I love construction! I love everything about it; the hard work, new technologies, the people, the early and late concrete pours, just the whole process of constructing. Yes, I have a sense of pride, which is one reason I have been successful in construction. So I thought I would share what I believe are seven steps to construction success.
1. Show passion: Everyone loves a passionate leader. Others feed off their passion and become passionate about it themselves. If you're not passionate about your job, you won't be successful even if the project is.
2. Show appreciation: If they bring value to your job, company or projects, show appreciation. Let them know their efforts are being noticed. This will go a long way and will be something they won't forget.
3. Measure: Why stand back at the end of the job to measure your progress. If you want to feel accomplished, measure daily. Be proud of what you achieved and set goals to keep you productive, interested, and motivated.
4. Collaborate: Involving people are what separates the “my job” to “our job”. When you invite others to participate in decision-making, and goal setting, and ask for advice, input and suggestions, they feel like they are part of the project. Also when you feel accomplished, they will as well because they were included up front.
5. Have a sense of pride: You build amazing structures be proud of it!!! Construction is hard work, but the payoff is tenfold, drive around this week or search the web for projects you have completed. It's that sense of pride that drives us.
6. Do it right the first time: As we all know re-work is costly, but think how it affects crew morale. You can see it on their faces when something was built, poured or placed wrong and it has to be fixed. All the momentum up to this point has been shot. Having checks in place to ensure everything is correct before it's covered up will make you successful, not only on the job but your crew will notice as well. I mean, who doesn't want to follow a leader who get's it right the first time. To double check takes minutes to fix could take weeks or even months.
7. Don’t box yourself in: Never think you can't achieve whatever it is you want. Don’t settle for superintendent if you want to be a manager. Don’t settle for jobsite layout make it project logistics and control manager. Find a title or a job you want and make it happen! Don’t get stuck with the status quo, define your own position, title and sell it. There is no telling what the future holds so make it anything you want. Now is the time all the power is in the hands of the skilled worker.
Construction is not an easy career. It can be frustrating, tiring and painful at times. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding careers. Don’t just say I’m a construction worker, say I am building the world or I am a constructor. Be proud of all your accomplishments. Remember; if you want to be successful think about how you treat people, your passion and goals. Once you have those figured, out the rest will be easy.
Your job as a field supervisor is to oversee the actual work in progress, but what does
that mean exactly? Do you track progress, labor costs, or product quality? If not you
better start right now.
How do we track schedule? We typically get a 3 or 4 week look ahead schedule from
our Superintendent, or just get to see the overall schedule for the job. How should you
use these to create work flows and understand what you and your crew are being
tasked with day by day?
Take the initiative to schedule your own work. It's up to you to simplify your own
schedule. The first step should be to find the duration and scope. Look for milestones
on the schedule that drive your completion. Once you have a timeline and quantified
amount of work you should be able to assign X amount of work to Y amount of time. I
would suggest setting weekly goals. This will give you and your crew a goal to work
towards every week. After you set weekly goals you should break that down into daily
goals. Use the same process X amount of work divided by days in your work week. If
you clearly communicate your week goal and daily goal to your crew you will be
shocked how they will "buy in" to the task at hand. Focus your crew's efforts into bite
sized goals everyday. This will help take away that feeling of being overwhelmed by the
overall scope and give you the ability to track schedule everyday and on every task.
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Homeowners interested in adding value to their investment, or upgrading the existing structure might want to consider a canopy. Canopies come with a wide array of options to choose from. The top two options are metal and wood. The space and location of the canopy’s placement is also an essential factor. It is recommended to start the process by addressing what the canopy will be used for. Here is a review with the pros and cons for both types of canopies that can assist in the decision.
Aluminum and galvanized steel are the usual materials for a metal canopy. They can be found in frames from lightweight to heavy-duty gauge depending on the use. With the higher gauge steel, they are some of the strongest buildings available. Canopies of metal can be customized to any size needed. Metal canopies are portable as in the fold-a-canopy model, which can be used for events such as social, recreational or business. Event planning businesses opt for metal canopies as the structures used during outdoor events such as weddings or receptions. The metal and fabric used can be a variety of grades including industrial or residential.
In addition, customized canvas can add an appealing aesthetic. There are other cloth fabrics used such as mesh, bally and drop-roll curtains. These fabrics are intended to provide shade over the existing canopy frame. These can be found at restaurants, in backyards, or hotels in the form of cabanas. However, most metal canopies are used to protect items such as cars, boats and RVs from the elements. This usage does not require any type of accompanying fabric. This type can also accommodate strong winds or heavy snow accumulation. In addition, special covers of vinyl or acrylic fabric further enhance their ability to withstand inclement weather. The metals can be coated in a variety of colors, although white is the most popular. They are immune to rot, mold and disadvantages experienced by other structures.
The Pros of Ownership
1. They can be used in a variety of venues including restaurants, malls, hotels and more.
2. They can be designed for any size.
3. The metals used are capable of withstanding heavy winds or snow.
4. They can be portable.
5. They can be used for indoor or outdoor functions.
The Cons of Ownership
1. They have the potential to rust over a period of time.
2. Maintaining the temperature is difficult.
3. They have a high noise factor.
4. They are subject to damage by denting.
Most homeowners generally opt for the wood variety of canopies as a way to blend in with the outdoor surroundings. The biggest rationale for a wood canopy is the aesthetics. Woods with marbled appearances or unique markings contribute to this context as well as the vast amount of design options available. Their use can be as a garden trellis, open-air pool houses, and in conjunction with a gazebo to name a few possibilities. In all cases, the addition of flowers and plants deepens the visual appeal. The type of wood used requires it to be stained and shellacked to maintain it. This practice wards off rot, mildew, insects and mold. However, the specially treated wood purchased for the construction of a wood canopy adds the initial layer of protection. A variety of fabrics in a myriad of textures and colors can be used to further accentuate a wood canopy.
The Pros of Ownership
1. The aesthetic appeal is unmatched.
2. The design possibilities can be endless.
The Cons of Ownership
1. Even with pre-treated wood, staining and shellacking, maintenance can be cumbersome.
2. The cost of the construction can be pricey depending on the design.
3. Wood canopies are generally for outdoor use.
4. They are not portable.
Deciding on the canopy for your project requires a look at its intended use. Budget and ROI (return of investment) round out the top three considerations. The metal canopy has more pros for usage, cost, and durability. Although when it comes to décor, wood canopies are better in the aesthetics department. Based on this review, metal canopies offer consumers more options and better outcomes for its use than wood canopies.
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for Canopy Concepts, a leading installer of custom patio covers and patio enclosures
What if anyone at anytime would come to you with advice, suggestions, problems, solutions, etc., furthermore you would have the same opportunities for favors, challenges and help!
The number one problem in construction is communication, a way to break down those barriers is through building relationships! Here are five way's to build relationships in construction.
If you want to be successful in construction the focus needs to be on building relationships, where you can ask for help, find solutions to problems and trade favors when needed. Overall you will feel like you are part of a team instead of standing alone.
I know you would agree that simplicity is the key to productivity. If you could track man-hours simply then you would track them on every task. If scheduling were simple you would keep it updated and current and if measuring tasks were simple every task would be measured. More times than not we overload ourselves with schedules and measuring tools to the point of being unproductive using them. So take a deep breath and simplify it however you can. Find the right app or make a schedule of your own, but if it’s too time consuming or has too many steps, it’s not worth it. Remember… SIMPLIFY! There are plenty of great apps out there to help you with these tasks, take FieldLens for instance, they can make all of these items simple to track, input and distribute. But if you or your companies are not willing or interested in going this route, just start somewhere. It can be a simple as tracking your man-hours on one task or scheduling one activity or timing pick times for an activity. The point is you have to find what works for you, and it has to be simple so that you will continue using.
Steps to simplify
1. Create a template and eliminate building the same sheet over and over
2. Break big items down into actionable task; don’t take on too much focus on what's really important and measure/track those items.
3. Streamline the process let others help out so you don’t have to spend time coming up with tracking tools.
4. Have a to-do list of at the most three items at a time, to-do list that are a page long, are nothing but a wish list that ends up forgotten. Focus on three items at a time.
5. Find a great app test it out and if it's simple to use then it will save you time and money and will be well worth the cost.
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