Trane Launches VRF Controls

Trane® – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT) – has announced that its best-in-class Tracer® SC+ controls platform now integrates with the Trane® / Mitsubishi Electric N- Generation CITY MULTI® variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology. The intuitive, online user interface allows for quick setup and provides ultimate comfort, flexibility and efficiency for commercial buildings. With this new integration, Trane is uniquely positioned to offer a complete VRF system solution that engineers, contractors and business owners can rely on for years to come.

When integrated into an effective VRF system, Tracer SC+ provides visibility into controls that increases workload and energy efficiencies. Unlike other VRF control solutions, Tracer SC+ allows facility managers to securely monitor and manage multiple buildings and tenants from virtually anywhere, and it is scalable to complex, larger buildings. Tracer SC+ can help reach comfort and sustainability goals by using data- driven operations, cloud analytics and integrated zone control to optimize buildings.

“Trane couldn’t be more excited to release the integration of our Tracer SC+ with our Trane / Mitsubishi Electric VRF technology,” said Dave Molin, vice president of controls at Trane Technologies. “Now, end users can experience the benefits of improved comfort, increased energy efficiency and the ability to seamlessly manage an entire facility. Whether you have a single building or a number of facilities, the Tracer SC+ and VRF systems integration will help you maximize the comfort and sustainability goals established for any commercial building project.”

Trane’s industry-leading expertise means that Tracer SC+ has been successfully installed on tens of thousands of projects. Contractors, engineers and building owners can depend on Trane to provide unparalleled service, installation experience and custom designs to support a variety of commercial building projects.

Visit www.trane.com/vrf to learn more about the Tracer SC+ and VRF solutions.

About Trane

Trane – by Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator – creates comfortable, energy efficient indoor environments for commercial and residential applications. For more information, please visit www.trane.com or www.tranetechnologies.com.

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Guest Blogging 2020: 4 Strategies That Really Work

Search Engine Optimization or SEO for short is a tool that is utilized by many websites to help gain traction and traffic necessary for success in the online world. Especially with the current pandemic, people are looking to stay in their houses as much as possible, while still looking for important services and businesses to carry out their day.

Because of this, online marketplaces have seen a boom in the number of products online, along with the number of websites that are created. There are millions of websites on the internet and if you are just creating one today, it will easily be lost among the numbers and never found by anyone. Not only that but if you are just starting your website, there is a strong chance that it is not ranked either.

What does it mean to be ranked? Being ranked means that you are appearing in a search engine query and can be discovered by people using the internet. If your website has a low ranking, it will appear deep very far back in a search. On the other side, if your website has an extremely high ranking, you will show up much sooner. How can you boost your ranking you might ask?

This is where guest posting and other SEO strategies come into play. These are specifically designed to increase the authority and ranking of your website, helping it get discovered that much sooner. With any business, time is of the essence, and you will quickly lose money if you have no customers. Here are several strategies that work in helping boost your ranking and getting you the traffic that you need.

Guest Posting

Guest posting is one of the most common and easiest methods to employ when it comes to search engine optimization. To put it simply, guest posting is when you write content or articles for another website. How does this get you web traffic?

By sticking in backlinks over to your website, you can generate traffic and boost your rankings. However, it can be tough to run your own business and website and worry about creating content for it on other sites as well. This is where a good guest blogging services can come in handy. These services will help to create content for you and post it onto other websites. This will help it gain the attention it needs without you having to slave over the amount of work.

It is important to utilize high-quality websites when guest posting. If the site that you are using is a low authority site, all the content that you are posting will do almost nothing towards helping your website. At the same time, high ranking websites might not let you stick your links onto them, or they will charge a significant amount for them.

Therefore, try to find a balance that works for where you and your company are at that also falls within your budget. By doing this you will guarantee the most effective increase in ranking for your website through guest posting. Use guest posting services and guest posts to help increase your ranking in 2020.

Interactive Content

Moving over to your website, one of the things search engines use to determine your ranking is the amount of time that people spend on your website. By having them on your site for a long time, you can greatly increase your tanking and authority. How can you get people to stay on your site for a long time?

Through the use of interactive content, you can keep the user’s attention on your site. They will want to explore everything within sight and learn what they can. The more professional it looks, the more likely they are to stay on it as well. By using interactive content and professional design, you can help boost your ranking and increase web traffic.

Social Media Marketing

Another great strategy to employ when looking to boost your website is employing marketing on social media. Social media has taken over society with millions using it each day, addicted to every ounce of it. If you can create a popular ad on a platform, you will greatly increase the authority of your website.

When it comes to creating a successful social media ad, you have to look at your audience and what you are looking to advertise. Social media is mostly used by young adults and teenagers, therefore the ad should be structured in a way that appeals to them and their tastes. Failure to do so will result in you wasting money. Social media marketing is another tested and true strategy that works.

Niche Market Choices

Finally, look into working in a niche market that you can build. If you pick an overly saturated market or a market that is too broad, you will be buried beneath all of the other companies. By picking a niche market, you can establish a foothold in that area.

Guest posts can also be used here as the websites you guest post on must be relevant to your own. If you are a company looking to sell fishing rods, guest posting on a website talking about fishing is a great way to get the most out of your niche market. If you want to make sure your guest blogging is going well, ensure that it is directed into your niche market.

With all of these strategies, you should be able to create a successful business and website generating plenty of traffic. Remember that building a full website does take time, and while these will help generate traffic, it will take months if not several years to become a large website.

Constantly look to make changes to your business model and do not be afraid to change strategies or employ different tools to get what you need out of your business. Don’t forget to create relationships within your market as well, as these can help you out in the beginning. How do you plan on getting your website the recognition it needs?

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Greensboro Shopping Center Renovation Reboot

Alliance Commercial Property Management (ACPM) Senior Vice President Gina Hensley, RPA, CPM, CCIM today announced major renovations to the popular West Market Shopping Center in Greensboro, N.C.

The Food Lion anchored shopping destination at 4653 W. Market Street offers 46,567 square feet of large and small shop space availability ranging from 18,200 to 1,575 square feet.

“The renovation is designed to add modern elements and lifestyle features that will help West Market thrive as a destination for the next generations of shoppers,” noted Hensley. “The project will include upgrades to the center’s exterior and new tenants.”

Sitting on 27 acres and close to I-40 with high visibility at a signalized intersection West Market Shopping Center is surrounded by residential communities, apartments and in a busy retail corridor including Planet Fitness, national banks, and restaurants.

The renovation team includes ACPM, Cindy Rosasco from Brown Investment Properties as the leasing agent, Efrid Sutphin handled the design and project management along with Miraje Reconstruction & Development

“The rehabilitation of the shopping center is going to be a great thing for the area,” said ACPM Executive Vice President Katie Poole. “The renovation illustrates an objective of comprehensively serving a vibrant array of retailers and consumers.”

Last renovated in 1985, the shopping center offers excellent parking for customers for current tenants that includes Roses Express, Cato and other local merchants in addition to a major anchor in Food Lion.

Alliance provides property management services for more than 50 properties and six million square feet across the Southeast. The diverse leasing and property management portfolio of office, industrial, and retail properties is located across North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern Virginia, and Eastern Georgia.  Alliance has offices in Greensboro and Charleston, S.C. and through its NAI partnerships in Savannah, Ga., Asheville, NC, Pawleys Island, SC, Richmond and Norfolk, Va.

For more information contact Gina Hensley at (336) 442-3333 or email gina@alliancecompanies.com.

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Visual Technology & Remote Site Inspections
Advances in technology could see  AI integrated with machine vision, where the output of high tech visual tools is analyzed by a learning AI system. This could be a highly effective way to improve the accuracy and safety of visual inspections in the future. Regular inspections of equipment and sites are essential, not only to ensure the smooth running of a business, but also to keep workers safe. However, when equipment is difficult to access or sites are contaminated, it’s important that workers safety is not put further at risk while undertaking these inspections. Until AI systems become more sophisticated, remote visual technology directed and monitored by humans provides a safe solution in these circumstances. From precision optics that monitor manufacturing equipment to commonly-used apps to  complete a virtual building inspection, technology can make the viewing and maintenance of hard to reach areas easier, safer and, in some cases, more effective.
Safe Remote Inspections
In some industrial settings, machinery is simply too small to be viewed without additional inspection tools. Through the use of flexible  industrial videoscopes, pipes, bores and very small cavities can be filmed with a medical grade camera, and the images viewed in real time on a remote screen. In this way, faults can be quickly identified and repaired, thus minimizing costly disruption to production lines. In addition to precision and flexibility, videoscopes can also be adapted to enable the  remote monitoring of contaminated equipment. In a nuclear power plant where many areas are off limits for safety reasons, videoscopes with longer insertion tubes can be inserted into radioactive pipes and maneuvered from a safe distance.
Autonomous Drone Inspections
Although industrial work sites have been slower to adapt to technological innovations, the importance of regular inspections in often hazardous areas has highlighted the  benefits of introducing autonomous inspection drones. Aerial drones offer a more extensive and detailed view of business assets, including easy and safe access to high buildings. In addition they can be fitted with heat vision cameras that use infrared thermography to detect heat loss, water ingress or electrical problems in infrastructure that would otherwise be difficult or dangerous to reach.
Virtual Building Inspections
Although the majority of construction work has been allowed to continue during recent months, the implementation of social distancing has meant delays in necessary inspections throughout the building process. An increasing number of local building departments are now allowing third party and Virtual Building Inspections (VBIs). According to a recent survey by the NAHB,  20% more municipalities are undertaking remote inspections with mobile apps such as Zoom and FaceTime. Alternatively, contractors can film building progress and send the video to inspectors for them to review.
The increasing use of visual technology in industry and construction inspection not only gives precise visual feedback, but also enables viewing of otherwise inaccessible sites and equipment. Building progress can be adequately assessed and certified while machinery repairs are identified promptly, all without compromising the health and safety of inspectors.
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Chicago’s Cook County Hospital transformed to Hyatt

Walsh Construction, one of the largest contractors in the City of Chicago and across the United States, has completed the historic rehabilitation of the 104-year-old Cook County Hospital building, converting the building into a dual branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, accompanied by the new Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall. The transformative project is the first phase and anchor for Harrison Square, a new micro-neighborhood that will add residential, office, retail and hotel space in the area immediately surrounding the former hospital within the Illinois Medical District. The project was directed by the Civic Health Development Group, a joint venture led by Chicago-based Murphy Development Group along with MB Real Estate, Walsh Investors and The Granite Cos. Inc.

The 345,000-square-foot old Cook County Hospital was decommissioned in 2002 and remained vacant for more than 15 years, disquieting preservationists, historians, and other concerned citizens that the magnificent Beaux Arts building was at risk of demolition. Those fears were relieved when it was officially announced in 2018 that the prominent medical institution would be given life once more.

The development converted the former hospital and medical college into a 210-room dual branded Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotel. The project also delivers medical office and retail spaces and the 10,000-square-foot Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, named in honor of the renowned surgeon, Dr. John Benjamin Murphy, who studied, practiced and taught within Cook County Hospital and the Illinois Medical District.

Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the project to incorporate features highlighting the building’s long history as one of the world’s top teaching hospitals and significant place in the history of Chicago as its first public hospital. The building also includes a museum that chronicles the hospital’s noteworthy contributions to the region and to the medical field.

“The old Cook County Hospital is rich in history, having served our community and nation for over a century, while at the same time being a fountain of medical research, innovation, and advancements,” said Dan Walsh, co-chairman of Walsh Construction. “The Walsh Group is proud to have played a leading role in saving and transforming this unique historic structure; and delivering a reborn building that welcomes visitors and economic revival to the Near West Side of Chicago for another 100 years.”

Restoring a Landmark

Walsh Construction began renovations at the top floor and proceeded to work down to ground level, crews removed all interior partitions, leaving a clear floor plate nearly 550 feet long and 70 feet wide. Once the floor plate was cleared, new composite decks were installed. The original terrazzo flooring was completely refurbished, and the intricate interior moldings were meticulously repaired to its original condition.

On the exterior of the building, masons labored to preserve, repair and recreate the historic $18 million façade, requiring more than 4,160 individual pieces of terra cotta to be repaired or duplicated by Gladding, McBean – one of only two terra cotta manufacturers in the United States.

Built for the Community, by the Community

Walsh Construction in partnership with Cook County Government, organized multiple MBE/WBE general trades outreach events to discuss the project and inform the local trade and subcontracting communities of the project’s employment opportunities.

“This project is based upon community revival and opportunity for the local workforce and the Near West Side community,” said Jeff Pezza, vice president at Walsh Construction. “A tremendous amount of gratitude must be given to our dedicated project team, and especially the elected officials, organizations and individuals like Larry Huggins from The Granite Companies who helped champion this project across Chicago.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr., Alderman Jason Ervin, Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer, Joe Williams from the Target Group and Rachel Ivy from Communities Empowered Through Construction played impactful roles in community participation and outreach.

Throughout the course of renovations, Walsh Construction sponsored two eight-week pre-apprenticeship programs, which allowed candidates to gain construction exposure and experience by participating in the old Cook County Hospital project. Pre-Apprentices shadowed management staff, superintendents. industry-based training was also made available, including flagging certification, fall protection, confined space and first aid. After completion of the program, the pre-apprentice candidates were hired directly into local trades.

“The reborn Cook County Hospital will further energize the Medical District and supplement the neighboring healthcare institutions,” said Tom Caplis, vice president of healthcare at Walsh Construction. “This building has been rejuvenated and will serve as a place of history, comfort and hospitality to all who visit.”

About Walsh Construction
Walsh Construction is a part of The Walsh Group, a 122-year-old family-owned company providing design, build, finance, operation and activation services throughout the building, transportation and water markets. Headquartered in Chicago, The Walsh Group operates as Walsh Construction, Archer Western and Walsh Canada across 20 regional offices and is consistently listed among the top U.S. contractors per Engineering News-Record (ENR). Connect with The Walsh Group at walshgroup.com; LinkedIn; Twitter; Facebook; and Instagram.

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Brand integration & facility development/construction

In the late 1940s, five civic-minded mothers in California’s Central Valley recognized the need for local pediatric care and formed a small but tenacious organization to help raise money. Three years later, a 42-bed hospital dedicated to pediatric care opened as Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. In the nearly 70 years since Valley Children’s Healthcare has grown to be one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the country serving Central Valley children and families across approximately 45,000 square miles. Vice President, Jessie Hudgins, has been with Valley Children’s Healthcare for some 23 years and understands the importance of building the organization’s image and attitude into everything they do.

“Being a pediatric healthcare provider, we are focused on helping children heal,” says Hudgins, who has been the Vice President of Construction for 12 years. He and a team of five project managers oversee design and construction services at the hospital and 28 supporting facilities stretching from Modesto to Bakersfield. “My role is to help translate Valley Children’s Healthcare’s commitment to children and their families into every aspect of the facilities we design, build, and maintain. That includes everything from child-sized accommodations that encourage play and distraction from aliments to ensuring we maximize return on investment through material durability and operational efficiency.”

Hudgins finds that engaging the Design-Build contracting methodology is one reliable key to success in completing approximately 100 facility improvement projects a year. In choosing a turn-key delivery solution, Hudgins concentrates the onus for design of each commission on the chosen contractor, while his team manages the big-picture expectations for execution and operations.

“Valley Children’s Healthcare is quite a large organization, with a lot of facilities and lots of active work going on concurrently,” he continues. “My team is committed to creating consistency in process, performance, and outcomes so the tangible results are reliably positive user experiences for the people we serve.”

Asked about the decision-making criteria connecting the choices his team makes in addressing the ever-advancing requirements of pediatric care, Hudgins is confidently concise.

“Performance is number one,” he shares. “How a material or product holds up over time, its ability to fight the spread of infection, cleanability, durability, ongoing maintenance, and lifecycle considerations shape our selections.”

Hudgins applies a similar sense of focus to selecting the design-build teams engaged to complete the robust annual work program required to maintain Valley Children’s presence on the leading edge of pediatric care. He typically solicits strong design-build contractors in Central California and draws on positive relationships with a dozen or so healthcare architects. Among them, Quiring General, LLC has become a trusted resource and recently completed a series of prominent projects entailing two new specialty care clinics of approximately 52,000 square feet each and revitalizing the landscape on the hospital’s main campus. Stevan Garcia has been Quiring’s project manager responsible for delivering each of the three commissions and shares Hudgin’s commitment to quality.

“Going beyond the sticks and bricks, we build what matters,” says Garcia of the firm, which was founded in 1947 and has become a Central Valley fixture in healthcare, senior living, and multi-family housing construction. “In the case of Valley Children’s Healthcare and many other local clients what matters most are the people and communities we serve.”

As a hands-on project leader, Garcia describes his role in the recent series of design-build projects for Valley Children’s Healthcare as soup-to-nuts. His participation stretches from early engagement with architects on design concepts through construction implementation and into warranty management. The integrated focus from start-to-finish gives Garcia an appreciation for the building process that goes well beyond what and deep into the why of every decision made.

“The time spent with the client and consultants before construction in a design-build delivery allows us to work through the finer points of every detail,” continues Garcia. “Understanding the staff, what they do, how they do it, and their workloads builds vital relationships that shape situation-specific solutions. Everyone in our community relies on Valley Children’s Healthcare when our children’s health is at stake when families are most vulnerable. They hold a special place in our hearts and it’s very easy to get behind their mission.”

Garcia reveals that Quiring’s commitment to meeting premium expectations extends to every facet of the work his team has done for Valley Children’s Healthcare. From the architecture and execution to site work and aesthetics, attention to detail makes a difference in the finished product. Scrutinizing materials and project partners is paramount to achieving premium performance.

“We’re very selective about who we invite into this family because we know Valley Children’s Healthcare expects that every decision is based on quality, safety, and performance.”

When it came to the hardscape scope for decorative concrete on the recent projects, Garcia and Quiring turned to Heritage Bomanite, a Central Valley concrete contractor that installs high-quality Bomanite products. Known as the first name in decorative and specialty concrete, Bomanite invigorated the market in the mid-1950s by inventing the process of stamping concrete. Today, Bomanite materials are installed by a select group of Licensed Contractors like Heritage Bomanite who apply local know-how to premium products to achieve excellence.

“The site work concrete scope on these projects called for a unique combination of materials and craftsmanship that isn’t easy to achieve,” says Garcia. “It was very important in the design process to determine an exact mix of aggregates, custom colors, and joint patterns to complement architectural aesthetics. Heritage Bomanite played a big part in getting it right.”

Through their sample development program, Heritage Bomanite helped Quiring and the design team select a completely customized concrete package that included two hues of grey, heavy-etched Sandscape concrete, and Bomanite Revealed glass exposed aggregate concrete. Used to add a whimsical flair and vibrant color to the exterior of each site, the blue glass used in Revealed exposed aggregate concrete was matched from the giraffe in the Valley Children’s Healthcare logo. The ability to create brand-centric decorative concrete solutions tailored to the specifics of site and architecture is only part of what distinguishes Bomanite contractors in Garcia’s mind.

“Heritage Bomanite has become a great partner to us, both at Valley Children’s Healthcare and beyond,” continues Garcia. “From the creativity in the sample selection program, the thoroughness of their estimates, and their meticulous installation process everything felt completely custom. Our client didn’t want standard grey broom-finished concrete. It’s great knowing that the Bomanite line of products can help our clients build their brand into virtually any decorative concrete solution they can imagine.”

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I don’t want to change!!!

A new high efficiency concrete has been developed.  Patent #10,494,300 was issued in Dec. 2019.  It generates much more strength, much less heat and no thermal cracking. In addition, it doesn’t burn the skin.

This is simply made possible by creating a reaction environment to enable more balanced reactions. The utilization of a new patent’s advanced chemistry and chemical processing techniques makes this possible. This low cost, approach is expected to ruffle some feathers in the construction industry.  Below is a simulated response and commentary from an industry veteran.

Voice of industry veteran Voice of inventor of CoolCure
I like things the way they are No one likes change
Seems too good to be true Many new technologies seem like magic or impossible at first
I don’t care, why should I change? To evolve, we need to continually improve
our techniques, efficiencies and profitability
We make plenty of money now As technologies advance, increased efficiencies
generate more profits along with more income for all
I’m happy with a 6 sack 4200 PSI product By using the new technology you can get 7,000 PSI
with a 6 sack mix.  This creates the potential for using
less portland, with this you would enable lower cost of pours.
Utilizing higher efficiency of reactions just make good
business sense.
I’m used to concrete burning me, I’m just Through utilization of the new technology, concern about skin burns
careful in handling is a thing of the past – CoolCure does not cause chemical burns
We don’t get much thermal cracking now, why should I change? With the new technology, you’ll get no thermal cracking or
curl as it doesn’t get hot.  A lot of money is spent on cooling
in mass pours…no longer required.  CoolCure is green.
No one wants green concrete Green means lower cost, smaller carbon footprint, better for the
environment – everyone should want it.
I can use slag or fly ash to reduce heat. Not always, many pours are scrapped & re-poured due to high heat.
Isn’t there a shortage now? As they’re not always available?
Epoxy works OK, I like filling the Well, it’s inefficient, time consuming and creates a fault line
cracks
I’m used to stepping on cannon balls CoolCure has no cannon balls as it fully wets-out the portland cement
via lower surface tension as a result of advanced chemistry processing.
No lumps or undissolved solids are the result.
I’m used to waiting for bleeding No waiting, no bleeding.  All of the formulated water is consumed
to make more CSH bonds. That’s why CoolCure is stronger.
Bleeding is no big deal. Well, actually it creates micropores that lets it salt & water.
In freeze thaw climates, this results in porosity that creates spallation.
This ultimately creates holes in concrete.
Now we use cooled aggregate and ice Why carry that expense?  Why not use new technology and be green?
to control heat
Ice, chillers, fly ash or slag usually works Not always, many pours have been, and continue to be replaced
Why not use something that always works?
What’s the downside? It’s slower to cure, in mass pours 3 days
WE can’t wait that long. Why not?  Do you want fast or good?
With the new technology and the higher CSH conversion you get
 a lower pH and no unwetted portland cement.  These two factors
 result in much less potential for delayed ASR reaction
What’s the delayed ASR reaction? We’ll address that next article
WE still can’t wait that long You do now in mass pours.  We typically wait 2 to 4 weeks or more to remove forms in big jobs
As a contractor, we don’t care about I imagine that your customers, the building owner or the
delayed ASR, or term of service-life. municipality cares.  Maybe the industry needs a change in
We just want to move quick and get on to paradigms?
the next job.
What the hell is a paradigm? It’s a mindset, a way you look at things.  Maybe faster isn’t better?
Maybe, we could change our perspective and focus more on quality?
After all, the dinosaurs didn’t adapt and they’re all gone now.

Author and Inventor: David M. Brassard
Silicone Solutions, New Technology Solutions and CoolCure
338 Remington Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44224
ph# 330-920-3125 ext 202

cell 330-697-3146

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Let CMMS Drive Your Construction KPIs

We know that construction losses need to be eliminated. We hear of DOWNTIME, Lean, Six Sigma to reduce waste and increase efficiency, but what can we do on the ground to improve processes? Start by looking at a key performance indicator (KPI) to see how your company is meeting your performance goals.

In industries such as manufacturing or construction, a KPI or metric is a well-defined measurement to monitor, analyze, and optimize production processes. KPI dashboards provide management with valuable business insights to meet their manufacturing goals.

For example, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that indicates the physical condition of the equipment being used and is an important target KPI for most industries because it involves three key indicators:

  •         Availability: Percentage of time a piece of equipment can operate
  •         Quality: Percentage of good produced parts
  •         Performance: Percentage of maximum operation speed used

These KPI play a huge role in a company’s ability to compete and depend completely on the peak performance of the company’s facilities, equipment, and workforce. Asset and resource availability play key roles in optimal production.

Improving the performance of construction processes means that overall equipment and worker effectiveness needs to aim at measuring types of production losses and indicating areas of process improvement.

What does industry process improvement look like? How does your company’s business performance affect your bottom line? As you read the list below, keep in mind that with a modern CMMS/EAM and strategic goals in place all of these are possible:

  • Reduced time spent filing work orders and locating equipment information
  • Increased preventive maintenance and decreased production downtime
  • Reduced unplanned reactive maintenance and reduced time waiting for spare parts
  • Reduced time collecting information for audits, checklists, reports, and inspections

IN OTHER WORDS: increase what is good and works, decrease what is bad and doesn’t work.

And increase worker performance, equipment longevity, and reliable real-time digital trails of equipment, inventory, work hours, and supply costs.

Industry 4.0 is a data-driven paradigm in which the smart use of data provides all sorts of competitive information about key performance indicators such as productivity, quality, and efficiency.

We know that these days, amid a jittery economy, a company’s competitiveness can hinge on integrating and implementing a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). A modern CMMS supports construction companies and large-scale builders in many ways. Here are just three that will directly impact both overall equipment efficiency and KPI availability, quality, and performance:

  1. to move from reactive machine maintenance to preventive maintenance,
  2. to shift from ordering spare parts when needed to running real-time supply-chain inventories, and
  3. to move hardcopy machine documentation and guidelines into the cloud.

With modern CMMS that collect data available on our mobile devices in real-time, you can calculate KPIs to drive your day-to-day standard operating procedures, work order management, and preventive maintenance plans.

Once implemented, computerized maintenance management software empowers and enables workers out in the field via a mobile app. These connected workforces can easily report in real-time completed standard operating procedures and preventive maintenance work orders, update inventory management checklists, and communicate with foremen and bosses from the spot of the work.

A comprehensive computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is crucial to KPI success and solves many of the primary challenges faced in construction operations. Additionally, these systems enhance overall performance and reduce building costs.

Construction companies that implement a modern CMMS system can easily perform preventive maintenance, avoiding costly breakdowns and downtime and increasing control of maintenance spending to meet optimal performance KPIs.

In fact, downtime reduction is the highest priority for many construction companies. Unplanned downtime has a high associated cost and directly impedes delivering quality products and earning client satisfaction.

Accelerating the service request process and minimizing the time from request to repair completion, along with improving planning and productivity, is the backbone of KPI efficiency metrics. As technicians become more efficient, the ability to make real progress in shifting toward proactive, preventive maintenance strategies becomes more achievable.

Modern CMMS simplify managing the data and metrics required with easy-to-access asset and maintenance history. Operationalizing KPIs is next to impossible and incredibly time-consuming with paper-based systems, spreadsheets, and other older approaches to construction business practices.

There are many reasons why a CMMS is critical to companies achieving their building and construction goals, but two stand out: asset and maintenance metrics and efficiency gains.

  1. Asset and Maintenance Metrics

Construction companies can analyze asset and maintenance data to identify key areas for improvement. The need for historical and real-time information that is readily available and easily searchable is fundamental to maintenance improvement. Searching within paper-based systems to identify trends regarding equipment failures, etc. is labor-intensive and, with the help of Industry 4.0, becoming a work habit of the past.

For example, if data reflects that a paver is failing every 150 hours of service, place it on a preventive maintenance (PM) program. The right PMs can help business owners avoid the unplanned downtime event completely. With a modern CMMS, managers can easily call up failure data on the paver, look at service hours, check out replacement costs of spare parts, and make an informed decision on whether or not to replace the paver.

A CMMS is not just about the collection and analysis of asset and maintenance data. It also enables customizable dashboards that report KPIs in real-time. In the right hands, these dashboards help managers and foremen make informed business decisions—once again extending the ROI on the CMMS.

  1. Efficiency Gains

The second core element that makes a CMMS critical to maintenance improvement is efficiency gains. A user-friendly CMMS simplifies the maintenance planning process, streamlines workflow, and increases production efficiency.

For maintenance planning, consider the drag-and-drop calendar function and the capability to see a calendar with all employee tasks and availability from one view in a CMMS.

In addition to planning efficiency, overall workflow efficiency also has a significant impact on industry performance. It starts with the maintenance request process. With a modern CMMS, this request process is simple, straightforward, and fast. The work request is immediately routed to the right individual for review.

The work order workflow is also simplified with a CMMS. For those using mobile CMMS functions, the work order can be sent to the technician in the field. He has to come back to the shop before even beginning a repair.

A modern CMMS, like MaintainX, can make all the difference in achieving your goals. Let us show you how!

Caroline Eisner, Content Writer at MaintainX, is a writer and editor with experience across the profit and nonprofit sectors, government, education, and financial organizations. She has held leadership positions in K16 institutions and has led large-scale digital projects and interactive websites, as well as running her own business writing consultancy.

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Seven Tips for a Safe Home Renovation

If you work in construction or regularly renovate homes, you might need a personal injury attorney at some point in your career, but you don’t have to be a professional to find yourself at risk of experiencing an accident. If you are remodeling your home yourself, and even if you have trades coming into your home to help, you could find yourself in an accident.

Not only do you have to consider paint colors, furniture, and flooring when planning a remodel, you also have to think about safety. With these tips, you can get the beautiful home renovation you have always wanted without getting injured or compromising your health.

Consult an Expert

You should start by consulting an expert, especially if you’re planning a relatively large remodeling project. Although it may not seem like that much work to knock down a wall and patch up the drywall yourself, you could be putting your family in danger. If that’s a load-bearing wall, the structure of your entire home could be compromised!

An expert can help you plan many of the other points on this list, and when you hire a contractor, they can do nearly all of the work for you. Just make sure you take the time to hire a contractor who really knows what they’re doing. That includes asking them about how they protect the safety of their workers and their clients while the job is underway.

Start With the Safety of the Structure

Whether you hire a professional or not, the very first thing you should do is take a close look at the safety of your home’s structure. If you’re renovating an older house, chances are, you’ll run into a problem that needs to be addressed. Whether it’s rotted beams or rusty pipes, it’s important to take care of these problems before the rest of the project continues.

If you are remodeling a home, make sure your budget isn’t too tight when you begin. You should always assume that something will come up, and having a few extra thousand dollars can help you tackle any surprises that may pop up.

Hire Help for Plumbing and Electrical Work

If you hire a contractor, you won’t have to worry about dealing with plumbing and electrical work because they will hire subcontractors to come in and do the work for you. If instead, you have decided to tackle a remodel on your own, you should still reach out for help when doing it yourself could be dangerous.

For example, working with electrical can be very dangerous. Even if you don’t shock yourself when you’re installing or repairing the wires, if not done correctly, your electrical could cause problems later.

Plumbing is also something you shouldn’t mess with on your own unless you have professional plumbing experience. Although not as dangerous as electrical, one wrong move and you could find that you’ve flooded your house.

When it comes to electrical and plumbing, it really is best to call in the experts.

Separate Your Living Space

Living in a construction zone can be hard on your mental health, but it can also compromise your safety. If you’re always walking on extension cords or weaving in and out of boxes that need to be unpacked, it’s only a matter of time before you trip and fall.

Before you begin, it’s important to separate your living space. Set up your home so you can avoid the construction zone unless you’re actively working. This can help you preserve your sanity, but more importantly, it can reduce the chance of accidents in your home, especially if you have children.

Create a Schedule You Can Stick To

You should always consider a schedule when you begin a project. The longer a project drags on, the more you expose your family to potentially hazardous living conditions.

However, that doesn’t mean you should rush a project either. If you or your contractor attempts to complete a job a little too fast, it’s likely that things won’t be installed properly, which can also be dangerous. Not to mention, a schedule that’s a little too tight can be more stressful than it’s worth.

Create a schedule with balance. Build in at least a few days for mistakes and emergencies to be addressed, and don’t overwork yourself or your contractor to ensure silly mistakes don’t turn into serious accidents.

Make Sure Alarms Are Fully Functional

As you’re tearing out cabinets and getting ready to paint the walls, you’ll likely find yourself taking things down and packing them away. However, the carbon and smoke detectors in the space should be left up throughout the duration of your remodel. That’s when accidents are most likely to happen, and making sure all of your alarms are fully functional can keep everyone safe.

While you’re at it, you should see if it’s time to replace your fire extinguisher, and you should place it in a spot where it can be found easily should it be needed.

Pick up at the End of Every Day

Construction zones can get messy fast, and they are likely to stay messy until everything is installed and ready to be enjoyed. However, that doesn’t mean you should leave the mess until the very end. You should pick up at the end of every day.

Things you should clean up at the end of the day include:

  • Wipe up spills and small debris
  • Haul large debris out to the dumpster
  • Gather and put away tools
  • Move cords and other items out of walkways
  • Clean up excess dust

If you’re working with a contractor, make sure that they clean up at the end of the workday too. If they don’t, ask their crew to quit early the next day so they have time to tidy up.

You want your home renovation to look great when it’s done, but you should also care about the safety of your project. With these tips, you can ensure everyone involved in your renovation stays healthy and safe from start to finish.

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