The Runjob Review

The Runjob Review

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By Runjob Software
The Runjob Review highlights weekly news, topics, and trends in the construction industry.
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Why be an Engineer: It’s the Mornings
I’m proud to say that I am an engineer. You should be proud of your kid if (s)he is going to school for engineering too. You should be proud of yourself if you’re an engineer. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/why-be-an-engineer-its-the-mornings/
05:52
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/runjob/the-internal-pre-con-top-10/
06:33
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/the-construction-daily-report-why-what/
07:59
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/spearin-and-modified-total-cost-method-adopted-in-missouri/
06:17
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/training-now-i-see-the-value/
07:42
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/choosing-a-construction-consultant/
08:50
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. http://runjobsoftware.com/news/construction-claims-hierarchy/
08:28
October 10, 2018
Customized Programming: Easy Access and Low Cost
There are no perfect software solutions out there for many industries. Many companies must settle for “close enough” to achieve their control goals. If you have relatively simple needs, considering a custom program may vastly improve your efficiency for less cost than you think. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/customized-programming-easy-access-and-low-cost/
05:21
August 28, 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 chosen by the contractor to substantiate these costs can vary. Some popular methods of calculating cost are presented. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/some-basic-analysis-techniques-in-claim-preparation/
08:55
August 23, 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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/equipment-buy-rent-rto-rpo-lease-which-one/
08:17
August 8, 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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/inventory-tracking-a-money-saver/
05:13
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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/top-10-basic-business-etiquette/
05:28
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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/the-unilateral-change-order/
06:15
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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/project-management-triple-constraint/
03:32
July 5, 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. Read along: https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/cost-versus-price/
08:22
June 26, 2018
Two for Today: Taxes and 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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/two-for-today-taxes-and-fuel/
05:41
June 21, 2018
A Quickie on DEF
DEF stands for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. It’s a liquid. The liquid is injected in the exhaust stream after the engine and before the catalytic converter. A thermodynamic reaction occurs and what comes out of the tail pipe is “clean”.
04:20
June 11, 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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/plans-constructability-review-why-when-and-what/
06:15
May 30, 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. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/audio/credit-unions-versus-banks/
05:31
May 24, 2018
Conversion of Inches to Feet (in decimals)
Length in the United States is still primarily measured using inches and feet – inches add up to feet add up to yards add up to miles. These are called Imperial units. The vastly more common way on the planet of measuring distance is by using the metric system – millimeters add up to centimeters add up to meters add up to kilometers. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/conversion-of-inches-to-feet-in-decimals/
01:45
May 17, 2018
An RFI can Satisfy Notice Requirement, said the Feds
Possibly the leading cause of contractor claim denials – lack of proper notice – just got a little bit easier for contractors thanks to the U.S. Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals’ conclusion that a request for information (RFI) can satisfy a notice requirement under F.A.R.
07:09
May 8, 2018
Balance Sheet – Knowing the Basics of Liabilities
The balance sheet says a great deal about a company. If you’re a business owner you better know how to read your own, as well as that of your clients and subcontractors. This week we discuss the Liabilities section. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob/balance-sheet-knowing-basics-liabilities/
05:20
April 30, 2018
Estimate Handoff – Estimators to Field Team
It’s great that your estimators just landed a new project, but your competitive advantage can be lost without a synchronized handoff to the field team. Make sure to have a formal meeting between the estimating and project management teams before the project starts. Estimator knows best. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/estimate-handoff-estimators-field-team/
05:25
April 30, 2018
Why track extra costs…and how?
Whether you use a functional cost coding system to track the cost of your original scope or not, it is imperative that you accurately account for costs outside of your base scope. Learn why, and how, to account for these extra costs outside of your original scope. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/track-extra-costsand/
05:25
April 30, 2018
The “All Zeroes One” Code Prevents Lost A/P Invoices
A key component of job cost reporting is accurate posting of accounts payable (A/P). The time between receiving the invoice in the mail and posting it to your job cost reports can be fatal to a job, or a company. The answer is to not let the invoice out of the main office until it’s been posted to the project. Use the “all zeroes one” code to capture this cost in a job immediately. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/the-all-zeroes-one-code-prevents-lost-ap-invoices/
04:50
April 30, 2018
Calc. of Workers’ Comp, Gen. Liab. & Bond in your Est.
Many estimators do not understand how workers’ compensation, general liability, and bond costs are calculated. This article discusses these calculations and how to properly include them in your bid. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/calculationofworkerscomp/
04:44
April 28, 2018
The $5 Casio: Your Best Tool
With all of today’s fancy and complex tools available in the marketplace, nothing is more important than simple calculations (and common sense). Rely on simplicity and basic math to check your work. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/casio/
01:58
April 28, 2018
Here’s where you should be using QR Codes today in your Construction Company
If you have a discrete thing that you want to know about or report about now, use QR codes. Don’t be wary of the technology or think it’s a hassle to use. It’s simple and powerful technology. You can use it today. You need it. One email or phone call to us and you’ll have it – we know construction, period. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/heres-using-qr-codes-today-construction-company/
04:48
April 28, 2018
Engineers and Architects Gotta Step It Up
Contractors for as long as I can remember have been taking on risk that is not theirs to take. Engineers and architects can do a much better job of protecting projects by improving design and management of the construction process. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/engineers-architects-gotta-step/
04:08
April 28, 2018
Proposal Terms and Conditions
Submitting a clear and concise proposal is an important step in getting the project off on the right foot. An ambiguous proposal welcomes dispute. Be complete in the listing of terms and conditions in your proposals. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/proposal-terms-and-conditions/
03:36
April 28, 2018
I See Claims…
Construction is a litigious business. Often times the signs were right in front of you from day one. Pay attention and look for the behaviors of the parties that often indicate inevitable dispute and possibly a claim at the end of the job. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/runjob-review/i-see-claims/
04:53
April 28, 2018
Why Hire a Management Consultant?
Consultants sometimes carry a bad rap for what they do. They’re expensive and actual or perceived value is not recognized in their effort. Consider what they do bring to the table that your firm cannot. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/why-hire-a-management-consultant/
04:49
April 28, 2018
Letters – Keep them Simple & Discrete
Written communication is a skill every good project manager must have. Knowing how to write a letter is critical during the project, and afterward in the case of a claim. Basic pointers for writing good construction letters are presented here. https://www.runjobsoftware.com/news/letters-keep-them-simple-discrete/
05:45
April 28, 2018
Standardized Contracts and ConsensusDocs: a Win-Win
Standardized contracts provide tremendous benefit to the construction industry – they benefit the owner and the contractor. ConsensusDocs is the leading standardized contracts provider utilizing plain speak and fair risk allocation.
06:22
April 27, 2018
A Cheap Lawyer
Construction projects are becoming more and more litigious. The cost of outside counsel is practically its own line item in a contractor’s estimate these days. Hiring a junior attorney today for pennies may later save you dollars.
04:54
April 27, 2018
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