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Construction Productivity Analysis App for Adroid / Google

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stevensci.jobcostcalc

From the author of “The Construction MBA” and “Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day” comes a effective mobile app for today’s construction environment: The Construction Productivity Analysis App

Risk Management is a key practice in all construction. This mobile computing app helps all project shareholders proactively manage one of the largest risks – cost overruns.

The app uses estimated units versus actual units installed (versus estimated units) to calculate the percent complete. This is the most efficient way to calculate construction progress. The other variable – labor hours expended to date (versus estimated labor hours) – produces the cost to complete.

Additionally, labor cost dollars (or whatever your country’s currency is) can be used separately or concurrently in the app.

Tasks items should be assembled construction items that are easy to measure. Some examples of these are 1) linear feet of wall 2) square yards of paving 3) square feet of forming 4) linear feet of duct 5) units installed.

Additionally, when setting up a project, each task item should have a separate line that includes task setup and clean up. This assures that each work item does not suffer from an excessive learning curve at the beginning that makes the projections very inaccurate during the first part of the task. Also, a specific demobilization task code allows for the cost to be accurately captured for the next project.

The resulting worksheet may be emailed or printed. This allows daily updates and close monitoring of potential cost overruns.

This app can be used by contractors, sureties, funders and owners to manage cost dynamics of a project.

 

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Construction Cost to Complete App is Now Published.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cost-to-complete-analysis/id662446208?mt=8

From the author of “The Construction MBA” and “Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day” comes a effective mobile app for today’s construction environment: The Cost to Complete Analysis Calculator.

Risk Management is a key practice in all construction. This mobile computing app helps all project shareholders proactively manage one of the largest risks – cost overruns.

The app uses estimated units versus actual units installed (versus estimated units) to calculate the percent complete. This is the most efficient way to calculate construction progress. The other variable – labor hours expended to date (versus estimated labor hours) – produces the cost to complete.

Additionally, labor cost dollars (or whatever your country’s currency is) can be used separately or concurrently in the app.

Tasks items should be assembled construction items that are easy to measure. Some examples of these are 1) linear feet of wall 2) square yards of paving 3) square feet of forming 4) linear feet of duct 5) units installed.

Additionally, when setting up a project, each task item should have a separate line that includes task setup and clean up. This assures that each work item does not suffer from an excessive learning curve at the beginning that makes the projections very inaccurate during the first part of the task. Also, a specific demobilization task code allows for the cost to be accurately captured for the next project.

The resulting worksheet may be emailed or printed. This allows daily updates and close monitoring of potential cost overruns.

This app can be used by contractors, sureties, funders and owners to manage cost dynamics of a project.  That is, an early and ongoing projection of cost-to-complete and cost-at-completion.

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Take Our Survey of Work Place Attributes – Executive Report will be sent to you.

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See Rafael Sacks’ Presentation, “Processes and Products: The Synergies of Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction in a Changing Construction Industry”

Internationally recognized author, researcher and teacher Rafael Sacks will present, “Processes and Products: The Synergies of Building Information Modeling and Lean Construction in a Changing Construction Industry” at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday 2 October 2012 @ 7pm Carrillo Gantner Theatre Basement – Sidney Myer Asia Centre. Please see details at this link: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au/events/deans-lectures/sacks/index.html

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See our new construction app – Contractor Break Even Calculator – for the IPad and IPhone

http://itunes.apple.com/app/contractor-break-even-calculator/id532182983?mt=8

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See Our New Construction App – The Direct Cost Overhead Allocation Calculator – for the IPhone and IPad

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/direct-cost-overhead-allocation/id528159881?mt=8&ls=1

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Note to a Fellow Construction Author

Sam,

Thank you for your gift of a book and kind note. These are both treasures.

I have thought about your question concerning what to do with the book that demanded a large investment on your part.

Here is a partial answer, I will think about this over the next month and drop you a note or two.

Books, as you know, are slow movers unless you are Oprah. This is good and bad. Good – a steady flow of interests over years as people discover yours. Bad – not the immediate recognition it deserves.

So, the fun part of this is the creation of marketing support and selling it. You have time to do both. Here are some things we do:

• Weblog – I continue to write sparingly on it but, it keeps the rankings up and does generate some engagement with people in the industry
• Newsletter – some of this is work but, it is not if you like to write. Each time it publishes, there is some feedback from your readers.
• Commercial website with a shopping cart – this helps establish presence and sell books.
• IPhone – have the Square credit card commerce service – if I meet someone and happen to mention construction. We find our way to talking about my books. I might sell one and take their credit card right then and there – $2.75 per swipe charge. I can be a sales person at times and it is fun.
• Electronically convert it – it is a lower margin but, higher / more widespread (worldwide) distribution. Both of mine are. The third which will be based on PhD research is my “opus”. It is a construction business system that is along the lines of “Good to Great”. It will be real charge to perfect it and publish it. I am “amped” (Late 2013)

Your publisher can help in several ways to market – most don’t since the ROI in book publishing is single digits – so many are just printers with a rolodex of contacts to send samples to – then they play catch with any orders that may result – (they don’t sell or market). That leaves you to the be the chief believer – salesperson and marketer – of the book.

What comes to mind for you – this is my sense – that you could have a lot of fun visiting book clubs, libraries, associations and bookstores across the U.S. (maybe elsewhere). As long as somebody buys a required number, you tell them you will show up. Jet Blue / SW Airlines / Hotwire / a hybrid car etc. make travel cheap and string a few close cities together and you may make a profit. Throw in a 2 hour breakfast meeting at Association Y and then a strategic planning session / future trends speech and you have made a couple of dollars.

University students need to hear about managing labor, field experience, negotiation skills among other expertise you have. Many of them will thank you at the end of the course. They will realize the wisdom and that you cared to tell them about “reality”.

Not glamorous but, this is the life we choose as authors, writers, advisors and educators.

As far as your statement about your last book, I don’t know if you are accurate. Never ask a NFL player his future plans after the Super Bowl or an author after his / her last book. A person’s perspective is sensitive to time and in the football player’s case, one that reflects his tired / hurt body after an 8 month season.

I know of no one who ever stopped writing. They write something until their “cold, dead fingers” are removed from pen / laptop.

To me, being significant is most important in this professional life. It is not shared by everyone but, then again I am a believer in what I believe.

More later.

Matt

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Major BIM Research Study – The University of Florida and Stevens Construction Institute

In partnership with Stevens Construction Institute, the University of Florida’s Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling (CACIM) has developed a research questionnaire to assess the maturity and quality of BIM implementation within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) industry. Below is a link to a brief survey of 21 questions hosted on Zoomerang which is divided into three parts:

Part I: Demographics
Part II: Organizational BIM Maturity
Part III: Project-Wide BIM Maturity

All responses will remain confidential and the results will be used for research purposes only. To express our gratitude for your generous participation, you will receive a short summary of the study and its findings via email on March 15, 2012. Thank you for your time and participation. We appreciate your support and look forward to sharing the anonymous results with you!

Survey Link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22E6WJQ72UV

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Invitation to Rice University’s Global Engineering and Construction Roundtable

Please click on this link for details

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