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Turning the Sod: Messages From The Front Line

20+ Years Later... Why Can't Lean Construction Techniques Scratch The Surface?

by Hartley Pike

Taiichi Ohno

'Stand in that circle and watch the process.'

Engineering Manager

'Here?'

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Leading Effective Distributed Teams in the Engineering and Construction Industry

by Fred J Wellman

It’s no secret we are in an era of steady technological change. This combined with a growing need to conduct our work in the absence of the traditional office setting is bringing new challenges to how teams work together. Fred Wellman discusses strategies to assist distributed teams be more effective.

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Project Directors Suppressed By Gantt Charts Want Construction Project Dashboards.

by Hartley Pike

98% of mega projects face cost overruns or delays (source: McKinsey & Company).

So who’s in the 2%?

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive SharePoint.

by John F. Gravel

When it comes to a document management system for your mining project, I can’t think of anything positive to say about Microsoft SharePoint. I have worked for a few different employers as well as clients who neglected to thoroughly analyze their document management requirements (scope) and subsequently deployed SharePoint as a cheap solution. 

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Enabling improved construction Project Controls, if not now, when?

by Fred J Wellman

Today’s Owner and EPC Companies are frequently dealing with significant budget overruns and schedule delays, placing significant pressure on them to adopt project controls strategies which better fit their company and the projects they execute. Fred Wellman discusses strategies to rapidly transform project controls for organizations in today’s construction industry.

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BIM Has Reached The Final Frontier, And Is Losing The Battle.

by Hartley Pike

I was out on site last Friday with a team constructing a $2.6B mega tunnel underneath the heart of suburbia, when one of the Site Engineers asked me:

“Hartley, can you explain this BIM to me?”

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Dear General Contractors, Stop Building Construction Management Software.

by Hartley Pike

During the web boom of the early 2000s, companies like Aconex, QA Software (Team Binder) and Procore launched onto the scene with new document management systems to significantly improve the way a construction document was being shared during a construction project’s lifecycle.

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The Evidence Your Construction Dispute Resolution Process Is Missing

by Hartley Pike

Every little claim is a legal battle.

Time, dates, photos, evidence.

Whoever has the better records of the construction work wins.

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