Linear Scheduling: Effective with a Bend of Your Mind

Executive Summary Gantt charts have long been the established norm for construction scheduling. Linear scheduling is not nearly as common, especially in America, but can be a great tool. The Gantt chart – the norm. Everyone has seen a Gantt chart, whether they knew it by name or not. Here’s […]

Ways that Engineers Manage Failure: Deflection

Executive Summary In construction, or after the fact in the permanent structure, engineers are predicting structural behavior and trying to either control a failure or minimize it. Herein are ways engineers engineer failure in both instances – via deflection. Goal of the Engineer It is the goal of an engineer […]

Inside the Contractor’s Mind: Bidding, Change Orders, & Claims

Executive Summary Scott Jennings and Patrick Mullen gave a very frank presentation on what runs through the contractor’s mind in his/her creation of a bid, formulation of a change order, and preparation of a claim. Both cost and time. What’s covered in this presentation? This presentation presents reality. Without very […]

Lose the Guilt – Mark it Up!

Executive Summary Contractors deserve to be profitable. It’s necessary for business survival. A perceived exorbitant markup should not be fretted over. Mark it up! The “disclaimer”. Profit is markup is fee here. Be advised this article assumes that profit and markup and fee are one in the same. There is […]

Jet Grout in Five Minutes

Executive Summary Jet grout has been, and continues to be, a successful means of ground improvement. It can serve many purposes – two of the most common are structural support and groundwater control. Definition of Jet Grout Jet grout is a method of ground improvement wherein a drilling machine injects […]