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How Does BIM Software Help Construction Professionals?

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Whether you work in the architectural or construction industries or have any relationship with these fields, you’ve likely heard of the term “BIM.” In this piece, we’re going to take a look at the basics of what BIM software technology is and how it assists construction professionals every day.
What is BIM?
BIM is an acronym […]

By |March 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Role Profiles: The Life of a Tower Crane Operator

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For some of us, the idea of climbing into an equipment cab attached to a temporary structure some 30 stories off the ground is enough to make our palms sweat. For others, few jobs sound more thrilling than that of a tower crane operator. In this piece, the first in our “Role Profiles” series, […]

By |March 20th, 2020|Role Profiles|Comments Off

Technological Innovations in the Construction Industry

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Everyone would likely agree that the construction industry has changed significantly over the past 40-or-so years. Advancements in building equipment have made it easier for construction crew members to successfully finish projects faster with more precision than ever before. What is less evident to the average onlooker is the impact that technology has played […]

By |March 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Fundamentals of Construction High School Program

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When most consider school supplies needed for high school classes, tape measures and hardhats don’t usually factor into the equation. This is changing for one Oklahoma high school, thanks to state and commercial efforts. To combat an ever-widening skills gap in the construction workforce, Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK has launched […]

By |March 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

Are Your Construction Site Fire Extinguishers Up to Par?

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Disclaimer: This blog article is not meant to replace proper OSHA fire fighting protocol. 

You likely ran through a checklist before you headed out to the construction site.

Tools? Check.
Building materials? Check.
Lunch box? Check.
Fire extinguisher? Wait, what?

The need for fire extinguishers on construction sites may seem odd, but few places are in greater need of such […]

By |February 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

8 Ways to Reduce Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

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Every day, thousands of construction workers around the world use vibration-heavy equipment. These tools include air hammers, jackhammers, chain saws, power grinders, and many others. While these can cause initial fatigue due to the constant vibration, with years of use, these vibrations may cause much more severe and even permanent damage to nerves and […]

By |February 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

6 Ways to Reduce Commercial Construction Waste

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You’ve likely seen a dumpster brimming waste on some construction sites. Much of the rubbish you may see is genuine garbage—materials packaging, discarded disposal tool consumables, and the like. You may also see some items that don’t seem so much like garbage, such as building supplies in varying conditions. While some discarding building materials […]

By |February 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

What Does a Commercial Constructor Cost Estimator Do?

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” – Luke 14:28

Yes, it seems like the role of Cost Estimator in commercial construction has been a role in existence since before the days of the […]

By |February 20th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

How to Drive a Bobcat: Skid-Steer Loaders Explained

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Disclaimer: This piece is not meant as an exhaustive operating tutorial of any item of construction equipment. It is only a brief overview of the operating controls.

You’ve likely stopped for a few moments to take a look at a construction site. On that construction site, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed a skid-steer loader […]

By |January 8th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

How Construction Dump Truck Drivers Practice Safety

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Whether demolishing an existing structure or building a new one, dump trucks are an essential part of almost every construction project. You’ve probably seen these mega-vehicles cruising down highways and back roads. It may seem like one false move can spell disaster. To keep themselves, fellow construction crew members, and the public safe, there […]

By |January 8th, 2020|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off