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Project Manager Dealing With Risk

More often than not, the success of a particular construction project is determined by how well project leaders deal with risks. Risks are inherent in every business—and it’s obvious that they carry a dollar value—just look at the insurance industry. Contractors who are able to understand the risk factors in their business, and can work to mitigate these risks, are in a position not unlike insurance companies. By assuming more of the risk for the projects that they are involved with, contractors can take the burden of risk off of owners or subcontractors and charge a premium for doing so. Even if this doesn't become an actual source of profit in and of itself, contractors who work actively to understand and control risk are in a position to make smarter project decisions which can lead to higher profit margins.

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Construction Data Analysis

This is the third installment of a five-part series on how innovative technologies and software are helping project managers streamline processes to build faster, smarter projects

All battle plans are perfect—until the battle begins. Construction project managers probably relate to that statement more that anyone. A construction project can be planned out down to the very last nail, but even in the best-planned project, something always goes awry.

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Empowering the Project Team

This is the second installment in a five-part series on how innovative technologies and software are helping project managers streamline processes to build faster, smarter projects.

While the lifeblood of the construction company is the construction project, the lifeblood of the project is the people working on it. Hire bad people to manage and build the project? The results will be poor. Hire smart, talented folks with expertise and the results will be good. Hire forward-thinking, open-minded folks ready to try new things and take calculated risks? The results are likely to be even better.

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Career in Construction

While most economists would hesitate to use the word “boom” when talking about the state of the construction industry, forecasters are optimistic for continued economic growth throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017. As the industry continues its slow climb away from the great recession, the need for skilled labor continues to be a hot topic on industry news sites. This is great news for anyone looking for a new career and there couldn’t be a better time for construction laborers.

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Messy desk with paperwork

Let me take you back to a time when double entry in a software system was the norm. This may be stirring up old nightmares for some of you, while others may be thinking, “take me back? This is how we’re doing it now!” If you're in the latter group, don't worry, below I will be explaining ways to eliminate the double entry headache.

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Employee Engagement

Building employee engagement with effective people management

Guest blog by Claire Kirk, BirdDogHR

Construction companies cannot thrive without productive employees, making them the organization’s main asset. An engaged employee not only produces quality work that benefits the company as a whole, but they motivate and assist others around them. Unfortunately engaged employees are hard to come by, and many engagement strategies are unsuccessful.

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Daqri Smart Helmet

Safety is one of the primary concerns of any project manager or company owner. By its nature, construction is an inherently dangerous industry due to the high physical requirements, difficult environment, dangerous heights and heavy equipment being used. With construction accidents adding around $10 billion annually to total construction costs, avoiding accidents is crucial to the success and well-being of any company.

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