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Auto Dealer Starts Selling Sooner with Modular Sales Office

Generating revenue right out of the gate is critical to the success of every new business. With costly inventories and high demand for the latest models, the countdown to ROI is especially important for auto dealers. Watch this short testimonial to hear how one auto dealership started selling sooner with a modular sales office.

Best Construction Apps for 2016

Best Construction Apps for 2016With more than 1.5 million total apps available in the App Store, you are sure to find helpful tools to make for a more effective work week. However, finding the best app for you can also become quite the job, so we’ve done the research for you. Here are our suggestions for the best construction apps for 2016.

PlanGridBest Construction Apps for 2016 - PlanGrid

Instantly share complete construction plans with your project team from anywhere and with or without an internet connection. App users can also track revisions, share photos and reports, document progress, manage issues and RFIs in the field.

  • Updated: 5/6/16
  • New features: Improved annotations filters, new views in the “Team” and “Sheet Compare” sections
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Best Construction Apps for 2016 - Photo MeasuresPhoto Measures

With a five star review, Photo Measures lets you draw and edit measurements directly on your own photos. Add text to photos, then save, organize and share images as PDFs and JPGs.

 

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2016 Commercial Construction Hot Spots

2016 Commercial Construction Hot SpotsAmidst rumblings of a new recession, many industry experts are predicting a good year for construction. CMD (formerly Reed Construction Data) is forecasting a 6.5% rise in construction starts over the previous year. Dodge Data and Analytics is projecting a slightly more conservative 6% increase.

While the news is positive, not all markets will see the same gains. CMD’s Expansion Index evaluates key indicators of non-residential construction starts in markets across the nation and gives them a rating based on overall potential. Shrinking markets are those that receive a score of 1.0 or less. Expanding markets score 1.0 or greater. The busiest markets with ratings of 5.0 or greater are deemed hot spots.

The 2016 commercial construction hot spots according to CMD’s 18-month Expansion Index are: Read more

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?As more construction firms consider using drones for information gathering, many are wondering what’s next for drones in construction? The latest construction-specific drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), can be programmed to fly over construction zones to capture birds-eye-view photos and video that can be used for site selection, surveying and visual project updates. Some drones can even send collected information directly to related construction software for use in 3D modeling.

As drone technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, questions rise regarding additional uses for UAVs. Here are few to consider:

Using Drones to Identify Potential Safety Hazards

Daily safety meetings are standard on many jobsites. Consider the benefits of daily Read more

Instant Pricing for Mobile Offices: A ModSpace Exclusive

Instant Pricing for Mobile Offices: A ModSpace ExclusiveBusinesses are moving faster than ever. Time is a currency that can’t be wasted. That’s why ModSpace recently introduced Instant Quoting on ModSpace.com.

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Top Trends Shaping the Future of Construction Firms

Top Trends Shaping the Future of Construction FirmsThe construction industry is changing faster than ever. Customer expectations and competition are driving firms to evolve quickly or fail. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Several emerging trends are changing construction firms for the better. Others, however, are keeping the industry from meeting rising demands. Construction Dive recently published the article 10 Trends Defining the Construction Industry. We thought you might find her list interesting. Here’s a brief look at some of her top picks, along with a few of our own.

Labor Shortage

It’s the one trend everyone is talking about. Construction needs more workers to keep up with demand. Contractors had 143,000 unfilled jobs in June of this year, according to the Read more

Why Workers Are the Key to Construction Industry Success

Why Workers Are the Key to Construction Industry SuccessThe debate about when construction will rebound is over. Sure, fluctuations still happen month to month. But compared to a few years ago, building is back, in all forms. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) August 17 report, “Components measuring current and future home sales also rose to or remained at new heights not seen since late 2005.”

The same can be said about commercial construction. “Nonresidential construction spending has been recovering robustly in the U.S. in recent months -­ up more than 11 percent on a year-over-year basis,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Construction’s recent reboot is not without a few hiccups. A few factors stand in the way of sustained growth. And at the top of that list a labor shortage. Despite plenty of Read more

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Simple Tools That Improve Worksite Safety

Eliminating hazards in the factory or on the jobsite can be as easy as selecting the best tool for the job. As we recognize National Safety Month, here are a couple tools that can reduce your risk without blowing your budget.

Self-retracting Cutters

Cutters with “Smart Knife Technology” retract the blade automatically when it loses contact with the material it’s cutting. The blade will self-retract even if the user tries to override the safety system by leaving the slider in the forward position. Cutters with Smart Knife Technology cost slightly more than conventional cutters but can prevent injuries making them well worth the investment.

Tool Lanyards

This may be the easiest way to prevent falling object injuries on a worksite. Tool lanyards are elastic straps that connect tools to a tool belt or personal fall protection.

Tips for Preventing Falling Object Injuries: 

  1. Use tool lanyards.Simple Tools That Improve Worksite Safety
  2. Keep all material at least 3 feet from a leading edge, other than material specifically required for work in process.
  3. Remove items from loose or unsealed pockets, especially top shirt pockets, such as phones, pens, and tools.
  4. Do not hang objects over guardrails.
  5. Secure all objects when working on an elevated surface.
  6. Ensure toe boards are present and inspect toe boards frequently. They should be at least 4 inches high and continuous. 4 inches is the minimum height with a maximum ¼-inch clearance from the working surface.
  7. Require hardhats and other relevant PPE for everyone in areas at risk for falling objects—no exceptions. Make sure that this is effectively communicated.
  8. Rope off the area, if possible, where fall/drop hazards may exist – especially if work is being performed on a ladder.
  9. Work as a team to avoid complacency and remain vigilant of these procedures at all times.
  10. Ensure hardhats and other required PPE is inspected prior to use and is used in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.

Non-Residential Construction Jumps 32.4% in March

$25 billion in non-residential construction starts in March marked a 32.4% climb over February numbers according to the just released Construction Industry Snapshot by CMD Group, formerly Reed Construction Data. The positive number in March confirms an upward trend in construction spending, but falls short of the same period last year when spending increased by 40.3%. For comparison, the long-term February-to-March increase has been 6.0%. See the full report from CMD here.

Non-Residential Construction Jumps 32.4% in March

Graph courtesy of CMD Group