Monthly Archives: April 2012
Posted on April 18, 2012 by FMI CorporationThe Federal Construction Sector: Understanding a Transforming Market By Tim Sznewajs Based upon federal budget constraints, shifting national security priorities and a diverse set of owners with multiple objectives, the federal construction market is transforming rapidly. Given these changes, it is increasingly important for companies working in this space to comprehend the key forces accelerating these changes, as well as the shifts that are affecting the design and construction industry as a whole. Keeping an eye on movements and events – both within the federal construction sector and beyond its boundaries – will lessen the surprise factor and help companies prepare themselves for the next challenge. Some of the key trends that are shaping the federal design and construction industry in the coming years include:
- A decrease in overall funding levels driven by budget constraints and large federal debts
- A continued emphasis upon sustainability and energy efficiency in order to achieve larger policy goals
- The lasting reality of federal small business initiatives
Posted on April 11, 2012 by FMI CorporationCreate a Culture of Wellness By Kelley Chisholm Health and wellness is a hot topic for many companies that are trying to lower rising health care costs while at the same time improve employee health and well-being. A healthy and happy workforce usually translates into fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism, higher retention rates and increased productivity, which in turn helps the company’s bottom line. One thing that an organization can do to promote healthy lifestyles for its employees is to create a workplace wellness program and embed it into the company culture.
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Posted on April 3, 2012 by FMI CorporationConstruction Project Health: The Story of Earned Value By John Chaney Guest blogger John Chaney, co-founder of Dexter + Cheney, a Seattle-based company that specializes in construction management software, shares his thoughts on earned value. For those of you who read my last blog on cash flow management, you may have been left wondering exactly how you are supposed to keep track of your construction projects’ job costs. Fortunately, there is a simple, but powerful measurement that will help you know when your project is healthy, and when it’s in trouble: earned value.
This post was posted in Consulting and was tagged with construction industry blog, A/E/C blog, FMI Corporation, Earned value, Construction project job costs, Cash flow management, construction project health