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3-D Printed Walls
One year ago in Russia, Apis Cor “3-D printed” an entire house and painted the interior in 24 hours. A giant robotic arm poured concrete mixed with fibers and additives to form load-bearing walls. It’s only 400 s
Do you have time for continuing education on cold-formed steel framing, EIFS and stucco? How about time to hone your skills for managing projects and people? Can you fit in a class on cloud-based document managem
Do you build and install any prefabricated assemblies? If not now, you probably will soon. Prefabrication has expanded greatly in recent years. And, more owners and general contractors expect some prefab work to
Wisdom You Need
Joe Feldner at AWCI's convention in 1990 in Toronto.
I recently met Joe Feldner, former president of McNulty Brothers Company, Chicago. I’m working on several projects for AWCI, and we had lunch together
Be a Tech Titan
Technology is changing construction. These days, a wall and ceiling contractor needs a programmer on staff just to keep up with all the gizmos coming in through the door.
Augmented reality is the latest te
Let’s Control Sound
I live in Evanston, Ill., in a building erected in 1922. It’s a classic, wood framed, plaster and lath structure with a red brick exterior. My wife and I love our wood floors, high ceilings and crown moulding. W
How’s Your Service?
United Airlines recently dragged a passenger off one of its overbooked flights. The passenger had been selected randomly to be bumped, but he refused to deplane. Who knew the airline would take such a drastic ste
What’s Wrong with Management?
In my opinion, academics and consultants perform a great service. They study subjects such as management at length and offer valuable conclusions. They help us to see who we leaders and managers really are. They
Game Time, Woo!
What’s new in the ability to visualize projects before and during construction?
In 2016, the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets were all the rage. But 2017 brings something real-world to wall c
Trained to Win
How do you ensure workers sharpen their skill sets? It’s a problem common in regions lacking unions and their great training programs. Most open shops can’t afford to develop craft training on their own. It’s tim
Compensation and the Big Picture
You work hard to grow your business. You have a strategic plan to guide the company. And, your people are motivated.
According to a recent survey by FMI Corporation, compensation plans often
3 Keys to Building Information Modeling
Recently, I worked on a Building Information Modeling guide for the cold-formed steel industry.
What I found in researching and writing the guide might help you to integrate BIM with your firm’s processes.