The Runjob Review

The Runjob Review

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The Runjob Review highlights weekly news, topics, and trends in the construction industry. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/therunjobreview/support


Microsoft Excel v. Microsoft Project v. Primavera P6
Jul 8 • 7 min
In the construction industry, there are three main tools used for scheduling. Pros and cons of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, and Primavera P6 are all briefly discussed.…
Crew Cost Clicker
Jul 1 • 3 min
Education of your staff or of your client can be effectively done using SJ Construction Consulting LLC’s (SJCC) Crew Cost Clicker. Don’t talk about the cost per hour of a crew, show it. Live. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/live-crew-cost-clicker/ —- Send…
Construction Contract Review Basics
Jun 26 • 5 min
Each day we hand contracts down to our subs or we are signing contracts down from Owners or General Contractors. Know some of the basics of what to look for here. http://runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/construction-contract-review-basics/ —- Send in a…
Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette
Jun 17 • 3 min
Landing the work has enough challenges in meeting the scope, schedule, and cost requirements of the client. You’re defeating yourself if you can’t be polite and practice simple business etiquette.…
Construction Law Bible
Jun 10 • 5 min
If you work for a public works construction contractor or you do construction management on public works jobs, Administration of Government Contracts by John Cibinic, Jr. and Ralph C. Nash, Jr. is the bible for governmental law. A very brief background…
Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American
May 28 • 4 min
A quick background on terms you hear every day in federal construction contracting: Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/davis-bacon-osha-jones-act-and-buy-american/ —- Send in a voice message:…
The Basics of Advanced Scheduling Terminology
May 6 • 9 min
It’s important as a contractor, or even as an owner’s representative, to know a bit more than the basics of scheduling. Familiarity of some of the terms is helpful regardless of what side of the table you’re on: Contractor or Owner.…
A Crane with Wings!
Apr 30 • 4 min
Construction equipment is always evolving in its attempt to increase safety and efficiency of construction. One newer technology is the use of “wings” on construction cranes. Learn more about the wings on the Manitowoc®Grove GMK6400 MegaWingLiftTMcrane…
Fleet Management: Ways to Gather Data
Apr 22 • 8 min
Several means exist in the way of gathering data from your operating fleet. Here are the basic ways and then a quick explanation of current technology. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/fleet-management-ways-to-gather-data/ —- Send in a voice message:…
Instant Resolution of Contractor Overhead Daily Cost
Apr 15 • 6 min
Projects often experience delays for which the Contractor is awarded additional time. The determination of the per day reimbursement to the Contractor for this time is fraught with protracted analysis and negotiation. Owners should consider the time…
Timecard Collection – Like You’ve Never Heard
Apr 8 • 5 min
One of the top complaints of construction employers is the collection of completed timecards – in a timely manner that is. Here is a suggestion for improvement you probably haven’t heard.…
An Alternative to Eichleay: HOOP!
Apr 3 • 6 min
Contractors delayed by the owner often want to be reimbursed ‘x’ dollars per ‘y’ days for the cost of home office overhead. Most contractors are used to using the Eichleay Formula to recoup this cost. There’s a new formula available from a case in Ohio:…
Lose the political correctness and go find that pipe stretcher
Apr 3 • 6 min
We all hear on the news about this over political correctness and how everyone’s become so sensitive. Well, get over it. Sometimes people get a laugh at your expense. It doesn’t have to be mean – good fun is good fun.…
Unit Conversion
Feb 15 • 9 min
Converting from one unit of measure to another is critical for any position of management in a construction company. Using the internet is one way of doing it but knowing the simple process of fraction multiplication and the value of the number “1” gets…
What’s BI? Do I need it?
Feb 6 • 4 min
BI stands for business intelligence. It is the process by which information from all of your company’s different computer systems (estimating, job costing, accounting, operations, et cetera) is displayed on one screen. You may not need it, but you better…
Freight Terms Over Land
Jan 19 • 6 min
There are several trucking freight terms that a buyer should know. They’re important to know when contracting the transportation of your goods as well as when it’s time to pay the bill. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/freight-terms-over-land/ —- Send in a…
What is Section Modulus, S?
Jan 10 • 12 min
One of the most basic properties of a beam is its section modulus. How does the section modulus, S, come into play in structural design? And, why should I care? http://runjobsoftware.com/audio/what-is-section-modulus-s/ —- Send in a voice message:…
What’s a GL Account?
Jan 4 • 5 min
A GL account is financial reporting account, not a job cost reporting account. Here we introduce the basics of GL accounts. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/whats-a-gl-account/ —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/therunjobreview/message Support…
Cost Codes: What, Why & How
Dec 13, 2018 • 7 min
Many construction companies run their operations with too little specificity; costs ought to be reviewed on an activity-by-activity basis. Learn what, why and how to set up a good cost code structure. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/cost-codes/ —- Send in…
Why be an Engineer: It’s the Mornings
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
I’m proud to say that I am an engineer. You should be proud of your kid if (s)he is going to school for engineering too. You should be proud of yourself if you’re an engineer. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/why-be-an-engineer-its-the-mornings/ —- Send in…
The Internal Pre-Con: Top 10
Nov 23, 2018 • 6 min
Contractors usually are mandated to attend a pre-construction meeting with the Owner. There’s no reason not to also have an internal pre-construction meeting. http://runjobsoftware.com/runjob/the-internal-pre-con-top-10/ —- Send in a voice message:…
The Construction Daily Report: Why & What
Nov 15, 2018 • 7 min
The importance of the daily report cannot be overstated. Knowing why to write them and what to put in the report is critical for defense of yourself, and offense against another party. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/the-construction-daily-report-why-what/…
Spearin and Modified Total Cost Method Adopted in Missouri
Nov 2, 2018 • 6 min
One of contractors’ most reliable defenses, the Spearin Doctrine, has been upheld in a Missouri Court. Certainly, for Missourians, this is a good thing, and to the extent, others may be able to reference this case or use a similar approach in claims, is a…
Training: Now I See the Value
Oct 26, 2018 • 7 min
Training is an investment in your company. In your people. And anyone who has had a business knows that the fanciest equipment and tools are still only as good at the workers who use them. Invest in making better workers.…
Choosing a Construction Consultant
Oct 16, 2018 • 8 min
Once the decision is made to engage a consultant, choosing the firm to assist you can be one of the biggest challenges. Consider asking key questions to flush out the quality and value of the service.…
Construction Claims Hierarchy
Oct 10, 2018 • 8 min
Construction claims are an unfortunate part of the construction process in today’s world. When you have a claim, know the order of hierarchy in your presentation of the data for maximum remuneration from the client.…
Customized Programming: Easy Access and Low Cost
Aug 28, 2018 • 5 min
There are no perfect software solutions out there for many industries. Many companies must settle for “close enough” to achieve their control goals. If you have relatively simple needs, considering a custom program may vastly improve your efficiency for…
Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation
Aug 22, 2018 • 8 min
A claim is made because a contractor has lost money and/or time on a project. The method chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can vary. Some popular methods of calculating cost are presented.…
Equipment – Buy, Rent, RTO, RPO, Lease - Which One???
Aug 7, 2018 • 8 min
Construction equipment is a necessary tool to perform many types of construction work. How to acquire the equipment has a significant effect on the financial aspect of a company. There are many options which should be considered when temporarily or…
Inventory Tracking: A Money Saver
Jul 26, 2018 • 5 min
Construction companies have inventories that should be managed to improve efficiency and, in turn, improve the bottom line. Consider a mobile solution or at least one that gets away from the clipboard.…
Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette
Jul 20, 2018 • 5 min
Landing the work has enough challenges in meeting the scope, schedule, and cost requirements of the client. You’re defeating yourself if you can’t be polite and practice simple business etiquette.…
The Unilateral Change Order
Jul 13, 2018 • 6 min
The purpose of a change order is to add work to an existing contract. Ideally, this work is added with mutually agreeable terms in scope, time, and cost. These terms often cannot be agreed upon and contractors feel coerced into signing the document.…
Project Management Triple Constraint
Jul 5, 2018 • 3 min
There’s an adage, fast/cheap/good, pick any two. This relates to the Project Management Triple Constraint. It also has other names like Iron Triangle, and Project Triangle. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/project-management-triple-constraint/ —- Send…
Cost versus Price
Jun 26, 2018 • 8 min
Cost and price are two different measures of money in a construction bid. Knowing the difference is fundamental and can improve profit. Read along: https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/cost-versus-price/ —- Send in a voice message:…
Two for Today: Taxes and Fuel
Jun 21, 2018 • 5 min
Do two things today to improve your company: (1) check to make sure you are current on your 940 and 941 taxes and (2) make sure you’re reviewing your fuel bill. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/two-for-today-taxes-and-fuel/ —- Send in a voice…
A Quickie on DEF
Jun 11, 2018 • 4 min
DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. It’s a liquid. The liquid is injected in the exhaust stream after the engine and before the catalytic converter. A thermodynamic reaction occurs and what comes out of the tail pipe is “clean”. —- Send in a voice…
Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, & What?
May 30, 2018 • 6 min
A constructability review of a plan set can greatly benefit the project. On the surface, it looks like it benefits primarily the Owner, but the benefits to the design team and contractor can also be significant. All project parties should encourage this…
Credit Unions versus Banks
May 23, 2018 • 5 min
A credit union is a viable option for many small businesses. Consider the advantages of a credit union over a traditional bank. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/credit-unions-versus-banks/ —- Send in a voice message:…
Conversion of Inches to Feet (in decimals)
May 17, 2018 • 1 min
Length in the United States is still primarily measured using inches and feet – inches add up to feet add up to yards add up to miles. These are called Imperial units. The vastly more common way on the planet of measuring distance is by using the metric…
An RFI can Satisfy Notice Requirement, said the Feds
May 8, 2018 • 7 min
Possibly the leading cause of contractor claim denials – lack of proper notice – just got a little bit easier for contractors thanks to the U.S. Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ conclusion that a request for information (RFI) can satisfy a notice…
Balance Sheet – Knowing the Basics of Liabilities
Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min
The balance sheet says a great deal about a company. If you’re a business owner you better know how to read your own, as well as that of your clients and subcontractors. This week we discuss the Liabilities section.…
Estimate Handoff – Estimators to Field Team
Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min
It’s great that your estimators just landed a new project, but your competitive advantage can be lost without a synchronized handoff to the field team. Make sure to have a formal meeting between the estimating and project management teams before the…
Why track extra costs…and how?
Apr 30, 2018 • 5 min
Whether you use a functional cost coding system to track the cost of your original scope or not, it is imperative that you accurately account for costs outside of your base scope. Learn why, and how, to account for these extra costs outside of your…
The “All Zeroes One” Code Prevents Lost A/P Invoices
Apr 30, 2018 • 4 min
A key component of job cost reporting is accurate posting of accounts payable (A/P). The time between receiving the invoice in the mail and posting it to your job cost reports can be fatal to a job, or a company. The answer is to not let the invoice out…
Calc. of Workers’ Comp, Gen. Liab. & Bond in your Est.
Apr 28, 2018 • 4 min
Many estimators do not understand how workers’ compensation, general liability, and bond costs are calculated. This article discusses these calculations and how to properly include them in your bid.…
The $5 Casio: Your Best Tool
Apr 28, 2018 • 1 min
With all of today’s fancy and complex tools available in the marketplace, nothing is more important than simple calculations (and common sense). Rely on simplicity and basic math to check your work. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/casio/ —- Send in a…
Here’s where you should be using QR Codes today in your Construction Company
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
If you have a discrete thing that you want to know about or report about now, use QR codes. Don’t be wary of the technology or think it’s a hassle to use. It’s simple and powerful technology. You can use it today. You need it. One email or phone call to…
Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
Contractors for as long as I can remember have been taking on risk that is not theirs to take. Engineers and architects can do a much better job of protecting projects by improving design and management of the construction process.…
Proposal Terms and Conditions
Apr 27, 2018 • 3 min
Submitting a clear and concise proposal is an important step in getting the project off on the right foot. An ambiguous proposal welcomes dispute. Be complete in the listing of terms and conditions in your proposals.…
I See Claims…
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
Construction is a litigious business. Often times the signs were right in front of you from day one. Pay attention and look for the behaviors of the parties that often indicate inevitable dispute and possibly a claim at the end of the job.…
Why Hire a Management Consultant?
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
Consultants sometimes carry a bad rap for what they do. They’re expensive and actual or perceived value is not recognized in their effort. Consider what they do bring to the table that your firm cannot.…
Letters – Keep them Simple & Discrete
Apr 27, 2018 • 5 min
Written communication is a skill every good project manager must have. Knowing how to write a letter is critical during the project, and afterward in the case of a claim. Basic pointers for writing good construction letters are presented here.…
Standardized Contracts and ConsensusDocs: a Win-Win
Apr 27, 2018 • 6 min
Standardized contracts provide tremendous benefit to the construction industry – they benefit the owner and the contractor. ConsensusDocs is the leading standardized contracts provider utilizing plain speak and fair risk allocation. —- Send in a voice…
A Cheap Lawyer
Apr 27, 2018 • 4 min
Construction projects are becoming more and more litigious. The cost of outside counsel is practically its own line item in a contractor’s estimate these days. Hiring a junior attorney today for pennies may later save you dollars. —- Send in a voice…