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Augmented RealityBy Steve Smith

Retail giants, leading healthcare apps and school educators are beginning to explore augmented reality (AR), a technology that layers computer-generated enhancements atop an existing environment via portable or wearable devices. For these industries and others, AR adoption is still in its early stages — but not for long. For the construction sector in particular, AR offers a range of opportunities to help workers complete tasks as efficiently as possible and streamline the entire construction process. From initial planning and visualization, to execution of the work and the marketing of the finished product, AR will prove an essential tool to ultimately transform the construction industry for the better. Here are a few examples of how AR will impact the construction moving forward.

HURRICANE RESPONSEHurricanes shouldn’t be the end for your projects.

By Daniel A. Kapner

This year’s hurricane season – which saw hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria causing widespread destruction in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – has caused unprecedented damage and economic loss. According to some estimates, the damage may reach as high as $375 billion. Owners of construction projects and their contractors should carefully consider certain legal and insurance-related issues as part of their recovery strategies.

DISTRACTED DRIVINGIs Your Distracted-Driving Policy Working?

By Construction Today Staff

A study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reveals that nearly 80 percent of vehicle accidents involve driver inattention. Although distracted driving is a common and costly issue, only 27 percent of businesses have a formal distracted-driving policy. Clearly, companies can do more to limit this threat to employee safety and business performance.

Construction Today recently spoke with Travelers President of Construction Rick Keegan and Bob Kreuzer, Travelers’ vice president of construction risk control, who discussed auto risks in the construction industry and how businesses can take a proactive approach to safety.

COMMERCIAL OPENERBy Lilian Bories

The rapid growth of advanced hardware and software technologies supporting huddle rooms and teaming spaces has gathered speed recently. Driving the trend is a more mobile and geographically distributed workforce combined with an increasingly complex business environment where competitive market forces and regulatory requirements converge. How can an organization address business complexities with speed and accuracy on a daily basis? Solving this collaboration challenge is a critical engine of value creation for companies. Creating the right workspace for team collaborators – both physically and technologically becomes vital.

Civil openerBy Al Feaster

Infrastructure repair, demolition projects, bridge and roadway restorations, residential renovations – the construction industry varies in jobs but the need for productivity and safety is consistent. With more than six million employees and $1 trillion worth of projects, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction site managers and employers should prioritize both productivity and safety, and proper labeling can get the job done.

With workers subject to the dangers of falling objects, slips and falls, electrocutions and power tool accidents, site managers should always encourage safe practices to prevent against these potential hazards. A construction site where efficient, protective measures such as proper signs and labeling are utilized is one way to ensure a safe and productive job site.

PREVENTING FRAUDYou can prevent fraud and mistakes by going digital.   

By John Kennedy and Richard Bergfeld 

Every construction site is busy. Suppliers deliver shipments. Subcontractors complete tasks. An architect may consult with a foreman. Invoices, receipts, planning documents, blueprints and more move from person to person. At the heart of it all is a construction trailer where workers, supervisors and vendors come and go, leaving and taking paperwork as they handle their tasks. It’s an exercise in controlled chaos, and the resulting mix can become a recipe for costly mistakes or even purposeful fraud. 

HULCEYou can leverage shared values to attract and retain top construction talent.   

By Sharon K. Hulce

As leaders within construction, how many of you have hired someone – you know, that guy or gal we “knew” would be amazing – and they ended up not working out at all? The people side of our industry is the toughest task we undertake. It’s easier to manage a bid, a project or a subcontractor to success than it is to get our own team right. Why is that?

HENMANSuccessful construction leaders need to make tough calls.   

By Dr. Linda Henman

Most people agree about what it takes to move up the ladder in an average construction company: hard work, loyalty, technical knowledge and people skills.  These form the foundation for success and explain why some people receive promotions and others don’t. But then both the game and rules change.

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