Conley Smith

  • 3 Reasons Women in Construction are Celebrating

    3 Reasons Women in Construction are Celebrating

    " This year’s Women in Construction Week (March 1-7) offers lots of great things for the whole industry to celebrate—from wide-open roles for women to a smaller gender pay gap. For starters, the...

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  • How to Recruit Generation Z in Hot Construction Market

    How to Recruit Generation Z in Hot Construction Market

    " Wow. There appears to be no relief in sight for contractors trying to find qualified construction workers. Call it a “nice to have problem” if you like—but the struggle is real. With a record...

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  • New Materials Take Concrete from Gray to Green

    New Materials Take Concrete from Gray to Green

    " When it comes to the concrete and masonry trades, you don’t have to look far to find lots of buzz around green and sustainable construction methods and materials. This includes everything from...

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  • 8th Straight Year – OST is No. 1 in ConTech Report

    8th Straight Year – OST is No. 1 in ConTech Report

    " Wow! On-Screen Takeoff has once again been ranked as the No.1 Takeoff software in the 2019 Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge—for the eighth straight year. Ever since the survey...

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  • How to Win the Hiring Game in 2020

    How to Win the Hiring Game in 2020

    " It’s not surprising that the 2020 FMI Industry Report found that 57% of construction leaders listed “attracting and retaining skilled labor” as their No. 2 concern for future success. When asked...

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  • Why Contractors Should Invest in Integrated Tools

    Why Contractors Should Invest in Integrated Tools

    " Whether your construction business is focused on roofing or concrete, your bidding process may involve lots of moving parts. While you may already be using a digital takeoff tool to eliminate...

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  • FAQs Every Contractor Should Know About Section 179

    FAQs Every Contractor Should Know About Section 179

    " We get it. Unless you’re an accountant, tax lawyer, or just love obscure and complicated tax laws, Section 179 of the U.S. Tax Code may sound like a real snooze. Even so, this is the perfect...

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  • Why 60% of Estimators Still Use Spreadsheets

    Why 60% of Estimators Still Use Spreadsheets

    " It’s not a surprise to learn that accountants love spreadsheets. They like them so much that finance executives who once threatened to replace the popular software Excel were greeted with the...

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  • It’s Back! $1 Million Tax Break

    It’s Back! $1 Million Tax Break

    " Despite recession fears and stock market jitters, construction demand and activity have held steady this year with backlogs dipping only slightly in most areas of the U.S. In fact, employment...

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  • On-Screen Takeoff Lands Again in FrontRunners Quadrant

    On-Screen Takeoff Lands Again in FrontRunners Quadrant

    " Once again, On-Screen Takeoff and Quick Bid were named to the FrontRunners Quadrant for Construction Estimating Software by Software Advice. Ranking second with an overall score of 8.78 in the...

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  • Navigating the Ever-Tightening Labor Crunch

    Navigating the Ever-Tightening Labor Crunch

    " It’s been a long, hot, busy summer for most everyone in the construction industry. If you’ve had a moment to catch your breath, you’ve probably noticed backlogs are still running nearly nine...

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  • How Tech is Leveling Preconstruction Playing Field

    How Tech is Leveling Preconstruction Playing Field

    " First, the good news: construction professionals no longer must live by spreadsheets alone.Now, the complicated news: adopting new technology is not a one-and-done process. As file cabinets...

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  • 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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