Weekly Construction News Analysis
As workplaces across the province fall silent one by one, the busy hum of construction sites has carried on, mostly business as usual. That could be about to change.
With Ontario Premier Doug Ford announcing a province-wide shutdown of non-essential workplaces and Toronto Mayor John Tory declaring a state of emergency on Monday, the construction industry is bracing for closure.
Original Article: Construction Industry Braces For Devastating Shutdown in Toronto
The word unprecedented is beginning to get on my nerves when it comes to this coronavirus outbreak. The article in the Toronto Star does a great job in documenting some of the challenges facing the construction industry in the current global climate.
Industries are closing one by one across the Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto and the one that has continued to stand firm is the industry of Construction. As the Toronto Star points out “Construction makes up six or seven precent” of the Ontario economy. When you combine that with the real estate industry it totals approximately 20%. In comparison retail and commerce make up 5%.
What this means is that while it may seem like the Coronavirus is having a large impact on the economy as a whole, the retail and hotel sectors are the one primarily suffering with others still in tact. Shutting down the construction sector would have a huge impact on the economy and for Canadians to pay their bills.
Keeping Essential Construction Projects Online
In the article they interview John Mollenhauer the president of the Toronto Construction Association, one of the largest in the country. The Ford government is considering shutting down select project sites deemed non essential. Mollenhauer then goes on to say who’s to determine something is non-essential? Maybe a condo being built is a new home for a family living in a hotel? Maybe a mall being built is the life savings of an investor somewhere.
While it’s easy to point at hospitals and say “yes those are the required projects” closing down the other projects has a much more significant impact.
Beyond just the construction industry there are other more significant factors to consider if the decision is made to shut down construction activity. Suppliers make their livings producting materials that are used for construction sites – this doesn’t just include construction materials but also safety equipment, access equipment, rental equipment. The effects are challenging to even imagine.
Construction Firms Doing Their Part to Fight the Coronavirus (COVID 19)
For the most part construction firms are doing a great job fighting the virus and the effects it is having on the society. The firms I all work with are practicing social distancing by spacing out crews or limiting the number of workers on site in a day. Schedules are also slowing down by reducing the number of overlapping activities. While this has an impact work doesn’t just stop.
The construction sector is unique in the way it operates. Our health and safety programs which are regularly put to the test have programs in place to manage this type of event. A gas leak or asbestos breach are safety challenges that jobsites deal with on a daily basis and are similar in nature to dealing with a virus. Workers are used to dealing with higher risk situations and taking additional precautions unlike other work environments.
My personal opinion is that the government should let the construction industry continue to do what it does best and that is build. Inspections from the Ministry of Labour should be stepped up to ensure that sites that are in violation of social distancing rules are prosecuted and shut down accordingly.
Is your Construction site still up and running? If so how are you helping to manage the spread?
The construction industry is in the middle of what may be one of the most defining points in it’s short term history. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is the latest pandemic having a major impact on companies and industries around the world, yet the construction industry is holding out amongst backlash and criticism. What’s even more scary is that this likely won’t be the last pandemic or outbreak in our generation. So what can you do as a contractor to manage your business and jobsite during a disease outbreak such as the coronavirus?
As a contractor there are a number of approaches you can take including:
- Stay calm and don’t make rash decisions
- Refer to the professionals and consider engaging one
- Ensure your company has an outbreak emergency response plan
- Provide constant communication
- Ensure the safety of your workers
- Protect yourself legally
I’m going to walk through each of the above items in more depth, but the most important rule to remember is this:
“You will get through this, it will all work out, the world will go on.”
Stay Calm and Don’t Make Rash Decisions
One of the things that has amazed me most about this pandemic is the way people are reacting. Social media has been one of the most incredible inventions of our time, allowing us to share content across the globe. Yet, in times of uncertainty it can breed panic. Images of people hoarding, rioting and empty streets can lead to fear which can also lead to you making rash decisions that may not be the best for your construction team.
While this may seem obvious to some, it’s very easy to get caught up in the moment. Before you make any decisions that will have an impact on your team it’s important that you fully inform yourself. For this I would recommend doing your research on how the pandemic is impacting businesses. If the pandemic started elsewhere research what industries it impacted and spread through the fastest. This will give you insight into how it impacted the construction industry in other areas and will help guide your decision.
Another useful subject is to look into how other construction companies are managing the pandemic or in this case the coronavirus. A quick google search will educate you and give you some great ideas on things your team can implement to keep your workers safe.
Your number one priority during uncertain times should be the safety of your workers and security of their jobs. Schedule and budget are important but don’t exist without your team.
Refer To Professionals and Consider Engaging One
The construction industry loves it’s consultants. We literally have one for every subject: testing, envelope, safety, structural, heritage the list goes on and on. We do this because our teams recognize that they may not always know the best. It’s important to rely on experts for complex subjects.
It’s for this reason that the construction industry is in an enviable position. We are used to listening to experts in our field.
Listen to professionals In the event of a pandemic such as the coronavirus. The people that deal with this type of challenge everyday. For the construction industry experts can include:
- World Health Organization (WHO) – https://www.who.int/
- Your Federal, Provincial or State Level health experts
- Doctors and scientists specializing in the field of study
- Health consultants specialized in viruses and pandemics
While not every company can afford to bring on healthcare professionals, if you are able to it may be worthwhile. Consider engaging a doctor to check in on your workforce. Engaging a consultant can help your team develop workplace guidelines that can be implemented in the event of an emergency.
One of the best approaches to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak I’ve seen so far is by a local general contractor. They have engaged a specialist in viruses and pandemics to help guide their companies decision making. Doctors have been engaged to go to sites each day to check on workers. Hygiene experts have been engaged to work with the two aforementioned individuals and put in place cleaning and safety guidelines for their construction sites.
Ensure Your Construction Team Has An Outbreak Emergency Response Plan
An emergency response plan is one of those things that you don’t realize you need until you really do. Don’t wait for the next pandemic or until you’re in the middle of one to develop an emergency response plan.
If you’ve already engaged some of the professionals we noted above – start with them. If you haven’t it’s time to engage a health and safety professional to help your develop a plan. Regardless, an emergency response plan to a pandemic should include the following:
- Steps on identifying a pandemic
- Corporate levels of response to a pandemic (ie levels of readiness)
- Worker and management roles in the event of a pandemic
- Appoint individuals or a committee and assign responsibility for executing the program
- Steps to ensure construction worker safety during a pandemic(ie social distancing)
- Responses to a pandemic affecting one or more of the workers including locations of facilities for treatment
- Recovery response plans
Your emergency response plan should be developed as the go to document in the event of a pandemic. To ensure that your employees, clients and consultants are aware of the actions you need to take make sure that they receive copies of it as well. It never hurts to be overprepared for a given situation.
If You’re A Construction Business Owner….
It may also be worthwhile to consider drills or practicing the steps outlined in the emergency response plan within your organization. By doing so you will help to reassure employees and workers you are prepared all the while refining and providing practice to your team members.
Lastly, if you are a business owner ensure that your emergency response plan includes a chain of command. It needs to be clear to your organization who will make decisions in the event you or a member of your senior team get sick.
Provide Constant Communication
The last thing you want to do as a construction company during a pandemic such as COVID-19 is to stop communicating. Your clients, trades and consultants rely on you to be consistent during the construction phase, even in times of emergency.
There are many forms of communication in construction, we’re going to address a few of the ways you can reach the people you need to below:
|Form Of Communication||Benefit|
(Phone Calls, Emails, Presence On Site)
|One of the most effective ways we can communicate to our team is through informal communication, regularly staying in touch through email and phone calls can help to provide reassurance.|
(Phone Calls, Emails, Presence on Site)
Frequency: Weekly or as needed.
|Issuing formal updates through email, letter and phone calls (conference calls) can help to provide reassurance to your partners that you’re taking things seriously and have a plan.|
|Graphics and Signage
Frequency: As needed.
|Hoarding and signage is important on a jobsite. Use it to communicate to workers and passerby’s what you’re doing to prevent the spread of the pandemic and reassure people that you take their health safety.|
|Manuals and Guidelines
Frequency: As Needed
|These can be share via the above (email) but are in place to communicate to people the correct steps to take. It provides guidance and instruction during times of stress and uncertainty.|
Ferquency: As Needed.
|Video is a great way to communicate empathy. Having senior leaders communicate to workers via video in times of isolation can help reassure people that you’re there for them and understand what they are going through.|
Frequency: As needed or as appropriate.
|Social media has become a great way to stay in touch with the broader community. Share issues and challenges you’re dealing with. If your typical social media theme is light and fun, consider toning it down and ensuring you’re communicating more serious subjects.
A good example of using social media during a pandemic in construction is by posting steps your workers are taking to ensure the safety of others.
|Other||There are many other forms of communication you can use to get in touch with people. Be creative.|
One of the most important things you can do in a time of a pandemic in construction is to communicate regularly and clearly.
Ensure The Safety Of Your Workers
I’ve mentioned this above, but above all else the most important thing to consider during a pandemic is to ensure the safety of your colleagues and construction workers. No building or activity is worth a human beings life or suffering.
During a pandemic you want to be sure that your workers are safe. This means that taking extra time on site to educate workers about the precautions they should be taking is paramount.
Educating workers on the steps to maintain a safe work environment can be done in a few ways:
- Bulletins and guidelines on working safely
- Weekly and daily toolbox talks with the construction workers
- Incorporation of precautionary measures into pre-job safety inspections
- Additional supervision with attention given to precautionary measures
- Doctors or health and safety representatives checking workers for symptoms
In the event of an outbreak on a project there should be little to no question on the steps required to be taken. The project site needs to be halted immediately, the source identified and the jobsite remain closed or sections isolated until the risk is removed.
Construction workers are uniquely prepared to work during pandemics. Workers are regularly placed in high risk conditions and because of that are more familiar with taking precautionary measures. With that being said – hitting a project schedule at the expense of workers lives is not worth it. Always keep safety of workers top of mind.
Protect Your Construction Company Legally
While the protection of workers and preventing the spread of a disease within your construction company and on jobsites should be top of mind it’s important to protect yourself legally. In the event of an impact to your construction project you should notify the project stakeholders of the delay.
Your contract should be your starting place when understanding the steps and notifications to be undertaken in the event of a delay. Typically you are required to submit a written notice to your client or the architect.
Prior to issuing a formal notice of delay it may be worthwhile to provide a heads up to the team. This can be done formally through a letter identifying the risk, or through meeting minutes or regular reports. Once you’ve identified the delay, issuing a written notice is important. If you need help we have a template for a construction notice of delay over at Construction Repository.
The notice of delay should identify the reason for impact, potential delay and the steps you’ve taken and will be taking to mitigate the impact the owner. This will help to demonstrate that you’re not just throwing your hands in the air.
Further to issuing your formal notice – you should document progress through schedules, progress photos and other media at the start of the impact and regularly throughout. Regularly highlighting drawings can help to understand the progress or lack of progress in an area.
Construction Will Go On After The Pandemic
Running a construction site during a pandemic or epidemic can be a stressful situation. There will be challenges and people that like or dislike every decision you make. As we’ve stated above – all decisions should be made with the worker’s safety top of mind. Instruction should be taken from the experts including government professionals, scientists and doctors.
Always remember that your job will go on after an impact. Be safe. Be smart.
How is your construction site managing during the COVID-19 / Coronavirus outbreak? Are special precautions being taken? Let us know below in the comments?
Construction tower cranes are the focal points of jobsites throughout the world. They are the backbone and workhorses of most large construction sites. If they aren’t working; the jobsite isn’t working to it’s full capacity.
Most of the questions I’ve received from people in my life who aren’t in construction tend to focus on the subject of tower cranes. I get asked all of the time how are tower cranes erected? how does the operator get into the cab? How do they make the crane go higher in the building?
Despite their widespread usage people (even the workers on site) know very little about the machines that move us. We are going to answer some of the most basic questions as well as dive deeper.
What Is A Construction Tower Crane?
A construction tower crane is a common piece of lifting equipment found on construction sites. It is called a tower crane because of the large tower like structure the crane pivots around. The tower mast supports the jib and counter jib which in turns supports the cabling, trolley and hook which does the lifting.
Why Are Tower Cranes Used?
Tower cranes are used because they are efficient at lifting and moving heavy materials while having a relatively small footprint on site.
Tower cranes are great at lifting material and moving across long distances. Their reach allows them, in a lot of locations to have unencumbered access to the entire job site.
Why Use a Tower Crane Over A Mobile Crane?
Traditional mobile cranes require large setups at the ground level. If setup in the middle of a project this would have a large impact on the surrounding construction activities.
While the reach of the crane (jib and hook locations) are large the actual physical space a tower crane takes up on site is relatively small (think how small the tower is relative to the reach).
What Are The Different Types of Construction Tower Cranes?
By driving through a city like Toronto or New York you will quickly realize that tower cranes come in many different shapes and sizes. The different types of tower cranes are:
- Hammerhead Crane (Jib Type)
- Luffing Jib Tower Cranes (Jib Type)
- Derrick Cranes (Jib Type)
- Self Supporting Tower Cranes (Mast Type)
- Travelling Tower Cranes (Mast Type)
- Self Climbing Tower Cranes (Mast Type)
What is a Hammerhead Tower Crane?
A hammerhead tower crane is a common type of tower crane found on construction projects throughout the world. The hammerhead tower crane is recognizable through it’s vertical mast (tower) with a horizontal jib which supports both the cab. A trolley runs along the mast horizontally carrying the cable and hook. This allows the hook position to be in any position along the mast.
Luffing Jib Tower Crane
A luffing jib tower crane, often called just a luffing or luffer crane is another common type of construction tower crane. The crane is recognizable due to its diagonal arm which extends out from the top of the mast (tower) on an angle. Unlike the hammerhead the hook point is located off the end of the jib. The crane counter weights are located closer to the tower, when combined with the angled arm the luffing jib tower crane typically has a higher capacity then the hammerhead crane.
Unlike the hammerhead crane, the diagonal arm can move in and out (from vertical to a 30 degree angle). This movement allows them to fit within tight spaces which is why you often see luffing jib cranes within downtown urban environments.
Similar in nature to the luffing jib type you can think of Derrick cranes as their little brother. These cranes are unique in nature as their size is typically designed to sit on rooftops or small spaces. Derrick cranes are unique in nature because of their outriggers which allow them to sit on a surface.
They are assembled in pieces and are often used to either assemble or disassemble tower cranes. Derrick cranes are unique because often times they do not have a cab for an operator. Instead they are operated by remote control which is either wired or wireless.
Mast Type – Self Supporting Tower Cranes
A self supporting mast type is a typical tower crane that is put to use in shorter structures where tower extensions are not required. Self supporting tower cranes are anchored at the base with a weight or reinforced concrete block. Piles may be required to anchor the base to bed rock.
Self supporting tower cranes are anchored in place, have a tower extending out of the anchor point and they rotate around the tower. Considerations for the tower’s reach need to be made prior to installation as they cannot be moved easily once in place.
Mast Type – Travelling Tower Crane
A travelling tower crane is often used on projects which have a large footprint that require equipment be relocated regularly for lifting. A travelling tower crane is either track mounted or rail mounted. The tracks or rails allow the crane to travel horizontally along a path.
Depending upon the base or track design loads may or may not be able to be carried during the travelling period. If using this type of crane you need to ensure that you leave a path clear enough and flat enough on a project site to allow the crane to travel. If a path is not completely level and clear of debris you could risk the crane tipping over.
Mast Type – Self Climbing Tower Crane
Self climbing tower cranes are one of the most fascinating pieces of equipment that can be found on a construction site. A self climbing tower crane starts it’s life as with a typical self supporting tower crane. A tower is erected and anchored to a concrete reinforcing base.
As the building extends vertically the tower is anchored to the existing structure. When the building reaches a point where the crane will not clear the structure the crane then increases it’s height by inserting a piece of tower within the existing tower and “climbing” upwards.
The below video will help to explain the process of self erecting a tower crane.
What Are The Various Parts Of A Tower Crane?
Tower cranes are incredibly complex machines. When you look back to structures of the past it’s amazing the scale that we as a species were able to achieve without them. Today tower cranes allow us to reach new heights.
Tower cranes are broken into several different parts, each of which is crucial to the operation of the machine. There are hundreds of parts on a tower crane but the major parts on a tower crane can be broken down into the following:
- Base Support
- Tower (Mast)
- Operator’s Cab
- Jib and Counter Jib
- Trolley and Hook Block
The below is an illustration on the various parts of a tower crane.
Image illustrating parts of a tower crane.
The base support is the part of the tower crane that attaches the tower to the ground or surrounding structure. When a crane is attached to the ground this is typically done with reinforced concrete as well as piles to extend the support to bedrock. It’s important to engage an engineer to design this component of the tower.
The tower or mast of a tower crane is the vertical portion of the crane that extends upward from the ground. It’s purpose is to support the cab, mast, hook and counter weights as they rotate around it. Towers or masts are typically fabricated using a square lattice work of steel similar to an open web steel joist.
Tower Crane Operators Cab
The operators cab is where the crane operator sits in order to make the crane function. It is recognizable as a glass box on the side or underside of the mast. The cab is typically attached to a computer which feeds information to the operator and allows them to operate the crane with a pair of joysticks.
The tower crane turntable is the part of the crane that allows the jib and counter jib to spin on top of the mast. The mast is made up of two plates which insert inside of one another and rotates with bearings. The actual circular component that rotates is called a slewing bear ring – it’s a technology which is in use in windmills.
When a crane lifts a heavy object it needs a counter weight to balance the load of the lift. Without the counter weight in place the tower crane’s capacity would be significantly reduced. The counter weight is located on the opposite end of the jib as the hook. Counterweights are made from a variety of materials including reinforced concrete, steel and other heavy materials. Their weight is calculated based on what the capacity of the crane will be during it’s final use.
Jib and Counter Jib
The jib and counter jib are the most recognizable part of a tower crane. The jib and counter jib are the lattice work of steel that you see extending out horizontally from the top of the tower or mast. The purpose of the jib is to carry the trolley, cabling hook and load of the crane. The purpose of the counter jib is to offset the weight of the jib and hold the counter weights in place.
Trolley and Hook Block
The trolley and hook block to alot of the work on the crane. The trolley moves back and forth across the mast extending as needed to place the hook overtop of whatever load requires lifting. The hook block acts as a pulley system to go up and down depending upon how much cabling is released or pulled back into the spool. The hook block supports the hook which allows loads to be attached to the crane.
With all of the above components being made up of hundreds of parts it’s not hard to see why there are companies that are dedicated to crane installation. Maintenance on the tower cranes is crucial.
How Are Construction Tower Cranes Erected?
One of the most common questions I get asked by family members is how are tower cranes erected. When a crane is in place it’s a massive machine so it can be hard to comprehend how this piece of equipment made it into place.
Like a jigsaw puzzle a tower crane is erected in pieces. The various components are delivered on transport trucks one at a time and assembled utilizing a mobile crane. The tower is first constructed, followed by the turn table and cab, then the jib and counter jib are hoisted and attached. Lastly the counterweights and cables are installed to complete the erection.
The process of erecting a tower crane can take many hours and sometimes days depending upon the location and size. For this reason the erection of a tower crane typically requires shutting down adjacent streets if in a tight urban environment.
Below is a video which shows how a typical tower crane is erected:
How Are Tower Cranes Dismantled?
More then how are tower cranes erected, I get asked how these monster machines get removed? Seeing a tower crane on top of a 50 floor tower it’s hard to imagine how someone would begin to safely remove one. Yet, the construction industry has come up with some incredibly creative ways to remove a tower crane.
Tower cranes are traditionally removed by other cranes. Component are taken apart one piece at a time starting with the hook, cables and counterweight which is followed closely by the jib, cab and tower. In general there are two types of cranes used for removal of a tower crane:
- Mobile Crane
- Derrick cranes
Mobile Crane Tower Crane Removal
If your site allows a mobile crane can be utilized to remove a tower crane from your site. In this situation a mobile crane is brought in and set up close to the base of the crane. The mobile crane takes the crane apart one piece at a time. The mobile crane hooks onto a piece and workers remove the fasteners allowing it to be freed and lowered to the ground.
This technique is typically used in low or mid-rise construction though some mobile cranes have a reach of hundreds of feet and can be used on lower high rise construction.
If a tower crane is out of reach from mobile cranes then Derrick cranes need to be utilized in order to remove it. Because some derrick cranes are too large to be brought up in an elevator typically a progressively small set of derrick cranes are used with the largest being used to remove the tower crane. The next smallest then removes the large derrick, and another smaller one removes that derrick. This goes on until the parts can be lowered to the ground using either an elevator or electric hoist.
While this method can take longer it also has less impact on the surrounding site as a large mobile crane does not need to be brought in. This method is fascinating to watch. Below is a video showing the progressive removal of a tower crane using derricks:
In areas where flight paths are not a concerned another method that can be used to take apart a tower crane are helicopters. These represent a challenge in high rise settings as a result they are rare to see.
Things To Consider When Deciding On A Tower Crane
If you’re planning a tower crane on your project site it’s important to take a number of key factors into consideration. The key considerations to take into account when planning for a tower crane are:
- Capacity Required
- Space availability (Surrounding structures and infrastructure)
- Pick Locations
- Flight Paths
- Installation and Removal
Depending upon what your tower crane will be used for you may require a different model or design. If your crane will be lifting things like formwork and buckets of concrete your crane will be a relatively light model. However, if you need your crane to lift equipment such as a generator or large steel members you may need to reconsider.
Cranes have typical lifts and lifts that are designed as critical. Critical lifts are typically those that are within 10% of the cranes total capacity. These lifts require special engineering. If you only have one heavy lift on the project it may be worthwhile to engineer your crane to accommodate all other loads except the one and have it engineered as a critical lift. Your other alternative could be to bring in a mobile crane to complete the lift.
This one is critical. Noone wants to put up a tower crane only to find out that it can’t travel where they wanted it to. It’s important when planning your tower crane location that it’s not being impacted by surrounding buildings. If it is and there’s not much you can do about it having procedures in place to ensure it doesn’t hit them is equally important.
Try to plan your crane location away from structures and critical infrastructure such as overhead power lines.
If your tower crane is located near sidewalks or a public roadway be aware that overhead protection or special procedures may be required to protect the public.
In instancing where more then one tower crane is on site the swing radius of each crane should be considered. Optimizing the area of each lift to provide the most coverage while not hitting the other cranes towers while rotating.
Why put up a tower crane if it’s lowest capacity is at your loading dock? Planning your pick locations around your tower crane OR planning your tower crane around your pick locations is important. Loading docks are important – they help material come into and out of your jobsite. Cranes get weaker the further the load is from the mast – plan your crane close to these locations to maximize the capacity of your crane.
While most people wouldn’t be concerned about planes flying into tower cranes aviation authorities typically are. If your crane is located within a certain distance to an airport it may require a special permit and restrictions on it’s operating time / height. Review with your local flight authority to ensure that you take out the proper paper work prior to erecting your crane.
Installation and Removal
As I noted above, the installation and removal can be a very intensive process requiring large pieces of equipment. While planning out your crane location it’s important to consider this. You don’t want to put your crane in a location that will make it challenging to get off the site. This could delay your finishing phases.
If you have more then one tower crane on site, it may be worth sequencing the removal and installation to allow one or two of the cranes to remove or install the others. This will save time and allow areas of your building to be finished in advance of the complete crane removal.
Who Operates A Tower Crane?
A tower cranes operation is not just a one man job. Picking materials is a team job which requires both an operator, a swamper or lift director and a rigging crew.
The operator’s job is to run the crane from the cab. They are responsible for the movement and lifting operations of the crane. When lifting loads are typically out of vision from the operators direct line of sight. Cameras are used but they must also rely on their swamper or lift director.
The swamper or lift directors job is to supervise the lifting from the ground. They typically have direct communication with the operator via radio. They’re role is to ensure the load is safely attached and within the capacity of the crane. They are also responsible to ensure that the path of travel is clear for the operator.
The rigging crew are the team that actually attaches the load to the hook of the crane. They are responsible for safely tethering the load and ensuring it is safely attached to the crane.
Together this group of individuals is essential to the operation of the construction site.
Tower Cranes Future In Construction
Tower cranes have and will continue to be the work horses of the construction industry. They have allowed us to reach new heights building higher and faster then we ever dreamed. Construction companies will continue to rely on them due to the minimal space required on a construction site and their versatility when it comes to lifting things.
Have you used a tower crane on your construction site? Let me know below in the comments and share some of the success stories or tips you have.
The construction industry is constantly changing and the top construction blogs help to bring you new developments and updates. In many cases, these websites take team of people to run, develop and bring new content. Below are our list of the top construction blogs for 2020:
It’s only fitting to provide some recognition to the hard work that goes into creating the content we all love to read.
This year we’ve broken our top construction blogs into three main categories:
- Construction Marketing and Business Management Blogs
- Construction Industry News Blogs
- Construction Techniques and Technology Blogs
- Construction Company Blogs
Construction marketing and mangement is at the core of every construction business. These two components determine how your building is run and how much business your company gets. Learning new techniques and styles can help to improve your construction company. Which are the best construction marketing and business management blogs?
The top construction marketing and business management blogs are:
- Construction Marketing Ideas
- Construction Executive
- Construction Business Owner
We’ve broken each of the above best construction marketing and business management blogs down below for you:
Construction Marketing Ideas
Our industry is great at building things and getting our hands dirty but when it comes to advertising and marketing often times we come up well short. Construction Marketing regularly writes articles on things like putting proposals together and how to get new clients.
Construction executive is prepared in part by actual construction executives and provides some great insight into the forefront of the industry and new emerging management practices. If you want to stay on top of leadership make sure to check these guys out.
Construction Business Owner
Construction business owner focuses on how you can manage your business better and strategies and techniques to implement. Building a construction business can be a challenging endeavour so getting assistance about emerging practices can be helpful.
The websites in our next category keep us all up to date on the goings on and happenings within the construction industry. Given how fast projects and companies change this can sometimes be a challenging task. What are the top construction industry news blogs?
The top construction industry news blogs are:
- Construction Dive
- Construction Junkie
These top contenders break down as follows:
This list wouldn’t be completed without adding Construction Dive. Regularly updated on current events in the construction industry this blog is followed by many and considered one of the best resources.
Construction junkie doesn’t focus on one subject in particular. The love is spread across the industry, they have a lot of good articles on current events, projects and major issues facing the construction industry.
ENR is one of the largest publications for the engineering and construction industries. It focuses on bringing the latest construction news throughout the planet to your finger tips and is one of our top construction blogs.
Construction technology and techniques are changing at a rapid pace in our current climate. Developing faster than projects or companies, these blogs keep us up to date on the changes and help to provide professional insight into both. What are the best construction technique and technology blogs?
The best construction technique and technology blogs are:
- Conapp Guru
- Lean Construction Blog
- Let’s Fix Construction
We’ve broken down each of the best construction technique and technology blogs below for you. Make sure to check each one of them out!
This blog focuses on construction technology which if you’re anything like us you can’t get enough of! They feature a regular podcast which reviews software, equipment and other new tech coming into and out of our industry.
Want even more technology in your life? Constructech is another technology blog and one we read regularly. Staying on top of changing trends is important and constructech can help you do so.
Lean Construction Blog
Lean construction is one of the buzz words in our industry right now (we’ve even done an article on it). Lean Construction blog focuses on the methods and practices that are at the leading edge of lean construction practices.
Let’s Fix Construction
Construction is full of mis-information, Let’s Fix Construction brings together professionals from around the industry to help fix it. This blog focuses on calling out processes that are incorrect and walking through correct ones. Learn construction the right way.
Top Construction Company Blogs
Many of the large companies within the industry are starting to develop blogs to help support the industry. In other industries sharing information is a common thing, in past years the construction industry has been hesitant to do this.
The below are the companies that are leading the way with the top construction company blogs:
Is actually a task and project management software for construction sites but they also run a really great blog. They regularly post up top date articles on different subjects in the construction industry ranging from the labour shortage to starting your own construction company.
Plangrid is an online construction management platform and one of the best parts about their website is their informative blog. The articles range from news to advice and best practices to emerging technologies.
That’s it for our wrap up on the top construction blogs. If you’d like to submit yours for consideration hit us up in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.