How 20 Different Construction Teams Manage Their Projects

The following is a guest post from Kari at Appfluence, maker of Priority Matrix, a priority management solution that helps construction teams execute more effectively, by centralizing project information and enhancing communication.

As a manager, it’s not uncommon to ask yourself, ‘am I doing this right?’ Even the most experienced managers in the construction industry consistently strive to learn different methods of management that allow them to increase their team efficiency and deliver more successful projects.

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Milwaukee ONE-KEY Gets Upgrade with Added Tool Security

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As technology is slowly but surely creeping into construction job sites across the world, power tools are no exception.  Not only are they becoming lighter, more powerful, and cord free, they’re also beginning to interact with smartphones and applications.  In 2015, Milwaukee Tool jumped head first into the industry’s most comprehensive smart tool application, ONE-KEY, and it’s still continuing to develop with new upgrades.

The are 4 key benefits of the ONE-KEY system: tool customization, tracking, and management. ONE-key enabled tools can be located using Bluetooth technology when within distance and remembers the last known location. The ONE-KEY app allows you to change tool settings with the click of a button and save profiles for specific tool functions.  The tool and equipment management software is a free, digital catalog for all of your company’s or your personal tools, no matter if they’re the red and black brand or not.  

In January, Milwaukee announced it’s newest addition to the application: Integrated Tool Security.  With the new update, your tool can be remotely rendered completely useless if it ever gets stolen. If the tool comes within Bluetooth range of any open ONE-KEY app, a remote signal will be sent to the tool to lock itself out.  Another added benefit of tool security is that you can hide your tools from other ONE-KEY users so only you can see your tools.  At the end of the day, you can lock the trigger or the footpad to prevent others from using the tool or changing your settings.

The update adds some nice features, which allow you to take back control of your tool security.  Check out the infographic below or the ONE-KEY website for some additional information.

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US EPA Releases 2017 Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

In an announcement made in mid-January, the US EPA has officially released the updated 2017 Construction General Permit (CGP) for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities.  The draft of the new permit was released last year and the 45 day public comment period ended on May 26, 2016.  The 2017 CGP will go into effect starting February 16, 2016.

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[VIDEO] Demolished Water Tower Falls As Awkwardly as an Imperial Walker Does

Rowlett, Texas was hit hard by a tornado in 2015 and the city is still dealing with the effects of it.  In the horrible storm, 13 people were killed and over 400 buildings were damaged or destroyed, according to CBS DFW. In a story we covered last year, one Rowlett woman also had her house mistakenly knocked down by a demolition company when addresses got mixed up after the tornado.   

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A Comprehensive List of Construction Events, Conferences, & Trade Shows in 2017

With a lot of changes coming so fast, it’s vital for everyone involved in construction and the allied industries to stay up to date with the latest news. Whether you are trying to improve your brand’s image, build a stronger construction network, introduce a product with a cutting edge or just avoid getting crushed by your competition, construction events are definitely a great way to learn about your industry and get on top of cutting edge trends. These events are the perfect opportunity to meet face to face with influential leaders, to share with your colleagues the experiences and problems you’ve been facing but also to get noticed by clients

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Same Day Deliveries to Pros Coming to a Home Depot Near You

An acquisition of Interline, a home repair and maintenance products firm, and a 2 year trial run of delivery services has positioned The Home Depot (THD) to begin offering same day deliveries for professionals.  

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Excavator Operator Survives After Being Trapped with Just Nose Above Water For 2 Hours

In an incredible fight for his life, excavator operator Daniel Miller, of Australia, spent 2 long hours trapped by his excavator with only his nose and forehead above water. Amazingly, the man survived and his wife says it was due to his sheer mental strength and will to survive.

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Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule Close to Being Repealed

In July of 2016, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order was signed into effect and has been a hotbed of controversy, especially within the construction industry, ever since. The act would have given the federal government the ability to disqualify contractors if they violated any of the 14 labor laws, which can be found here, over the past 3 years on any project totaling $500,000 or more.

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Crane Collapses onto Busy Dubai Road

Cranes are a staple of many construction sites throughout the world, but they’re susceptible to damage caused by sudden bursts of high wind.  Winds were blamed for the collapse of the New York City crane collapse that killed one man and injured 3 others in 2016 and again for the devastating crane collapse in Mecca, which killed over 100.

Much like the stories above, a crane collapsed last week in Dubai, UAE, after sudden heavy winds burst through town.

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UPDATE: Sinking San Francisco Tower “Safe to Occupy,” Per Building Inspector

The saga continues in one of the biggest construction stories of 2016, the sinking and tilting Millennium Tower of San Francisco.  When we last updated readers in December, satellite images from the European Space Agency had not only confirmed that the tower has sunken considerably, but that it also hasn’t stopped sinking yet.  Meanwhile, residents living in the tower are worried about their safety and the value of their homes.

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