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Software and the Struggle to Find Construction Employees

“Young people don’t want to work in the dark ages.”

Can top-tier software help construction companies attract and retain top-notch talent? Brandie Meisner says yes. “We need technology to attract the younger, tech-savvy employees to grow the workforce industry-wide,” the CFO at M&M Excavating in northern Michigan says. “Young people don’t want to work in the dark ages,” she elaborates. “They’ve lived with technology all of their lives; it’s an  Read More

Greg Norris

Mobile Technology

The Costs of Paper Forms and Some Benefits of Going Mobile

Paper forms have consistently been the most common method of data capture within the construction industry for decades. However, as technology plays a bigger and bigger role within companies, and business processes become more complex, paper forms are a growing threat to efficiency and profitability. Most companies cannot rely on these slow and inefficient data processes. The following facts will  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Construction Operations Software Optimization

Preventive Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

Best practices to drive equipment uptime, utilization and profitability

Preventive Maintenance is the backbone of a productive, profitable heavy civil construction company. As a matter of fact, keeping assets in the field running and maximizing utilization is, in large part, the Shop Manager’s main focus and a large piece of the profitability puzzle. The modern Shop Manager must analyze the fleet and the capabilities of Mechanics and put the  Read More

John Kane

Construction Operations Software Optimization

Top 10 Benefits You Can’t Get With Paper Forms

Paper forms and the headaches that accompany them are all too familiar in the construction industry. For many years, paper forms were the most effective solution for capturing data in the field, as digital, mobile solutions were unavailable, not user friendly, or cost prohibitive. However, this has changed significantly in the last ten years with the increased availability of tablets  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Construction Operations Mobile Technology Software Optimization

The Value Proposition for Mobile in Heavy Civil Construction

Heavy civil construction projects need to carefully manage logistics in order to ensure success. Project complexities are driven by large amounts of resources over huge geographic regions, with three key resources needing optimization so projects are efficient and successful: People Equipment Materials The rise of mobile technology is well aligned to address the field operations requirements associated with optimizing people,  Read More

Rich Humphrey

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Technology to the Rescue

Mobile is the Technology Platform for the Heavy Civil Jobsite

Heavy Civil Infrastructure projects are getting larger and more complex, and as a result, over 50% of projects fail to meet budget and schedule. This increasing complexity is driven by many factors including… No two projects are the same. Each project has its own unique set of existing circumstances. Conditions on the job are always in flux, and often the  Read More

Rich Humphrey

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Digitizing Your Holistic Safety Program on the Construction Job Site

3 Pronged Approach to Construction Safety Management

Working in the construction industry comes with its fair share of risks: roughly 20% of all worker deaths occur at construction jobsites, with the top four causes of these fatalities including falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, and getting caught/compressed between two objects. In order to help keep workers risk-free and jobsites compliant, a holistic safety program needs to  Read More

Jen Caesar

Construction Operations Mobile Technology Software Optimization

Streamlining Key Construction Operations Processes:

Heavy Equipment Inspections, Fleet Repair Requests and Maintenance Work Orders

Equipment inspections, repair requests and maintenance work orders are essential, every-day processes within heavy construction operations. Let’s take a look at: How contractors typically complete these process and the challenges they face with current workflows. How they could complete them more effectively with connected workflows and a unified construction software platform. Problems with Paper and Disconnected Processes For inspections, contractors  Read More

Mark Hooks

Construction Operations Mobile Technology

Going Paperless: The Benefits of e-Forms in Construction

Video case studies illustrate the advantages of electronic forms for two core heavy civil processes

Going “paperless” is an increasingly popular goal, as contractors look to escape the inefficiencies, lag time and errors that paper forms bring, while better leveraging the data those forms contain. At Barriere Construction in Louisiana, safety meetings and equipment inspections are two processes where dramatic improvements have been achieved via the B2W Inform solution for data capture and analysis. “We  Read More

Elizah Hulseman

Construction Operations Estimating Mobile Technology

Field-centric cost management at M.A. Mortenson Company

B2W Client Video

An accounting or ERP system is the go-to tool for managing project costs at many heavy construction companies, but those systems are specifically designed for recording and reporting after costs occur. The limitation is that they are not very effective at helping contractors stay on top of project costs where and when those costs actually occur – in the field  Read More

Jeff Russell

Field-centric cost management at M.A. Mortenson Company – B2W client video