2018 saw spending on construction rise, as well as adding 280,000 jobs to the construction industry. However, it also saw labor shortages and rising costs of construction material. Keeping these facts in mind, what’s in store for the construction industry in 2019?
While 2018 saw new technology explode across engineering, surveying, and environmental management in the construction industry, it also went through rigorous shifts in the policies and laws that affect it. Here’s a look at some of the issues the construction industry is likely to face in 2019.
Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a way of representing buildings, roads, and utilities. Architects and engineers can use the models to show how building materials will hold up over time. Owners can create maintenance schedules with BIM models. However, BIM is more than just drawings and models. BIM as a process brings all the stakeholders together to communicate around the model. With the model as the center point of a project, BIM benefits contractors by facilitating a more collaborative building process.
Replacing the roof of your commercial building is a substantial investment. For that reason, you need to know when to replace it. Obviously, you want to get as much life out of your current roof as you can. But waiting too long to replace your roof can be costly. If water gets in through a leaky roof, you’ll end up paying for a new roof plus interior and exterior repairs. One of the biggest mistakes many owners make is to wait until their roof starts leaking to replace it. Without a solid roof, water can get in and cause all sorts of damage such as damaging drywall, ruining the carpet, rotting wood, promoting mold growth and damaging belongings. To avoid this from happening, here are three signs that will alert you when it’s time to replace your roof.
There is a plan and procedure for almost everything in construction. But have you considered the steps you should take when an OSHA inspector shows up? In this blog we will discuss important questions to ask when an OSHA inspector approaches your worksite:
Technological improvements, like virtual reality, allow industry experts to create new and challenging training opportunities for workers to gain more experience, leading to increased knowledge and wages. Thanks to tools like virtual reality, construction workers can now complete intelligent training to improve their skillset off-site. The program offers a safe setting for users to gain operational skills and worksite awareness for real-world settings. Virtual reality simulators can speed up training and reduce costs by up to 75 percent, depending on which construction tool is the focus.
Technological advances have driven the commercial construction industry forward with communication and engineering improvements. However, the question that must be asked is, is it worth the workers and equipment to apply it to this new technology? Here are some thoughts to consider:
The Alger County Transit Authority (ALTRAN) had been unexpectedly displaced, having lost their previous office and garage to a devastating fire. ALTRAN was keen to build their new facility with a reputable contactor – one they could rely on to get them back in their building as soon as possible. Gundlach Champion, Inc. began the project in June of 2016, and was able to successfully complete the project by November of 2016, helping to ensure that ALTRAN was back to normal operations prior to winter conditions setting in.
Gundlach Champion, Inc. (GCI) is the marriage of two of the nation's most storied and inventive construction companies: Herman Gundlach, Inc. founded in 1898, and Champion, Inc. founded in 1921. For over a century, GCI has been providing services with exceptional service and value to the commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, and municipal.