DCD Technical Articles
Construction Superintendent - Exempt from Overtime?
The lowest rung on the management ladder for most contractors is the
superintendent. While residing on the lowest rung on the management ladder, the
position is one of critical importance to profitability and repeat business. The
superintendent’s performance results in an on time, on budget project, or a
loss. Due to their importance, many contractors pay superintendents even when
they do not have an active project, are not working, and provide them with
company-owned trucks. When working, superintendents work long hours and are not
DCD Industry Innovations:
Automating the Prequalification Process
Wouldn’t it be nice to let your subcontractors fill out your
Prequalification form online so you don’t have to reenter any data? A year ago I
wrote about automating the pre-construction process using bid invitation
software. Since then, there has been a significant trend of general contractors
streamlining their process of sending bid invites and addendum notices
electronically as well as uploading plans and bid docs for their subs to
download quickly and easily. The next phase of automation that is gaining steam
is the Subcontractor Prequalification Process.
Architects, engineers, owners, developers, planners, law firms, sureties,
and contractors no longer have to take as much risk or time when selecting an
estimating consultant with whom to partner on their projects. There is now an
excellent resource for those with a need for reliable construction cost
estimating services to find experienced and dependable consulting construction
estimators to work with when they need accurate and unbiased estimates for the
projects they are designing, planning, negotiating, or bidding.
Contractors Tackle Significant Challenges
In the construction market, there is stiff competition between
contractors when bidding for jobs. What sets one company apart from another is
the accuracy and timeliness of the estimate submittal. Also, the market is
dictating an increase in the overall number of bid submissions, leaving room for
errors that place the win ratio at risk. A company’s bid presentation needs to
be professional and easily digestible. Many companies are working with a smaller
estimating department—at least smaller than what they may have had 5+ years ago.
This means contractors are bidding more jobs to increase or sustain win ratios.
Conceptual Facility Planning:
A Case Study
They needed a bigger and better facility to conduct business. What did
they do? Start tearing out walls? Well….
When a company in the metalworking industry forecasted that their growth would
exceed capacity, they applied a solution known as Conceptual Facility Planning.
This quickly helped them find possible options and answered the questions: What
labor resources would be needed? What equipment would be required? What space?
Where would they be located? What would it cost? How long would it take? How
would they get from here to there?
Construction Cost Trends for 2014
Housing came back in May and negated the effects of the rough winter experienced
by most of the country. But it still seems as if the industry is slowing a bit
and may only register gains in the 5-10% range; not too bad, but not like last
year. Commercial is still maintaining its slow but steady growth (in the 4-5%
range) and is well ahead of the economy as a whole. Total construction is still
going in a good direction and is showing signs of (maybe) leading the economy.
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