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Dallas 2018 Economic Forecast: Acceleration

By Ray Niekamp Although Hurricane Harvey did not hit North Texas, its effects were still felt in the Dallas-area economy. But Mine Yücel, senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, thinks the economic impact of the storm will be short-lived. She forecasts the state’s economy will grow 2.5 to 3 percent this […]Read More

Making Buildings That Stand Up To Mother Nature

By Julie Frazier Weather events in recent years have demonstrated the threat of flooding extends beyond coastal regions. Even far inland, communities are susceptible to extreme rainfall with devastating effects. Although planning for a 100-year flood was once the standard (and remains the code minimum in many areas), the 500-year flood plain is more appropriate […]Read More

Breaking Ground

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN CONSTRUCTION By Kate Hull The words “diversity” and “inclusion” are not typically used to describe the construction industry and the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics results provide insight as to why. Women continue to be underrepresented, making up only 9 percent of the construction workforce; ethnic minorities make up approximately 37 […]Read More

New Project Management Strategies

INCREASED TECH REQUIREMENTS ENCOURAGE BUILDERS TO BRING SPECIAL SYSTEMS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT IN HOUSE By Jim Gregg Research shows that, in recent years, the percentage of budgets allotted for technology has increased dramatically across all sectors of construction — including aviation, hotels, offices, manufacturing and research facilities, hospitals, plants, refineries, bridges and roads. Developers and owners […]Read More

Drones & Construction

DON’T GET FINED – THE 9 OPERATING RULES CEOS NEED TO KNOW By Brett W. Schouest Like many others, the construction industry continuously benefits from innovation and advances in technology. One recent advancement is the use of unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” on construction projects. The technology has many applications, including surveying, site layout and topography, […]Read More

Seeing Is Believing

THREE WAYS THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NAILS IT WITH VIRTUAL REALITY By John Arcello Two important keys to doing good business in the construction industry are knowing your customers and their needs, and collaboratively visualizing those needs. This ensures consistent, high-quality delivery that pleases customers and increases the bottom line. This is why many construction companies […]Read More

The Automated Future Of Construction Safety

HOW 4D MODELING AND SENSING MAY ELIMINATE THE LEADING CAUSES OF INJURY  By Fernanda Leite, PhD, PE Since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 placed the responsibility of construction safety on the employer, newly developed injury prevention strategies have led to dramatically decreased fatality and disability rates in the construction industry. Despite these […]Read More

Creating a Culture of Safety

By Levente McCrary Photography by Brook Sefton The most effective leaders develop positive workplace cultures. They find ways to incentivize employees, facilitate productive working environments and – perhaps most importantly – create a culture of safety. This key area was the focus of a recent workplace safety event hosted by Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the […]Read More

How Do You Create a Culture of Innovation in the

Photography by Shannon Drawe A slip of paper pulled out of a fortune cookie spoke to Mike Sanford: “Embrace innovation and opportunities will follow.” Sanford, the director of virtual design and lean construction at SpawGlass Contractors, said it’s tough to embrace innovation — especially in the construction industry. But he said it can be done, […]Read More

Building Innovation

TURNER CONSTRUCTION BUILDS ON EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS By Valerie Jarvie Photography by Shannon Drawe Innovation – it’s the business watchword of our era on the lips of every forward-thinking CEO. Being nimble, meaning rapidly developing and leveraging new ideas, is hard enough for a small organization. How does a large company foster a culture of change? […]Read More