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  • Navigating Preconstruction with a Better Workflow

    Navigating Preconstruction with a Better Workflow

    Conley Smith, Sr. Business Writer OK, you’ve just been asked to create a quantity takeoff on a hot project. With incomplete plans, you’ve got to hunt down project details, send dozens of...

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  • Labor Squeeze Could Slow Construction Growth

    Labor Squeeze Could Slow Construction Growth

    " Everywhere you turn, it seems the words “construction jobs” and “labor shortage” jump out at you from the page. As 2018 nears a wrap, these two parallel competing storylines are reaching a fever...

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  • Bank on This $1 Million Tax Break

    Bank on This $1 Million Tax Break

    " For the construction industry, 2018 has been a crazy year of highs and lows. While project backlogs hit a record 9.9 months in the second quarter of 2018 (ABC), contractors of all trades have...

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  • Creepy Construction Trends Infographic

    Creepy Construction Trends Infographic

    " Will it be trick or treat for the construction industry in the fourth quarter of 2018? Whether you’re a drywall hanger or a roofer, you’ve probably seen lots of upside lately. Sure, construction...

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  • Where BIM Falls Short for Quantity Takeoffs

    Where BIM Falls Short for Quantity Takeoffs

    " There’s a lot of buzz about both the disruption and efficiency of Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. As the construction industry relies more and more on BIM for building projects,...

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  • Use Tech to Jump Start Your Millennial Hiring

    Use Tech to Jump Start Your Millennial Hiring

    " From beer to the Big Mac, there’s a huge list of things millennials are being perennially blamed for ruining for the rest of the world. Judging by the latest headlines, you may be tempted to add...

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  • Cutting Through the Chaos of Peak Disruption

    Cutting Through the Chaos of Peak Disruption

    " Today’s construction industry is facing a wave of new technology that may – at times – feel more like a tsunami. With Silicon Valley pouring billions into artificial intelligence, virtual...

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  • Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Spreadsheets Still Used by 70% of Estimators

    Love ’Em or Hate ’Em: Spreadsheets Still Used by 70% of Estimators

    " It has been almost a year since many in the finance industry reacted bitterly to an executive who threatened to drop the popular software program Excel. “You’ll have to pry Excel from our cold,...

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  • Top Traits of a Great Estimator

    Top Traits of a Great Estimator

    " Let’s say you’re a landscaping contractor who needs an additional construction estimator. With an admin surfing plan rooms for projects to bid, you want someone with strong estimating skills to...

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  • Winning Big with Integrated Estimating Tools

    Winning Big with Integrated Estimating Tools

    " Contractors today have their hands full. On average, they are running a six-month backlog of projects and many are booked through the remainder of 2018 and into 2019 (FMI/AGC Risk Survey)....

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  • Don’t Gamble with Estimating Tools Without Training

    Don’t Gamble with Estimating Tools Without Training

    " If you work in construction, you’re constantly playing a game of risk. Did you remember to calculate indirect or direct cost correctly? Does your bid include office overhead and rent or the...

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  • Real Estimators of Genius - We Salute You

    Real Estimators of Genius - We Salute You

    " If you’re any kind of cost estimator, you’ve probably been involved in some crazy, complicated, weird—and wonderful—projects. Let’s face it, the world’s highest and longest glass bridge in China...

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  • Contractors Winning More with Estimating Software

    Contractors Winning More with Estimating Software

    " If you’re like most construction estimators today, you’re cranking out construction bids faster and faster. But if you’re preparing bids manually, how sure are you that your data is accurate?...

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  • Contractor's Suite White Paper: Contractors Stepping Outside Tech Comfort Zone

    Contractor's Suite White Paper: Contractors Stepping Outside Tech Comfort Zone

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  • Every Day is Bid Day for Bid Boss

    Every Day is Bid Day for Bid Boss

    " Between powerful new tech tools and soaring construction demand, the role of today’s construction estimator is evolving at a rapid pace. Digital tools are having a big impact on an estimator’s...

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  • On Center Customer Spends 50% Less Time on Takeoffs

    On Center Customer Spends 50% Less Time on Takeoffs

    " Bidding and winning the best work for your business has always been the name of the game. For an up-close look at how one Central Florida drywall contractor is crushing it, don’t miss Inside the...

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  • Don’t Let Risks Drag Down Productivity and Profits

    Don’t Let Risks Drag Down Productivity and Profits

    " Contractors today are in an enviable position. All summer long, construction spending in the U.S. has been surging past the $1 trillion mark monthly. Experts believe demand for all types of...

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  • 5 Tips for Onboarding Your New Cost Estimator

    5 Tips for Onboarding Your New Cost Estimator

    " Whew! Your construction company just landed a fantastic cost estimator. The new hire is detail-oriented and has extensive field experience. But before you plug them into your estimating...

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  • 3 Tips for Avoiding Costly Estimating Errors

    3 Tips for Avoiding Costly Estimating Errors

    " Ever feel like you’re in a car flying down the highway toward your next project, but you’re not sure what you’ll find when you get there? Juggling incomplete plans, late-arriving materials, and...

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  • 5 Tips for Adding New Estimating Software

    5 Tips for Adding New Estimating Software

    " It’s a fact. Contractors from all trades—from roofing to walls and ceilings—still rely heavily on spreadsheets, manual entry, and software that lacks integration. The 2017 JB Knowledge...

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