FMI's E&C Industry Insight

  • Information Technology Drives Demand Side Management Program Improvements

    Posted on July 16, 2014 by FMI Staff

    PeopleiStock_000017304116MediumWith the growing need for more electricity, gas and water due to population growth, increases in energy/water demand per capita, changing economic dynamics and other factors, utilities across the globe are facing decisions to either build more infrastructure or reduce demand (or at least slow the rate of demand growth). Reducing demand for a resource (e.g., creating “negawatts”) without degrading – and often improving – the result (e.g., light, heat, computing power, etc.) often costs less than creating more of the resource. Furthermore, in many cases utilizing existing resources efficiently and effectively is the only viable option for immediate results. One proven way that utilities can efficiently reduce demand is by effectively designing and implementing utility-sponsored demand side management (DSM) programs.

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  • What's Your Company Worth?

    Posted on July 11, 2014 by FMI Staff

    What's Your Company WorthMost business owners have heard of the saying, “it’s all in the details,” and, accordingly, most business owners tend to embody a detail-oriented management approach. They keep their finger on the pulse of the organization, maintaining a constant stream of communication with customers, vendors, and employees. They scrutinize the numbers behind major estimates and lose sleep agonizing over the intricacies of key jobs. They monitor the company’s financial situation in fine detail, and debate over the outlook of the industry as well as the strategic vision of their organization. But at the end of the day, most owners remain uninformed about one major detail relating to their business. How much is it worth?

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    This post was posted in Investment Banking and was tagged with Inc., Fairness Opinions, Business Owner

  • We Didn't See It Coming: Strategy and Scenario Planning

    Posted on July 10, 2014 by FMI Staff

    Strategy and Scenario PlanningWe all have experienced problems in the workplace where a quick decision needs to be made, but the decision requires input from our Vice President of Operations, Business Development Manager in our East Coast office, and President. The best part of the situation is, one of them is away, the other out of the country on business and the last does not feel comfortable making a decision without the whole team. Decisions often are bogged down by months of review, internal discussions, compromise, vacation, and then it becomes too late.

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    This post was posted in Center for Strategic Leadership and was tagged with Scenario Planning, construction, NRCI 2014 Q2, Business Valuations

  • FMI Employee Spotlight: Meet FMI's Summer Interns

    Posted on July 7, 2014 by FMI Staff

    Summer internships are a great opportunity for young professionals to explore different career paths, gain valuable experience, fulfill college requirements, and most importantly, learn about themselves.  Here at FMI, we enjoy teaching our interns about our internal practices and the engineering and construction industry. This summer, FMI has hired 9 interns in both our Raleigh and Denver offices. We asked each of them about what they hope to get out of their experiences here at FMI and a few fun questions as well.

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    This post was posted in Consulting, Investment Banking, Center for Strategic Leadership and was tagged with FMI Employee Spotlight, Business Strategy

  • Game On: Going On the Offensive Through Mergers and Sales

    Posted on June 30, 2014 by Sabine Hoover

    DisputeAcquisitions and sales have a role to play in times of robust growth and periods of crippling contraction alike. Tectonic shifts in the wider environment create new demands for architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) firms, and acquisitions have always been a means to create a sustainable competitive advantage in a short time. However, a transaction is not a sure-fire success story: Inadequate due diligence, a flawed understanding of company culture or an ambiguous post-integration strategy can all derail large investments.

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  • 10 Key Success Strategies from the Post-2007 Construction Industry

    Posted on June 18, 2014 by FMI Staff

    iPad132000899Since the economic downturn hit the construction industry, many companies have taken a deep look at themselves, re-evaluating their services, clients and markets as well as their vision and strategic goals. As a result, companies have started to redefine themselves, looking at new and innovative ways to deliver projects, interact with clients and pursue work. Select companies have been very successful at making these decisions and are emerging from the recession as lean, innovative and very competitive players. Below, we have identified ten best practices from these firms.

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    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Center for Strategic Leadership, Talent Development and was tagged with Talent Development

  • Three Factors Driving the Convergence of Design and Construction

    Posted on June 11, 2014 by Sabine Hoover

    Building108531655For decades, mergers and acquisitions have shaped the design and construction industry’s business landscape. Through these mergers, companies have often achieved better economies of scale, branched out into new geographies and added new services and expertise. In the wake of the Great Recession, companies of all sizes have started to redefine themselves and we are seeing an increasing number of engineering and construction companies combining disciplines and expertise into full-service firms.

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    This post was posted in Research, Technology and was tagged with Design and Construction Industry, CH2MHill, Summer Internships

  • FMI's M&A Advisor Q2-2014

    Posted on June 10, 2014 by FMI Staff

    M&A Advisor Q2-2014Each quarter, FMI asks members of our Investment Banking team to contribute insights concerning M&A activity in the Engineering and Construction (E&C) industry.  The M&A Advisor serves as a reminder of the activity FMI is seeing in various sectors of the E&C industry, but, more importantly, it aims to provide unique insight into key drivers of activity. What's Inside?

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    This post was posted in Investment Banking and was tagged with Mergers and Acquisitions, construction industry blog, Scott Duncan, Inc., Public-Private Partnerships

  • FMI and Habitat for Humanity: Changing Lives Building Homes

    Posted on June 3, 2014 by FMI Staff

    Last FridHFH_2014_Team Photo 1ay, FMI's Denver office got the "day off, to give back" to the Denver community.  What better way to give back then focusing on what we know best? Construction.  That being said, a group of FMI employees got together and volunteered locally through Habitat for Humanity. We asked Matthew Marshall, FMI's group leader, some questions about his experience.  Matthew has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for quite some years now and has organized the outing for the FMI team in Denver this year.

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  • FMI's Q2-2014 Construction Outlook Report

    Posted on June 2, 2014 by FMI Staff

    construction outlook reportYogi Berra once famously said, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Berra was responding to a question about why he had not been to a favorite, popular restaurant anymore.  In our case, we are using this bit of paradoxical humor as an introduction to our forecast, in particular to look at the changes in retail commercial construction and the changing construction industry in general. Berra’s quote will not help us explain why our forecast for the construction industry has been lowered 1% compared with last quarter’s Outlook forecast.  For that answer, we will try to explain below.  If there is one overarching theme to the global economy, someone is lying to you. Better to listen to another famous quotable major league manager, Casey Stengel, who said, “Never make predictions, especially about the future.”

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    This post was posted in Consulting, Research and was tagged with Construction industry trends, M&A Advisor Q2-2014

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