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58 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Subs Should Join Forces!

September 13th, 2019

8:38

On a project with multiple subcontractors, and say you’re one of them, implement a winning strategy for claims success by joining other …

The Lookahead Schedule and 90/60/30

September 5th, 2019

6:28

Once the project starts, it is the Contractor’s project management team’s responsibility to update the client on a regular, usually weekly, …

Cracks in Construction

August 21st, 2019

8:15

Cracks in construction provide information to a superintendent. We identify what you’re seeing and what it could mean in specific scenarios.

Needed Software for a Contractor

August 8th, 2019

7:14

What are the “necessities” for software and apps for your construction business? Here’s a look at what’s out there – software and/or apps that are in …

Is One RFI One Too Many?

July 31st, 2019

5:23

How many RFIs (requests for information) are too many on a construction project? Is it time, is it possible, to tie the number of RFIs on a job to the cost impact suffered by a contractor?

If Cash is King, Time’s the Queen

July 26th, 2019

5:12

Time for any business is critical, perhaps more so in construction than many other industries. The role of time and its effect on a contractor are …

Time, an Owner’s Achille’s Heel

July 26th, 2019

5:30

Discussed here, by a contractor, is arguably the #1 area of recommended improvement for infrastructure owners with fiduciary responsibility. The area in need of improvement: response time to construction issues.



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Microsoft Excel v. Microsoft Project v. Primavera P6

July 9th, 2019

7:47

In the construction industry, there are three main tools used for scheduling. Pros and cons of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Primavera P6 …

Crew Cost Clicker

July 1st, 2019

3:11

Education of your staff or of your client can be effectively done using SJ Construction Consulting LLC’s (SJCC) Crew Cost Clicker. Don’t talk about …

Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette

June 19th, 2019

3:16

Landing the work has enough challenges in meeting the scope, schedule, and cost requirements of the client. You’re defeating yourself if you can’t be …

Construction Law Bible

June 10th, 2019

5:55

If you work for a public works construction contractor or you do construction management on public works jobs, Administration of Government Contracts by John Cibinic, Jr. and Ralph C. Nash, Jr. is the bible for …

Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American

May 28th, 2019

4:33

A quick background on terms you hear every day in federal construction contracting: Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American. 

http://sjcivil.net/law/davis-bacon-osha-jones-act-and-buy-american/

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The Basics of Advanced Scheduling Terminology

May 6th, 2019

9:15

It’s important as a contractor, or even as an owner’s representative, to know a bit more than the basics of scheduling. Familiarity of some of the …

A Crane with Wings!

May 1st, 2019

4:50

Construction equipment is always evolving in its attempt to increase safety and efficiency of construction. One newer technology is the use of …

Fleet Management: Ways to Gather Data

April 22nd, 2019

8:19

Several means exist in the way of gathering data from your operating fleet. Here are the basic ways and then a quick explanation of current …

Instant Resolution of Contractor Overhead Daily Cost

April 16th, 2019

6:30

Projects often experience delays for which the Contractor is awarded additional time.  The determination of the per day reimbursement to the Contractor for this time is fraught with protracted analysis and negotiation.  …

Timecard Collection – Like You’ve Never Heard

April 8th, 2019

5:51

One of the top complaints of construction employers is the collection of completed timecards – in a timely manner that is. Here is a suggestion for …

Unit Conversion

February 18th, 2019

9:16

Converting from one unit of measure to another is critical for any position of management in a construction company. Using the internet is one way of …

What’s BI? Do I need it?

February 6th, 2019

4:32

BI stands for business intelligence. It is the process by which information from all of your company’s different computer systems (estimating, job costing, accounting, operations, et cetera) is displayed on one screen. …

Freight Terms Over Land

January 19th, 2019

6:14

There are several trucking freight terms that a buyer should know. They’re important to know when contracting the transportation of your goods as …

What is Section Modulus, S?

January 10th, 2019

12:10

One of the most basic properties of a beam is its section modulus. How does the section modulus, S, come into play in structural design?  And, why …

What's a GL Account?

January 5th, 2019

5:51

 A GL account is separate from a cost code financial and job cost reporting. Here we introduce the basics of GL accounts. 

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Cost Codes: What, Why & How

December 15th, 2018

7:13

Many construction companies run their operations with too little specificity; costs ought to be reviewed on an activity-by-activity basis. Learn what, why and how to set up a good cost code structure.

Why be an Engineer: It’s the Mornings

December 4th, 2018

5:52

A recent article by the American Bar Association caught my eye. It was entitled “When is it okay for a lawyer to lie?” I could probably end the …

The Internal Pre-Con: Top 10

November 23rd, 2018

6:33

Contractors usually are mandated to attend a pre-construction meeting with the Owner. There’s no reason not to also have an internal pre-construction meeting.

http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/the-internal-pre-con-top-10/

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The Construction Daily Report: Why & What

November 15th, 2018

7:59

The importance of the daily report cannot be overstated. Knowing why to write them and what to put in the report is critical for defense of yourself, and offense against another party.

Spearin and Modified Total Cost Method Adopted in Missouri

November 2nd, 2018

6:17

One of contractors’ most reliable defenses, the Spearin Doctrine, has been upheld in a Missouri Court. Certainly, for Missourians, this is a good thing, and to the extent, others may be able to reference this case or …

Training: Now I See the Value

October 26th, 2018

7:42

Training is an investment in your company. In your people. And anyone who has had a business knows that the fanciest equipment and tools are still …

Choosing a Construction Consultant

October 16th, 2018

8:50

Once the decision is made to engage a consultant, choosing the firm to assist you can be one of the biggest challenges. Consider asking key questions …

Construction Claims Hierarchy

October 10th, 2018

8:28

Construction claims are an unfortunate part of the construction process in today’s world. When you have a claim, know the order of hierarchy in your presentation of the data for maximum remuneration from the client.

Customized Programming: Easy Access and Low Cost

August 29th, 2018

5:21

Is there a process in your company that you’d like to have developed into a simple app, or made accessible via the web? Sometimes, with the right framework in place, developing these processes for you can be done …

Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation

August 23rd, 2018

8:55

A claim is made because a contractor has lost money and/or time on a project. The method is chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can …

Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, & What?

August 10th, 2018

6:15

A constructability review of a plan set can greatly benefit the project. On the surface, it looks like it benefits primarily the Owner, but the benefits to the design team and contractor can also be significant. All …

Credit Unions versus Banks

August 10th, 2018

5:31

A credit union is a viable option for many small businesses. Consider the advantages of a credit union over a traditional bank.

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Equipment – Buy, Rent, RTO, RPO, Lease - Which One???

August 10th, 2018

8:17

Construction equipment is a necessary tool to perform many types of construction work. How to acquire the equipment has a significant effect on the …

Inventory Tracking: A Money Saver

July 26th, 2018

5:13

Construction companies have inventories that should be managed to improve efficiency and, in turn, improve the bottom line. Consider a mobile …

Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette

July 20th, 2018

5:28

Landing the work has enough challenges in meeting the scope, schedule, and cost requirements of the client. You’re defeating yourself if you can’t be …

The Unilateral Change Order

July 13th, 2018

6:15

The purpose of a change order is to add work to an existing contract. Ideally this work is added with mutually agreeable terms in scope, time, and cost. These terms often cannot be agreed upon and contractors feel …

Project Management Triple Constraint

July 5th, 2018

3:32

There’s an adage, fast/cheap/good, pick any two. This relates to the Project Management Triple Constraint. It also has other names like Iron Triangle and Project Triangle.

Why Track Extra Costs and How

June 30th, 2018

5:25

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All Zeroes One Code

June 30th, 2018

4:50

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The $5 Casio

June 30th, 2018

1:58

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Estimate Handoff

June 30th, 2018

5:25

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Conversion of Inches to Feet in Decimals

June 30th, 2018

1:45

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Calc of WC, GL, & Bonds in your Estimates

June 30th, 2018

4:44

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Where to use QR codes today

June 30th, 2018

4:48

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Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up!

June 30th, 2018

4:08

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Proposal Terms & Conditions

June 30th, 2018

3:36

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I See Claims

June 30th, 2018

4:53

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Why Hire a Management Consultant

June 30th, 2018

4:49

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Letter Writing

June 30th, 2018

5:45

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A Cheap Lawyer

June 30th, 2018

4:54

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Standardized Docs

June 30th, 2018

6:22

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RFI Notice

June 30th, 2018

7:09

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DEF

June 30th, 2018

4:20

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Two for Today: Taxes & Fuel

June 28th, 2018

5:41

Do two things today to improve your company: (1) check to make sure you are current on your 940 and 941 taxes and (2) make sure you’re reviewing your fuel bill.

http://sjcivil.net/accounting/two-for-today-taxes-and-fuel/

Cost versus Price

June 28th, 2018

8:22

Cost and price are two different measures of money in a construction bid. Knowing the difference is fundamental and can improve profit.

http://sjcivil.net/estimating/cost-versus-price/

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