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  • Are you ready for 5D modeling? High-tech estimating software looks promising

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 634

    Abstract: Margins are typically razor thin in the construction industry, and it’s important that estimators and project managers have every possible advantage. The newest generation of design technology, 5D, may be the advantage they need to keep jobs in the black. This article takes a closer look at this promising new kind of software.

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  • LEED changes increase complexity of going green

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 504

    Abstract: In an effort to eliminate backlogs and comply with ISO standards, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has revised its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. As a result, contractors looking to “go green” with their projects will face a substantially larger number of reviewing organizations and a more complex point system to qualify for certification. This article covers some of the many specifics.

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  • EVM: Taking the mystery out of job costing

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 507

    Abstract: Most contractors likely have a spending plan going into every job, and they probably track every dollar spent once work is underway. Yet, despite these efforts, measuring the true progress of the job may remain a mystery. This article looks at a solution to this particular whodunit: earned value management (EVM).

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  • Add muscle to your bottom line with benchmarking

    January / February 2009
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 931

    Abstract: To maintain a competitive edge, it’s critical for a contractor to know where he or she stands financially. One way to do so is by benchmarking. Under this process, a construction company owner selects metrics, or “benchmarks,” to measure his or her construction company’s performance against its own past performance or against other, similar construction businesses. This article explores the details and benefits of this helpful activity.

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  • Construction Success Story – Cross-training saves contractor money, worry

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 387

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we meet a contractor with a commercial construction business in a sizable metropolitan area who was concerned about the fact that many of his seasoned employees were baby boomers who would be ready to retire in a few years, and there weren’t enough younger workers entering the field to take their places. After discussing the situation with his financial advisor, the two recognized that perhaps the most cost-effective option was to cross-train existing “craft” employees (such as electrical or carpentry staff).

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  • General contractor focus – Separate the good from the bad with subcontractor prequalification

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 661

    Abstract: With the economy stuck in slow-mo, general contractors may find the list of subcontractors who want to bid on their projects is growing. The challenge is to separate the good subs from the bad before you put them on a job. This article discusses how a solid prequalification process can help general contractors ensure that they work only with financially sound, qualified subs who will perform as promised. (Updated 4/20/12)

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  • Fine tune your bidding process to win the jobs you really want

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 518

    Abstract: There’s no question that bidding is one of the biggest challenges any construction company faces — particularly when competition is high and jobs are few. So why do more of it than necessary? This article offers some tips on how contractors can fine tune their bidding processes and win more of the jobs they really want.

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  • GPS technology can lead to cost savings

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 494

    Abstract: Global positioning system (GPS) technology has come a long way since its military inception in the 1960s. It’s in most cell phones and many automobiles, and it drives the online mapping systems that enable you to navigate unfamiliar territory. This article discusses how GPS technology can help contractors find new operational efficiencies and cost savings.

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  • Are you giving away your money? Why it may be time to rethink year end bonuses

    November / December 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 902

    Abstract: Year end bonuses are nice gestures, but they may do little to boost productivity or build loyalty. In fact, many holiday bonuses are nothing more than gifts. This article explains why it may be time for contractors to rethink their year end bonus plans and consider performance-based alternatives.

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  • Construction Success Story – Contractor builds Web site to sell spec houses

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 349

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we tell the tale of a residential contractor with several spec houses on the market who was concerned that her homes weren’t getting the attention they deserved, despite the number of unique and desirable features she had built in. She discussed the problem with her financial advisor, and the two agreed that a Web site might add visibility and help build profits.

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  • New technology helps contractors manage weather-related risk

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 566

    Abstract: Let’s face it, construction companies are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Whether battling ice storms in New England, drought on the West Coast or thunderstorms in the Midwest, weather can wreak havoc on any contractor’s project schedule. This article examines “weather risk management solutions” — new software created specifically to help contractors mitigate the weather’s effects on their jobs. (Updated 4/20/12)

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  • Don’t let aggressive drivers wreck your safety record

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 516

    Abstract: If a contractor has more than one job site going at a time, chances are he or she has employees driving between them. And unless steps are taken to ensure those workers are driving safely, a construction company’s safety record may be living on borrowed time. This article suggests some ways to address aggressive driving from a risk management perspective.

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  • Going, going, gone … Catch profit fade before it lowers the curtain on your bottom line

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 940

    Abstract: Many construction projects fall prey to a very real, and potentially disabling, financial predicament called “profit fade.” It occurs when a job fails to go as planned, and the carefully estimated profit margin shrinks to nothing — or less. This article explores some ways to catch this dollar-deadly threat.

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  • No construction company is safe – Fraud continues to impede projects, threaten profits

    September / October 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 649

    Abstract: Compared to the risks construction companies face every day on their jobs, fraud may seem a relatively small danger. It isn’t. Construction companies that are victims of fraud experience a median loss of $330,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). This article looks at some of the “hot” forms of fraud to watch out for and suggests some measures to prevent these crimes and others.

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  • Construction Success Story – Cost segregation study gives one contractor a competitive edge

    July / August 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 400

    Abstract: In this issue’s “Construction Success Story,” we tell the tale of a commercial contractor who wanted to expand his market base by bidding on a proposed medical clinic. He knew his team could do the job, but one of his competitors had more experience in the construction of health care facilities. To gain a competitive edge, his financial advisor came up with a bold idea: As part of his bid proposal, the contractor could suggest organizing a cost segregation study.

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  • Do you know how much worker turnover is costing you?

    July / August 2008
    Newsletter: Contractor

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 640

    Abstract: Estimates on the cost of turnover vary widely but, however you crunch the numbers, it’s expensive. And that’s precisely why it’s so important that contractors figure out how much turnover is costing their construction businesses. This article offers a way to do just that and explores some options for cutting turnover costs as well.

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