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Leveraging Digital Tools to Execute Projects Efficiently

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on Jun 3, 2021 8:02:00 AM

Contractors are under more pressure than ever to complete their jobs faster and under budget. So when it comes to managing your job sites, you know every minute and dollar counts. 

But many construction managers are still relying on slow and manual processes like paper forms, spreadsheets, and even word of mouth to execute the ins and outs of daily work. And these old ways are breaking down and hurting the bottom line.

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Topics: Construction Technology

9 Tips For Driving Safely in Michigan Construction Work Zones

Posted by Heather Smith on May 26, 2021 8:32:32 AM

In 2018, work zone crashes made up 1.9% of all crashes in the state of Michigan. These crashes resulted in an estimated 35 deaths, and 1,972 injuries. There are several things we can all do to reduce these tragedies and save lives. Read these seven tips to learn how to safely navigate through a work zone!

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Topics: Construction Safety, michigan construction safety

Using Construction Technology to Win More Work

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 24, 2021 12:06:35 PM

58% of construction leaders expect to see more change in the built industry within the next 5 years than there has been in the last 50 years. It’s an exciting time for the industry–leaders are finally embracing technology to stay competitive and prepare for the digital future. 

But any digital transformation requires a strategic game plan on how to adopt technology for your crews and projects. And when done right, it can re-shape your operations and culture for the better.

But what digital tools should you use?

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Topics: Construction Technology

How to Prepare for Adopting Digital Construction Tools

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 14, 2021 7:45:00 AM

Construction companies are finally embracing technology (you can see why here) and realizing how it can drive efficiency and growth. It’s an exciting time in the industry with countless opportunities to improve processes everywhere you look. 

But it’s one thing to understand you can benefit from a digital transformation and another tp make it happen.

A lot of leaders we work with know they need to change, but they’re unsure where to start. That’s why we put together this simple but actionable plan to get you started.

Download this free checklist to use alongside this step-by-step guide to help prepare your team for a successful technology project.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Why Construction Is Going Through a Digital Transformation (and Current Tech Trends)

Posted by Robert Armbrister, President/CEO of SPARK Business Works on May 7, 2021 12:08:27 PM

You’ve probably heard the term “digital transformation” at some point. It’s a buzzword that gets a lot of attention in every industry, even construction.

But what does it really mean? Why does it even matter for your crews and projects?

Well, it is important for any leader to understand.

In an industry faced with crippling inefficiencies, digitization is the way forward in this modern age. It’s what will keep your projects safe, on time, and under budget.

Keep reading to learn why the industry is at a tipping point and how others are digitizing their operations.

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Topics: Construction Technology

The State of Women in Construction

Posted by Lior Zitzman on Feb 24, 2021 1:10:03 PM

Construction has been long known as a male-dominated profession, but women are slowly marking their mark on the industry. Michigan Construction received this great infographic from BigRentz highlighting the state of Women in Construction and how women are breaking the mold of people who build.

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Topics: Women in Construction

Advice from Women in Construction

Posted by Michigan Construction on Feb 24, 2021 12:57:54 PM

Women are building their careers in the construction industry, learning from colleagues and encouraging other women to explore construction as a field for a challenging, fulfilling career. Below is a roundup of advice we received from real women working in Michigan's construction industry.

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Topics: Women in Construction, Construction workforce, Michigan Construction, Skilled Trades

Women in Construction: Three Essential Tips to Building Your Career

Posted by Michigan Construction on Feb 24, 2021 12:36:26 PM

One of the most pressing issues in all industries today is the lack of diversity, especially gender diversity. Yet, there is no question about the benefits that having women on construction teams brings diversity and innovation to any company. Diversity breeds creativity and many industries benefit from the different perspectives that it brings to the table. One of the industries that will benefit the most from this is the construction industry.

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Topics: Women in Construction

Opportunities for Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Feb 24, 2021 12:34:32 PM

Just over a half century ago, American women saw their husbands, sons and fathers off to World War II and then stepped into their overalls and went to work, taking up the slack for their men in factories, automotive plants and shipyards. And thanks in large part to their willingness and talent, we won that war. But when the men came home, the women almost instantly became irrelevant on their jobs, and were expected to return to their homes, get married and raise families. And they did just that.

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Topics: Women in Construction

Profiles of Michigan Women in Construction

Posted by Heather Smith on Feb 24, 2021 12:32:12 PM

Deciding on a career path can take a lot of work and research to make sure what you train for is something you will love doing for years to come. Wrapped up in that package are other “must-haves,” things like a sense of accomplishment, pride in our work, and opportunities to inspire and help others achieve their dreams too.

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Topics: Michigan Construction Movement, Women in Construction

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