Even as the nation continues to struggle with high unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction firms are still grappling with the ongoing labor shortage and recruitment shortfall. Over 80% of construction firms are having difficulty filling salaried and hourly craft positions.1 This leads to firms asking employees to work longer hours, struggling to meet deadlines, facing higher costs for new work, and turning down new projects.2 The stress this puts on overworked employees subsequently harms retention rates. For every 1 worker who enters the workforce, it’s estimated that 5 skilled employees are retiring.3
It’s clear that construction has both recruitment and retention problems. So what can be done? Equipment Trader has collected 6 ideas for construction firms to improve the worker experience in order to boost retention and recruitment:
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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”
Drones are quickly revolutionizing agriculture, effectively taking photographs, tracking field health and irrigation, and engaging in precision seed planting and crop spraying. If you don’t yet have an ag drone, there’s a good chance you might in the future. We’ve previously outlined why ag drones are becoming a major farming tool, as well as what to consider when buying an ag drone. But while it’s great to know the benefits and what to look for when making a purchase, none of that does you any good if you don’t know how to use and maintain the drone once you have one. So today we’re breaking down a few important tips and best practices for owning and operating an ag drone: Continue reading “6 Tips for Owning & Operating an Ag Drone”
It’s very likely that you’ve noticed that drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, have become major tools across a number of industries. Today, construction drones survey and map job sites, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances. And now drones are even found on our agricultural farms!
Ag drones not only capture photographs, but can also use sensors to track factors like crop health, the presence of insects, and irrigation levels. Some ag pros even use drones to engage in “precision farming,” where the drones accurately and efficiently plant seeds and spray crops, saving time and money, and reducing waste. The global market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is already estimated to be at $32.4 billion, with 74% of U.S. farmers currently using or considering adopting drone technology to assess, monitor, and manage their farms.
The growing popularity of ag drones is why Equipment Trader has now opened up our online marketplace to include drones as an option for buying and selling. We’re so excited that today on our blog, we’re reviewing 8 things to consider when buying an ag drone!! Continue reading “8 Things to Consider When Buying an Ag Drone”
It’s very likely you’ve noticed that drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, have become major tools across a number of industries. Today, construction drones survey and map job sites, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances. And now drones are even found on our agricultural farms!
The global market for drone-powered solutions in agriculture is already estimated to be at $32.4 billion, while 74% of U.S. farmers are currently using or considering adopting drone technology to assess, monitor, and manage their farms. The growing popularity of ag drones is why Equipment Trader has now opened up our online marketplace to include drones as an option for buying and selling, and why today on our blog we’re quickly breaking down how ag drones have become a major tool for farmers!! Continue reading “Ag Drones Become a Major Tool for Farmers”
You probably know that Equipment Trader deals in construction equipment, but did you know that we’re also one of the largest online marketplaces for agricultural equipment?? It’s true! On our website, which has over 91,000 listings from hundreds of dealers and attracts hundreds of thousands of users every month, our #1 most popular item searched is the mighty tractor. We think that’s pretty cool, and it’s got us thinking about how agricultural equipment innovation is driving the industry into the future, so today we’re talking about how Digital Ag-Tech is Revolutionizing Agriculture!! Continue reading “Digital Ag-Tech is Revolutionizing Agriculture”
News stations were buzzing earlier this week when SpaceX successfully launched its Heavy Falcon rocket into space, marking “the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company,” according to the New York Times. The launch was also notable for its side boosters, which once detached from the rocket, flew back down to the launch pad, instead of falling apart as has been typical in NASA launches. But while reporters fawn over spaceships that might one-day be useful, there is futuristic technology currently on construction job-sites that is altering the industry in innovative and revolutionary ways. In this post, we’re breaking down some of the Technology that is Revolutionizing Construction!! Continue reading “The Technology That’s Revolutionizing Construction”