senior project managers – explains how her research shows that cost isn’t what is most important to clients. What inspired your thesis? I had worked for several years for…
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    Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com

  • Cold Chain Storage: Eliminating the 7 Deadly Wastes

    McKenna
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    When it comes to production and manufacturing efficiency, lean is king. A 2010 study showed that almost 70% of manufacturers utilize some type of lean product management. However, the lean movement has been slower to take root in the warehousing and logistics sector, especially in cold chain storage. While many warehousing facilities lag behind, lean […] The post Cold Chain Storage: Eliminating the 7 Deadly Wastes appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com.
  • Car Parts Storage: Prepping for Millions of SKUs

    McKenna
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    It’s a tradition familiar to many of us: Your parents drove the same car throughout your childhood. On your 16th birthday, you anxiously hoped for a new car, but settled for your parents’ sensible hand-me-down vehicle. Eventually, you moved away and the car was inherited by a younger sibling, or perhaps traded in for a newer model. As […] The post Car Parts Storage: Prepping for Millions of SKUs appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com.
  • Making Vertical Growing More Lucrative with Mobile Storage

    McKenna
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The words “farming” and “agriculture” conjure up images of sprawling green fields, tractors hauling in the harvest, and big red barns, but today, 1/5 of our food comes from somewhere else – urban farming. With over half the earth’s population living in urban areas, it can be difficult and expensive to get fresh produce from […] The post Making Vertical Growing More Lucrative with Mobile Storage appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com.
  • Pharmaceutical Storage: How is it Affected by the ACA?

    McKenna
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which means insurance tax credits will remain or become available for Americans in all states. The ACA is projected to add 30 to 40 million more people into the healthcare market. Between patients recently added to the system and patients with new cost-sharing insurance […] The post Pharmaceutical Storage: How is it Affected by the ACA? appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com.
  • Smart Inmate Property Storage Solves Efficiency Issues

    Melissa
    29 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    The post Smart Inmate Property Storage Solves Efficiency Issues appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. | Spacesaver.com.
 
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    Construction Data Company

  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects – July 27, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 20 – 24, 2015. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama 2015-N-Village Point Park Preserve […]
  • Architecture Billings Index Hits 8-Year High In June

    Kendall Jones
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    In June, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its highest score, 55.7, in eight years to end the first half of an up and down year on a huge upswing. Prior to this, May’s score of 51.9 had been the highest score for 2015 after seeing drops in both January and April where the ABI […]
  • 4 Tips For Obtaining Surety Bonds In The Construction Industry

    Kendall Jones
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    The ability to obtain surety bonding is a necessity in the commercial construction industry. Public entities typically require bid bonds along with performance and payment bonds for their projects. General contractors often require surety bonds from their subcontractors and more and more private entities are requiring bonds to protect themselves again contractor default. Establishing and […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects – July 20, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 13 – 17, 2015. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Fire Station No. 2 […]
  • Plastic Roads, 3D Printed Bridges & The Future Of Road Construction

    Kendall Jones
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    For most of us, when we think of road and bridge construction it’s usually when we are being delayed by a work zone or when we resign ourselves to driving through the smaller potholes to avoid being swallowed up by the bigger potholes. When we do think about road and bridge construction, the terms “new […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Wood Construction Answering Call for More Sustainable Tall Buildings

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Google+ 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. Wood Construction Challenge … Continue reading Wood Construction Answering Call for More Sustainable Tall Buildings → The post Wood Construction Answering Call for More Sustainable Tall Buildings appeared first on…
  • Unusual Construction Project Brings Waves to Austin

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Google+ 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. It’s Sustainable Too Not only will this … Continue reading Unusual Construction Project Brings Waves to Austin → The post Unusual Construction Project Brings Waves to Austin appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with…
  • Differentiate Your Construction Business by Helping Clients Use Water Efficiently

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Google+ 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. WaterSense can also suggest … Continue reading Differentiate Your Construction Business by Helping Clients Use Water Efficiently → The post Differentiate Your Construction Business by Helping Clients Use Water Efficiently appeared…
  • A Deeper Look at Restaurant Construction

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Google+ 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. What restaurant design trends are owners looking for? Right now, we are seeing a lot of different requests come through because of … Continue reading A Deeper Look at Restaurant Construction → The post A Deeper Look at Restaurant Construction appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with Information, News,…
  • Equipment Telematics: Riding on the Leading Edge

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Google+ 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. The information you collect using equipment telematics helps improve machine utilization, reduces fuel and energy consumption, and even lessens the need … Continue reading Equipment Telematics: Riding on the Leading Edge → The post Equipment Telematics: Riding on the Leading Edge appeared first on Construction Informer Blog -…
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    123 Remodeling

  • Chicago’s Rainfall of 2015: Water and Mold Remediation for Property Owners

    Simon J
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The month of June 2015 was the wettest month ever recorded in the history for the State of Illinois.  As reported by the Chicago Sun-times News – the statewide average rainfall accumulated total for the month was a record 8.91 inches. Property owners felt the increase of water-damaged related issues, of sewer-backup, seepage and water overflow problems in their residential and commercial properties. Grand Avenue in Chicago after heavy rainfall. June 2015 was the wettest month in history for Illinois. With all the excessive water damage problems, the creation of mold and…
  • Condo Kitchen Remodel – Forest Avenue (Evanston, IL)

    Simon J
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
      This smaller condo kitchen (4′ x 12′) in Chicago’s North Shore suburb, Evanston, IL has been completely gutted and rehabbed to create an open layout and eating area. What We Did Removal of old wall (see before/after image below) dividing dining room and kitchen, installation of island counter-top eating area, complete with storage and electrical outlet. Reconfigured placement of all appliances for optimal space saving and functionality.  Moved the placement of light fixture in dining room toward new island area.  Removal of old track lighting and installation of…
  • Master Bathroom Remodel – Briar Place, Chicago, IL (Lakeview)

    Simon J
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
        Complete demolition and bathroom remodel of master bathroom in Chicago’s Lakeview area. What We Did  Removed and replaced walls, floors, drop ceiling, window and vanity, toilet and bathtub Replaced old window area with installation of glass blocks Re-structure walls, installing fresh drywall throughout with insulation Bathtub area shower tile (7′ high) complete back-splash with in-wall shelving New lighting, recessed and canned, throughout entire bathroom See complete transformation of this bathroom remodeling project along with final project photos below.
  • Condo Bathroom Remodel – 155 Harbor Point Drive, Chicago, IL (Magnificent Mile)

    Simon J
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
      What We Did This bathroom in Downtown Chicago has been completely gutted and rehabbed.  Removal of old bathroom wall, tiles, floor, bathtub and plumbing. Installed a walk-in shower with tile shower base, complete with a sitting bench and in-wall shelving, new shower fixtures and lighting.  New tile throughout, plumbing, vanity, toilet and painted entire bathroom walls and ceiling.  See the complete transformation and final project images below. After/Before Gallery After [See image gallery at 123remodeling.com] Before [See image gallery at 123remodeling.com] Remodel Your Home or…
  • Master Bathroom Remodel – Chicago, IL (Jefferson Park)

    Simon J
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
      What We Did Complete gut of master bathroom in Chicago’s Jefferson Park area.  Removal of old floor, wall tile, drop ceiling, vanity, toilet, tub and closet area.  Replaced old bathtub and closet area with new bathtub & walk-in shower.  Complete new flooring and tile throughout.  Plumbing for the new walk-in shower, painted and primed ceiling with new vent system and light fixtures.  Installation of GFI outlet with new vanity, fixtures, faucets and toilet. After [See image gallery at 123remodeling.com] Before [See image gallery at 123remodeling.com]   Remodel…
 
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    therockplace.biz

  • How to Make a Masterpiece With River Rock

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
        So river rock might not be the first rock that comes to mind when you think “landscaping.” But if you’re one of our customers of natural stone in Nashville, TN, this readily available and beautiful natural stone should start to be one you think of often. Since we’re in the midst of summertime here in Nashville, it’s a good time to think about your landscape. Do you want to make some changes? You can start planning river rock into your next landscape update—and here’s why we think you should.   What is river rock? You’ve probably seen river rock a thousand…
  • How to Make Your Mail Beautiful

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
        Have you ever tried your hand at stone masonry? If not, you’re in for a treat. Did you know you can build a stone mailbox on your Nashville curb all by yourself? Yep, all you need are some tools, some Nashville, TN natural stone and a guide. We’re here to not only provide a guide for building the mailbox, but to show you why you want a stone mailbox in the first place.   Why a stone mailbox? No reason to complain about curb appeal when a natural stone Nashville, TN mailbox graces your front yard. The beauty of natural stone is never seen by so many passersby as when it…
  • The Scoop on Poop—For Your Garden, That Is

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
        When you start planting a garden for the first time in the Nashville area, you start to hear about this thing called mulch, this thing you’re supposed to add to your garden to make things grow better. But what’s it really all about? You might be surprised to hear that mulch isn’t necessary, but it certainly helps your soil. Even though you can find mulch at gardening specialty shops, you can also find it in bulk at natural stone Nashville, TN dealers—or in your own Nashville back yard. And yes, there are different kinds. Let’s take a closer look at mulch types and what…
  • Is Your Pool a Natural?

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
        A natural pool, that is. Yes, a natural pool is a thing now in Nashville. In fact, it’s an eco-friendly thing that might just do your landscape and your family some real good. Just in case you’re planning to install a pool at your Nashville home for the summer—or if you’re just curious—we thought we’d take a look at natural pools to see what all the fuss is about. And we’ll see if it’s worth going this natural route instead of the traditional concrete in-ground.   What is a natural pool? The bottom line that separates “natural” pools from other types is…
  • Taking the Mystery Out of Crushed Stone

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    26 May 2015 | 11:49 am
        Just what is crushed stone? You’ve probably heard someone mention that they use it in their Nashville, TN landscaping, but you were too embarrassed to admit your ignorance. Well, be embarrassed no more! This handy article is going to spell out the uses and benefits of crushed stone for, well, your benefit. Next time you visit your local dealer of natural stone in Nashville, TN, you’ll be so educated that the dealer won’t know what to do with you! (Not really.)   What is crushed stone? The concept of crushed stone is quite simple and is described by its title. Crushed…
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  • Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 1

    Nikki
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has some good news for residents in hurricane areas this summer. Thanks to the El Niño effect, this year will see a slight reprieve from the high volume storm seasons we have had over the last couple of years. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA. Prepare your home Start by trimming trees close to your home so as to mitigate flying debris. Clean downspouts and ensure that rain water has a clear drainage path away from your home. Fit…
  • 6 Important Questions to ask at your Construction Job Interview

    Nikki
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Whether you are new to the construction industry or a seasoned pro, asking the right questions at your job interview will ensure that you find a construction firm that is a good fit for your skills, has your best interests at heart and operates according to standard safety procedures. Are there any onsite hazards? Knowing what potential dangers you will face on your new jobsite will help you to determine whether this is the job for you. Will you have to work at height and are you comfortable with that? Perhaps there is asbestos or chemical or biohazards to contend with. You can weigh the…
  • How Will You Attract Young Talent to your Construction Company?

    Nikki
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The labor shortage is here and as construction companies vie for talented new recruits, fortune will favor those companies that put some thought into what they have to offer the new generation of millenials. According to a report by Construction Labor Market Analyzer, by next year the burgeoning U.S. construction industry will need about 6.7 million skilled workers which is 50% more than we have in 2015. The aging workforce and lack of skilled labor is having a huge impact on the abilities of small to medium construction firms to offer a competitive price or complete jobs on schedule. With…
  • Deck Joist Span Table

    osbadmin
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    When most builders are determining joist spans for decks, they refer to floor joist spans in their local US building codes. However, decks have to withstand moisture and inclement weather and may be framed with incised treated lumber which means that those joist ratios won’t be accurate. Now the 2015 IRC makes it easy to calculate joist spans for US builders with a new joist span table R507.5: Deck Joist Spans for Common Lumber Species. Referring to the table makes it easy to size deck joists accurately. The new table represents common lumber varieties and covers cantilevered joists too.
  • Easy Home Maintenance Tips That Can Save You Money

    Nikki
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Proper maintenance of the home and appliances will prevent costly repairs or replacements and will add to the efficiency with which your home runs. Here are a few items to keep an eye on that may be slipping under your home-maintenance radar. The Water Heater Sediment gathers at the bottom of your water heater and this may reduce its longevity and prevent it from operating as efficiently as it should. Get a professional to service your water heater according to the manufacturer’s instructions and drain the sediment annually. Gutters Regularly clean and check your gutters for damage. Gutters…
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  • Skylight Installation Prices

    Alex
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    When I walk into a house with skylights, I am instantly in love. The extra light flooding in from the roof elevates the look and feel of any space that would otherwise be unnoticeably dull and boring. Being that my husband is a contractor, when we go to open houses, I always ask him about the different options of installing skylights if they are not already there. It turns out that there are many different skylight installation scenarios and the cost also varies greatly depending on what you want done. (Intro written by my wife – Yelena) Skylight installation is rarely as straight…
  • How Much Should You Pay for Roofing: Roof Value & Prices Explained

    Alex
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:40 pm
    If you haven’t noticed – we changed how our roof calculator works – now instead of one price, we give you three “quotes” for your roof replacement cost – Low End, Mid-Range and High End. While these may seem self explanatory, we will dig a little deeper to provide a more in-depth understanding of these cost categories. We also want to introduce and new concept that we call “Roof Value” which is basically a measure of how much “bang for the buck” you get for every dollar spent. See the chart below to get a better sense of what we…
  • Importance of Tearing off Old Roof Shingles and Repairing Plywood / Sheathing

    Alex
    7 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Recently we’ve worked on replacing an old roof that sustained massive Ice Dams damages, resulting in destroyed kitchen, hardwood flooring and walls. Before any roof work began, the homeowner wanted to leave old shingles in place to cut down on job costs. Although I explained the negative consequences of doing this to the client, the possibility of saving $2000+ on tear-off and plywood costs was more attractive, and the homeowner insisted on putting a new roof over the existing 1 layer of shingles. However, while doing our initial inspection on that roof, we found that removing the old…
  • Top 65 Facts about Asphalt Roofing Shingles

    Lenny
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    There’s a really good chance that every house in your neighborhood is outfitted with asphalt shingle roofing, mainly because 75% of all houses in North America opt for this popular type of install. Sure, metal roofing is rising in popularity and wood shakes offer a unique change of pace, but when it comes to combining design versatility, ease of installation and most importantly price, it’s hard to beat asphalt shingles. This is why every major roofing materials manufacturer, such as GAF, TAMKO, Owens Corning, IKO, and Certain Teed offer a variety of asphalt shingles products. But…
  • 16 Most Popular Roof Types

    Alex
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Are you overwhelmed by all the options in roof styles for your new home? With so many choices, it may be a challenge to pin down which roof type will work best for your house architecture, your personal tastes and your bank account. Before you start a construction or home improvement project, it’s always a good idea to weigh your options carefully. By learning a bit more about each of the most popular roof types, you can make an informed decision, topping your home off with a roof you can enjoy for years to come. We will discuss the following popular roof types. Click on each type to…
 
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    FieldLens

  • When Doubled Fines Aren’t Enough, Time for a Close-Up?

    Aubree Munar
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s summer: peak season for highway construction projects. Drivers hem and haw when the roads are bad, and we hem and haw when we see the diamond-shaped SLOW signs. But in order to get to those highway roads silky smooth and sized right to flow traffic through efficiently, contractors have to slow everyone’s roll for the duration of the project. This results in reactionary leadfoot, and in turn, many people getting hurt—even killed—in work zones on both sides of the cones. Signs and night work can only do so much to curb potential dangers. Ultimately, construction workers have no…
  • New in FieldLens: A Simpler Way to Create and Manage Projects

    Matt Sena
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Everything you create in FieldLens exists within a Project, and lately we’ve been working hard to make sure your experience with Projects is smooth and easy. This week we launched an upgrade to the FieldLens Web experience to improve how you create and manage Projects. Here’s what’s changed: • When you’re logged into the FieldLens Web app, your project name appears in the left-hand side of the header bar. This gray rectangle is now a button that opens a list of all your Projects. • Within the Select a Project screen, you’ll see a button for New Project. This button opens a…
  • Is 3D Printing for Construction Really Happening?

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
      A little over a year ago, people were still talking about 3D printing as an abstract concept that might someday become a reality. Although 3D printers existed and were being used to print all kinds of small things, 3D printing wasn’t yet being seriously applied to construction. Now the technology has advanced with the capacity to build very large structures, and it seems there’s a story every day about how some company is 3D printing a building, bridge, luxury home and so on, in record time. What once seemed like a prospect in the far away future is becoming the reality of…
  • 4 Tips for Learning a Second Language in Construction

    Dustin Chapman
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    We have a thriving workforce in construction right now. According to some (NAHB, Construction Dive, AGC) we’re in need of workers in certain sectors and areas of the industry. A lot of times that means that we get workers coming from other countries to take advantage of work opportunities. Depending on the area of the country you’re in, that can be folks coming in from many different places where English isn’t the first language. How can we work together to get the job done right? Construction is communication. We communicate, coordinate, and plan with so many people throughout the day.
  • Welcome to FieldLens. Allow Us to Show you Around!

    Jamie Roth
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you work on an app for a living, creating a great “First time in app” experience is never done. I asked for a friend’s opinion on another app’s walkthrough recently, and they said “It’s alright. No gaping holes.” When it comes to user experience, “alright” can never be good enough. Building a great user experience is about constantly figuring out how to do it even just a little better, all the time, forever. It is never done. New users are like an acquaintance you just met. They’re probably not going to tell you outright if they’re offended…
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  • Roof Sprayer Serves an Essential Purpose

    Keith Coultrap
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Roofing jobs require specialized equipment—at least, if you want to complete these jobs properly and efficiently. A roof sprayer is an essential piece of equipment for contractors who apply roof coatings or perform other types of installation or repairs involving sprayed materials. Roof sprayers are commonly used to apply spray foam roofing or other materials used to create a strong, weather-resisting roofing surface. This machine lets you apply the materials quickly and evenly, while reducing waste. This helps you increase productivity while reducing costs. Like other types of construction…
  • Get Top Service When Buying Polyurea Equipment

    Keith Coultrap
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Polyurea and spray foam equipment is a major purchase for any business. It is also a critical decision, as the type of machines and supplies you select will have a significant impact on your business and how your operation runs. Most likely, this equipment plays a central role in your process. If it doesn’t perform at an optimum level, your productivity and profits will probably both suffer. Shopping for this equipment, though, isn’t always an easy undertaking. You may not know exactly what you need, or might become overwhelmed by all of the available choices. If you are like most…
  • PMC Proportioner for Every Business

    Keith Coultrap
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Each construction business is unique, and so are its operational needs. That’s why there is no single one-size-fits-all piece of machinery that will fit perfectly for every company. Your business needs a machine that will best accommodate your jobsite demands, while also fitting into your budget restrictions. PMC (Polyurethane Machinery Corporation) understand this, and strives to offer products that are tailor-designed with individual circumstances in mind. They offer a diverse assortment of proportioners that are intended to address the varying needs and priorities of different types of…
  • Graco Unveils New Line of Hydraulic Spray Coating Equipment

    Keith Coultrap
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    One of the leaders in the spray foam equipment manufacturing industry has just released a new line of products that will surely quickly become popular among professionals in the field. Graco—a brand that many contractors and building professionals trust—has announced the launch of its Reactor 2 hydraulic series of sprayers. The company said these machines were designed with the customer as the main priority. The features were all developed with the customer’s needs in mind. Some were even inspired by customer feedback and industry demand. Examples include the relocation of electronics…
  • Don’t Take Shortcuts with Roofing Safety

    Keith Coultrap
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    For most businesses, deadlines are a major priority, so there is an emphasis on speed and moving jobs along quickly. We understand the urge to work quickly and get tasks completed as fast as possible. That’s why we are such big fans of tools and machinery that can help you work more efficiently and save time. Those items can often pay for themselves in the form of increased productivity and reduced manhours. However, there is one aspect of time-slashing that we strongly oppose. That’s when people unwisely decide to try and cut corners or take shortcuts that compromise safety. We’re all…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • Heaven - Linking Avenue, Hunan China - the Big Gate Road

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    China has many breathtaking natural landscapes to explore but when incredible man made structures intervene with what nature has already created millions of years ago, the result is nothing short than the most amazing wonders in the country.The Tianmen Mountain is located in the Hunan province of China. Through its peaks and valleys hides what may be considered as the most beautiful road in the world, the “Heaven-Linking Avenue”,  also known as the Big Gate Road.Big Gate RoadThis picturesque route, in addition to the natural beauty all around it, is also considered one of the most…
  • Download Isolated Foundation Design and Analysis Excel Sheet ACI 318M-95 [XLS]

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today I am going to share with you a very excellent Excel Sheet for the design and analysis of Isolated Foundation of column based on ACI 318 code. It involves all the checks and steps involved.Download Isolated Foundation Design Excel SheetDo you Know Isolated foundation are mostly used for columns and frame structure to transfer point load on a larger area depending on the soil bearing capacity. It also includes the ground water level effect on the foundation load and soil pressure. It finally gives the final design with a proper design diagram to elaborate its results.Download the Excel…
  • A skyscraper of 47 floors without an elevator or life in spain

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    In the Spanish city Benidorm are built towers which symbolize the release of Spain from recession, but the construction workers were apparently so spelled with the idea to make the largest residential building in Europe, and forgot to put elevator. By the end of the construction activities of the skyscraper there are a few more months, but the amazing skyscraper of 47 floors has no lift.collageContractors of construction activities initially built 20 floors, and then decided to add another 27, but for those 27 floors, they forgot to put a lift and to do it afterwards is impossible. Otherwise,…
  • Construction workers play human-sized whack-a-mole

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Whack-A-Mole is a game in an amusment arcade in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear at random, back into their holes. You might have played a lot in your real life.In WASHINGTON, a trio of construction workers on their break found a new use for their helmets and a rubber mallet: playing human whack-a-mole.See Video BelowA video going viral on YouTube shows one construction worker holding the rubber mallet and using the tool to "whack" two of his colleagues on their hard hats when they emerge from a pair of holes.The Digital Whack a moleThe real-life interpretation of the…
  • Plastic Roads – an innovation in pavement and highway engineering

    Saad Iqbal
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Paving Streets and roads with asphalt can – in a not so distant future – become a thing of the past. The alternative? Recycled Plastic. And the Netherlands could be the first country to use this new type of road surface.Plastic roads would last up to three times as much as asphalt. Image: VolkerWesselsDutch company named VolkerWessels is a high profile group of companies having roots in Netherlands with experts and professionals from round the globe. The company has recently launched a project titled “Plastic Road”.The name seems interesting as one can’t expect a plastic bearing a…
 
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    Whirlwind Steel's Blog

  • Steel Auto Shops: What are the Benefits?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    If there's any professional who can appreciate the benefits of a steel and metal building more than a contractor, it's an auto mechanic. You understand the difference between something that requires continual maintenance and expense to keep it running - or standing - smoothly, and something that is so well-engineered and designed from the get-go that it runs and runs - or stands and stands - with little maintenance required. 7 Benefits of Building a Steel Auto Shop for Your Business or Property The following are 7 of the top reasons why it just plain makes sense to build a steel auto shop.
  • The Pre-Metal Building Construction Process

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The building and construction of a metal building starts long before the first truckload of prefabricated materials arrives, and before ground is broken. It begins with what we call the pre-construction phase, where you plan, plan and plan some more to ensure your metal building project comes off without a hitch. Some of the steps included in the pre-metal building construction phase include: Establishing budgets and financing. Obtaining necessary permits. Selecting the right metal building manufacturer and contractor. Ensuring your building site is ready to accommodate the building, and will…
  • Why Are Construction Sites Using Drones?

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Drones make the headlines left and right; most often in regards to the military or the FAA's challenge in creating legal guidelines for recreational and commercial drone flights. However, these days, drones are showing up in the news due to the work they perform for the construction industry. Drones in Construction: Could Your AEC Company Benefit? Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming a popular addition to the construction workforce, especially for companies building large-scale, high-dollar projects. A recent article…
  • How Thick Should My Steel Building Be?

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The thickness of your steel building should be driven by a variety of factors, like what type of building it is, the climate in the area where you live and any potential "worst case" scenarios that could compromise the building's integrity (tornadoes, earthquakes, high winds, etc.). In most cases metal buildings are constructed with a steel gauge no higher than 28; 26 gauge steel is the industry standard for most commercial and residential applications, and 24 gauge is steel is also common for standing seam panels and buildings that will experience high wind or snow loads.
  • Reflectivity and Emissivity: Factors to Considers with Metal Roofs

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    If you subscribe to our blog or have stumbled across a Whirlwind blog when searching for metal building information in the past, you may have noticed we're major fans of metal roofs. And, we aren't the only ones. You jump onto just about any green building, sustainable building, or modern building website and - if the article pertains to roofing - you'll see something written about the benefits of metal roofs. Metal roofing products are durable, low-maintenance and often come with warranties that are upwards of 40 years. Even the highest-end versions of metal roofs are pretty…
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    HUD Info Exchange

  • How to Become a Community Housing Development Organization

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    A Community Housing Development Organization, or CHDO, is an entity that is prioritized to receive funding from HUD's HOME Program. States, cities and counties across the country receive an annual allocation of HOME funds from the federal government to produce affordable housing. HUD requires that at least 15% of their annual allocations fund CHDO projects. In this post I summarize the most important steps an organization needs to take in order to qualify as a CHDO.HOME Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) are responsible for certifying entities as CHDOs in accordance with HUD regulations. In…
  • Getting a Handle on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:43 pm
    HUD requires each entitlement jurisdiction to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to fair housing every five years, concurrent with the update of the Consolidated Plan. Unlike the Consolidated Plan, the AI is not submitted through IDIS to HUD, but is kept on file at the jurisdiction. Five years is a long time, so here's a refresher (or introduction) on how to approach the AI. I recommend you review HUD's Fair Housing Planning Guide to make sure you are addressing all of the relevant topics. The AI can be organized in five general sections:Goals and Process- definition…
  • Consolidated Plans: Bringing It All Together

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    In many ways, HUD has simplified the Consolidated Planning process with the new eCon Planning Suite. It has a standardized format, and much of the data (albeit a bit out of date) is already provided in tables within the forms. Rather than interpreting HUD regulations, the form asks specific questions, taking a great deal of guesswork out of the process. In addition, all information can be input into IDIS, where plans, disbursements and reports are now stored in one place.These are all welcome developments. Still, when the Consolidated Plan is printed out, it is well over 100 pages and not in…
  • Tips for Labor Compliance on HUD Projects: Part 3

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Welcome to my final installment of HUD labor compliance tips. Part 1 provided an overview, and suggestions on complying with federal prevailing wages. Part 2 dealt with integration of requirements into contracts. Part 3 will focus on Equal Employment Opportunity and Section 3 requirements. Relevant regulations include Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development of 1968, 24 CFR Part 135, Executive Orders 11246, 11375, 12086, and 41 CFR Part 60 1.4(b).Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) These requirements are often called MBE/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises). The…
  • Tips for Labor Compliance on HUD Projects: Part 2

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Happy New Year! I took a long holiday break from the blog, but now I'm back at it. In my last post, I focused on wage compliance for HUD Projects. In this post, I will address contract conditions.When it comes to "CYA" for labor requirements, documentation is your friend, particularly contractual documentation. Far too often, the project team catches up with the labor requirements after the contracts are already signed, or after construction has already begun. You can always add addenda, but contractors will have already initiated their hiring and subcontracts. At that point, it's always…
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    GenieBelt Blog

  • How They Built Venice

    Stuart Howie
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    These days Venice is a huge tourist attraction and a World Heritage Site, but how did this come about? Well, the reason for it goes back to even Pre-Roman days. There were some nasty people around, intent on committing mayhem and murder of the locals. Probably the last of these was Attila the Hun. What the locals realised was that they were a lot safer if they did a runner to the 117 small islands in the Venice lagoon. Eventually they settled there and Venice evolved into an immensely rich and powerful city on the trading routes and with its own huge fleet of ships. These benefitted from a…
  • When The Car and Lorry Changed Logistics For Building Materials

    Stuart Howie
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Well, I suppose this change must have started very earlier in the 20th. Century not long after the first lorries were manufactured. Change takes time though. As a kid they were building a huge new Council Estate at the rear of our house. This was to fill in nearly a mile of green space between us and the local Park and Grammar School. Now remember that this was the Post War Regeneration Period and the houses were urgently needed. Ours, being a ship-building town, got heavily Blitzed. There were actually more tonnes of bombs dropped on it per head of population than there were on Coventry!
  • Revolutions in construction - The Mobile Phone

    Stuart Howie
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s two particular projects stick in my mind as being, in some respects, nightmares! The first of these was what is still Europe’s second-largest single floor and roofed tin shed; 27 acres of it set in a 96 acre site. That is about 12 an 45 if you want that in hectares! Now, quite sensibly, all sub-contractors’ site managers were required to check in at the main contractor’s site offices each morning. That allowed for quick briefings. However sometimes details and specifications would change during the day that needed to be passed on immediately…
  • How They Built the Statue of Liberty

    Stuart Howie
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    There it is, sat on Liberty Island off Manhattan, New York, New York, towering 93 metres above the ground and the icon for The United States of America since 1886 when it was dedicated!       Well, it actually comes in three parts, each of which are essential components, but which are completely different to each other! That it is there at all comes down to one man! The idea had been there and starts made, but they got nowhere. What happened was that the French, who donated it to America, got Gustave Eiffel - yes, the Eiffel Tower man! - involved and he came up with the…
  • Building the ancient Egypt pyramids

    Stuart Howie
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Now this is something about which there has been a lot of academic argument, most of which is baloney! I know how they built the Great Pyramid of Giza because, in a previous life, I was a Site Supervisor on the job! ;) We liked doing it, too! Over 15 year’s continuous employment, starting around 2085 B.C.; meant the wife and kids got fed and clothed! Managed to cough up a dowry for my two daughters and got them off my hands!     Anyway, something like 2.3 million blocks of stone were used weighing, in total, something like 5.9 million tonnes. These were stuck together, sorry, held…
 
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  • The Ultimate Carefree AZ Home Remodeling Checklist

    Mike Christensen
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Staying focused on any project becomes much easier when you create a checklist. Especially if you’re taking on a major project – planning is your best friend and often the key to success. IF you’re getting ready to remodel a home, know that effective planning begins with the home owner. This is why we’ve created the ultimate Carefree AZ home remodeling checklist that will ensure your project starts and ends with as little stress as possible. Item #1 – Document your Ideas before Creating a List Before you embark on your home remodeling checklist adventure, you first have to know…
  • Popular High-End Paradise Valley Home Remodeling Ideas

    Mike Christensen
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    If you’re going to invest the time and money to update your home – why not add a touch of style and class? This is not only a growing trend for many Paradise Valley home owners, but it’s also a great way to increase the equity and value of your home and improve your quality of living. In fact, many of the high end Paradise Valley home remodeling ideas are rather affordable – but will look as if you’ve spent a king’s ransom transforming your home to a castle. Check out four of the most common high end remodeling projects gaining momentum in the greater Phoenix area.
  • General Contractor In Scottsdale Building Handicap Home For Wounded Veteran

    Mike Christensen
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Celebrating this nations birthday reminds us of the freedoms we have in this country, but this freedom does not come without sacrifice. The men and women that serve in our armed forces protect this nation and it’s freedoms. Although it may be easy to reach out to thank our military on holidays like July 4th, Veterans Day or Memorial Day, it’s important that we take every opportunity to give thanks and show gratitude to our military. So when the opportunity came up for Peak One Builders owner Mike Christensen to collaborate once again with Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded…
  • Water Damage Scottsdale: Help! My Pipes Broke In My Home

    Mike Christensen
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    It’s an all too common problem; you wake up in the middle of the night because you hear water running only to discover that your pipes have burst. This is very common in Scottsdale and without question, it’s very frustrating when a major home component breaks and causes significant damage. However, there are a few things that you can and should do if this occurs that can reduce additional damage being done to you house and save you a considerable amount of stress fixing water damage in Scottsdale. Step #1 – Cut the Water Supply to the House There are a few items that every home…
  • Seniors & Veterans Leaning on Handicap Home Builders in Scottsdale

    Mike Christensen
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    When President Barack Obama visited the Phoenix metro area this past March, his visit was primarily focused on discovering what solutions have been provided to fix a damaged Veterans Affairs facility. However, he also took time to visit Sergeant Cory Remsburg; a US Army Specialist that received a recently remodeled home completed by a team of handicap home builders in Scottsdale. But Sergeant Remsburg is not alone. In recent years, there has been an increased need for seniors and returning military hero’s to have upgrades made to their Scottsdale homes for safety and improved quality of…
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