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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Don’t Overlook the Soft Costs of Construction

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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?” – Matthew 14:28
If you’re getting ready to undergo an extensive real estate or commercial construction project, it is essential to consider all of the costs of […]

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The Emergence of IoT Technology for Smart Buildings

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With the proliferation of wireless internet capabilities into every facet of our daily lives, the idea of something not having “wireless capability” may seem silly to many of us — especially those of younger generations. IoT has inundated the home like never before. What started as the marvel of the cordless phone has grown […]

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