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- Waterside Workshops | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
- Fly Me To the Moon | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
| | CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE GUIDES
APRIL 20, 2012 Construction Software Selection – Three important but often overlooked issues
There are several under the radar screen issues that are important but often overlook when screening contractor software solutions. Online user documentation – Users rarely check out the qualify of user documentation. They just assume it’s probably all right. The fact is that the quality of user documentation will tell you a lot about the vendor you may be working with. To validate, search for certain functional terms and see if you can find it,whether was is said is clear and understandable and whether there are any supporting graphics.
| | TRAIN4TRADESKILLS
APRIL 20, 2012 EU: Millions of Jobs Could be Created in the Renewable Sector
Business Green reported today that a new job plan estimated to create 20 million jobs across Europe will boost the renewable sector and make low-carbon industries central to the 27 EU member states. The proposed job package could create millions of new jobs in Europe’s construction, recycling and renewable industry. The scheme has been launched to deal with high level of unemployment in countries across the European Union and is expected to create long-term job opportunities. “If we water down our efforts on energy efficiency, we water down the job potential as well.”
| | AEC FORENSICS
APRIL 20, 2012 Frontline asks, “Is forensic evidence reliable?”
Frontline recently aired a show that investigates the so-called CSI Effect – the idea that the proliferation of depictions of forensic science in film and TV has led to inaccurate expectations by the general public. The video is embedded below, but first, some excerpts from an interview with a federal judge on his opinion of forensic science: Harry T. Edwards is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and an authority on forensic science. So you’re not looking to make it easier for the other side. That work has got to be done by the scientists.”
| | CONSTRUCTION LIEN BLOG
APRIL 20, 2012 Electronic Mechanics Lien Filing Coming To Iowa
See original article at Electronic Mechanics Lien Filing Coming To Iowa More than 2 years ago, I asked whether Utah’s SCR (State Construction Registry) was a model for the rest of the nation. The Iowa legislature answered my question this month, with a resounding Yes. The law creates an online database for mechanics lien filings. The law takes effect on July 1, 2012.
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AEC FORENSICS Printing buildings on the moon using 3D fabrication and locally manufactured concrete
| FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California has developed a system for using 3D printing to construct buildings out of concrete. The idea sounds out of this world, and someday it may be – Khoshnevis has proposed using the system for building on the moon. According to TreeHugger’s Lloyd Alter, previous iterations of the system required moving the entire system from building site to building site. Contour Crafting Via treehugger.com. MORE >>
WELD MY WORLD Tips for TIG Welding Aluminum
| FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
TIG welding aluminum can be frustrating to the uninitiated, but if you make the right preparations and work on your technique, you can join aluminum together without melting or warping the metal and without wrecking your weld in the process. While you may have the TIG welder and aluminum set up and ready to go, take a moment to read these tips on how to prepare to weld it properly. Image Source: [link] Use a Heatsink One way you can prevent the aluminum from warping while you work on it is to use a copper or aluminum heatsinks. Heatsinks absorb. MORE >>
THE SMART VAN Despite Economic Recovery, Survey Shows IT Service Techs Pessimistic
| FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
The economic recovery, anemic though it may be, means that things are slowly — finally — improving for many of us. Mostly. But don’t tell that to the IT field service industry. According to a new report from OnForce , the IT field service industry is increasingly pessimistic about its economic situation. Seasonal fluctuations such as rising gas prices and a traditionally slow first quarter for technology projects are the main culprits, according to the 600 IT professionals around the country surveyed for the report from OnForce, a service technician outsourcing company. service technicians. MORE >>
- Construction Marketing Advisors Recognized Again as Top Agency
BtoB Magazine announced in April of 2012, that the Construction Marketing Advisors were recognized as a top agency for 2011. This is the second year in a row that the Construction Marketing Advisors received this recognition. In 2011, Construction Marketing Advisors worked with several clients in the construction and building products industry including Weather Guard®, Knaack®, and Crane Composites. Read about the projects further along in this post. “We are thrilled to be named a Top Agency by BtoB Magazine for the second year in a row! Construction Marketing Association. WEATHER GUARD®. MORE >>
- Construction Software Selection – Three important but often overlooked issues
There are several under the radar screen issues that are important but often overlook when screening contractor software solutions. Online user documentation – Users rarely check out the qualify of user documentation. They just assume it’s probably all right. The fact is that the quality of user documentation will tell you a lot about the vendor you may be working with. To validate, search for certain functional terms and see if you can find it,whether was is said is clear and understandable and whether there are any supporting graphics. MORE >>
- My Marielle GREEN GODDESS | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
- How Long do Mechanics & Materialmen’s Liens Remain Valid in Georgia? GEORGIA CONSTRUCTION LAW BLOG | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
- Arrogance: Always the Wrong Answer CONSTRUCTION KNOWLEGE | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
- Don’t Forget… TEMPEST BLOG | FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
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