There’s so much pressure over the holidays to give gifts that are both thoughtful and actually useful. That’s why we’ve made it easy to shop for your favorite construction worker by putting together 11 holiday gifts for construction workers. Continue reading “11 Holiday Gifts for Construction Workers”
As we head into the winter months, it’s time to prepare your equipment for colder weather, especially if your area will see snow and ice (if it hasn’t already). Fortunately, there are specific changes to the maintenance routine for your heavy equipment that can help you optimize your machinery’s performance all year long. Here are our tips for maintaining equipment in colder weather: Continue reading “Maintaining Equipment in Colder Weather”
Drones are revolutionizing the construction industry, helping building firms cut costs, save time, minimize risks, ensure accuracy, improve communication, and work more efficiently. In fact, drones can improve construction at every phase of the project lifecycle, from preconstruction mapping to worksite inspections to promotional photography1. The rapid growth of drones in construction – a spike of 239% from 2017 to 20182 – means that building companies and equipment managers need to know what to consider when making a drone purchase. That’s why we’re breaking down 9 things to look for when buying a construction drone: Continue reading “9 Things to Look for When Buying a Construction Drone”
Drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, are now prominently featured across a number of professional fields. Today, delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances1, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and ag-drones engage in precision farming2. More than any other industry, however, drones are being put to use on construction worksites, with drone use surging by 239% from 2017 to 20183. Infrastructure work now makes up 35.5% of professional drone-use, far ahead of the next two biggest drone-using industries, agriculture (25.5%) and transportation (10.2%)4.
Typically operated by project managers, technology managers, and superintendents, construction drones have many functions, as they can be used in every phase of the project lifecycle3. Equipped with GPS technology, as well as cameras and sensors that can capture images, video, thermal readings, and infrared data, drones can help improve project conceptualization, planning, measurement, building, management, reporting, monitoring, inspection, safety, security, and even marketing. Drones are revolutionizing construction at a breakneck pace, which is why today we’re breaking down 8 Ways Drones are Changing Construction: Continue reading “8 Ways Drones Are Changing Construction”
The construction industry loses $1 billion every year due to equipment theft, and 83% of equipment owners have been the victim of theft. It’s a huge problem, but whether your worksite is home to excavators or forklifts, there are steps you can take to keep your equipment protected. We’ve collected some of the top equipment security tips and put them into one handy infographic – take a look! Continue reading “Protect Your Equipment with VROOM & SCREECH (Infographic)”
In the 1800s, the steam locomotive and the Transcontinental Railroad revolutionized transportation. In the 1900s, the automobile and the Interstate Highway System was another game-changer. Now that we’re in the 2000s, our roads are overcrowded, in poor condition, chronically underfunded, and increasingly dangerous. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) only gives the U.S. grades of C+ for bridges, D for roads, and D- for transit. Continue reading “Road Construction Projects of the Future”
Thankfully, gender equality in the workforce is continuing to improve. We still have a long way to go, but today, women make up 47% of the workforce¹ and you can find them in any number of roles. But there are still some professions – like construction, science, and technology – that have been, and still are, dominated by men. Looking at the construction field more narrowly, a new study has found that, while women make up a small minority of the construction workforce, recent increases in female employment has led to the highest share of women in construction in 20 years. Continue reading “Just as Tough: Women in Construction”
Construction workers can sometimes feel like Merle Haggard singing the Working Man Blues, “working as long as my two hands are fit to use.” But as committed as laborers and technicians are, even the hardest working employee can stumble into disaster if safety precautions are not being closely followed on the jobsite.
In some ways, danger is an inherent part of a job that requires working at great heights and operating powerful machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths in the U.S. is in construction. However, supervisors and businesses are responsible for keeping workers safe by lowering risk whenever possible. That’s why it’s so concerning that while safety best practices are widely known throughout the industry, few of those precautions are systematically adopted by the majority of contracting firms. Continue reading “Creating a Culture of Worksite Safety”
“Construction is one of the least digitized industries…”
That’s according to Michael Wholey, an intelligence analyst for CB Insights, a firm that specializes in machine learning. Speaking to Curbed.com, Wholey describes how “many startups are seizing the opportunity to build technology that would increase efficiency within this market… As a result, funding and deal activity in the construction technology space has been increasing steadily over the past few years.” In fact, CB Insights estimates that $1.4 billion has already been invested in the global industry in 2018 alone! That’s an eye-popping number, so today we’re examining the explosive growth potential in the construction industry!! Continue reading “Construction’s Explosive, Trillion-Dollar Growth Potential”
Ever wished you could hop on a dozer or excavator, and then just do whatever the heck you wanted?? Yeah, us too, and you can at heavy equipment theme parks throughout the country!! Diggerland USA, Dig This, and Extreme Sandbox are shaking up the amusement park industry with construction attractions that cater to individuals, families, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate team-building trips alike! That sounds pretty awesome, so today we’re digging into Construction Theme Parks!! Continue reading “Rumbling, Car-Crushing Good Times at Construction Theme Parks”