Dexter + Chaney Blog

In 2018, the Dexter + Chaney blog will be merging with Surveyor, the Viewpoint Blog. The construction industry articles you've enjoyed over the years will continue to exist in Surveyor, as will our commitment to writing excellent industry content. We look forward to seeing your comments and feedback on the Surveyor blog and thank you for reading the Dexter + Chaney blog. Blog posts will continue to be available on the Dexter + Chaney website during the migration. To view the Viewpoint Surveyor blog, click here.

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.

Connect 2016 Logo

“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.

Implementing New Software

Just about every contractor today has some form of business and construction management software playing a vital role in keeping projects moving and revenue flowing. Odds are, you’ve worked with or at least entered data into some of these systems. However, when your company outgrows its current software or the software fails to meet specific needs, it may be time to start looking at what new solutions are on the market.

Tall Wood Structures - Construction Software

Since the first skyscraper was built in 1884 in Chicago, tall buildings have traditionally used steel and concrete materials—until now. Several building and architectural groups are making a case for tall wooden structures, buildings built primarily out of wooden materials. In the last several years, many of these structures have sprung up all over the world.

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