Category Archives: Materials

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


Common Cost Control Problems on Construction Projects

Here is a list of common cost control problems found on construction projects: Improper estimates, standards and budgeting techniques. Unrealistic budgets. Activities started or completed out of sequence. Inadequate WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) or insufficient WBS detail. Lack of management … 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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Aligning Information Technology and Business Processes on Projects

The following is from a paper written by Jerry N. Luftman – “Alignment in the Sand” Project success requires alignment between information technology and business processes. The 12 factors involved in aligning technology and business are: – Business scope – … 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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