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54 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Microsoft Excel v. Microsoft Project v. Primavera P6

July 9th, 2019


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


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 …

Construction Contract Review Basics

June 26th, 2019


Each day we hand contracts down to our subs or we are signing contracts down from Owners or General Contractors.  Know some of the basics of what to look for here.

Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette

June 18th, 2019


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


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


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

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The Basics of Advanced Scheduling Terminology

May 6th, 2019


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!

April 30th, 2019


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


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


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


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 …

An Alternative to Eichleay: HOOP!

April 3rd, 2019


Contractors delayed by the owner often want to be reimbursed ‘x’ dollars per ‘y’ days for the cost of home office overhead. Most contractors are used …

Lose the political correctness and go find that pipe stretcher

April 3rd, 2019


We all hear on the news about this over political correctness and how everyone’s become so sensitive. Well, get over it. Sometimes people get a laugh …

Unit Conversion

February 15th, 2019


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


 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


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


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


A GL account is financial reporting account, not a job cost reporting account.  Here we introduce the basics of GL accounts.

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Cost Codes: What, Why & How

December 14th, 2018


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


I’m proud to say that I am an engineer. You should be proud of your kid if (s)he is going to school for engineering too. You should be proud of …

The Internal Pre-Con: Top 10

November 23rd, 2018


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.

The Construction Daily Report: Why & What

November 15th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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 28th, 2018


There are no perfect software solutions out there for many industries. Many companies must settle for “close enough” to achieve their control goals. …

Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation

August 23rd, 2018


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

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

August 8th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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.

Cost versus Price

June 26th, 2018


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

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Two for Today: Taxes and Fuel

June 21st, 2018


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.

A Quickie on DEF

June 11th, 2018


DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. It’s a liquid. The liquid is injected in the exhaust stream after the engine and before the catalytic converter. A thermodynamic reaction occurs and what comes out of the tail pipe …

Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, & What?

May 30th, 2018


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

May 24th, 2018


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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Conversion of Inches to Feet (in decimals)

May 17th, 2018


Length in the United States is still primarily measured using inches and feet – inches add up to feet add up to yards add up to miles. These are called Imperial units. The vastly more common way on the planet of …

An RFI can Satisfy Notice Requirement, said the Feds

May 8th, 2018


Possibly the leading cause of contractor claim denials – lack of proper notice – just got a little bit easier for contractors thanks to the U.S. Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ conclusion that a request for …

Balance Sheet – Knowing the Basics of Liabilities

April 30th, 2018


The balance sheet says a great deal about a company. If you’re a business owner you better know how to read your own, as well as that of your clients and subcontractors. This week we discuss the Liabilities section.

Estimate Handoff – Estimators to Field Team

April 30th, 2018


It’s great that your estimators just landed a new project, but your competitive advantage can be lost without a synchronized handoff to the field team. Make sure to have a formal meeting between the estimating and …

Why track extra costs…and how?

April 30th, 2018


Whether you use a functional cost coding system to track the cost of your original scope or not, it is imperative that you accurately account for costs outside of your base scope. Learn why, and how, to account for …

The “All Zeroes One” Code Prevents Lost A/P Invoices

April 30th, 2018


A key component of job cost reporting is accurate posting of accounts payable (A/P). The time between receiving the invoice in the mail and posting it to your job cost reports can be fatal to a job, or a company. The …

Calc. of Workers’ Comp, Gen. Liab. & Bond in your Est.

April 28th, 2018


Many estimators do not understand how workers’ compensation, general liability, and bond costs are calculated. This article discusses these …

The $5 Casio: Your Best Tool

April 28th, 2018


With all of today’s fancy and complex tools available in the marketplace, nothing is more important than simple calculations (and common sense). Rely …

Here’s where you should be using QR Codes today in your Construction Company

April 28th, 2018


If you have a discrete thing that you want to know about or report about now, use QR codes. Don’t be wary of the technology or think it’s a hassle to …

Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up

April 28th, 2018


Contractors for as long as I can remember have been taking on risk that is not theirs to take. Engineers and architects can do a much better job of protecting projects by improving design and management of the …

Proposal Terms and Conditions

April 28th, 2018


Submitting a clear and concise proposal is an important step in getting the project off on the right foot. An ambiguous proposal welcomes dispute. Be complete in the listing of terms and conditions in your proposals.

I See Claims…

April 28th, 2018


Construction is a litigious business. Often times the signs were right in front of you from day one. Pay attention and look for the behaviors of the parties that often indicate inevitable dispute and possibly a claim at …

Why Hire a Management Consultant?

April 28th, 2018


Consultants sometimes carry a bad rap for what they do. They’re expensive and actual or perceived value is not recognized in their effort. Consider …

Letters – Keep them Simple & Discrete

April 28th, 2018


Written communication is a skill every good project manager must have. Knowing how to write a letter is critical during the project, and afterward in the case of a claim. Basic pointers for writing good construction …

Standardized Contracts and ConsensusDocs: a Win-Win

April 27th, 2018


Standardized contracts provide tremendous benefit to the construction industry – they benefit the owner and the contractor. ConsensusDocs is the leading standardized contracts provider utilizing plain speak and fair …

A Cheap Lawyer

April 27th, 2018


Construction projects are becoming more and more litigious. The cost of outside counsel is practically its own line item in a contractor’s estimate these days. Hiring a junior attorney today for pennies may later save …

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