Construction industry – Two Stringers http://twostringers.com/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://twostringers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Construction industry – Two Stringers http://twostringers.com/ 32 32 Hope and heartbreak for New Zealanders dreaming of a life together | New Zealand https://twostringers.com/hope-and-heartbreak-for-new-zealanders-dreaming-of-a-life-together-new-zealand/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:01:00 +0000 https://twostringers.com/hope-and-heartbreak-for-new-zealanders-dreaming-of-a-life-together-new-zealand/

“Welcome to the site of hope and sorrow.”

It is with these words that Bronwen Newton greets visitors to a quarter-acre gravel car park between two industrial buildings in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. You can still see the foundations of a sheet metal workshop that once stood there; not visible is the cohabitation project that Newton and 23 other families hoped to build, but never did.

Since 2018, Newton – a lawyer and property developer – has helped lead the Urban Habitat Collective, one of New Zealand’s last attempts at co-housing. The story of its collapse is the story of the hardships faced by those who dream of living in a connected community outside of conventional real estate market models – often at considerable personal cost.

Cohabitation is a model of semi-community housing, typically featuring a mix of private and shared spaces, but retaining individual ownership of homes.

Wellington architect and academic Mark Southcombe describes it as a “bottom-up, self-sustaining organization” of home building that provides stable, well-connected communities, which is important in a world of increasing loneliness.

“I think cohabitation is wonderful,” he says, adding that in a country where real estate investment is a national obsession and has helped drive property prices to world records, there is a need to “ resocialize” housing.

For Newton, cohabitation is about ensuring that people can live not only physically close, but also connected. Inspired by such sentiments, the 24 members of his collective – a mix of pensioners, families with children and others – bought a site in Adelaide Road in Wellington in 2019 for NZ$2.25 million.

Their final design included two buildings with shared dining areas, a rooftop social space, a bike shop, carpool parks, and an expansive communal garden. “We used to say we were building ‘complexes’, not apartments,” adds Newton.

For developers, however, the project fell awkwardly between the familiar profitable territory of stand-alone homes and 80-unit apartment buildings. Few were willing to accept the work, and then rising construction prices took their toll. Estimated costs nearly doubled to $23 million. At this point, Newton says, the “last ray of hope” faded: Even if their bank hadn’t pulled out of construction financing, many homeowners would have struggled to get mortgages.

The scheme itself is effectively over, and at some cost: Between them, the families have spent millions of dollars on design and other expenses, and will likely be out of pocket. Some had sold homes or used inheritances to fund their involvement.

In light of this collapse, how does Newton feel? “It only hurts when I think about it,” she said. “I don’t regret doing it. [But] I still really regret not having a building. That’s what we decided to do, that’s what we worked for, that’s what we always want.

Across town, a happier story unfolded. On Christmas Eve last year, six Wellington residents moved into a cohousing project they had been planning since early 2017. One of the residents, Tania Sawicki Mead, said: to afford one.

Quickly, they bought land in November 2017 and chose a small local construction company.

But even getting a home loan took eight months. The issue wasn’t the costs, it was that the band wasn’t a typical nuclear house and family customer, nor could they be classified as a commercial promoter. “We were just weird – we didn’t fit into any category.”

The so-called complexity of a six-owner structure “also gave people the heebie-jeebies… They were so obsessed with the idea that we were a risk.”

Eventually, however, the project secured a loan and today the row of four townhouses stand proudly amid still-fresh concrete paths, gardens under construction, a common room and a terrace.

“The ability to socialize together was really important,” Mead says. “It was worth the time and hassle… We get to live close to the people we care about and we have a space where we can keep those connections alive. We come to be a community.

Enlarge the pool

These projects reflect the fortunes of the cohabitation movement in New Zealand. As well as well-established examples like Auckland’s Earthsong, recent successes include Dunedin’s Toiora High Street, which reuses a former school site, and another Auckland project, Cohaus. But the planned programs at Cambridge and Lyttelton have folded.

Southcombe is among those working to create open source guides and legal templates for potential cohabitation groups. Cohousing advocates have also urged the government to allocate unused public land for the construction of multi-unit housing and provide support for people going through the many financial, tax and consent barriers to construction.

Such measures, according to Mead, would help “broaden the pool” of groups able to carry out cohabitation projects, among them hapū (indigenous families) seeking to build papakainga housing estates – a traditional model of multi-generational shared housing.

For his part, Newton wants the construction industry‘s “fundamental problems” resolved, including its boom and bust cycles and lopsided risk sharing that forces customers to pay more if costs rise, but developers pocket the proceeds of any economy. State agencies could also waive development contributions for cohousing projects and provide other aid. Anything, she says, to acknowledge the fact that cohabitation collectives are people “trying to do something different, at great personal cost and risk”.

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Top Reasons to Consider a Career in the Construction Industry https://twostringers.com/top-reasons-to-consider-a-career-in-the-construction-industry/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:08:27 +0000 https://twostringers.com/top-reasons-to-consider-a-career-in-the-construction-industry/


In 2022, people entering the workforce will have many options available to them. From careers in tech to healthcare and beyond, young people can take many different paths. However, an often overlooked industry is construction.

Whether you’re laying the groundwork for your career out of high school or considering a mid-career change, construction could be the ideal industry. Here are some of the top reasons to consider a career in construction:

  • Demand for construction workers is high

With exciting new initiatives to create affordable housing, revitalize communities, and spur growth in the U.S. economy, a growing population, and a need for infrastructure repair and green energy expansion, the future s promising announcement. Especially for anyone looking to build a strong career foundation as a construction professional.

  • There are new growth initiatives in construction

In addition to the overall industry growth, new initiatives are also driving increased demand for construction workers. For example, the government is investing billions of dollars in improving infrastructure, including roads, bridges, federal buildings and airports.

In addition to government initiatives, many private and public companies are investing in construction projects, such as office buildings, retail establishments, and homes. As you can imagine, this surge in construction projects means there will be plenty of opportunities for construction workers at all experience levels.

  • Construction jobs often pay well

Construction workers are often well paid for their skills. The median salary for entry-level construction workers in the United States is around $31,000 per year. However, experienced construction workers can earn even more. And, for motivated construction workers who want to make their way, opening a business may provide more opportunities.

  • No university degree is required

One of the benefits of building is that you don’t need a college degree to get started. Often all that is needed to be considered is a high school diploma or equivalent. And there are many apprenticeship and training programs available to help you gain the skills you need to succeed.

Unlike some industries that require younger workers, the construction industry is open to people of all ages. So whether you’ve just graduated from high school or are looking for a mid-career change, there’s a place for you in the build.

Apprenticeship programs available

Unlike many professions requiring multi-year degrees, you can enter the construction industry through an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is a great approach to learning the skills you need while getting paid. So whether you prefer to focus on residential or commercial construction, there is an apprenticeship program.

If you are evaluating your career options, there are many reasons to pursue a career in construction. The industry is growing, new initiatives are driving demand, and the jobs are often well paid. Plus, no college degree is required to get started, and many apprenticeships help people learn the skills they need to succeed, whether working for other businesses, as an independent contractor, or as an owner. of small business.

This article was brought to you by Wayne Brothers Companies, a leading concrete engineering company providing services throughout the Southwestern United States.

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Wehouse aims to be a one stop shop for all home building needs https://twostringers.com/wehouse-aims-to-be-a-one-stop-shop-for-all-home-building-needs/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 02:01:00 +0000 https://twostringers.com/wehouse-aims-to-be-a-one-stop-shop-for-all-home-building-needs/

Home renovation and construction in India is a tough business, given the unorganized nature of the industry. Every step, from ideation to completion, requires precise planning and execution.

WeHouse, a Hyderabad-based startup, aims to simplify the process of building and renovating a home through a range of end-to-end construction services. The startup, incorporated by Sripad Nandiraj (founder and CEO) and Rohan Reddy (COO), started its activities in 2019.

how it started

Sripad and Rohan were old classmates. For a long time, they had been looking to build a business that would make life easier. An opportunity presented itself in 2013, when Rohan and his family were looking to renovate their home. Sripad and Rohan met to assess the construction market, the raw materials needed and the suppliers involved.

It was then that they realized that no company offered quick and easy construction solutions with all the required elements such as labor, raw materials and other resources. This is how the idea of ​​a company was born that would simplify the construction process by bringing together all the entities involved in building a house.

Sripad and Rohan took a leap of faith and quit their full-time jobs to launch “Hocomoco,” which later gave way to the name “Wehouse” for better brand recall.

End-to-end services

Wehouse is a technology-based aggregation platform that allows customers to build their home from the ground up by connecting them with people in the construction industry.

It offers a range of services for residential construction – project management, architectural structure, design, decoration and smart home interiors and legal permits.

The start-up process involves determining customer needs and cost, setting up meetings, implementing tasks, follow-up and final delivery.

Wehouse has partnered with construction industry brands to ensure a streamlined flow of resources throughout the supply chain. It has partnered with approximately 1,000 building material suppliers.

Sripad says the company operates on the four-pronged mantra of transparency, time-saving, tracking and technology adoption. “This helps maintain exceptional project quality and on-time project delivery.”

The founder says the startup makes a plan with a proper schedule and labor estimate ahead of time, so the project is completed on time.

Role of technology

Technology frameworks and web services play a crucial role in the areas of customer management, hardware management, and vendor management.

“With the help of technology, we avoid manual errors and ensure that we save time and money. The supply chain is also simplified, which means no waste of material and an efficient use of natural resources. “says Sripad.

Transparency and monitoring

Wehouse provides an electronic monitoring function that allows customers to check the progress of their work and the amount of material used online. It also assures the client of a secure project site with surveillance to prevent theft and damage and informs clients through photos and videos of work in progress.

“We ensure that our clients have access to all documentation, on-site CCTV and detailed weekly reports. Clients can easily communicate with all teams such as design, project management and finance. They can also use the Q&A feature on our platform to understand the progress of the project,” says Sripad.

Every project Wehouse assists with goes through more than 200 quality checks; there are quality sieves at each checkpoint, explains the founder. For example, cubes cast into slabs are sent to a laboratory to assess their strength.

Projects in Hyderabad and Chennai

The startup has completed over 200 projects in Hyderabad and over 400 projects are ongoing in Hyderabad and Chennai.

The company says it has completed 1 million square feet of built-up area to date. According to the founder, the Wehouse platform records an attendance of more than 75,000 monthly visitors.

In August 2022, Wehouse expanded into Chennai with the aim of acquiring a built-up area of ​​five lakh square feet by March 2023. The startup claims to have around 120 projects in the city.

Revenue model

Construction project management contributes 50% of Wehouse’s revenue, while materials management contributes 30% and interior design projects contribute 20%.

The startup charges Rs 1,599 per square foot in Hyderabad and Rs 1,900 per square foot in Chennai, based on labor costs, material costs and land prices.

Each time a customer selects materials through Wehouse, the startup receives a commission from the building materials company.

Wehouse says it saw revenue growth of 295% in fiscal year 2019-20, 482% in fiscal year 2020-21 and 363% in fiscal year 2021-22. It forecasts revenue of Rs 120 crore by the end of this year, with growth of 620%.

construction market

According to GlobalData, the Indian construction market was valued at $609.6 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at an average annual growth rate of over 6% between 2023 and 2026.

The home building services industry has many players such as RHUMBIX, Living spaceand HomeLane.

Financing and expansion

The founders of Wehouse had invested Rs 5 lakh of their personal savings to start the startup.

In May 2022, Wehouse secured $1 million in a pre-series round of Anthill Ventures and a group of angel investors to upgrade its technology platform, hire and grow. The startup plans to close another round of funding soon.

The startup plans to expand its operations to five more cities and the size of its team by adding 100 employees. It also plans to forge strategic partnerships with 500 partners by March 2023.

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State and labor officials seek ‘culture change’ to improve mental health in construction industry https://twostringers.com/state-and-labor-officials-seek-culture-change-to-improve-mental-health-in-construction-industry/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:27:56 +0000 https://twostringers.com/state-and-labor-officials-seek-culture-change-to-improve-mental-health-in-construction-industry/

With decades of experience in the trades, DeShon Leek understands firsthand the dark side that comes with working in the construction industry.

Leek, who is the Southeast Region representative for the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Councilhas seen many cases of workers struggling with mental health issues, even in boom times like the one the industry is currently experiencing.

“I believe it’s the competitive nature, high pressure work environments, alcohol and drug abuse, late season layoffs, separation from families, physical exhaustion from hard work and long hours. work burdening the construction. workers,” Leek told MiBiz.

He tells the story of his 32-year-old high school friend who struggled with mental health issues. The man was employed in the trades, had a wife, three children and a dog, and owned a house.

“Everything seemed perfect,” Leek said.

But personal problems at home eventually led the friend to divorce, losing his family and his home.

“My best friend moved in with his dad and his dad came home from work to find him dead on the basement steps from an overdose,” he said.

Leek’s friend has become a tragic statistic that is unfortunately all too common in the construction industry.

In Michigan, the suicide rate among construction workers was 75.4 per 100,000 people in 2019, one of the highest rates of any industry, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. from Michigan.

For Leek, the problem goes back “to mental health awareness”.

“Many construction workers are reluctant to talk about mental health and this is because they are ashamed or fearful of being judged by their peers and negative consequences on their work. Some just don’t know how to get the proper access to get help,” he said.

Change the story

A host of partners across the state — including unions, management, and various state agencies — aim to help change the narrative unfolding in the industry. They gathered earlier this month in Lansing to mark Construction Suicide Prevention Week and highlight a series of efforts to support mental health awareness in the workplace.

Sean Egan, deputy director of labor in the state Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, explained how the industry raises awareness and emphasizes the protection and support of construction workers.

“As we looked at the data at our Workplace Mental Health Task Force this spring, it’s really striking how out of step, so to speak, construction is compared to other industries” , Egan said, also citing the high concentration of men in the industry. workers.

“You see over 90% of workers are male and probably 85% of them are white males, and that’s a population that’s less likely to ask for help, and males are much more likely than women to commit suicide,” he said. .

Egan is calling for a “culture shift” within the industry to better support people struggling with mental health issues.

“We’re trying… not just to tackle the stigma certainly among the ranks of management and employers, but with the ranks of workers to recognize that it’s OK to not be OK,” he said.

While some may attribute the problem as a side effect of the current busy pace of the construction industry, Egan said data shows that suicide rates have increased “from the early 2000s to the mid-2000s, and it continues to climb in this particular industry. ”

Additionally, the data also demonstrates that employers need to take steps to support the mental health of their employees.

“Employers have an important role to play. It’s where we spend most of our time when we’re awake as adults and it’s a great point of intervention and a great place to be more supportive,” Egan said.

Warning signs, prevention tips

Evonne Edwards, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director of Ambulatory and Recovery Services at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Servicesstated that workers with mental disorders may display various warning signs.

“Some of those major warning signs that we look for are suicidal threats and statements,” Edwards said.

Edwards added that previous suicide attempts, previous self-harm and increased alcohol or drug use are other key indicators.

“Nearly 20% – or one and five – construction industry employees reported heavy drinking in the past month and about 12% reported drug use in the past month,” she said. “These are concerning, but also huge risk factors for suicide. Especially if you see this increasing and combining with other risk factors, it becomes a warning sign.

On the prevention side, Edwards said employers — especially during peak seasons — can encourage work-life balance for their employees. This includes promoting vacation and recovery days or providing coaching or financial planning.

“A lot of times construction workers can do very well financially during the summer or peak seasons and then experience those periods of underemployment,” she said. “Planning ahead to try to prevent some of that debt or risk of financial insecurity during those times of underemployment can help.”

Edwards added that communicating with friends and family during times of underemployment can help promote self-esteem and reduce risk.

For employers: “You don’t have to have the perfect words, the key is to try to ask open-ended questions. Ask directly: “Have you thought about not wanting to live or have you thought about wanting to kill yourself?” did she say. “Create an opportunity where they could admit that without it being seen as a negative thing and continue that conversation, and then stay with the person, helping them connect to help them.”

‘Talk about it’

Edwards said employee assistance programs (EAPs) are helpful options, especially for construction workers. The Question, Persuader, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training teaches employers, workers and team leaders how to ask the right questions while learning more about warning signs and what they can do to help. generally.

“There are many different options, Pine Rest has done a lot of work with all kinds of different industries, including resources to help balance some of these financial and other stressors, as well as direct mental health care” , she said.

Speaking during Construction Suicide Prevention Week, Leek also highlighted the warning signs employers should watch for in their employees.

Leek’s top three warning indicators include reductions in worker labor productivity as well as an increase in co-worker conflict.

Overall, however, Leek sees great value in maintaining communication.

“You want them to be able to talk about it – don’t suffer in silence,” he said.

Additional resources for employers to promote mental health in the workplace can be found here:

  • Suicide hotlines: Text “HELLO” to 741741
  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

  • Benice by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan: a corporate mental health and suicide prevention program that can be a useful tool for improving workplace culture, improving employee engagement, and supporting prevention efforts of suicide. https://www.benice.org/our-programs/business
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I-Construct Roadshow: building networks and developing opportunities https://twostringers.com/i-construct-roadshow-building-networks-and-developing-opportunities/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 05:50:26 +0000 https://twostringers.com/i-construct-roadshow-building-networks-and-developing-opportunities/

SPONSORED CONTENT – I-Construct

Since its inception, I-Construct has helped over 300 members of the Southeast construction industry access the connections, mentorship and financial support needed to meet industry challenges and grow sustainably. In autumn 2022, I-Construct is providing opportunities for its members through a series of roadshows in Kent, Essex and East Sussex, where it will also promote the next phase of its support – a new supply chain collaboration platform.

Supply Chain Collaboration Platform

I-Construct will discuss its new supply chain collaboration platform, which will help companies develop local and regional supply chains around large construction projects. By creating and maintaining their information on the platform, members can, in one place, easily keep up to date with business development opportunities. The platform will also be used by major projects themselves, as well as Tier 1 and Tier 2 developers and contractors, to build relationships with local vendors.

Companies in the construction supply chain need to understand their customers, the procurement processes they use, key criteria for awarding contracts, and other companies or industries they may need to collaborate with. From the customer’s perspective, working with local suppliers on these projects is essential as it creates local jobs, provides better value and adds to the overall social and environmental benefits of any investment. The new I-Construct supply chain collaboration platform aims to directly strengthen and grow these critical local and regional supply chains in Kent, Essex and East Sussex.

In-person roadshows in Kent and Essex

The I-Construct Roadshows are a series of four unique events taking place in Kent, Essex and East Sussex from September to November, with the aim of helping construction industry professionals gain better access to market, get involved in major projects, connect to the supply chain and develop their business networks. The tours will also include speakers from leading entrepreneurs, who will discuss the most pressing issues in the sector, as well as current opportunities in Kent, Essex and East Sussex.

The series’ first roadshow took place on September 21 in Maidstone, Kent, with subsequent events scheduled for September 28 in Braintree, October 19 in Orsett and November 9 in Tunbridge Wells. Interested parties can register for the event free of charge on the I-Construct website: https://i-construct.org.uk/

Building resilient businesses through the I-Construct network

I-Construct’s mission is to unite like-minded businesses and client organizations into an active, forward-thinking community. The I-Construct network works both online and offline, helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to:

  • Win new contracts by connecting them with major projects, customer groups and potential supply chain partners
  • Improve their competitiveness and their readiness for purchases
  • Evolve their businesses through technology and innovation
  • Set aside time and space for business development strategy and planning.

Anita Thornberry, Executive Director of the Haven Gateway Partnership, said:

“We are delighted with the positive effect our road shows will have on SMEs and the supply chain in Kent and Essex. In addition to providing an opportunity to build face-to-face relationships, we will raise awareness of our new supply chain collaboration platform, and I encourage any company or individual wishing to get involved in major projects in Kent, Essex and East Sussex to attend free events, sign up for I-Construct and stay informed.

To be involved

I-Construct is currently free to join – the program is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) until the end of the year. Fill out our form and we will contact you to confirm your membership: www.i-construct.org.uk/#involved

Questions? Let us know and we’ll be happy to help: i-construct@haven-gateway.org

Information about I-Construc

I-Construct is led by Haven Gateway Partnership and carried out with support from project partners Braintree District Council, BRE (Building Research Establishment), Colchester Institute and Daedalus Environmental. It is partly funded by the ERDF, with matching funding for the Innovation Hub provided by Braintree District Council.

The project is receiving up to £3,702,311 in funding from England’s ERDF program under the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Program (2014-2020). The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and, in London, the intermediary body, the Greater London Authority) is the managing authority for ERDF.

Created by the EU, the ERDF helps local territories stimulate their economic development by investing in projects that will support innovation, businesses, and create jobs and the regeneration of local communities. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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Life sciences and construction: will the repurposing meet the demand for new laboratory space? https://twostringers.com/life-sciences-and-construction-will-the-repurposing-meet-the-demand-for-new-laboratory-space/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:31:43 +0000 https://twostringers.com/life-sciences-and-construction-will-the-repurposing-meet-the-demand-for-new-laboratory-space/

The UK government is pushing the life sciences forward and this has huge potential to lead the charge in the upgrading campaign. During her campaign to become PM, Liz Truss tweeted:

“Life sciences are at the heart of my vision to build a country ready for the future”

The surge in demand for new drugs, especially in the last 12 months, is driving the demand for science hubs and suitable laboratory space. This, in turn, puts pressure on the ability of the construction industry to deliver new construction.

Developers are going to have to think outside the box. Could the repurposing of offices, warehouses and other types of buildings be a solution?

Reasons to reuse

Time

At the heart of the problem is the need to quickly deliver these spaces. The renovation of an existing building should result in significant gains in the program, compared to demolition and new construction.

Cost

Renovating an existing building can be less expensive than tearing it down and rebuilding it. Existing connections for transportation and utilities (water, sewer, etc.) should result in lower infrastructure costs for construction.

Border landfill space

Reusing existing buildings, including long-lived elements such as concrete and steel, will reduce emissions and waste.

Challenges

Developers want to market “laboratory-ready” spaces. To do this, they need versatile and flexible spaces that not only take into account life sciences “must haves”, but also the need for office space, for flexible use according to market needs.

Modifications required for flexible use, such as floor-to-floor heights, ESG requirements, noise and risk management, and adaptable building cores can be costly. We see developers in the United States rather turning to “big box” spaces which are easier to adapt and therefore sell. As an example, a UK project known as ‘The Works’ started life as an old industrial shed that once housed a body repair shop. NBBJ has transformed into a flexible R&D work environment outside of Cambridge, creating 63,000 square feet of flexible office/lab space.

It’s only a matter of time before this ‘big box’ trend we’re seeing in the US spills over to the UK; drive growth both in the typical life sciences corridor and in other locations, with buildings better suited for repurposing.

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The coveted ‘The Real Woman Awards’, given to brave women in the male-dominated construction industry! https://twostringers.com/the-coveted-the-real-woman-awards-given-to-brave-women-in-the-male-dominated-construction-industry/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:07:04 +0000 https://twostringers.com/the-coveted-the-real-woman-awards-given-to-brave-women-in-the-male-dominated-construction-industry/

Hyderabad, September 2022: The 4th edition of the coveted “Real Woman Awards”, A celebration of women in the construction industry breaking the glass ceiling in one of the last male strongholds was held at the Radisson Blu today. The Real Woman Awards recognized and congratulated female entrepreneurs in the construction industry, a field few women venture into, for their outstanding contribution in a sparkling ceremony. The previous three editions held in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad have seen women of excellence in the construction industry rewarded.

The grand evening gala show with lots of glitz and glamor was hosted by Bollywood and TV actor Aman Verma. Guests of honor Dinesh Aggarwal, JT. Managing Director, Panasonic India; Actor Sai Ketan Rao from Pellikuturu Party and Star Plus Mehndi Hai TV Series Rachelne Waali; renowned architect, interior designer and urban planner and chairman, ARK Reza Kabul Architects, Ar. Reza Kabul; Aditya Gowra, Founder and Director, Gowra Ventures Pvt. ltd. ; Ar.Aparna Bidarkar, Principal Architect, Hue Designs and Principal Partner Architecture & Design Office; Dr Sugandha Singh, professor and dean, R&D, and FD, HITAM; Ravi Kiran, Founder, Form Studio and Nihar Chheda, Vice President of Strategy, Prince Pipes; honored the occasion.

Panasonic has been a strong supporter and title sponsor of this initiative throughout its journey. The event was also supported by industry giants such as Prince Pipes Ltd, Lutron, Ravel Electronics, Kitech, etc.

The award winners in the different categories were Ratna Kalluri, Sustainable Spaces; Mavita SinghalArchitect – Residential projects; Sangittha Segu, Farmhouses – Developer; Sucharita Vasista, Water systems; Rachitha Modupalli, Interior design – Home interior; Rukmini Vedantam, structural audit; Vasundara Parthasarathy, HVAC and R solutions; Dr. Sridevi Rao, Landscape architect; Dr. Saadeepani Vajje, Green building consultant; Vijayadurga Koppisetti, BIM services and simulation; Sivaranjani B, digital solutions; Rishika R, Landscaper; Meera Matampally, Heritage architecture; Mena Shah, Interior products; Meena Murugappan, ecohabitats; Leena Chowdary, Architect – Commercial projects; Lalithavani R, EPC projects; Keerthi Masna, engineering training; Juhi Jaiswal, Design and construction projects; Divya Gulechha, Interior Designer – International Projects; Avantika Agarwal, Interior designer – Design of offices and Ashmi Shah, IInterior designer – Residential bungalow.

Women in the construction industry are a rare breed, and very few prefer to venture into this field. But those who made an inroad, this tiny section of women, did so with enormous courage and determination. They have embraced the working atmosphere, which is not often favorable to women, but their determination to overcome adverse and hostile circumstances, stay ahead and excel makes them superwomen and they deserve to be recognized, says Sheetal Bhilkarco-founder of The Real Woman Community and director, Urja Building Services Pvt., Ltd. It actually took years and countless rejections for me to be accepted as a woman on the site and I’m sure a lot of women here would have gone through similar situations. Sharing some statistics from India’s second largest industry, the construction industry which is of great concern, the current workforce in the industry is 53.7 million, of which 5.15 million is nearly 9.6% of women and 97% of them are occasional workers. , that is, only 1% to 2% hold managerial positions and only 1.4% in technical positions. That’s when I decided to put the existing women in the industry in the spotlight and that way I can motivate and inspire more young women to enter the industry. This thought process led me to institute the Real Women Awards with Vijay Dalwani, Director, Harmony Events and Talent. In addition to the Awards, we have created a community of women entrepreneurs, which meets monthly, where we network, share knowledge and support each other, and with today’s winners, we are a hundred members in the group . We will take this award nationally and build a community of women entrepreneurs in the construction industry.

Ar. Reza Kabul, who has been part of the awards since its inception said: I was excited about this initiative as an award recognizing women in the construction industry is commendable as this is a men’s industry, appreciating women of the industry will encourage and inspire more to join this. My opinion of the women in the industry is that they are smart and more dedicated than the men in the industry, they go the extra mile.

Ar.Aparna Bidarkar said it was a great and worthy initiative for women in the construction industry. May this tribe of women grow, because they do whatever it takes at home and continue it in their trades, doubling everything, which is huge.

Dinesh Aggarwal says that we have been part of this award since the first edition. The reason for this support is that these awards are unique, recognizing women in the construction industry. We are happy that it grows from year to year and we are delighted. To share some statistics, 47% of the workforce in the United States are women, but only 8% are in the construction industry. Women bring a new perspective to the construction industry, they excel in project management as they can multi-task. In the top 100 construction companies today, 44% of women hold management positions, but only 3% are involved in actual construction jobs. The challenges are still gender bias, although this is changing with many women taking civil engineering courses, compared to none in the past. Technology has brought change with many things that could be done off-site today, allowing for the flexibility needed for women to operate. Panasonic has always strived to build the cities of tomorrow, enrich people’s lives and advance society. Panasonic is a $57 billion group with multiple companies.

Aditya Gowra says that women are known for their consistency and the quality of women can make a huge difference in any industry and especially in the construction industry. We can help winners here on behalf of CREDAI, by connecting them with developers.

Mukesh Jaitley said the focus in selecting these winners was on the amount of pain and effort a woman has gone to to be where she is today and that this will inspire other women to excel.

Aman Verma said, the women honored here are exceptional for the type of work they have done, each of them a trailblazer in the truest sense and an inspiration to generations to come.

Sai Ketan Rao said that I felt honored to be part of this event which pays tribute to these valiant women who have made enormous contributions to society. Despite the challenges these women face at home and in the profession, they could excel in their chosen field. My latest film Pellikuturu Party had an overwhelming response and great reviews. I have a few Bollywood and Tollywood projects lined up, sorting out dates, and will start filming shortly.

The twenty-two winners were selected from the huge response received. An experienced jury composed Lakshmi Govekarpartner and lead architect, Skyline Architects, Mumbai, and Mukesh Jaitley, COO, Kolte Patil Developers Ltd., selected these winners after careful consideration of each nominee for the various categories, the most eligible of them won the prizes today.

This initiative is conceptualized and executed by Vijay Dalwani, co-founder of The Real Woman Community.

For more information, please visit www.realwoman.in

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Collaborative payment management systems boost productivity and reduce risk https://twostringers.com/collaborative-payment-management-systems-boost-productivity-and-reduce-risk/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 05:14:25 +0000 https://twostringers.com/collaborative-payment-management-systems-boost-productivity-and-reduce-risk/

As construction sites continue to integrate advanced technologies to help crews complete projects in a safer and easier way, it just makes sense to further modernize the payment process as well.

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As the digitalization of the construction industry accelerates and evolves, general contractors have made great strides in on-site innovation, with technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), reality and autonomous vehicles bringing new benefits. At the same time, many have overlooked the substantial productivity gains they could achieve by paying the same attention to back-office processes. To save time and money in all facets of their business, organizations need to think holistically about their digital transformation, including an area often still mired in manual and disconnected processes.Payments.

How much easier would your project administration be if you could replace the traditional payment process with one that simplifies and standardizes critical processes? A solution that improves efficiency and control for all stakeholders in the management of billing, payments and compliance? A solution that could ultimately reduce your risk as a general contractor, owner or subcontractor, while freeing up time for teams to focus on activities that are more beneficial to your business?

A collaborative payment management solution not only helps manage payment and invoicing processes between project participants, but it can also forge better, longer-lasting partnerships in the industry by ensuring everyone is paid fairly and on time. time. Such technology can streamline the payment process for construction companies of all sizes by managing payment due dates and associated actions, as well as improving accuracy. It also eliminates inefficiencies and reduces a host of risks, including human error, improper payments, and liens that prevent a project’s clean handover to owner.

Other opportunities for success

In addition to strengthening relationships and eliminating inefficiencies, automated payment solutions can also help businesses eliminate manual steps and calculation errors by automatically generating accurate billing documents related to value schedules, for example. Additionally, they can help companies centralize the tracking of compliance and lien waiver management, in addition to other important documents and reports, streamlining these crucial tasks and preventing other safeguards against risks for all stakeholders.

Automated payment solutions also allow team members to collaborate within a shared environment. With all parties using the same collaboration platform, owners, general contractors, and subcontractors all need visibility into payment compliance and status. As a result, they can anticipate and collaboratively resolve potential issues before they become pressing issues.

The automation and simplification that comes from using a modern payment processing solution helps increase productivity and reduce errors. Additionally, companies can implement a standardized cloud-based system for financial processes through their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting system to give a a complete view of their partners’ activity via support reports, dashboards and analytics. This enables businesses to capture and analyze payment data across their business, providing a more strategic approach current state of affairs and help answer the questions asked when and how they wish.

Overall, these modern approaches to payment solutions can help mitigate financial, legal, or reputational risk, while improving cash flow. Ultimately, this improved cash flow also allows organizations to more predictably meet payroll, hire, and invest in their business.

As construction sites continue to integrate advanced technologies to help crews complete projects in a safer and easier way, it just makes sense to further modernize the payment process as well. It can offer all stakeholders peace of mind by helping to put an end to those tedious office tasks that are already being eliminated with advanced technology on the jobsite.

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Use technology to mitigate risk and avoid litigation https://twostringers.com/use-technology-to-mitigate-risk-and-avoid-litigation/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 05:27:49 +0000 https://twostringers.com/use-technology-to-mitigate-risk-and-avoid-litigation/

Industry-specific software allows field teams to carefully record project progress and increases visibility for the management team, reducing conflicts and rework. However, not all technologies are created equally.

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When it comes to risk management, modern construction companies have many useful tools at their disposal. Digital solutions for daily reporting and documentation help contractors keep job sites safer and more productive than ever.

Industry-specific software allows field teams to carefully record project progress and increases visibility for the management team, reducing conflicts and rework. However, not all technologies are created equally.

It’s important for construction companies to carefully consider their options and invest in digital tools that protect them from litigation while making the reporting process simple and efficient for the whole team.

How does digital reporting improve visibility?

Even today, a significant number of construction companies use pen-and-paper reports or basic spreadsheets to track work done in the field. Most contractors find it difficult to perform day-to-day reporting tasks when these traditional methods are used because manually capturing, recording, and sharing data takes up significant and valuable labor time.

Managers then spend hours trying to track down the information they need to properly monitor schedules, budgets, and security issues, before they can analyze it and organize reports for partners and customers. Not only do these hurdles make the reporting process too long, but handwritten reports are also unreliable. They can easily be misinterpreted, and sometimes these miscommunications lead to costly mistakes.

Digital reporting simplifies the data collection process, standardizes report formats and streamlines communication. Using the right software helps contractors in the field consistently deliver detailed progress updates and share them in real time, in a way that is easy for office stakeholders to digest. They get increased visibility into daily progress and can better understand what is happening on site. They can also share this information with customers to build trust and better manage expectations.

Which digital reporting features are important?

Before investing in new software, construction companies need to consider several factors.

Ease of use

To best mitigate risk, a digital reporting solution must be easy to adopt. If field teams can’t intuitively understand the interface or the report information is poorly organized, it won’t save time on pen and paper.

Field crews need to be able to capture field data using their favorite mobile devices. The software should offer report templates and checklists that help contractors deliver accurate details quickly with little oversight. Then, once the report data is submitted, managers should be able to view it at a glance and automatically organize the information into different views that help them track production at a granular level.

Real-time reports

Technology is used every day to share information instantly. A digital reporting solution should have the same capabilities. With cloud storage, report data can be shared in real time, so all stakeholders with access can see updates in the field as they are uploaded.

This up-to-date visibility means everyone is kept in the loop and minor quality, safety and scheduling issues can be caught immediately before they escalate into long-term issues.

Photo capabilities

Photos and videos show the construction site in more detail than the text. Sometimes issues that would be missed in written reports are easily noticed and corrected when there is visual documentation. This is especially important when project managers cannot physically oversee all aspects of a complex construction project.

Digital reporting software that allows for easy photo and video capture, especially when automatic time stamps are included, protects construction companies from litigation not only because of the increased visibility they provide. They can also help resolve disputes, as a photo or video can take the guesswork out of identifying the exact cause of a delay or the timeline of accidental damage.

Historical review

Digital reports should be stored in organized libraries that are easier to navigate than physical filing cabinets. When information in a particular report needs to be located to quickly resolve a dispute, construction companies need to be able to search and find it with little manual effort.

Organized report storage also helps construction companies bid better. They can easily view data from historical reports and make accurate decisions about budget and schedules.

Messaging features

Some digital reporting software allows in-system messaging, which means contractors won’t have to open separate emails or text messages to read important security information. Construction companies can notify field workers directly in the system they are working in if there is an occupational hazard or environmental concern that will affect their daily tasks.

Will digital reporting prevent litigation?

While no solution can completely eliminate project risk, for most construction companies, digital reporting helps prevent disputes much better than traditional reporting methods. In addition to risk mitigation, digital reporting saves time and money by giving stakeholders a highly accurate view of day-to-day progress and productivity.

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The construction group launches a national BIM program https://twostringers.com/the-construction-group-launches-a-national-bim-program/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:39:57 +0000 https://twostringers.com/the-construction-group-launches-a-national-bim-program/

Diving brief:

  • The National Institute of Building Sciences is targeting the stubborn productivity problem in construction with an initiative to bring more digitization into the construction process.
  • The U.S. National Building Information Management Program aims to create a BIM standard throughout the design, construction, and operation lifecycle in the built environment, NIBS said in a statement.
  • Led by industry vet Johnny Fortune, who joined NIBS as National BIM Program Director in June, the program recently hosted a second roundtable to present its launch and implementation plan, including a budget and steps to make the construction process more efficient, cheaper and safer over the next five years.

Overview of the dive:

Unlike other sectors like manufacturing, the construction industry has not made significant productivity gains through the implementation of technology. Indeed, construction has averaged just 1% productivity growth over the past 20 years, according to the NIBS statement.

The BIM process first virtually constructs a structure in a digital environment, putting every steel beam, floor slab and window in place to work on all aspects of the construction before completing it in the real world.

While the United States has been a global leader in the development and implementation of BIM applications, the transition to full industry adoption has been slow. The goal of the NIBS BIM program is to accelerate this process.

“The U.S. National BIM Program will be successful through collaboration between the public and private sectors and through the diversity of project stakeholders, i.e. owners, designers, builders, suppliers, vendors and other parties involved,” said Stephen T. Ayers, interim CEO of NIBS. , in the press release.

NIBS started on planning process for the US National BIM Program last year, with the aim of eventually achieving a new level of industrial efficiency through digitalization. The program is the result of the work of the NIBS BIM Council, which focuses on the requirements of US building owners to document best practices and provide guidance on adopting digital technology to increase productivity and performance.

The non-profit, non-governmental organization said the BIM program will help industry by accelerating supply chain efficiency, providing predictable processes, improving project outcomes, driving efficiency and by promoting innovation, according to NIBS.

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