How can making sense of the Big Data in construction projects benefit you?

Over at the Xpera blog, my latest article just went live on the topic of Big Data Analysis for the Construction Industry. Here is an excerpt:

The key—and this is truly one of the biggest challenges our industry faces right now—is how do we extract important and valuable information from the data?

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Gypsum Association hurricane and flooding resources for homeowners and professionals

Drywall is a funny name for gypsum-based wallboard. Gypsum itself contains a good deal of water as it is typically formed from the evaporation of saline water. When heated, some of the water is evaporated, but the typical Flue-Gas Desulfurization (FGD) gypsum that makes up about 50% of the gypsum products used in the US still contains quite a bit of water.

In fact, the presence of water allows for one of gypsum wallboard’s most important applications in the built environment — fire protection. As gypsum is heated, that water is released as steam, retarding the spread of fire.

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Saturday Night Live’s hilarious roast of the guy behind the Papyrus typeface

Papyrus is distinctive as typefaces go, and as a result, highly recognizable. For typeface designers, that seems like the ultimate accomplishment. Unless, as in the case of Papyrus and Comic Sans before it, the typeface becomes so prevalent that it loses its luster.

I will go one step farther, and state for the record, that I believe Helvetica has suffered the same fate. It is a great font, but it is too common.  Continue reading “Saturday Night Live’s hilarious roast of the guy behind the Papyrus typeface”

Is the Consulting industry about to go the route of video rental stores and the Dodo?

Perhaps. That’s the warning from Soren Kaplan, writing for Inc. on the upcoming disruption about to rock the world of business and management consultants everywhere. In an article titled, “The Business Consulting Industry Is Booming, and It’s About to Be Disrupted,” Kaplan states: Continue reading “Is the Consulting industry about to go the route of video rental stores and the Dodo?”

California: It ain’t easy being a green builder (but there are some real opportunities)

San Diego’s Building Industry Association played host to an outstanding and dynamic presentation earlier this morning on the topic of energy and the 2016 California building codes that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

The panelists included a great mix of building professionals and thought leaders that don’t merely speculate on the impact of green building — they live it:

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Guest Post: Why Mediate? Because You Run a Business

Christopher Hill (no relation to yours truly) is a longtime construction law attorney and mediator practicing out of Richmond, Virginia. His blog, Construction Law Musings, has always been one of my must-read sources of news and insight pertaining to construction law ever since he started it in late 2008. Be sure to follow @constructionlaw on Twitter for the latest updates from a true thought leader in the art and science of resolving construction disputes. Without further ado, I am proud to present Mr. Hill’s guest post on a topic that I couldn’t agree with more — the business case for why the mediation process is so critical to the A/E/C industry.

First of all, thanks to Brian for his invitation to discuss a passion of mine, mediation, at his great AEC Forensics blog.  I read it regularly and so should you. Continue reading “Guest Post: Why Mediate? Because You Run a Business”

The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?

Both inside the industry and externally, there is an almost urgent message heralding the massive disruption already taking place in the world of design and construction.

The latest entrant in the race to proclaim the end of the construction industry as we know it is none other than McKinsey & Company. Historically a management consulting firm that uses both qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating business performance, the firm has numerous clients in both the public and private sector after more than 90 years of existence. Continue reading “The Construction Industry is Changing. Are you ignoring the handwriting on the wall?”