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The top fabrication risks in the Oil and Gas industry

The Oil and Gas industry is a complex and unique market that currently fuels the world. Each step in the supply chain brings unique challenges, from the high temperatures and pressures in wells to handling corrosive chemicals during the refining process.   Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) is a contract-based project delivery model where Oil […]

Industry 4.0 – Machine Integration to Fabrication

The era of Industry 4.0 is upon us, and companies are facing strong demand to increase their productivity by realizing smart factories and intelligent manufacturing. With the advantages of solutions including, but not limited to industrial automation, and machine automation technologies, hardware-software machine integration – it’s finally safe to say the development of Industry 4.0 […]

How Mechanical Contractors can drive better collaboration and higher quality projects

Adopting the right technologies can help Mechanical Contractors stay coordinated and deliver higher quality, more profitable projects. Project management is always a challenge when your teams are fighting outdated manual processes. The challenge with many Mechanical Contractors and other types of construction firms is following along with status-quo, often technologies biggest competitor. Advanced technology along with […]

What is modular construction, and why is it the future of building?

Modular construction is a new hot topic in North America. But what is it, and how is it impacting the construction industry? A study done by Dodge Data & Analytics shows that establishing the use of both prefabrication and modular construction quantifies its users’ benefits and increases the industry’s understanding of what will most likely […]

Learn 6 of the Most Common Sheet Metal Fabrication Procedures

There are numerous sheet metal fabrication techniques, but the six procedures listed below are a great starting point for individuals new to the sheet metal fabrication process.   1. Sheet Metal cutting begins every fabrication process. The thickness of the metal and the project’s specifications determines the specific cutting method used. In this article, we […]

Lean Manufacturing Helps MEP Contractors Eliminate Waste

Lean manufacturing addresses a significant issue that can impact any MEP Contractor: Waste. Not taking full advantage of all your resources stunts efficiencies and, in so doing, interferes with production. These neglected resources include everything from manufacturing tools and processes to worker skills. The Construction Industry is, of course, rife with waste and issues related […]

The New Horizon of Industrialized Construction

With innovative technology and the convergence of manufacturing and construction, we are in the early phases of a new horizon of Industrialized Construction. Today, we are witnessing a long-overdue disruption of the construction industry.   Industrialized Construction includes the manufacturing of single-trade Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) components, such as piping, electrical conduit racking, or […]

What is Industrialized Construction?

It is a bold shift, but the economic and cultural benefits are substantial for the Construction Industry to become industrialized.   In 1908, the Model T car cost $850. Just five years later, its cost dropped almost 40% to $525. How was Henry Ford able to hit production capacity and reduce costs while still making […]

Expert Methods for MEP Contractors Filing Requests for Loss of Productivity (LoP)

Project-specific Loss of Productivity (LoP) analysis methods are necessary for MEP contractors to quantify the loss of productivity impacts, irrespective of the cause.   Expert researchers and the MCAA, NECA, and SMACNA have aligned MEP trades to fully support the methods described in this article as industry-accepted approaches to quantifying impacts when making requests for equitable adjustment (REA) and delay claims. […]

BIM Best Practices for MEP Contractors

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is transforming the way the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) industry works. Across North America and worldwide, contractors face accelerated schedules, new standards, and requirements using BIM in various delivery models. Its adoption has been a mix across regions and countries, but the results for those that do adopt BIM are […]

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