Article written by Connor Butler
One of the keys to successful construction projects is creating reliable work flow. This is why the lean construction community pushes the Last Planner System. Often teams go through the motions without really understanding the reasons why, or they simply comply and halfheartedly implement something because someone has told them to.
There is a great example of how reliable work flow helps performance at a beach near you this summer… Paddle Ball. Paddle ball is played on the beach between two (or more) players that use paddles to hit the ball back and forth between each other. Success in paddle ball is not about being super nimble, making diving catches or hitting the ball extra hard (or soft). The secret to good paddle ball is to return the ball in the exact same place every time. I once saw an amazing demonstration of paddle ball skills by an elderly women on the beach in Tel Aviv. She arrived in a wheel chair and her family helped her into the sand and onto a stool. She proceeded to put on a CLINIC in paddle ball. She had a good partner who delivered the ball in almost the same place every single return in almost the exact same spot, allowing her to return the ball without moving her feet. Read More
Article by Daviane Cruz and Connor Butler
Published in My Tech Mag
Construction is an engine for growth in economy. Construction spending accounts for about 3.5% of the US GDP but the overall impact to the economy is much bigger as companies rely on construction spending to add capital assets that drive economic growth.
Unfortunately, construction productivity has been stuck for over 50 years. Technology has a role to play in fixing this problem.
We believe Blockchain can be a catalyst for improvement in construction by enhancing transparency, lowering transaction costs, improving supply chain management and reducing fraud. Because it is a completely new technology, the industry can build a new delivery model around it versus the old way of bolting on technology to existing business processes. Read More
Article by Zac Drzayich, Client Lead
I realize it’s a pretty stock approach, but I admit that when I’m given a topic to discuss, I often start with the bare bones, the fundamentals, the common starting point of a topic. So for this article, I naturally began with an early nineties hip hop sensation – Robert Matthew Van Winkle.
What? You don’t think the artist more commonly known as Vanilla Ice is the appropriate way to start a piece about collaboration? Not so fast, friend. My guess is you’ve already started singing Ice Ice Baby in your mind, but in case you haven’t, here’s a little refresher of just the first line:
“All right STOP. Collaborate and listen….” Read More