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Survey prices the leading drains on construction productivity

A survey of nearly 600 construction professionals finds that time spent on non-optimal activities—fixing mistakes, scouting data and managing conflict resolution—accounts for $177.5 billion in labor costs per year, while rework stemming from miscommunication and inaccurate or inaccessible information will cost the U.S. industry $30 billion-plus in 2018. Management consultant FMI Corp., Raleigh, N.C., and construction productivity software developer PlanGrid, San Francisco, examine how teams spend their time on construction sites, communicate during projects, and leverage technology investments. From survey responses, they determine:

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Infrastructure study findings spell gains for precast methods

Demand for precast concrete in infrastructure products is projected to increase 4.4 percent annually, to $2.4 billion by 2022, with growth fueled by the need to repair the nation’s aging network of bridges, highways, roads and railroad tracks; increased adoption of the method over traditional cast-in-place alternatives; and, efforts by the federal government to increase surface transportation investment.

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Executive coach: Engagement central to closing construction skills gap

If construction stakeholders find it difficult to attract skilled workers now, what can they expect in a decade? Those unwilling or unable to effectively attract, engage and retain their workforce will pay the consequences in the not-so-distant future, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, which is promoting best management practices through its ConExpo-Con/Agg 360 program.

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HawkeyePedershaab parent establishes umbrella identity

Iowa-based dry cast concrete machinery specialist HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. has announced formation of a parent company, Afinitas. Since 2017, management notes, HawkeyePedershaab has been building out a vision of creating a global, comprehensive, customer-oriented infrastructure equipment and services platform, acquiring New Hampton Metal Fabrication Corp., New Hampton, Iowa; BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, Blaubeuren, Germany; and, most recently, CAM Sales Inc., Ludington, Mich.

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Contractors go mobile in work zone safety campaign

Fifty-four percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to a recent highway work zone study. In response, Associated General Contractors of America pursued a mobile advertising campaign urging drivers who routinely pass through certain work zones to slow down and be alert.

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