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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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As construction becomes more software and technology based, workers need to adapt to remain competitive. If your background isn’t in technology, this might be a daunting and unfamiliar task. Luckily, as a construction professional, you likely have the nescessary problem solving skills! Dexter + Chaney has been training folks in our software for as long as we’ve been making it, and in that time we’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help new software users. Here is a handy inforgraphic to get you started:

Online Reviews

Take two minutes and go Google yourself right now. You might be surprised. It’s ok, this blog post will still be here when you return.

Ok, those of you still with me, I’ll assume you didn’t find anything online that required immediate attention, and that’s a good thing. However, in modern society today, negative press, bad reviews, even out and out lies can travel at the speed of a brush fire—and significantly affect your life before you even realize it’s happening.

Construction Management Software’s Management Style

Google “management style” and you’ll get more than 89 million results. Dig around a bit in those millions of results and you’ll find that there’s a lot of repetition. Everyone builds from two broad categories to create from four to six styles.

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“We’re looking for the easiest way to simplify everything we do”—that sentence came from one of our clients as our annual Users’ Conference kicked off at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel early last week. He was shooting the breeze with the Dexter + Chaney marketing team as we were setting up. I had asked him what he was hoping most to take away from this year’s conference and his answer, while simple, spoke to the heart of what we strive to provide for our clients.

Direct Equipment Costs vs Direct Job Costs - Construction Equipment Management

I have run into about as many theories of equipment costing as there are companies, but one of the major decisions an equipment-intensive company faces is the decision to attribute costs to the piece of equipment, or to the jobs where the equipment is used. There are three basic ways that I have seen this done in the industry.

Construction Software Purchase Home Run

Jumping the gun on a software purchase is like walking up to the batting plate without a bat. You’re not prepared and you will be thrown curve balls. Before you look outside for solutions, first look inside and identify your company’s problems. When the fast balls start flying, it’s important for you to be able to separate the flashy “nice-to-haves” from the fundamental “must-haves.”

Construction Software Automation

This is ultimately a blog about construction software, but stay with me as I put on my “Top Gear” hat and take you on a trip through an automotive analogy. I remember first learning how to work on cars a number of years ago, a number that is becoming disturbingly large. This was back in the day when owning a timing light was pretty standard and checking the points, plugs and condenser was pretty routine. Opening the hood of my ’72 Nova, I could actually identify just about everything I saw there.

Hands-on Training Quells Modern Technology Resistance

As you’re reading this, I’m probably traveling—on my way down to Puerto Rico for an industry conference. I note this not because I want to brag about 80 degrees and a cool breeze (though I do), but because for the past month, I’ve been practicing my very, very rusty Spanish in order to adapt better when speaking to any of the locals. In order to brush up, I’ve been using a wonderful app on my phone called Duolingo. It makes learning—or relearning—Spanish simple and fun, yet nets significant results.

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