SJCC's Site Survey Podcast

SJCC's Site Survey Podcast

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Designing with Cost in Mind
Oct 9 • 9 min
Contractors are often brought into a project in the design phase to minimize cost. Here are some guidelines on infrastructure project cost cutting measures from a Contractor’s viewpoint – it’s advice to a design team.…
Subs Should Join Forces!
Sep 12 • 8 min
On a project with multiple subcontractors, and say you’re one of them, implement a winning strategy for claims success by joining other subcontractors. http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/subs-should-join-forces/ —- Support this podcast:…
The Lookahead Schedule and 90/60/30
Sep 5 • 6 min
Once the project starts, it is the Contractor’s project management team’s responsibility to update the client on a regular, usually weekly, basis. This is done graphically using a lookahead schedule in bar chart format (also known as a Gantt Chart). Here…
Cracks in Construction
Aug 21 • 8 min
Cracks in construction provide information to a superintendent. We identify what you’re seeing and what it could mean in specific scenarios. http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/cracks-in-construction/ —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sjccsitesurvey/support
Needed Software for a Contractor
Aug 8 • 7 min
What are the “necessities” for software and apps for your construction business? Here’s a look at what’s out there – software and/or apps that are in use by successful firms to accomplish necessary functions in your business. What do I need? If you’re…
Is One RFI One Too Many?
Jul 31 • 5 min
How many RFIs (requests for information) are too many on a construction project? Is it time, is it possible, to tie the number of RFIs on a job to the cost impact suffered by a contractor? http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/is-one-rfi-one-too-many/ —- Support this…
If Cash is King, Time’s the Queen
Jul 26 • 5 min
Time for any business is critical, perhaps more so in construction than many other industries. The role of time and its effect on a contractor are discussed here. http://sjcivil.net/ceo-owner/if-cash-is-king-times-the-queen/ —- Support this podcast:…
Time, an Owner’s Achille’s Heel
Jul 26 • 5 min
Discussed here, by a contractor, is arguably the #1 area of recommended improvement for infrastructure owners with fiduciary responsibility. The area in need of improvement: response time to construction issues. —- Support this podcast:…
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. http://sjcivil.net/news/microsoft-excel-v-microsoft-project-v-primavera-p6/ —-…
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://sjcivil.net/news/live-crew-cost-clicker/ —- Support this…
Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette
Jun 19 • 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. If your client has been kind enough to consider doing…
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://sjcivil.net/law/davis-bacon-osha-jones-act-and-buy-american/ —- Support this podcast:…
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 MegaWingLiftTM crane…
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://sjcivil.net/news/fleet-management-ways-to-gather-data/ —- Support this podcast:…
Instant Resolution of Contractor Overhead Daily Cost
Apr 16 • 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. http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/timecard-collection-like-youve-never-heard/…
Unit Conversion
Feb 17 • 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://sjcivil.net/financial/freight-terms-over-land/ —- Support this…
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://sjcivil.net/sjcc/what-is-section-modulus-s/ —- Support this podcast:…
What’s a GL Account?
Jan 4 • 5 min
A GL account is separate from a cost code financial and job cost reporting. Here we introduce the basics of GL accounts. Read more: http://sjcivil.net/news/whats-a-gl-account/ —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sjccsitesurvey/support
Cost Codes: What, Why & How
Dec 14, 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://sjcivil.net/news/cost-codes-what-why-how/ —-…
Why be an Engineer: It’s the Mornings
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
A recent article by the American Bar Association caught my eye. It was entitled “When is it okay for a lawyer to lie?” I could probably end the article right here. I’ll keep going. [QR] Contemplating a law career. Yup, I get it, you know someone who…
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://sjcivil.net/sjcc/the-internal-pre-con-top-10/ —- Support this podcast:…
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://sjcivil.net/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. —- Support this podcast:…
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
Is there a process in your company that you’d like to have developed into a simple app, or made accessible via the web? Sometimes, with the right framework in place, developing these processes for you can be done quickly and for reasonable cost.…
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 is chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can vary. Some popular methods of calculating cost are presented.…
Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, & What?
Aug 10, 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
Aug 10, 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sjccsitesurvey/support
Equipment – Buy, Rent, RTO, RPO, Lease - Which One???
Aug 10, 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. http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/top-10-basic-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. http://sjcivil.net/sjcc/project-management-triple-constraint/ —- Support this…
Why Track Extra Costs and How
Jun 29, 2018 • 5 min
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Balance Sheet: Knowing the Basics of Liabilities
Jun 29, 2018 • 5 min
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All Zeroes One Code
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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The $5 Casio
Jun 29, 2018 • 1 min
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Estimate Handoff
Jun 29, 2018 • 5 min
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Conversion of Inches to Feet in Decimals
Jun 29, 2018 • 1 min
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Calc of WC, GL, & Bonds in your Estimates
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Where to use QR codes today
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up!
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Proposal Terms & Conditions
Jun 29, 2018 • 3 min
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I See Claims
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Why Hire a Management Consultant
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Letter Writing
Jun 29, 2018 • 5 min
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A Cheap Lawyer
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Standardized Docs
Jun 29, 2018 • 6 min
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RFI Notice
Jun 29, 2018 • 7 min
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DEF
Jun 29, 2018 • 4 min
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Two for Today: Taxes & Fuel
Jun 28, 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. http://sjcivil.net/accounting/two-for-today-taxes-and-fuel/ —- Support this podcast:…
Cost versus Price
Jun 28, 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. http://sjcivil.net/estimating/cost-versus-price/ —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sjccsitesurvey/support