On-Site – Fall 2020

The Fall issue of the On-Site is out and full of great information! Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the Fall issue… Year-end tax planning: Depreciation deductions remain viable Enhancing preconstruction to protect workers and the bottom line Now’s a good time to re-evaluate employee benefits 4 ways construction teams can work […]

Industry Trends: Megaprojects are on the Rise

They’re big, and they’re big business. Megaprojects — large-scale and often high-profile construction projects that cost $1 billion or more — are taking the industry by storm. When compared with “standard” projects, megaprojects are a different animal. They have ambitious objectives, lengthy lead times, amplified complexity and intense stakeholder involvement. Consequently, they come with bigger […]

A SURGICAL APPROACH: Sharpen Your Project Accounting with Activity-Based Costing

Activity-based costing is an accounting methodology that identifies activities and assigns a cost to each one based on resources consumed. It’s often associated with manufacturing but can be applied to construction as well. Many contractors are pleasantly surprised by the results of activity-based costing in comparison with more traditional job-costing methods, which typically rely on […]

Is Risk Management Software A Worthy Investment?

“My construction company recently underwent an audit by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Among the most important findings is that our safety and insurance documentation is inadequately organized. While researching the matter, I learned that there’s software available to help businesses with this problem. But is it a worthy investment, or would I […]

Tips on managing and reducing payroll costs

Every construction company must pay its employees, so some payroll costs are unavoidable. But precisely how you should go about paying your employees can change over time. What made sense a few years ago may not be as logical or efficient now. Let’s look at some ways contractors can streamline payroll tasks to keep costs […]

Project management solutions may lie in the cloud

A good project manager knows communication is key to delivering a job on time and within budget. When team members can’t easily obtain project data, the result is often wasted time as they track down that information or, worse, duplicate efforts. Meanwhile, profit-eating costs mount and schedule overruns can occur. Many top-level construction companies are […]

Learn the ABCs of activity-based costing

Your latest project might be running on budget, but how can you determine whether your work in progress is really boosting profits or hurting the bottom line? Or, if a job is exceeding forecasted costs, how do you break it down to identify the problem? Many construction companies have addressed such issues by measuring the […]

Whipping up more profitable jobs with WIP reports

Jobsites generate many things — dust, rubble, scrap metal. But they also generate a lot of information. And extracting the right financial data from an ongoing project in an accurate, timely and easily digestible manner is critical to maintaining that job’s profitability and avoiding losses. Depending on the size and nature of your construction company, […]

Using your financial statements to recalibrate your estimates

Offering a fair price for quality workmanship lies at the heart of every contractor’s long-term success. Finding this critical balance begins with the estimating process. Over time, however, even the most sound approach to estimating can slip a little bit and require recalibration. The good news is that the tools for the job lie right […]

The challenge of quantifying lost productivity damages

Stick around the construction business long enough and it will happen to you. Maybe it already has. We’re referring to the unfortunate circumstance of, through no fault of your own, a project getting severely disrupted. In such cases, you might eventually need to file a claim in court against the owner for lost productivity damages. […]