Conley Smith

  • Getting Hired: How to Find Your Next Cost Estimating Job

    Getting Hired: How to Find Your Next Cost Estimating Job

    " With the construction industry adding 33,000 net new jobs in April, it’s not surprising that demand is running high for nearly all construction positions. Project backlogs that are nearly nine...

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  • Navigating the Cost Estimating Jungle 

    Navigating the Cost Estimating Jungle 

    " Estimating—it can be a jungle out there. Bid too low and you may win the project and lose your shirt. Bid too high and you could be left wondering how you arrived at such bad numbers in the...

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  • Five Steps to Build a Better Bid

    Five Steps to Build a Better Bid

    " Ask any cost estimator. Estimating is perfected through experience, practice, and intuition. They’ll also say estimators must doggedly pursue missing project details before finalizing their bid....

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  • Construction Estimators Are in High Demand

    Construction Estimators Are in High Demand

    " What does a construction estimator, machine learning engineer, and a veterinarian have in common? We’ll give you a hint—they’re all in high demand and have salaries to match, according to...

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  • Offsite Construction Gaining Momentum

    Offsite Construction Gaining Momentum

    " When it comes to laying blame for the productivity problems plaguing most construction jobsites, there is no lack of fingers to point. Is it the critical labor shortage? Incomplete project...

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  • 3D Printed Homes Go from Science-Fiction to Reality  

    3D Printed Homes Go from Science-Fiction to Reality  

    " It seems everywhere you turn lately has been another article about advances in 3D printing and its impact on the construction industry. The news has been non-stop—whether it’s about how 3D...

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  • Let Project Express Rescue Your In-Box

    Let Project Express Rescue Your In-Box

    " For many estimators, the days of working with full-size plans and a single digitizer are a thing of the past. Today, they no longer check for faxes from subcontractors or distribute multiple...

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  • How to Win the Tech Talent War and Grow Your Backlog

    How to Win the Tech Talent War and Grow Your Backlog

    " What comes to mind when you think of the critical labor shortage plaguing the construction industry? People in hard hats operating jackhammers and driving backhoes? Yes, hourly craft positions...

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  • 3 Reasons Contractors Should Step Outside Tech Comfort Zone

    3 Reasons Contractors Should Step Outside Tech Comfort Zone

    " Let’s say you’re a small roofing contractor using a proprietary, Excel-based tool for estimating. Sure, there are more sophisticated tools out there, but you stick with what you know rather than...

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  • Don’t Skip the Training with New Estimating Tools

    Don’t Skip the Training with New Estimating Tools

    " It’s a busy time in the construction industry. If you’re a project manager or an estimator, it may be a good opportunity to push for new digital tools. With nearly all contractors struggling to...

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  • Red-Hot Construction Market Demands Right Tech Tools

    Red-Hot Construction Market Demands Right Tech Tools

    " If contractors thought 2018 was a record-setting year for the construction industry, they should probably hold on tight for 2019. The latest statistics show that construction is heating up fast...

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  • Is BIM Poised to Break Through?

    Is BIM Poised to Break Through?

    " Contractors—from flooring to roofing—have heard it all before. The construction industry is slow to adopt new tech tools and has a serious productivity problem. Reversing this trend with the...

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  • Stop Wasting Time and Money Estimating by Hand

    Stop Wasting Time and Money Estimating by Hand

    " When you work for a construction technology company, it’s easy to make assumptions— especially when you’re attending a leading trade show like World of Concrete. You assume most attendees are...

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  • Put Down the Phone! Time to Create Your Mobile Policy

    Put Down the Phone! Time to Create Your Mobile Policy

    " When it comes to investing its hard-earned dollars in technology, you can’t say the construction industry hasn’t been consistent. As in recent years, the 2018 JBKnowledge Construction Technology...

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  • Will Construction Tech Budgets Break Through in 2019?

    Will Construction Tech Budgets Break Through in 2019?

    " With the ringing in of the new year has come lots of excitement around hot construction technology trends. Experts are predicting that everything from AR to wearables to robotics will make big...

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  • Cutting-Edge Materials Revolutionize Concrete Trade

    Cutting-Edge Materials Revolutionize Concrete Trade

    " From scientists studying how cigarette butts can conduct energy in bricks and pavement to paint developers rethinking chemicals and colors for more energy-efficient homes, technology and...

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  • On-Screen Takeoff Ranks No. 1 for 7th Straight Year

    On-Screen Takeoff Ranks No. 1 for 7th Straight Year

    " Cue the confetti cannon! For the seventh straight year, On-Screen Takeoff has ranked as the top takeoff tool for estimating in the annual Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge. In...

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  • Calculate This! Tax Break Could Add Up to $1 Million

    Calculate This! Tax Break Could Add Up to $1 Million

    " No doubt, many contractors are busy wrapping up year-end construction projects. With a robust economy fueling record-breaking backlogs, it may seem like late December is a perfect time to catch...

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  • The Big Deal About Big Data

    The Big Deal About Big Data

    " If your job involves bidding, winning, and building, the hype around construction tech has been unavoidable in 2018. Whether the headlines were a head-scratcher or a jaw-dropper, there was no...

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  • 3 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Estimating Tools

    3 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Estimating Tools

    " Ever been on the wrong end of weak tech support or disappointed by new software you thought would be more customized to your specific trade? You’re not alone. Whether your trade is concrete or...

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