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SJ’s Toolbox Term: Grouser
Aug 4 • 0 min
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How to do a Job Cost Projection: Cutting through the Fog – Part 2
Aug 3 • 13 min
Let’s run through an example. Let’s do an example so you see some of the challenges. Let’s take one cost code in your budget – let’s look at roadway subgrade. Below we have the budget for this cost. You can see the cost code is “1001” and there are five…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Escalation
Aug 1 • 0 min
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How to do a Job Cost Projection: Cutting through the Fog – Part 1
Jul 31 • 9 min
Executive summary. An accurate job cost projection is vital to Company survival. And it’s not too complicated if you know the budget, the timing of your costs, and can do a little bit of estimating. It’s NOT about blindly relying on quantities completed!…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Serial Letter
Jul 25 • 1 min
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Mistaken Taboo: Project Overhead
Jul 24 • 10 min
Field overhead carries different names with different contractors and owners. Discussed here is what field overhead is, and why it’s important for owners to understand. —- Support this podcast:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Spreader Beam
Jun 27 • 0 min
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The #1 Driver of a Construction Claim
Jun 26 • 10 min
A construction claim is a dispute in the Work as it was contemplated in the original construction documents. However, a large percentage of what drives a claim is not the Contract. It’s the people. It’s personalities.…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Active & passive soil pressure
Jun 20 • 0 min
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Don’t be Charlie Brown’s Teacher
Jun 19 • 7 min
If you are interested in communicating information to your audience, and you want your audience to absorb and remember what you’re saying, communicate effectively. Communicate using vocabulary, tempo, brevity, and body language that your client…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: May vs Shall
Jun 13 • 0 min
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Construction Contract Review Basics
Jun 10 • 11 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. —- Support this podcast:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Termination for Convenience
Jun 10 • 1 min
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Webinar: Small/Medium Business Cybersecurity & Best Practices ´╗┐during COVID-19
Jun 9 • 62 min
In this webinar we discussed small/medium business cybersecurity and best practices, especially during COVID-19. It is always a good time to check-in on the security of your network, computers, and websites. And now with your employees, and data, working…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Invert Elevation
Jun 6 • 0 min
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Better the Devil You Know
Jun 5 • 3 min
Many folks make changes based on temporary pains. More often than not, better the devil you know that the devil you don’t. —- Support this podcast:
SJ’s Toolbox Term: PCO
May 23 • 0 min
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Estimating: It’s an Art and a Science
May 22 • 5 min
Construction estimating isn’t wholly about the numbers. It involves a “feel” in its execution. This is why many say estimating is an art and a science. —- Support this podcast:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Cubic yard
May 9 • 0 min
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Bond Premium and the Project Time Extension
May 8 • 5 min
Most traditional bond rates have two variables in their cost: the contract value and the time threshold. Do not forget to include both in time extension negotiations. —- Support…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Surety
May 6 • 0 min
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Webinar: Construction Insurance & Bonding during COVID-19
May 6 • 59 min
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SJ’s Toolbox Term: Builders Risk Insurance
May 1 • 0 min
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Video Conferencing Softwares: a Quick Review
May 1 • 7 min
Many video conferencing softwares are in existence. Which one suits you best? Which ones are easiest to use? Here’s one users’ opinions. —- Support this podcast:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Pawl brake
Apr 25 • 0 min
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Dear Owner, No Change Orders Thank You
Apr 22 • 10 min
Most Project Owners are convinced that Contractors thrive on change orders. The truth is that most would prefer to have none. Read below a sort of open letter to Owners. —- Support this…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Entrapped air vs. air entrainment
Apr 18 • 0 min
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I Didn’t Ask for a Lamborghini
Apr 15 • 5 min
Extra work on a construction project must be delivered at fair and reasonable prices. Owners should know they have this right in their Contract, and Contractors should know the owners have this right too.…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Notice to proceed
Apr 11 • 0 min
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Letters to the Owner Need to Tell, Not Ask
Apr 10 • 8 min
Most contractors use letters to communicate significant events in a project. Use letters to tell. Use RFIs to ask… —- Support this podcast:
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Pressure
Apr 4 • 0 min
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“Boosting” Job Profits on Equipment Purchase - on Paper
Apr 2 • 7 min
Whether in a bid situation or a change order negotiation, there is a way to boost your profit on paper by not “job costing” your equipment. Let’s talk depreciation. —-…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Plastic hinge
Mar 28 • 0 min
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Webinar: Force Majeure & Differing Site Conditions – Notification and Response
Mar 26 • 78 min
Scott Jennings, P.E. facilitated a live 2-hour webinar and Q&A with attorney Scott Batterman, Esq. of Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell, Attorneys at Law from Honolulu, Hawaii to address one of the hottest topics now in the construction industry:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Hoptoe
Mar 25 • 0 min
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But What Does It Smell Like?
Mar 25 • 9 min
Field experience is necessary to be a best of class construction and engineering professional. Can you or your employee relate to today’s article? Can you write your own article with similar anecdotes to these below? If you cannot, schedule some time in…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Well graded material
Mar 21 • 0 min
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Project Parties – Who does what?
Mar 18 • 6 min
The management structure of sizable projects usually involves four major parties: the owner, the construction manager, the designer, and the contractor. Here’s how project management is structured and what the parties’ responsibilities are in two common…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Mar 14 • 0 min
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Signing a Change Order: What to look for
Mar 12 • 7 min
Ensure that before you sign a change order, all of the necessary components of your negotiation are included. Here’s what to look for in a change order before you sign it. And don’t forget – you don’t have to sign it.…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Constructive Acceleration
Mar 12 • 0 min
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What Information Governs: Order of Precedence
Mar 12 • 4 min
As a construction professional in the field, when information conflicts between plans and specifications, you should immediately seek the order of precedence section of your contract for guidance.…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Retention Bond
Feb 29 • 0 min
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Notice: Writing the Letter
Feb 27 • 4 min
There’s almost nothing more important than notifying your client, in accordance with the Contract, of a time and/or cost impact. Learn how to do it here. —- Support this podcast:…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Arbitration
Feb 21 • 0 min
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Legal Word of the Day: Contemporaneous
Feb 20 • 3 min
In a construction matter, the quality of evidence can be as important as the evidence itself. Using contemporaneous information can be invaluable in your legal matter against an opposing party.…
The Joint Venture Estimate: Setup is Key
Feb 13 • 13 min
Whether bidding a job together in one shared document, or running comparison estimates, the setup in a joint venture effort is critical to success. Consider establishing the following before starting your estimating effort. And, be consistent. Be…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: GL Account
Feb 7 • 0 min
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Optimizing the Contractor’s Professional Engineer
Feb 6 • 8 min
Do you often need a professional engineer to facilitate the construction at your projects? Here’s how to pick your engineer and to guarantee the quickest turnaround of the product you need.…
Wanna Eat? Help me Kill
Jan 31 • 3 min
Maintaining employment is a factor of your performance, but for construction and engineering firms it is largely dependent on a firm’s ability to bring in project after project. Who’s responsible for bringing in these projects? The answer lies below.…
Laos: Infrastructure / Means & Methods
Jan 24 • 10 min
You’re probably reading this from America or Canada. Ever wonder what the infrastructure and construction means and methods are like in a smaller less developed country like Laos? [For those who haven’t tapped into Google yet to find out where Laos is,…
Earthwork: What’s a Cubic Yard?
Jan 15 • 9 min
A cubic yard is not a cubic yard when it comes to earthwork estimating and field operations. Know the difference to best estimate productions and to negotiate pricing in the field. —- Support…
Takeoff: Beyond the Drawings
Dec 30, 2019 • 8 min
Takeoff is a primary function in the estimation of construction costs. A good takeoff includes more than is plainly seen on the drawings. Here is discussed the definition and purpose of takeoff along with what makes a takeoff good.…
Avoid Claims with a Pre-Bid Analysis
Dec 17, 2019 • 7 min
In a best case scenario, a construction claim will make the contractor financially whole again on the matter. In a worst case scenario, the contractor goes out of business. Most claims conclude somewhere in between with all parties unhappy.…
From Me to You: Things I’ve Learned as a Professional
Dec 13, 2019 • 9 min
Advice for life in general, and professional life, is often gleaned by the sharing of lessons and anecdotes. Here are some lessons to apply to both home and work. —- Support this…
Introduction to Contractor Estimating
Nov 5, 2019 • 4 min
The reader is introduced to the process of contractor estimating from initial project evaluation through the call for bond, the takeoff, the actual estimating of a civil project, an even the turn in of the bid……
Designers Design, Constructors Construct: Drawings Constructability Review
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
A constructability review can significantly and positively impact a project. But what is it and what are the third-party reviewers looking for in their review? Here we look just at the drawings/plan review (not the specification and contract review).…
Designing with Cost in Mind
Oct 9, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
The Lookahead Schedule and 90/60/30
Sep 5, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 8 min
Cracks in construction provide information to a superintendent. We identify what you’re seeing and what it could mean in specific scenarios. —- Support this podcast:
Needed Software for a Contractor
Aug 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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? —- Support this…
If Cash is King, Time’s the Queen
Jul 26, 2019 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Time, an Owner’s Achille’s Heel
Jul 26, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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. —- Support this…
SJ’s Toolbox Term: Joint Venture
Jun 28, 2019 • 0 min
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Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette
Jun 19, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 4 min
A quick background on terms you hear every day in federal construction contracting: Davis-Bacon, OSHA, Jones Act, and Buy American. —- Support this podcast:…
The Basics of Advanced Scheduling Terminology
May 6, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Instant Resolution of Contractor Overhead Daily Cost
Apr 16, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.…
Unit Conversion
Feb 17, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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. —- Support this…
What is Section Modulus, S?
Jan 10, 2019 • 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? —- Support this podcast:…
What’s a GL Account?
Jan 4, 2019 • 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: —- Support this podcast:
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. —-…
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. —- 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. —-…
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:
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.…
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. —- 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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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. —- 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. —- Support this podcast: