Twitter, the social media site that people seem to either love or hate, has made people more aware of their surroundings and can be a soundboard for controversy. For some companies, Twitter is used for a large part of their customer service program, responding to complaints within the 160 character limit. Now, it seems, contractors could potentially have a powerful watchdog looking over their shoulder, as long as the tweets land in the right hands.
In Chicago earlier this week, an electrical contractor closed several lanes of traffic, as well as a bike lane, to install some underground lines. Some cyclists, caught by surprise by the work and frustrated by the lack of signage and detours, took to Twitter to voice their displeasure, using the hashtag #bikeChi. The tweets made it all the way to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), who, according to Streetsblog Chicago, immediately sent an inspector to the site. Although the contractor had obtained a permit for the work, they did not state that they would be closing lanes of traffic, according to the blog. The inspector quickly shut the site down and ordered all vehicles to leave the site. They could also be facing a fine between $500 and $2,500. The site can be reopened as soon as the company provides the city an approved traffic maintenance plan.
Full story: Tweets Spur CDOT to Shut Down Illegal Construction in Dearborn Bike Lane | Streetsblog Chicag
Every construction site has its own unique set of challenges, but mix in extreme cold and a remote location and things can get pretty serious pretty quickly. Construction documentary maker, The B1M, recently created a video of one such site, dubbing it “The World’s Most Extreme Construction Site.”
In October, an 18-story under construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana suddenly collapsed, killing 3 of the construction workers on site. A few days later, two unstable tower cranes were imploded for safety reasons. Next, the city plans to have what’s left of the building completely demolished, although there are still 2 of the 3 bodies of victims inside.
SketchUp is an extremely accessible and generally considered an easy-to-use 3D modeling program. It’s become a very popular tool for woodworkers, designers, and construction professionals, especially when 2D drawings don’t paint a detailed enough picture.
SketchPad for SketchUp is a sleekly designed Bluetooth keypad containing 34 of the most commonly used functions of the tool.
Punchlists are a necessary evil in the construction industry. Efficiently managing that process helps close out the project on-time. The problem, though, is that the processes of the past are time consuming and difficult to track. An app called Buildup believes they can help make your punchlist process much easier.
With construction documents going digital on many jobsites throughout the country, project managers, superintendents, foremen, and office staff need an efficient way to look at their drawings. There’s no better way to do that than a touchscreen that’s the size of a full-size set of drawings.
Every construction project has a lot of people and companies involved with it, which is why many companies employ a CRM software to help manage those relationships more efficiently.
Back in June, Milwaukee hosted its annual New Product Symposium (NPS), a media event featuring hundreds of new products that they planned to release throughout the year and Construction Junkie was in attendance. Just when we thought we were done seeing all of the new tools after several hours of presentations and hands-on time, Milwaukee threw a curveball at us.
In March of 2018, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed onto an open street below, killing 6 and injuring several others. Roughly 19 months after the tragedy occurred, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released their final findings.
Chances are, if you’ve ever had a smartphone, you’ve heard of Otterbox. It was one of the original rugged phone protection cases on the market and they’re available in retailers throughout the country. What you may not know, however, is that Otterbox has a case system for business solutions, which makes your phone even more useful with a host of different accessories.
In August, OSHA released an RFI regarding possible revisions to the construction silica dust standard looking to get feedback from the industry. The deadline for submittal was a little over a week ago, but one construction industry group filled us in on the comments they have submitted.