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VIDEO: Survive COVID-19 with Technology

Walls and Ceilings

VIDEO: Survive COVID-19 with Technology

In this technology installment of W&C’s weekly contractor videos, W&C Publisher Jill Bloom, Editor John Wyatt and Associate Editor Hannah Belloli talked all things construction technology with AboutTime Technologies COO and co-founder, Mike Merrill.
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COVID-19: OSHA, Worker’s Compensation and Lawsuit Risks

ConstructionExecutive

COVID-19: OSHA, Worker’s Compensation and Lawsuit Risks

The construction industry is known for its toughness and resilience, working through physical and economic challenges to get the job done. As construction firms continue to work throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the question isn’t whether to work, but rather how to work effectively while keeping the risks of the virus at bay.
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Live Field Data Collection: Is Construction There Yet?

Engineering News-Record

Live Field Data Collection: Is Construction There Yet?

The construction industry is in the midst of a massive technological shift –– and it’s happening quickly. Some hold out, assuming that switching over to new tech solutions will overwhelm employees and be difficult to implement. In fact, technology has never been easier to use. So what’s behind so many construction firms finally turning to technology? Headaches.
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Significance of The Real World Live Field Data

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Significance of The Real World Live Field Data

The construction industry is in the middle of a seismic shift in the way we do business, and the only way through requires harnessing the power of new technology. Some fear diving headfirst into technological upgrades is a fool’s errand, worried the solutions will cause more headaches to implement than the problems they aim to solve. But the reality is that new construction technology has never been easier
or more intuitive to use, and by embracing it sooner rather than later, contractors can relieve themselves of hassles that have plagued them for years.
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Use of Live Field Data Lags: Study

Construction Equipment

Use of Live Field Data Lags: Study

Two-thirds of construction firms do not use real-time field data collection methods, relying on paper and spreadsheets, according to research conducted by AboutTime Technologies, supplier of the WorkMax field-data app.
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The top five types of live field data construction companies need to use daily

HeavyEquipmentGuide

The top five types of live field data construction companies need to use daily

If you’ve ever wondered what type of data you should be collecting, look no further than the Dodge Smart Market Report. It lists the top five types of field data to collect from jobsites to best manage project performance: man-hours, safety, productivity, asset management and project progress. In the past, companies would rely on paper forms and spreadsheets to get hold of this information, but resource management solutions have made the whole process a seamless one.
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Live Field Data: Recession-proof Your Business With Guidance and Tech

Modern Contractor Solutions

Live Field Data: Recession-proof Your Business With Guidance and Tech

The US economy is always moving, it is the nature of the system to regularly cycle between growth and correction. We have been fortunate to have experienced an unprecedented 126 months of growth before the current crisis started. Yes, the economy is in recession that no one could have predicted, but the good news is we knew it would eventually happen.
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COVID-19: The Catalyst to Permanently Transform Construction Safety With Live Field Data

ConstructionExecutive

COVID-19: The Catalyst to Permanently Transform Construction Safety With Live Field Data

Construction is considered an essential service, which is why many projects have continued to hum along even as large portions of the economy have shut down. And while some projects may slow or experience delays from budgetary constraints, experts forecast that the construction industry could soon be busier than ever. Still, amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 is a silver lining: construction companies now have the opportunity to examine safety processes and update their technology and operations in ways that will positively affect their businesses for years to come.
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How to Improve Communication on a Heavy Civil Project

How to Improve Communication on a Heavy Civil Project

Complex, large scale projects such as highways, bridges and railways require hundreds of people to be on the same page in order to operate as a cohesive unit. And while sharing information across multiple departments in a company is no easy feat, ensuring crystal clear communication across the board has to be a priority.
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Drive Construction Productivity Through Digitization

ConstructionExecutive

Drive Construction Productivity Through Digitization

In a global economy where productivity is often monitored to the last minute, labor productivity has grown by 2.8% over the past two decades according to McKinsey. The construction industry lags behind that with 1% productivity increase over the same time period. The good news is that through technology, the construction industry can now catch up to these other world industries and by doing so would add $1.6 trillion to the global economy. The same report showed that construction companies that embrace digitization, new materials and advanced automation increase overall productivity by 50 – 60%.
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How Cloud-Based Time Tracking Helps Construction Companies Avoid Wage and Hour Violations

ForConstructionPros

How Cloud-Based Time Tracking Helps Construction Companies Avoid Wage and Hour Violations

The American work culture is built on overtime, minimum wage and the 40-hour work week. All three stem from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which was passed more than 80 years ago to ensure a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Still, today’s wage and labor rules are complex, and the effects of FLSA can be felt across all businesses.
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How Technology Protects Employers when Conducting COVID-19 Screenings: New ADA Guidelines

Walls and Ceilings

How Technology Protects Employers when Conducting COVID-19 Screenings: New ADA Guidelines

The construction industry is scrambling to stay compliant and implement new safety regulations to protect employees from the sudden outbreak of COVID-19. In late April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revised its guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring clarity to updates from the Center for Disease Control, directing the construction industry to check employees daily for COVID-19 symptoms.
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Interest in biometric time tracking with facial recognition up as people return to work

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Interest in biometric time tracking with facial recognition up as people return to work

Two-thirds of construction firms do not use real-time field data collection methods, relying on paper and spreadsheets, according to research conducted by AboutTime Technologies, supplier of the WorkMax field-data app.
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Lift Construction Labor Productivity with a Time-Tracking App Using Face Recognition

ForConstructionPros

Lift Construction Labor Productivity with a Time-Tracking App Using Face Recognition

The construction industry is facing a pressing set of issues spurred by the cost and supply of skilled workers. In 2019, 70 percent of contractors struggled to meet deadlines and 40 percent rejected new work because they were unable to hire the necessary workers to take on the additional contracts.
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Why a Single Change to Data Collection Is the Easiest Way to Transform a Construction Business

ConstructionExecutive

Why a Single Change to Data Collection Is the Easiest Way to Transform a Construction Business

Data collection has the power to uncover critical trends for a business and help leaders lay the groundwork for their company’s future. For the construction industry, new technology and data collection methods now enable companies to uncover their own patterns and create opportunities they may have otherwise missed.
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