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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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?”

Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

Consulting, as a profession, is in my humble opinion an extremely honorable pursuit that can bring tremendous value to the purchasers of consulting services. But that’s only when applying a very narrow definition of the “consulting.” What is that definition? A true consultant is an independent professional that through the application of their unique knowledge, … Continue reading Would a consultant by any other name smell so sweet?

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?”

Seth Godin reaffirms the importance of first defining “Quality” before it can be achieved

Quality, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Having been involved in evaluating quality at more than 10,000 building units over the past two decades, the definition of the word quality is something I’ve spent many, many hours contemplating. When it comes to quality in the marketing world, and particularly in writing about marketing, … Continue reading Seth Godin reaffirms the importance of first defining “Quality” before it can be achieved

While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time

Earlier this week, I shared an article that touted all the amazing benefits to be gained from prefabricating some assemblies offsite. So how long will it be before the entire construction industry shifts to a paradigm in which building consists primarily of assembling prefabricated components? FMI, a management consulting firm that specializes in nonresidential construction, … Continue reading While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time

“Coffee is for Closers” – 6 Tips for Winning More Clients as a Consultant

Consulting is, in my opinion, one of the most noble professions that exists. Sadly, too many freelancers, subcontractors and outsourced laborers have diluted the meaning of the word “consultant.” For the purposes of this article, let’s agree that the true definition of a consultant is a professional who leverages many years of experience, knowledge, and training, often applying … Continue reading “Coffee is for Closers” – 6 Tips for Winning More Clients as a Consultant

These 10 marketing books will help you step up your marketing game in 2017

Whether you are in a formal marketing role, or if you are a consultant or small business owner, the only way to continue to connect with clients/prospects is to make sure that your marketing outreach is as effective as it can be. Since marketing best practices are constantly shifting, that means that we as professionals … Continue reading These 10 marketing books will help you step up your marketing game in 2017

AECforensics.com is Back! (Be sure to check out the new Daily Edition…)

After almost exactly two years, AECforensics.com is back to dissecting the latest issues impacting quality and risk management in the built environment. And what’s more, there’s now a Daily Edition featuring the top curated news for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

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