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  • Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015 - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice
    Remodeling Guru
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh some kitchen remodeling inspiration, consider these ideas and design trends popular in […] The post Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015 - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice
    Remodeling Guru
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    It’s the beautiful Fall season again! – A time to enjoy the wonderful leaf foliage during the day, as well as gather around the house with family and friends to enjoy some spiced wine or apple cider filled with the season aromas. — If you are anything like myself, then by the time it’s Fall […] The post Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Bertha inches closer to repair target

    AGC SmartBrief
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 am
    Bertha, the tunnel-boring machine that had been stuck under Seattle for months, is inching closer to the position she needs t -More- 
  • Are your meetings an inspiration or an obligation?

    NRCA SmartBrief
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Every moment you spend in a meeting is time you could be spending doing something else, so make sure you're mindful about wha -More- 
  • Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step

    Construction News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Researchers have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block -- a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical and electronic devices or smart drug-delivery systems.
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  • Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Researchers have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block -- a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical and electronic devices or smart drug-delivery systems.
  • Half spheres for molecular circuits

    16 Feb 2015 | 3:48 am
    Corannulene is a carbon molecule with a unique shape (similar to the better known fullerene) and promising properties. A team of scientists carried out computer simulations of the molecule’s properties and discovered that it might help overcome the difficulties building molecular circuits (i.e., of the size of molecules).
  • Buildings with 'rocking' technology would be more earthquake-resilient

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere. A researcher's modeling suggests optimal sizes for damping devices and steel yielding devices that dissipate the energy of a quake.
  • Cracks in the surface coating of gas turbines are necessary for longer life-span and better thermal insulation

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    Gas turbines are used for the production of electricity and in aircraft engines. To increase the life-span of the turbines, they are sprayed with a surface coating. The coating consists of two layers – one of metal to protect against oxidation and corrosion , and one of ceramic to give thermal insulation. The structure of the coating varies greatly, consisting of pores and cracks of different sizes. It is these cracks and pores that largely determine the efficiency of the thermal insulation and the length of the  coating life-span.
  • Engineers develop world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Civil Engineers and pre-cast concrete specialists have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge.
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    Contracting Business

  • 5 Things to Do (And One Thing to Look Out For) During the Tweener Months

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    By Matt Michel Winter is nearly gone. Hot weather is still in the distance. People are less apt to buy since homeowners who have made it this deep into winter without replacing their furnaces will do almost anything to stretch the product a few more weeks. What will you do? read more
  • Sharp Expands Ductless Mini-Split Line

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:13 am
    News from Sharp Sharp is leveraging its well known brand name and experience of selling mini splits in about 100 countries around the world, as it expands its presence in North America. read more
  • 100,000 Downloads for Emerson App

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    News from Emerson Climate Technologies Emerson's HVAC Check & Charge app provides an on-site refrigerant charge calculator for air conditioning applications. read more
  • FLAME ON! Gallery of Torches from Uniweld

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    News from Uniweld Lightweight and portable, these Uniweld flame tools can be operated with Propane or MAP//Pro gasses without changing the tip. Interstitial Ads Frequency:  -1 read more
  • Milwaukee-area contractor gives veteran family new furnace for winter

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Milwaukee, WI - In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Flat Rate Home Service’s felt eager to give back to the community that has embraced them as a leader in the plumbing, heating and cooling industry in the southeastern Wisconsin area for a quarter of a century. read more
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Cure-on-Demand Masking Resin reduces processing time.

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Offering temperature and chemical resistance, UV/Visible light-curable SpeedMask® 750 provides surface protection during thermal spray coating, plasma spray, some HVOF processes, and aggressive grit blasting. This maskant, which can maintain adhesion during CNC machining, cures on demand, holds shape after application by spray/dispense equipment, and is tack free after proper cure. Pink color facilitates placement confirmation, and removal can be accomplished via peeling or incineration. This story is related to the following:Chemical Processing and Waste ManagementMaterials and Material…
  • High-Temp Polymer Coatings protect fiber optics.

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Providing high-temperature shield up to 300°C, Zeus NeoTem™ is chemically inert with resistance to CH4, O2, CO2, and water permeation. Also available, PEEK coating provides high temperature shield up to 260°C and is resistant to abrasion, chemicals, and radiation. This story is related to the following:Fiber Optic & Ceramic Coatings | Polymer Coatings
  • Conformal Coating System utilizes multi-valve technology.

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Available in conformal coating, dispensing, and/or potting platforms, Precisioncoat V features multi-valve technology that allows for application of dots, lines, fills, glob tops, and spray coat areas. Conformal coating and dispense valves move smoothly along 3-axis system, with option to add fully programmable fourth and fifth axes for tilt and rotation capabilities. With Windows®-based software, users can customize each program based on material and pattern. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Coating Machinery | Conformal Coating…
  • Black-Body Coating suits applications to 2,000°F.

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Demonstrating emissivity greater than 0.90 at temperatures to 2,000°F, HiE-Coat™ 840-M has been formulated for metal surfaces such as stainless steel. Jet-black, water-dispersed, ceramic coating is used for gas-fired burners to optimize thermal efficiency of commercial and consumer appliances, industrial ovens, and furnaces. Applied by sponge brush, roller, or spray equipment, VOC-free coating provides coverage rate of approximately 360 ft²/gallon based on 2 ml dry film thickness. This story is related to the following:Ceramic Coatings | High Temperature Coatings
  • Electric Paint suits 3D printing applications.

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Consisting of electrically conductive liquid wire, Electric Paint can be used as cold-soldering medium or conductive adhesive. Non-toxic and solvent-free, product is suitable for rapid prototyping, repairing PCBs, and painting circuits and sensors on any surface. Once printed or applied, paint dries quickly at room temperature and can be removed with soap and water. This story is related to the following:Adhesives and SealantsSearch for suppliers of: Electrically Conductive Adhesives |
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  • Review: More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing by Amy L. Howard

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    In the 1990s, a group I co-founded, the Eviction Defense Network, was asked by public housing residents to organize alongside them during the HOPE VI process. The HOPE VI process promised to tear down distressed public housing and replace it with new modern homes. The residents we worked with, mostly at North Beach Public Housing in San Francisco, put forward rather modest demands. They wanted to return to their homes, find living wage jobs, and be free of harassment from police and security guards. Predictably, the city’s power structure treated them like pariahs. That’s what happens…
  • Interview: Jay Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Harold Simon: You left Youngstown [as mayor] three years ago, where you did some courageous things. Jay Williams: We tried. Harold Simon: What were things you learned that you would like brought to the federal government, or would like to see more communities do? Jay Williams: It was interesting to understand the length of time that Youngstown struggled with its loss of its defining industry. There was an impact in terms of the actual measurable challenges of the community, whether it was decline in tax base, decline in population, [or] the challenges to the neighborhoods. But, [what] was…
  • Close to Home

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    I keep a running list of non-fiction books that have opened my mind and changed my perspective on the world in some significant and unexpected way, such that ever after I keep referring back to them. One of them is War and the Soul, by Ed Tick. Tick is a therapist who specializes in working with veterans. In War and the Soul he argues that PTSD from military service is not simply a result of experiencing the horrors of war. It is also about how society helps you—or doesn’t help you—make meaning of those experiences. Tick explores the mythology of war and the history of rituals around…
  • Serving Those Who Served

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Jack Downing is president of Soldier On, a nonprofit veterans housing agency that provides 265 transitional beds for veterans in western Massachusetts, making it the largest provider of transitional housing for vets east of the Mississippi River. Downing began providing shelter beds for vets in 2001, but in 2004, as he listened to a soldier about to leave for the war in Iraq, he had an epiphany: Providing only transitional housing for veterans was something he, and the country, should be ashamed of. “The hundreds of people in my care—and over 22 million vets—said they would die to…
  • Clearing a Path to Employment for Veterans

    10 Feb 2015 | 4:25 am
    The high rate of joblessness seen among soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is less about available jobs and more about employer perception,” says Diane Zumatto, national legislative director for the veterans advocacy group AMVETS. “Whether it’s conscious or unconscious, many people fear veterans,” she says. “They believe that anyone who is a veteran is damaged goods.” Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2014 showed that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 6.2 percent for September, compared with 5.9 percent for the nation as a whole and 4.7 percent for the…
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  • Affordable Housing is an Economic Development Benefit

    McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    When we think of economic development opportunities that lead to greater prosperity, we are likely to think of major employers such as factories, corporate offices, universities or health care centers....By: McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC
  • Five Critical Tips for the Successful Mediated Settlement of a Construction Dispute

    Faegre Baker Daniels
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    After more than a dozen hours of tense and tiring mediation, the parties finally reach agreement. No one is happy but everyone is relieved, and now they want to go home. But more work is necessary to make sure that the mediated settlement is properly...By: Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance Promotes Alternate Source of Transportation Funding

    Nossaman LLP
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    The Second Annual Conference of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) was held in Washington, DC on February 24, 2015. The MBUFA is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and education about mileage-based user fees as an alternative...By: Nossaman LLP
  • Chapter 40 Reform Provides Relief for Nevada Homebuilding Industry

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law AB 125 (2015) ushering in critical reforms for Nevada’s construction defect laws. The law, which the Nevada Legislature passed this past Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, provides crucial relief for Nevada’s...By: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • The Construction Advantage – Issue 14

    Bernstein Shur
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Welcome to the fourteenth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you cases of economic loss doctrine, binding arbitration, and CGL exclusions. We hope that you enjoy our newsletter, and we welcome any comments on this edition...By: Bernstein Shur
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  • Point cloud to BIM conversion services

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Indovance uncovers LIDAR to BIM conversion in a simplified way by sharing the required software capabilities, technical capabilities and what it takes to complete the project with the help of outsourcing partner. It talks in detail about what can be the different types of inputs and outputs while dealing with the Lidar data conversion.Request Free!

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED TRANSPORTATION NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for deploying mobile, location-based technology.Next-Gen Transportation: new technology for intelligent roadway infrastructure, V2V/V2X communications, location-based services, technology deployments for rail and air, driver-less vehicles, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no cost,…

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • Plumbing & Mechanical

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    Subjects covered include labor, merchandising, training, job-site management, plus product and installation technical material. The intention is to strengthen the readers' performance as a vital link in the process which brings plumbing and hydronics products from the manufacturer to the ultimate buyer.Request Free!

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    SMART BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider industry standards and more efficient models of construction.Next-Gen Buildings: reporting the shift in technology that will lead to higher levels of security, comfort, and sustainability, including “building in the cloud,” crowd-sourced design, energy performance modeling, and more.Industry News: latest projects,…
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    Andrea O
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Forget long-stem roses and chocolates! Get your Valentine something they’ll appreciate year-round. Here are some truly thoughtful and creative gift ideas for your sweetheart! 1. Handyman Services: Kill the honey-do list. 2. Junk Removal: What’s more romantic then giving up something for the one you love? 3. Closet Organization: Take care of something you’ve been […]
  • Best of 2014 Winners

    Andrea O
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:26 am
    We have travelled across Canada to award the country’s best home improvement companies. Tonight we are wrapping up awards season in Toronto. This is our seventh year awarding contractors who have done outstanding work, based on homeowner reviews. Check out the winners in your region! Toronto’s Best of 2014 award recipients: AMI Repair Service Inc […]
  • A message to owners of home improvement businesses:

    Andrea O
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our HomeStars Best of Awards (BOA) were launched seven years ago to recognize top-rated companies that we believe are the most trustworthy and have been recognized for great work by validated homeowners. We know that people take note of the Best of Awards badge and that it informs their hiring decisions. As this award has […]
  • Update to Assisted Reviews (aka Add a Review) 

    Andrea O
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    Last week, HomeStars was referenced in Toronto media after a home renovation company (GarCon Building Group) went bankrupt. Concerns were raised about the validity of some of this company’s reviews on HomeStars, in particular those published using our assisted review tool. Assisted reviews are designed to help contractors get homeowner reviews for the work they’ve […]
  • Happy Holidays from HomeStars

    Andrea O
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    HomeStars would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday. Our website will be shutdown for maintenance December 27th and 28th. Over the holiday season our offices will be closed from December 24th – January 2nd. During this time there may be a delay in review moderation and email response times. We thank […]
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    Darren | Slaughter

  • Marketing to New Homeowners

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:32 am
    Home Improvement Spending Was More Than $350 Billion in 2014 Since the 2008 crash, home improvement spending has increased from $281 billion, to more than $350 billion in 2014 as homeowners learn to appreciate the value of improving rather than moving. One statistic that indicates that people simply are developing a great love for home improvement is the fact that new homeowners are one of the largest spending groups on renovations. As a contractor, this is an ideal target marketing group for contractors. While homeowners have learned to make their home into the home of their dreams, they…
  • A Contractor Marketing Plan in One Infographic

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:46 am
    A lot of contractors contact us because they have struggled with marketing; from what to use to how to use it. If you fall into that category, then this infographic is ABSOLUTELY for you. I suggest you save this post for the weekend or a time when you can relax with a cup of coffee and go through this line by line, and you will see exactly how you should market your construction company. From social media to blogging to video to traditional advertising. All you have to do is be able to read through the lines of some of this information, and your next 18-months is laid out for you.  …
  • Construction Website Design is Like New Construction

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Designing a great website is a lot like building a house. As a contractor, you know that it is important to use quality materials and expert skill at every level of home construction. The same is true for your professional construction website design. If you do things right the first time, the work is less expensive and stressful in the long run. Skimping on quality rarely pays off. Foundation: Design The basis of your website has to be a quality design that can be developed to change and expand as your business does. When you build a house, the first weeks are spent laying a foundation that…
  • Contractors: Before Adding a Mobile Site Increase Your Responsiveness

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:08 am
    If you have asked your resident technology guru if you need a mobile website for your business, he has probably said yes. This is his job, to convince you that you need every aspect of modern technology applied to your business, but he is not necessarily correct. There are many reasons why a responsive website is better for your company than adding a mobile website to your existing online infrastructure. What is the difference? The first logical question to this claim is, “What is the difference between a mobile website and a responsive website.” The answer could change how you…
  • Facebook as a Confidence Factor? It’s Here!

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:24 am
    Remember a few years ago I told you social media had the ability to replace testimonials as a serious confidence factor? Well Hubspot did a survey where 80% of the respondents had this to say about Facebook. Contractors who thought Facebook wasn’t useful, take note! It’s costing you business! The post Facebook as a Confidence Factor? It’s Here! appeared first on Darren | Slaughter.
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Capture Reality, Recapture Time

    Dace Campbell
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    Many people in the construction industry are familiar with "Lean" Construction, and the Plan-Do-Check-Act/Adjust ("PDCA") cycle as an iterative management method to support continuous improvement on projects. "PDCA Cycle" by Karn-b - Karn G. Bulsuk ( Originally published at - Own work. Originally developed for Taking the First Step with PDCA. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. While this four-step process is not specific to construction, informing practically every…
  • Are You Using Navisworks 2015 Tools?

    Shawn Butler
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Budgets are tight and time to put together a good training program is scarce. Let’s look at the Navisworks 2015 features to help you maximize your efficiency with the current product features.  As a past BIM/CAD manager, I know how important it is to prove to your manager that the team is using its program investment to the fullest.  So let’s sharpen our skills with key features in Navisworks 2015: integrated 2D & 3D quantification and takeoff, cloud rendering, Recap improvements, and a few performance improvements. Integrated 2D & 3D Quantification Integrated 2D & 3D…
  • BIM 360 Glue – New 2D Map Feature for Intuitive Location Navigation

    Paul Walker
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    As we know, the data that BIM encompasses is massive. It is an overwhelming and comprehensive assortment of finite details---that when backed by a process, are invaluable to the success of a project. And while this information is undeniably important across all phases of construction, at times, visually interpreting that information can be a bit cumbersome. Especially if you are in the field, purposely focused on a single aspect---a single scope of detail that needs your immediate attention. Up until now, if you were in the field on your iPad navigating in a BIM 360 Glue model--trying to…
  • BIM 360 Field: Versions for your documents!

    Julie Jacobson
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Spotlight of the Week: Guest Blogger Krystian Macek Krystian Macek is a BIM 360 Field Product Manager at Autodesk.   Krystian leads the efforts in helping companies in the construction industry improve safety, quality and commissioning processes through the lens of technology.   Having access to the latest version of your construction drawings in the field is key in reducing rework and cost.  Think about how many times you've had a subcontractor ask you a specific question while on the job site.  You need to make sure you have the most current set of drawings, which sometimes means…
  • Revit to BIM 360 Glue improvements

    Lee Mullin
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    It's fair to say I get overly excited about small improvements in our products, and this is one I've been waiting for a few months for. When pushing a model from Revit to Glue historically we have created a lightweight DWF file to push up to BIM 360 Glue, this minimises the bandwidth used rather than uploading the entire Revit model, and allows you to run the faster iterative design review more quickly. In the latest release of the Revit exporter in BIM 360 Glue we now give you the option to push to DWF or the Navisworks NWC file format. You may be wondering why you may want to use…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • Upcoming LMN Time Webinars – Feb 26th and 27th

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:06 am
    Due to popular demand we have added two more LMN Time + Scheduling Webinars! Thursday February 26th – 3PM EST Friday February 27th – 11AM EST Register below! Our LMN Time Webinar covers LMN Time + Scheduling in detail including setting up jobs, creating timesheets, staff, settings, reports and of course our brand new scheduling feature. This is a great opportunity if you are brand new to the time tracking and thinking about adding it for your company or if you are a current LMN Time subscriber and just want more detail about some of the functionality available in the software. The…
  • LMN Time Webinar – February 25th – 3PM

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Our LMN Time Webinar covers LMN Time + Scheduling in detail including setting up jobs, creating timesheets, staff, settings, reports and of course our brand new scheduling feature. This is a great opportunity if you are brand new to the time tracking and thinking about adding it for your company or if you are a current LMN Time subscriber and just want more detail about some of the functionality available in the software. The LMN Time Webinar typically runs for 1 hour. If you are interested in signing up you can register through the link below or email if you have any questions. LEARN MORE…

    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Landscape Management Network’s Sales and Support and Live Chat will be closed on Monday Feb 16th for Family Day! If you have any questions or need support feel free to send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will be back open again at 8am EST on Tuesday Feb 17th! The post LMN SALES AND SUPPORT CLOSED FOR FAMILY DAY appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
  • How to Be Everywhere All At Once… Managing a Landscape Company

    LMN Admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
      January 27, 2015 @ 10:30am – 11:20 am How to Be Everywhere All At Once – Managing a Landscape Company Mike Lysecki, COO of the Landscape Management Network Everyone wants a growing, thriving, profitable landscape company… until you inherit the problems that come along with more people, more jobs, and less time to manage it all! Mike Lysecki from TBG Landscape will share their story and the systems that kept them sane while they grew from a backyard startup to one of North America’s top 100 landscape contractors. See for yourself the systems that help the company flow…
  • Can’t get to Congress? Download Mark Bradley’s Presentations

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    January 7, 2015 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am How to Run A Job Like Your Competition Can’t… Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network If you are tired of facing competition that works too cheap, then learn some proven ways to beat them at their own game. Reduce prices without sacrificing profit; join Mark Bradley of TBG Landscape, with an in-depth overview of how he trains staff to plan, organize, and supervise a jobsite, from mobilization to final punchlist. Attendees will learn: – How to value-engineer construction before it starts, to deliver the most…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • What You Need to Know about Off-site Building Design

    Linda Bee
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Off-site construction involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling building elements for rapid site assembly to a greater degree of finish than in traditional piecemeal on-site construction. This type of building design includes a range of materials, scales and systems, digital software, methods of manufacture and fabrication, and innovations in social and technological integration.… Read More... The post What You Need to Know about Off-site Building Design appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Just how energy-efficient will portable classrooms be in 2016?

    Linda Bee
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is a great deal to be excited about when it comes to portable classrooms and their fit into a sustainable future. Modern portable classrooms are much more energy-efficient than those built just a generation ago. The Northwest Portable Classroom Project conducted by Washington State University in 2003 found that portables built to the 1993 code were 44% more energy-efficient than models built 25 years prior. … Read More... The post Just how energy-efficient will portable classrooms be in 2016? appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • How Your School Can Benefit from Permanent Modular Construction

    Linda Bee
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Permanent modular construction is a cost-effective, code compliant solution to almost any construction need. A typical modular building schedule is 30 to 50 percent shorter than conventional building techniques due to concurrent off-site module construction and site preparation. There are a great many benefits to employing permanent modular construction – especially for your school.… Read More... The post How Your School Can Benefit from Permanent Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • A.L.I.C.E. Training and Modular Classrooms Part 2 of 3

    Linda Bee
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Many Massachusetts area schools undergo ALICE Training Schools in  Methuen, Danvers, Northhampton, Winchester and Bedford, just to name a few have all completed or will complete ALICE Training. Holbrook in Massachusetts prepared for potential threats. For the new school year, Holbrook is implementing the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) program, as recommended by the Massachusetts Task Force Report in its report on school safety, which was presented to Gov.… Read More... The post A.L.I.C.E. Training and Modular Classrooms Part 2 of 3 appeared first on Design and…
  • 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Temporary Modular Classroom Provider

    Linda Bee
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    When it comes to choosing the right vendor for a temporary modular classroom, here are some helpful tips on where and how to get started: Skilled Supervision You should first take into account the experience level of the company and particularly check for licensed personnel identified, who’ll supervise the modular installation.… Read More... The post 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Temporary Modular Classroom Provider appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • The Case For Paying Marketers More

    Matt Handal
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Wouldn’t this apply to in-house marketers working for firms?” I asked. “I believe it would,” the attorney replied. At that moment, I knew I had stumbled on something I just had to share with you. Today, I’m going to make the case for why many marketers are not being properly compensated under Federal law. I’m going to explain why firm leaderships need to know about this. And I’m going to provide all the information you or they would need to decide for themselves whether or not anyone’s compensation needs to be adjusted. This is huge. But before I begin, let me make…
  • Improve Your Firm Website

    Matt Handal
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I always get a lot of questions about websites. Most of them center around how to improve your firm website. In the first Design & Construction Marketing Podcast episode of 2015, we talk to Hinge’s Sylvia Montgomery about that very topic. Among many things, we discuss how to know when it’s time to redesign your site and the most important improvement you can make. Depending on where you are reading this: you can listen to the podcast below, at this episode’s page (where you can also download the mp3), or by subscribing through iTunes. Show Notes Hinge Marketing Professional…
  • How Some Winners Think About Procurement

    Matt Handal
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    “Yes, it kind of is,” admitted the agency employee sitting across from me. Even they knew it. And the older I get, the more procurements I’m involved in… …the clearer it becomes. Let me explain. Remember the board games you played as a kid? My favorites were Hungry Hungry Hippos, Monopoly, Risk, and Sorry. As a child, those made up my board game world. But as a parent, I walk into Toys R Us and I’m confronted by a wall of games. Now there is a mustache game, several princess games, and even an Olaf game. Each game has a unique set of rules. If you…
  • Failing Rules (Here’s Why)

    Matt Handal
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The other week I was talking to Brent Darnell, the construction industry’s “emotional intelligence” guru. I asked him if there was one thing people could do to improve their emotional intelligence…one action that would give people disproportionate results…what would it be? His answer surprised me. He said it was taking time each day to reflect. How do you get away from the interruptions, the daily havoc, and looming deadlines each day to “reflect?” I guess I should have asked that! But you and I can certainly find 15 minutes to reflect on our year. What better…
  • Trying To Get It All Done When You Know You Can’t

    Matt Handal
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    In this episode, I have a frank conversation with, full-time professional, father, and part-time podcaster, Cesar Abeid about dealing with all your commitments, the struggle of trying to get it all done, and how he found the right system to help him. Along the way, we discuss how our approaches to this problem meet and diverge. We share the tools that help us get through the day. Cesar also shows us why you don’t have to take a cookie cutter approach and how someone can customize a productivity system that works for them. Shownotes: Getting Things Done Cesar’s Conversation With David…
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    Affordable Building Concepts

  • Winter Fence Maintenance

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Oh my goodnesssssss it's cold out! Where did this weather come from?! The winter is hard on everyone and everything - including your fence!  In the summer, sunlight is the biggest threat to your wood fence, causing the wood to fade and warp. In winter, however, excess moisture and changing temperatures are the culprits. Here’s a look at what winter weather can do to your fence...Rain and snow: Even though we live in Tennessee, the winter months can be harsh. They mean long exposure to wet conditions, without stretches of warm weather to allow the wood to dry. Moisture can soften the…
  • Dream Decks!

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Looking to expand living space in your Nashville area home but are out of options within your walls? Why not look outside, instead? Affordable Building Concepts can customize a new deck to fit your style and budget!Building a deck can be a smart way for property owners to maintain or even improve their home's value. After all, it is less expensive than building an additional room, but still enables homeowners to expand their living space!A recent survey conducted by Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report found that more than 85% of the cost of building a wooden deck could be recouped during resale!
  • Top 10 Most Valuable Home Improvements

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Good news! If you're thinking of remodeling your home this year, the amount of money you're likely to recoup on home improvements is on the rise. Below you'll find 10 of the most valuable home improvements in regards to recouping your costs.Front door replacement. For example, a midrange steel door (one with a glass panel), costs approximately $1,162 and adds $1,122 to your home's value; 96.6% of the cost.A wooden deck addition. Affordable Building Concepts in Nashville has this one under control! We specialize in customized decks! Deck prices vary based on size, material, etc.Siding…
  • Aluminum Patio Covers

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Are you thinking of adding an aluminum patio cover to your home? A new patio cover is one of the most affordable home improvement projects for home owners. Affordable Building Concepts patio covers provide many benefits and years of pleasurable use.Aluminum patio cover by ABCPatio Covers Extend Living Space ‑ You can bring the comforts of the indoors outdoors with a new patio cover! Patio covers can be easily installed practically anywhere to add on comfortable living space. You can convert an old deck into a relaxing get‑away. Needing another kitchen? Create a patio kitchen under your…
  • Add an Amazing Garage!

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Are you in the market for a new garage? At Affordable Building Concepts, garages are our main focus here in Middle Tennessee.Garages have been our primary line of business throughout our company’s history. We bring a solid reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction. We are proud of the work we do and we stand behind it. Our garages are built according to your city’s codes. All permits are secured through Affordable Building Concepts Garages, for your protection.What types of garages do we offer? All types including:Single Car GarageTwo Car GarageThree + Car GarageTwo-story…
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    Trilogy Builds

  • Tips for Using Recycled Tile for Backsplashes in Your Kitchen

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly Kitchen Appliances

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • Trilogy Tips for a Greener Home

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
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    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts

  • A Carpenter's House - Extended Gallery

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Posted by ChuckB Additional photos from the featured in Fine Homebuilding No. 250, "A Carpenter's House"
  • A Delightful Deck

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Posted by BrianVandenBrink51 With a view like this one overlooking San Francisco Bay you should be careful to take full advantage of what you've got. This homeowner did so by making this sun drenched deck cantilevered off the back of the house, right out over the water. Some built in seating and an inviting chaise lounge complete the picture. In fact this scene was so inviting that Coastal Living magazine used it as a cover shot!
  • Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Posted by ScottG Using a new type of compressor, they hope to reduce energy consumption by about 40%, to less than 1kwh per day.
  • The Counterintuitive Cladding

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Posted by FPR Like it or not, vinyl siding is an environmental option.
  • Hot intro for cool appliance

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Posted by Jamie_Gold_CKD_CAPS Long a staple in commercial kitchens, blast chillers make their residential debut.
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  • H&E Shows Strong Growth in Q4 & FY 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    H&E Equipment Services has surpassed the $400 million mark in equipment rental revenues for 2014, totaling $404.1 million, compared to $338.9 million in 2013. Total revenue increased 14.7 percent in the fourth quarter to $297.8 million, compared to $259.6 million in the same period in 2013.
  • Ritchie Bros. Reports Q4 & Fiscal 2014 Results

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Record quarterly and annual gross auction proceeds ("GAP") Record fourth quarter and annual revenue Fourth quarter diluted adjusted EPS of $0.31; diluted EPS of $0.27 2014 adjusted diluted EPS of $0.94; diluted EPS of $0.85 New strategic plan revealed at Investor Day to reinvigorate revenue and earnings growth
  • Getable App Secures $5 Million to Expand Nationwide

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    Getable, an app for ordering and tracking equipment, has raised $5 million to expand its services nationwide. Now, any contractor in the U.S. can download Getable's free application to order, track and manage any piece of equipment used in the constuction field, whether or not the equipment was originally ordered through Getable. 
  • Construction Optimism Quotient Hits Record High for 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Construction contractors and equipment distributors have continued optimism about local, nonresidential construction activity in 2015 and expect a strong rental market and increasing equipment acquisitions, according to a survey from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance.
  • US Construction Equipment Exports Drop 13% in 2014

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2 percent drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets. U.S. exports fell to all world regions for 2014. Business to Europe, South America and Australia/Oceania was the hardest hit, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), based on U.S. Department of Commerce data it uses in global markets reports for members. Exports by World Region
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    AEC Business

  • Best Blogger Competition – Voting Has Started

    Aarni Heiskanen
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:56 pm
    We have been nominated as Best Construction Business Blogger in the 2015 JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting... The post Best Blogger Competition – Voting Has Started appeared first on AEC Business.
  • The Best Construction Industry Blog – Cast Your Votes

    Aarni Heiskanen
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The Annual Best Construction Blog Competition has commenced. The Construction Marketing Ideas blog features 31 construction industry blogs for you... The post The Best Construction Industry Blog – Cast Your Votes appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Innovating with LEGOs – Interview with Per Kristiansen

    Aarni Heiskanen
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    On this podcast episode I interview Per Kristiansen, a Danish LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator, coach, change and strategy... The post Innovating with LEGOs – Interview with Per Kristiansen appeared first on AEC Business.
  • VIATechnik Joins CIFE – Interview with Danielle Dy Buncio

    Aarni Heiskanen
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:22 am
    My guest is Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and President at VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm. Danielle tells about their... The post VIATechnik Joins CIFE – Interview with Danielle Dy Buncio appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Why Logistics Are Key to Any Construction Site

    AEC Business
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Effective logistical planning is imperative for any construction project as it can provide massive benefits in efficiency... The post Why Logistics Are Key to Any Construction Site appeared first on AEC Business.
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  • Do You Have an Underground Oil Tank?

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Bylaws have existed in the North Vancouver area for several decades about out-of-use underground oil tanks and oil tank removal North Vancouver has become the only course of action. The go-to tactic for many years in the past was to simply fill these oil tanks with sand or another material and call the problem solved. As you might expect, this has caused several issues. Oil can contaminate the soil as well as the water in the area. This can not only damage the market quality of the affected properties, but it has a significant health impact as this oil can travel much further than simply a…
  • Vancouver Oil Tank Removal-the importance of professionals

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    If you are removing an oil tank in the Vancouver area, it is in your best interest to hire a professional removal company. Many are tempted to try and remove a buried tank themselves which can leave them open to environmental scrutiny, failure to comply with several government policies and risk other injury or damage. As professionals, it is the company’s responsibility to take care of everything involved in the safe and complete removal of an underground oil tank. These service normally include detection of the tank and surrounding contamination to the complete removal of the tank and…
  • Worried Over a Possible Hidden Oil Tank on your Property?

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Whether you are planning to sell you property or not or you are having sleepless nights worried over a possible storage tank on your property? Whatever the scenario is, it can be unnerving to worry over a hidden oil tank. There are chances that the damage has already been done. There could be a spill on the property and it could be reaching the threshold of your neighbors. What exactly can you do for this? If you are worried over the presence of an oil tank on your property, look for signs. The first and foremost thing you can do is look for some easy to identify signs that can tell you there…
  • Responsibility of an Owner of Contaminated Site

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    A contaminated site is a property which has above the permissible limit of contaminants in its soil. Such a property is not only dangerous to the property inhabitants but also poses threat to the safety and health of the neighboring area. Hence, it is the responsibility of the owner of a contaminated site to ensure removal of an existing oil tank on the property and carry out land remediation work. For Exceptional Cases There are certain cases where the removal of the oil tank is not feasible. Its removal may damage the structural integrity of the house or the nearby constructions. In such…
  • Choosing the Right Commercial Oil Tank Removal Company

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are many oil tank removal companies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland area. Finding the best commercial oil tank removal can be quite tricky! One needs to be sure that the service provider that they hire is simply the best in terms of service quality, safety assurance and reasonable priced. If you are looking for the best bet when it comes to hiring a oil tank contractor in your area, consider the following points for sure: Expertise and Experience: It is important to know the number of years the company has been in the business. If they have worked for over 5 years, they have the…
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    Guardian Pool Fencing | Removable Pool Fence with Pool Gate | Safest Pool Fences

  • 7 Things To Do To Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    It’s that time of year again, time to get the swimming pool ready for summer. The kids are yelling “Yay!” and you’re dying a little more inside. Relax…everything will be okay. You don’t have to stress over all the things … Read More >>
  • How to Make Homemade Pool Chemical

    11 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    Keeping the swimming water clean and the PH levels balanced can be a daunting task when you hate using chlorines and other chemicals in your pool’s water that are potentially dangerous to human health and the environment. To help put … Read More >>
  • How to Change to a Saltwater Pool

    6 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
    If you struggle to keep chemicals in your chlorine pool balanced, you should consider converting it to saltwater. Saline pools are more healthful and easier to maintain, are not attacked by algae, and are considered more environmentally friendly. They are … Read More >>
  • How To Clean A Green Pool

    4 Feb 2015 | 1:51 am
        Noticing that the pool water is green is not a welcome sight. Try you might to ignore it, but it’s best to get busy clearing up the water.   What Are The Possible Causes For The “Green” Water? … Read More >>
  • How To Have An Environment Friendly Pool

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:16 am
      Say good-bye to pools designed to hurt the environment and hello to ones that are environmentally friendly. That is right, environmentally friend pools that are run with energy efficient equipment and nontoxic chemicals. This means a safer cooler way … Read More >>
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    Constructive Thinking

  • It all starts with listening

    Skanska USA
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    Jeff Siddle, assistant vice president of planning and development, Tampa International Airport Jeff Siddle has been involved in airport planning and development since college. When a case study project took him to Lambert- St. Louis International Airport, he had landed on his career. Now at Tampa International Airport – a longtime Skanska client – Siddle is managing multiple contractors as the airport embarks on a nearly $1 billion expansion program. We talked with Siddle about ensuring customer satisfaction, airport trends and what Tampa expects of its partners. What’s your favorite…
  • Teaching English to improve jobsite communication

    Skanska USA
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Throughout this summer and fall, as many employees were leaving our Durham, N.C., office, four individuals were arriving. In the parking lot, they’d change out of shirts that were sweaty from a full day of hands-on work, and don fresh attire. They would be laboring in a different way: learning English as a second language. The evening sessions would last for two hours – an hour later than scheduled – over 10 weeks, two weeks longer than planned. That was because these non-traditional students didn’t want to leave, being eager to improve their English skills. The instructor, Diversity…
  • It’s not exactly rocket science

    Steve Clem
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Long before I was a builder, I was fascinated by space. In fact, my first career goal was to become an astronaut. To help me get there, as a middle schooler I was fortunate to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. – and I still have my flight suit! I commanded a simulator mission in which we had to land in an Iowa cornfield, but like that flight, my space career soon drifted off target. Instead, I’ve put my technical knowledge to use in solving the challenges involved with creating buildings, especially how to enable them to have less impact on the environment. But I never fully let go of…
  • Life cycle thinking

    Skanska USA
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Life cycle management, facility information management, BIM for facilities management: whatever you may wish to call it, this practice has huge potential to reshape how buildings are delivered. Just as building information modeling/virtual design and construction was an emerging effort some five years ago but is now common for design and construction, finding ways to smartly and electronically package design and construction data for facilities management uses will similarly be standard practice five years from now, said Mike Clark, Skanska national manager of VDC project support. Key to such…
  • From the State of the Union: a brighter light for U.S. infrastructure

    Richard Cavallaro
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    U.S. infrastructure, from our roads and bridges to our courthouses and water systems, is in great need of investment. So the White House’s recent effort to increase private sector participation in public infrastructure projects through Build America, a government-wide initiative to increase collaborative infrastructure investment and economic growth, is an encouraging step towards increasing public-private partnerships in the U.S. – and I’m looking forward to further P3 announcements that I’m expecting President Obama to address tonight during the State of the Union address. As you…
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    Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |

  • Spring Training—Why These Doubles and Triples Are Hurting Businesses

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    In a few weeks, bats will crack, balls will fly and the peanuts and crackerjack will be bought—baseball is in the air. Fans and teams alike will be cheering for their team to hit doubles and triples to create more offense. However, in warehousing and operations, the words double and triple have a different connotation. They refer to the number of times a product or SKU is handled. Optimally, product should be handled once but if it is handled double or triple the time, efficiency is compromised and it is a significant waste of time. The post Spring Training—Why These Doubles and Triples…
  • Where Does the Bumper Go? (Evidence Storage Room Talk)

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Spacesaver has been involved with the design and installation of many evidence storage rooms. The questions in the beginning of the process are typically, “What would it cost?” because budgeting is so important during the pre-design and programming phases of a project. The post Where Does the Bumper Go? (Evidence Storage Room Talk) appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • First In, First Out Pharmacy Storage for Utah State Hospital

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In the storage industry, we find ourselves paying attention to things that people typically don’t think about. It’s not uncommon to hear of sales representatives applying shelving concepts from one market to the other (like this story of museum textile storage racks being reengineered to become the solution for storing military parachutes). And sometimes, the […] The post First In, First Out Pharmacy Storage for Utah State Hospital appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Evidence Lockers Add Optimum Security For Skokie PD

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Skokie Police Department has always had high-standards when it comes to facility security and efficient storage space. However in 2010, they realized that the 27,000-square-foot-facility was no longer enough space to support their police force. Renovation began with a design by SRBL Architects of Deerfield, IL, in an effort to support the department’s goals of […] The post Evidence Lockers Add Optimum Security For Skokie PD appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Custom Storage Solutions in Healthcare

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Sometimes a customer comes to us with a problem that can’t be fixed with one of our basic products. That’s when we call on our team at Spacesaver Group to create an engineered to order (ETO) product that provides a custom storage solution. The post Custom Storage Solutions in Healthcare appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
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  • 10 Safety Tips For Working With Hand & Power Tools

    Kendall Jones
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Can you think of a commercial construction project that has been completed without the use of hand tools or power tools? Yeah, neither could I. Maybe it’s our familiarity with them or the fact that they are such a commonplace item on the construction site that hand tool and power tool safety often gets overlooked. […]
  • How The Generation X Sharing Economy Is Changing Construction

    Rachel Burger
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Want to make $20,000 a month off your idle equipment? Rent it out. From backhoe loaders to wheel loaders, construction firms are turning to lending programs to make the most of their heavy machinery. In a new whitepaper called “Tech Innovations Drive Increases in Heavy Equipment Leases and Rentals,” surveyed over 70,000 business owners, CEOs, managers, […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of February 16, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 16 – 20, 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 Holly Hill Elementary School […]
  • Architecture Billings Decreases In January 2015

    Kendall Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    This is probably not the start to 2015 that most people were hoping for with the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropping below the score of 50 for the first time since April 2014 to 49.9 in January. A score of 49.9 means there was a slight decrease in design activity […]
  • 5 Financial Tips For Contractors To Reduce Their Surety Bond Costs

    Eric Halsey
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Cutting costs and finding better business practices are critical for any construction contractor. One way you can do both is by taking actions to improve your business’ finances and thereby reduce your surety bond cost. It’s not often you get the chance to kill two birds with one stone, so take a look at these […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction (Duane Craig)
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    Google+ Construction firms that regularly skirt labor law to gain unfair competitive advantages by misclassifying workers and hiring people who aren’t legally allowed to work in the U.S., are going to face closer scrutiny this year, according to a report published in the National Law Review. Southwest Under Labor Law Scrutiny The NLR reported “that some … Continue reading Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction → The post Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction News and Commentary.
  • Be An Employer of Choice and Beat the Craft Worker Shortage (Duane Craig)
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Google+ Top construction personnel executives recently said being an ‘employer of choice’ was the most effective way to recruit and retain trade workers, according to FMI’s “Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report.”  But what exactly does employer of choice mean, and how do you get there? Surprisingly it doesn’t mean your company has to get listed by … Continue reading Be An Employer of Choice and Beat the Craft Worker Shortage → The post Be An Employer of Choice and Beat the Craft Worker Shortage appeared first on…
  • The Story Behind Story Telling for Construction (Duane Craig)
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    Google+ The age of content marketing is in full swing and it increasingly relies on stories. Good stories. But, good story telling is not something that businesses selling to other businesses do well. That’s partly because marketing is often too closely tied to the story telling process. Marketing is enthusiastic about…marketing. And it’s very easy for marketing to … Continue reading The Story Behind Story Telling for Construction → The post The Story Behind Story Telling for Construction appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction…
  • Build a Wood Fired Clay Oven (Duane Craig)
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Google+ Building a wood fired clay oven is a fun project and when you get done you’ll have fun using it too. It is however a moderately challenging project. So if you aren’t of sound body and mind, get help, or don’t do it. Plan to do this project when there are a number of dry … Continue reading Build a Wood Fired Clay Oven → The post Build a Wood Fired Clay Oven appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction News and Commentary.
  • What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor (Duane Craig)
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Google+ Construction DaaS offers the chance to get out from under desktop costs and management, but it takes the right vendor. The desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) vendor market is set to become even more crowded, as suggested by the Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. That means more choices for construction companies wanting to dump the costs of self hosted desktops and … Continue reading What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor → The post What to Look for in a Construction DaaS Vendor appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Blog with Construction News and Commentary.
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    123 Remodeling

  • Condo Bathroom Remodel – 182 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL (Downtown)

    123 Remodeling
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
      What We Did This bathroom in Downtown Chicago has been completely gutted and rehabbed. Bathroom       Remodel Your Home If you live in Chicago or the surrounding area, call us today for a free consultation (773) 685-6095, or click the button below: Schedule a Free Consultation   Condo Remodeling Chicago   The post Condo Bathroom Remodel – 182 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL (Downtown) appeared first on 123 Remodeling.
  • Condo Bathroom Remodel – 165 N Canal St, Chicago, IL (West Loop)

    123 Remodeling
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    What We Did We have replaced the wall and floor tile in this condo bathroom while keeping the tub and the vanity. We have replaced the shower fixtures, toilet, and finished up all walls and fixtures as well. BATHROOM SIZE: 8’x5′ TYPE: Master Bath SINK: Porcelain Undermount BATHTUB: Cast Iron SHOWER: Tub TOILET: 2 Piece HARDWARE FINISH: Modern Chrome Faucet/Rainfall Showerhead CABINET STYLE: Beaded Inset CABINET FINISH: Hardwood Solid Chestnut Vanity BUDGET: $$ COUNTER MATERIAL: Quartz TILE COLOR: White and Dark Gray TILE MATERIAL: Porcelain WALL TILE COLOR: White FLOOR TILE: Dark…
  • Condo Remodel – 21 West Goethe St, Chicago, IL (Gold Coast)

    123 Remodeling
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
      More Photos Kitchen Bathroom What We Did Project Scope: This project is a complete condominium remodel. The final project is complete with new modern kitchen, modern bathroom, the walls refinished and new flooring installed throughout the condominium. The project required major renovations throughout with removal of walls and structures. The whole project completed was within a time of 2 weeks. Project before and after photos below. One of the unique aspects of this remodel is the kitchen space. The overall space of the kitchen is pretty small so our interior design team will…
  • Condo Remodel – 111 E Chestnut, Chicago, IL (Magnificent Mile)

    123 Remodeling
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    More Photos Kitchen Bathroom Flooring The original outdated kitchen was demolished. The flooring and appliances were removed. We added a breakfast bar in a new pass through window that opens and connects the kitchen with common areas. We also installed new espresso-colored beveled panel style cabinets with a matching granite countertop, added hardwood floors, a tile backsplash and undermount dual sink. The original bathrooms’ walls were resurfaced, the fixtures were updated, new tile and glass walls were used, and a vanity unit was installed. Flooring was replaced throughout the condo as…
  • Condo Remodel – 6101 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL (Edgewater)

    123 Remodeling
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    More Photos Kitchen Bathroom 1 Bathroom 2 Flooring The original outdated kitchen was demolished, and appliances removed. We opened it up as much as we could according to building limitations. We installed new modern minimalist style cabinets with a very unique granite countertop, added hardwood floors, a tile backsplash, and undermount sink. The original master bathroom and guest bathroom were demolished, walls were resurfaced, the showers were updated with new tile, and a vanity unit was installed. These updates show how new fixtures, tiles and flooring can can be done with a small budget…
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  • Oh What to Pave My Patio With?

    17 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
        You’re probably looking for a change in your backyard situation in 2015. Why not a patio? If you’re in the Nashville, TN area, you know that our climate is suitable for whatever material you want to use on a patio. No extreme cold is going to compromise the pavement. So now what? Two popular ways to cover a patio are brick or natural paving stones. To make the decision, you have to consider a few things, like appearance, price, and DIY labor intensiveness. If you live in Nashville, you’ve come to the right post.   Ambience The pavement of your patio sets the tone for…
  • How to Keep Humpty Dumpty From Falling Off Your Wall

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
        Your retaining wall, that is. (And that’s not really what this article is about). If you have a garden in the Nashville area, chances are you’ve found it a challenge to landscape properly because of the frequent slopes and hills. That’s why retaining walls are useful. You may already have some of these walls dotting your Nashville landscape. Or you may have never heard the term “retaining wall” in your life. No matter which end of the spectrum you’re on, you can always glean from the perspective of others—hence this post. Maybe a retaining wall is just what you…
  • What’s In Your Entryway?

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
        No matter what kind of home you have—apartment, house, duplex—there’s an entryway situation by the front door. And even if you rent your place, there’s a way to make it your own with natural stone. If you live in Nashville, the answer is simple—make it a local design by using limestone slabs or bricks (limestone is local to the Nashville area). If you don’t like the look or color of limestone, don’t worry—we’ve got plenty of tips for getting creative with your entryway.   Steps Yes, adding steps if you don’t already have them—or if you want to replace…
  • How to Make Your Yard a Natural Refuge

    23 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
        Whether your goal is a natural habitat for local wildlife or to plant only native flowers, woodland garden design is for you. This kind of landscape design focuses on repeating nature in an organized fashion right outside your window. Do you want a woodland design in your yard? There are plenty of reasons besides attracting nearby animals, but bottom line, this type of landscape mimics the best parts of nature. You like moving water? Got it. Trees? Plenty. Native plants? All about it. You get the idea.   What does it look like? You can probably picture what we’re talking…
  • When Is a Good Time for a Deck?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
        We would say, “Anytime!” but we know that doesn’t fly here in Middle Tennessee. You can’t install a deck in January with a smile on your face because you’re either wet or cold. However—and this is surprising—winter is actually the best time for building a deck. So even though you might not think of winter as a good time for building, well, anything, read on to find out why you should change your thinking.   The When Adding a deck is a great way to extend your square footage without costing an arm and a leg. Of course, that means your extra “room” can only…
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  • 15 Tips to Being a Better Builder Part 2

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    From job safety to waste reduction, almost every problem onsite can be solved with effective management. Take the time to work as hard on your business and you do onsite and you will see your construction company grow from strength to strength. Here are some best practices on how to be a better manager for your team. Good pay for great work: If you implement the point above and cut waste, you can spend more on wages and trades. That way you get a great team you can rely on rather than a constant flow of employees through your business which results in wasted time and expensive call backs.
  • 15 Tips to Being a Better Builder Part 1

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Every successful business owner will tell you that you need to be getting a little better every day in every way. Businesses require constant tending and nurturing if they are to grow. Here is a list of improvements you can make to your construction business to help it to grow from strength to strength. Of course, you can’t do all of these at once, so try and add a couple to your ‘To Do’ list each month. If you find you are too busy to work on the bigger picture, it may be time to share some of your managerial responsibilities. Be a good listener: Ego often gets in the way on a jobsite,…
  • Should I Belong to the HBA?

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    The local chapter of the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) is an essential cog in the making of a successful home building company. There are many really great reasons for you to join your local HBA. When prospective clients are looking for reliable, competent construction companies, one of their most popular sources of information is the HBA. Each HBA has a list of construction companies that they make available to the client; you get a free referral and the client knows that you are a reputable firm. Home Builder’s Associations are there to serve your needs. Your Home Builder’s…
  • Attic Ventilation Best Practices

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    If you want your housing envelope to perform at its peak, proper attic ventilation is key. This is because the regulation of the temperature, pressure and moisture in the attic to more closely resemble a conditioned space will reduce thermal loss and moisture vapor migration. Effective attic ventilation practices also ensure the durability of your roofing components and eliminate the possibility of damage by mold and mildew. Why Ventilating Attics is a Great Idea The average family of four generates 2 to 4 gallons of water through daily activities and proper attic ventilation will help to…
  • Tips for Installing OSB Sub-flooring For Hardwood

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The success of your flooring job rests in no small part on the quality of your sub-flooring. This is due to the fact that mistakes in the sub-flooring will show in the floor above and cause everything from squeaky to uneven floors. Preventing issues with proper sub-flooring installation is a lot cheaper than call backs. Get your OSB panels Ready The manufacturing process for OSB takes the moisture content as low as 2-3% and when it leaves the mill it will have moved upwards to perhaps 7-8%. Between manufacture and installation, the OSB sub-flooring panels will adjust to the ambient moisture…
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  • Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015

    Remodeling Guru
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh some kitchen remodeling inspiration, consider these ideas and design trends popular in […] The post Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • How to Select your Dream Bathtub Illustrated & Bathtub Cost Details

    Remodeling Guru
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Well, it’s getting really cold out, with Winter officially here, and I must say there is no better way to get warm and cozy than taking a nice long soaking in a comfy bathtub! So are you a bath junkie, looking for a new beautiful tub to soak in? It is easy to dive into […] The post How to Select your Dream Bathtub Illustrated & Bathtub Cost Details appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel

    Remodeling Guru
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Are you looking to remodel your kitchen this year? If so, then you need to know the following facts and figures for the year 2015. Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling projects fall into the following three categories: minor, major, and upscale. Minor According to the Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report, a national average cost for […] The post Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense

    Remodeling Guru
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Are you one of the many millions of homeowners overpaying for their utilities, but your home still feels cold and not as comfortable as you would like it to be? Well, fortunately there are a few ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Ideally, any home improvements you invest in should result […] The post Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015

    Remodeling Guru
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:17 pm
    It’s the beautiful Fall season again! – A time to enjoy the wonderful leaf foliage during the day, as well as gather around the house with family and friends to enjoy some spiced wine or apple cider filled with the season aromas. — If you are anything like myself, then by the time it’s Fall […] The post Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • Cleaning Brick and Stone – Home maintenance

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Cleaning Brick and Stone  Before you decorate the outside of your house, check the condition of the brick an stonework, and carry out any necessary repairs. There’s no reason why you can’t paint brick or stone walls – indeed, in some areas it is traditional to do so – but if you consider masonry most […]
  • Repairing a concrete floor (continued)

    19 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The infill Lay the infill (rubble)material to the required depth in layers of no more than 225mm at a time, compacting each layer thoroughly and breaking up the larger pieces with a sledge hammer. You can use brick and tile rubble or, better still, gravel rejects, which are coarse stones from quarry waste. If you […]
  • Repairing a concrete floor

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:24 am
    Concrete floors can be subject to cracking caused by shrinkage. Usually the cracks are only in the screed and can be easily repaired, but a cracked floor that is also uneven may be a sign of settlement in the sub-base, and you should have it checked by a surveyor or by the Shire Building Officer, […]
  • Repairing Concrete

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:40 am
    Concrete is used in and around the house as a surface for solid floors, drives paths and walls. In common with other building materials, it suffers from effects of damp-spalling and efflorescence and related defects such as cracking and crumbling. Repairs can usually be made in much the same way as for brickwork and render, […]
  • Rot Preventative Treatment

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Fungal attack can be so damaging that it is well worth taking precautions to prevent it occurring. regularly decorate and maintain window and door frames and exposed timber parts of roof barge or fascia and pergolas, especially in these areas where moisture can penetrate between timber abutments. It is wise to seal the abutting joins […]
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  • Jobsite Photo Friday: Olympic Ski Jump Facility

    Aubree Munar
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
      We know that taking great photos of the jobsite can be a challenge. Different people want to see different things. And if you don’t capture the site at just the right moment, you miss a chance to let the folks who aren’t there in person feel almost like they are. This Friday we’re featuring some outstanding jobsite photos courtesy of Dan Henrie and the team at Jacobsen Construction. The three images they’ve shared are of an Olympic Ski Facility in Park City, Utah.     From Dan: “The ski jumps consisted of over 200 spot footings and columns, built…
  • Infographic: Secrets of Construction Superintendents

    Daryl Lang
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    FieldLens recently conducted a survey in which we asked construction professionals to name the hardest job in construction. The overwhelming most popular answer: Superintendent. We also learned, both through the survey and through a series of interviews, that superintendents find their work highly satisfying and are embracing mobile technology. We gathered what we learned into a free ebook. You can read it here starting today: Superviews: Stories, Stats and Secrets of Construction Superintendents. We produced this infographic showing some of what we learned about supers. One thing is for…
  • Mobile Growth Report Reminds us Why we’re “Mobile First”

    Julian Clayton
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently OpenView Venture Partners published a study on mobile growth metrics. The report takes an in-depth look inside the “tremendous” growth in mobile business software applications, company strategy and investment. I found it very interesting and thought it may be a good time to inform those who may be curious about how we at FieldLens focus our efforts around mobile. FieldLens is, and always will be, mobile first.  You don’t swing a hammer at your desk, so why should you have to sit there to communicate about your jobsite? One quote from the report that hit home for us: “The…
  • The FieldLens Android app gets an Upgrade!

    Alvaro J. Soltero
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Are you a FieldLens Android user? Then we have good news for you! We recently released a redesign for our iOS app’s Item Timeline, React, and Item Details screen, and now it’s Android’s turn. The update is available now in the Google Play Store. Here’s what’s changing: 1. Item Timelines will look more like chat, with the newest Reactions at the bottom rather than the top. Each Reaction is now displayed in its own “card” to make individual reactions easier to spot. You’ll also notice that the action bar displays the Item type, number, title and location, plus an…
  • Who Owns Construction’s Hardest Hat? You Decide!

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    After more than a week of calling in photos of your hard hats, the finalists have been chosen! Click here to vote on the hard hat you believe is Construction’s Hardest Hat. The winner will receive a Leica Geosytems DISTO E7400x Laser Distance Meter. Voting is open to everyone, and will end on March 10th. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. All the entries proved to us just how important hard hats are to folks in the construction industry – and not just for safety reasons. We received plenty of thoughtful comments talking about the hard work and integrity those hard hats…
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    Intech Equipment & Supply

  • Spray Foam Featured in Showcase Home

    Jake Jacobson
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    An annual lab-like model home exhibit has once again drawn thousands of visitors eager to check out all of the cutting-edge building techniques and innovative products involved in the maintenance and construction of the display home. Not surprisingly (given the emphasis on green technologies and energy-efficient products), spray foam was one of the star attractions at this year’s exhibit. The New American Home (TNAH) is an actual home that is built every year by the National Association of Home Builders for the International Builders’ Show. This year, the home was open for tours in…
  • Foam Equipment Plays Vital Role in Weatherproofing

    Jake Jacobson
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    People in many parts of the country are currently experiencing yet another winter of harsh, unrelenting and often unpredictable weather. While some regions have been hit worse than others, just about everyone has had to deal with at least a few bouts of nasty weather this season—and of course there is still a long way to go until spring. For some unlucky property owners, the severe weather has made it clear that their properties aren’t well equipped to stand up to Mother Nature. Leaks, drafts, damage and other issues often occur as a result of winter storms. For those with properties that…
  • Spray Foam Machines with an Integrated Reactor

    Jake Jacobson
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Spray foam contractors need essential equipment in order to serve their customers, but at the same time they need to be financially prudent. Each piece of equipment is important, but also requires a considerable investment. If you can opt for one machine that combines several features or accomplishes more than one goal, this can reduce costs while making things easier. With spray foam projects, among the main pieces of equipment you will need are proportioners, generators and compressors. Some machines offer an integrated reactor, which means the proportioning system includes both an electric…
  • PMC Spray Foam Equipment for Roofing Keep Jobs Running

    Jake Jacobson
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:02 am
    For any type of business, the ability to accept (and complete) as many jobs as possible while working at an efficient speed is the basic equation for success. For contractors and building professionals, keeping crews working at a fast pace without sacrificing quality has a direct impact on the bottom line. In this case, having the right equipment is essential. A high-quality, reliable spray foam  rig can help you boost both productivity and profits. This PMC equipment will make an amazing difference in the amount of work you are able to complete in a short time. It may even allow you to…
  • Used Gusmer Equipment is Budget-Friendly

    Jake Jacobson
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:12 am
    Gusmer Corporation had established themselves as a respected leader in the spray foam and roofing materials industries. The company produced spray guns, roofing and spray foam machinery and related supplies that contractors have come to rely upon for their insulation and roofing projects. For contractors in those industries, there may sometimes be a challenge in outfitting their jobsites with the top-notch equipment they need. They want the quality and reliability that the Gusmer name promised, but they are on a very tight budget which they fear will make this equipment impossible for them to…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • Download Autodesk 3ds Max Full Cracked For free

    Saad Iqbal
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Within past few decades digital media and animated world have revolutionized the imagination of creators. From simple sketching to highly optimize nearest to reality rendering is the next to many other advantages of digital 3-dimensional graphics.What is 3ds Max?3d Modeling and animation has now proven itself as a separate industry. Softwares like Cinema 4d, Maya and 3ds Max are some of leading software packages of the industry. 3ds Max was formally known as “3D Studio” that has all the built-in designs, tools and equipments that are required for 3D Modeling, animation and rendering. The…
  • Method of Population forcast and Population Projection

    Saad Iqbal
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Population prediction is a very important aspect in environmental engineering that helps in determination of certain factors that helps in future planning and for accurate determination of the certain requirement in future. The current population of any society can be estimated with census where as future predictions can be obtained with trends and knowledge of the city and its environment along with certain reasons that can input into the population like development, expansion etc. Definition of Population ProjectionPopulation Projection is extrapolation of historical data into the…
  • What are Groundwater Zones, Aeration, Saturation, Pheratic Zone, Vedose Zone

    Saad Iqbal
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Groundwater is enormous and significant source of fresh water that owns huge share regarding water requirement of humans. Soil being a porous and non-porous medium allows movement of water through interstices and pores through various phenomenon.In terms of groundwater hydrology, the underground soil water is classified in to two basic zones:-a)Zone of Aerationb)Zone of SaturationZone of Saturation - Pheratic ZoneZone of Saturation, also termed as Pheratic zone, is the one in which all the voids of the soil is completely saturated and filled with water under hydrostatic pressure. Word…
  • What is influence line Diagram? difference between bending moment diagram and influence line diagram

    Saad Iqbal
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    Concept of Influence line was developed by Winkler in 1867. Influence Diagram concept is used for analysis of structures that are subjected to variable or moving loads. Structures like bridges, culverts and even roofs of a house is also such structures that have live and moving loads.DefinitionInfluence line is defined as;“a graph of a response function of a structure as a function of the position of a downward unit load moving across the structure”A structure is subjected to live load or a dead load i.e. fixed load. Live load includes load of moving objects as well as that of wind load,…
  • Civil Engineer Required in Irrigation Department 20 Posts B.Sc. Job

    Saad Iqbal
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:11 am
    Irrigation Department of Govt. Of Punjab, Pakistan has started recruting 20 Posts for BS-17 Scale and an excellent oppertunity for young enthusiatic Civil Engineers. The detials of the Job is as under;Designation: Assistant Executive EngineerSub Divisional OfficerAssitant Design EngineerAssistant Design OfficerAssistant Director Flood MonitoringAssistant DirectorDepartmentIrrigation DepartmentNature of Job3 years Contract Basis BS -17Qualification Requiredi)          B.Sc. Engineering or B.E (Civil) or an equivalent            …
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    Techno Genome

  • Home Made Waterproofing Compound

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Today I’m here going to discuss about how to make waterproofing compound by self at the site during the construction with cheaply available materials. I know it has been a long time since my last article, and maybe you, who are following Techno Genome regularly know the reason behind that, anyways let us concentrate on today’s topic. First of all we have to understand what a Waterproofing Compound is, and why it is required in a Civil Engineering Construction works.ENTRANCE OF WATER IN BUILDINGA Waterproofing compound is nothing but a chemical in the form of liquid or powder which when…
  • Brickwor Quality Control

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Here I’ve listed the most important factors which are to be taken care of while doing Brickwork of any nature structural brickwork or face lifting works in brickwork for better appearance. These points mentioned below should always be taken care strictly in the site of construction for achieving a long lasting durable structure.The bricks should be of 1st class quality for structural works, or atleast of 2nd class quality in unavoidable circumstances, but those 2nd class bricks must posses atleast 60% of the field quality checks of bricks.The bricks should be immersed in water for a…
  • Septic Tank Design Easily 5 Minutes

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Septic System Design or Septic Tanks Design can be done in various process, but most of them are critical and time taking laborious process. Here in this article I have given tutorial on how to design Septic Tank Easily within 5 minutes and Determine Septic Tank Size. Here I will also discuss some about the general Septic Tank Construction for designing of septic tank successfully you have to follow the steps given below one by oneStep 1: Calculation of Numbers of User : In any septic system design this is a very very important step as it will determine the total capacity of the septic…
  • Design Of Steel Beam Fastest Method With Example

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Civil Engineering is vast field from Culverts to Dam , Buildings To Steel Bridges, so as so the Civil Engineering Materials, It includes Steel, Concrete, Timber, Aluminium, Glass etc. Steel Design is much easier in most of the cases than RCC Design in Structural Engineering. Civil Engineering Broadly has three main phase namely Planning – consisting of Drawing, Estimating etc. Structural Design consisting of Analysis of Structures and Design Of Structures and last of all Execution which means erecting the actual work according to the Planning and Designing. Structural Engineering has always…
  • Top 5 Concrete Problems Turning Catastrophic

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Top 5 Constructional Mistakes and Concrete Problems which can bring disastrous results if ignored are not the huge ones but very common in every construction work, which gets out of the notice of the Engineer-In-Charge in most of the cases. As I feel most of the bad construction takes places not due to the unwillingness of the Engineers, but mostly due to the lack of awareness about those small things which they take lightly and thinks they are of no major importance and will not affect the ultimate construction. I do partially agree with them to the fact that it will not harm the…
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    Whirlwind Steel's Blog

  • 3 Reasons Your Steel Building Needs Gutters

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes, the most important features of a building's design are in the small details. This is certainly the case when it comes to gutters and downspouts on your steel building. Gutters are an essential component for diverting rainwater, snow melt and heavy condensation from your roof and directing it elsewhere. While walking through streams of water to get in and out of the building may be (barely) tolerable, failure to install these critical details can gravely affect the quality and durability of your building. Gutters Are an Essential "Detail" in Your Steel Building Design…
  • Construction Safety Tips for Rainy Spring Weather

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Spring can be one of the trickiest months for those of us in the steel buildings and construction industry. While some parts of the country are bathed in sunshine and record-breaking heat waves, others continue to be buried under piles of snow and ice. In the middle of that, snow melt and rainstorms create slick, slippery and dangerous working conditions for workers and other personnel who have access to the job site. Don't Let Rainy Spring Weather Get the Best of Your Safety Program Unless it's pouring, it's easy to forget how dangerous rain can be. Even a mild drizzle or a…
  • Can You Restore a Metal Roof?

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    It's all well and good to read about how durable metal roofs are, but who cares about that when your metal roof resembles a piece of uncoated sheet metal exposed to one too many rains? Whether you've recently purchased a building that needs metal roof repairs, your own metal roof is at the end of its average 25-year lifespan or you're learning a harsh lesson about the value of purchasing high-quality metal building products the first time around, we're here to tell you that all can be restored. Yes, You Can Restore a Metal Roof Restoring your metal roof is an…
  • 4 Ways to Promote Your Construction Projects

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Promoting your construction company is a key to branding and getting prospective new clients into your social media circles or through the front door. Don't forget, however, that completed projects are your greatest promotional tools. While descriptions of your company, its experience level and its business approach are important, your projects are the most tried-and-true expressions of who you are and what you are capable of. 4 Ways to Promote Your Construction Projects & Show the World What You're Capable Of Here are tips on how to use past, current and projected…
  • Door Designs for Metal Buildings

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The type of door you select for your metal building depends on what you’re using it for. You need to take into account the number of people and size of the items going in and out, what the environmental conditions are like in your region, and even the aesthetics of the door itself. There are several types of doors to choose from, one or more of which may suit your needs. Roll up Door The roll up door is just like it sounds. The door is composed of multiple narrow panels that roll up into a horizontal column at the top just like a roll-up shade. This type of door is extremely easy to install…
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