Category Archives: Engineering

Innovation Report > Using Very Small Strain Analysis to Monitor Structures

It is quite common in the construction industry to monitor structures for potential damage from ongoing construction activities. Impact to retaining walls, foundations, adjacent buildings, abutments, etc. from ongoing construction are typically undertaken through the application of optical based laser … Continue reading


Bidding & Estimating Insights for Heavy Construction Projects > Podcast Series > Part One

This podcast is the first of a PLG series that focuses on bidding and estimating insights for heavy construction projects.  Shyam Bhatia answers our questions regarding the bidding process, the pitfalls of estimating and the rigor involved in estimating large … Continue reading

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Less is More in Structured Cabling

Less is More in Structured Cabling by Patrick Smith, President, SK Cabling Inc. In today’s IT business environment, whether its virtualization or cloud servers, less is more.  Less space, less power, less management, less expense and more horse power, giving … Continue reading

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PLG ESTIMATING & PURCHASING > Buyouts on Large Vendor Contracts > 1

Construction estimating and purchasing executives are aware of the various issues involved with negotiating large equipment purchases.  On fixed price contracts, the ability to negotiate purchases on major equipment contracts affects profitability, schedule, project risk and overall project success.  The … Continue reading

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Free Online Engineering Content – M.I.T. Open Courseware & I.I.T. (YouTube)

OpenCourseWare started out as a pilot program by M.I.T. (Massachussets Institute of Technology) in 2002 with 32 courses. As of November 2011, over 2080 courses were available online. We in the engineering and construction community applaud M.I.T for remaining true … Continue reading

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B.I.M. Who Picks Up The Tab? By Michael Avramides, A.I.A

BIM: WHO PICKS UP THE TAB? Michael Avramides, A. I . A. 1. 2011 Three colleagues walk into a bar: an Owner, a Contractor and an Architect. The Owner orders something quick and practical as time is of the essence.  … Continue reading

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Ending the Politics Of Infrastructure…by Benjamin Cheatham

The country’s vast network of highways, airports and seaports historically has been a primary source of competitive advantage, but today our vital infrastructure is like a 1976 Chevy—physically and financially outdated. While other countries are exploring new approaches, America’s infrastructure … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gate Reviews in Design and Pre-Construction

Gate reviews are essential to well-managed planning and pre-construction phases of a construction project.  The concept is simple in its execution and elegant in its simplicity.  I caution industry professionals that simplicity does not mean that they should let their … Continue reading

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Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects

  Common Problems on Large and Complex Projects 1.         Difficult and belligerent subcontractors. 2.         Poorly structured subcontracts and loosely defined scopes of work. 3.         Protracted punch list activities, especially those related to the technical interfaces. 4.         Weak subcontractor field project … Continue reading

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Construction Estimating

  Like many people in the construction industry, I am confounded by the uncertainty (and occasional mystery) surrounding bidding and estimating.   Why is estimating so difficult?  How can we make it easier?  Why is estimating not a more exact science? … Continue reading

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