SJCC's Site Survey Podcast

Training: Now I See the Value

An episode of SJCC's Site Survey Podcast

By Scott Jennings
Construction Topics & Talk
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Cost Codes: What, Why & How
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.
December 15, 2018
Why be an Engineer: It’s the Mornings
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 watched television like the rest of us and you became a lawyer because of Perry Mason, Law & Order,or Boston Legal. Don’t get me wrong, I loved A Few Good Men.
December 4, 2018
The Internal Pre-Con: Top 10
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.
November 23, 2018
The Construction Daily Report: Why & What
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.
November 15, 2018
Spearin and Modified Total Cost Method Adopted in Missouri
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 win for the construction industry.
November 2, 2018
Training: Now I See the Value
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.
October 26, 2018
Choosing a Construction Consultant
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.
October 16, 2018
Construction Claims Hierarchy
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.
October 10, 2018
Customized Programming: Easy Access and Low Cost
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.
August 29, 2018
Some Basic Analysis Techniques in Claim Preparation
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.
August 23, 2018
Plans Constructability Review: Why, When, & What?
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 service on their projects.
August 10, 2018
Credit Unions versus Banks
A credit union is a viable option for many small businesses. Consider the advantages of a credit union over a traditional bank.
August 10, 2018
Equipment – Buy, Rent, RTO, RPO, Lease - Which One???
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 permanently acquiring a piece of gear.
August 10, 2018
Inventory Tracking: A Money Saver
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.
July 26, 2018
Top 10: Basic Business Etiquette
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.
July 20, 2018
The Unilateral Change Order
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. Consider not signing the change order.
July 13, 2018
Project Management Triple Constraint
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.
July 5, 2018
Why Track Extra Costs and How
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June 30, 2018
Balance Sheet: Knowing the Basics of Liabilities
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June 30, 2018
All Zeroes One Code
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June 30, 2018
The $5 Casio
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June 30, 2018
Estimate Handoff
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June 30, 2018
Conversion of Inches to Feet in Decimals
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June 30, 2018
Calc of WC, GL, & Bonds in your Estimates
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June 30, 2018
Where to use QR codes today
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June 30, 2018
Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up!
The very first episode of SJCC's Site Survey!
June 30, 2018
Proposal Terms & Conditions
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June 30, 2018
I See Claims
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June 30, 2018
Why Hire a Management Consultant
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June 30, 2018
Letter Writing
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June 30, 2018
A Cheap Lawyer
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June 30, 2018
Standardized Docs
The very first episode of SJCC's Site Survey!
June 30, 2018
RFI Notice
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June 30, 2018
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June 30, 2018
Two for Today: Taxes & Fuel
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.
June 28, 2018
Cost versus Price
Cost and price are two different measures of money in a construction bid. Knowing the difference is fundamental and can improve profit.
June 28, 2018
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