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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 Project management is always a challenge when your teams are fighting outdated manual processes.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 […]

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 […]

7 Ways MSUITE is Charting a New Course for the MEP Construction Industry

Founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, MSUITE is charting a new course for the MEP construction industry as it empowers contractors and modular builders to manage the entire construction lifecycle.  MSUITE is a cloud-based management suite of software programs that connect BIM, Fab, and Field teams through easy-to-use and straightforward workflows that automate tedious tasks like […]

Prefabrication in construction. What does it mean?

Getting Started with Prefabrication and Offsite Construction Since the days of playing with Tinker Toys and Race Cars during our youth, the appeal of prefabrication has been around for many years. The number of parts, color-coded to different lengths, multi-sockets tagged to help children assemble their masterpieces with minimal effort. It is unbelievable that prefabrication […]

Get Smarter – Improve Your Fabrication Shop with Model-Based Data

With the construction industry beginning to see exceptional value in adopting lean manufacturing & fabrication, there is a lot of information and opinions floating around about how to do it. Discussions can get vague, even puzzling. One thing that seems clear is that the foundation of smart manufacturing is model-based data. Moving it quickly up […]

Dodge Data Reports MEP Process Improvements

Dodge Data & Analytics, a leading researcher for the construction industry, recently released the Prefab and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report. The latest research from Dodge Data & Analytics on BIM and Pre-fabrication reveals that MEP contractors around the U.S. see extraordinary value from its use.   The Dodge report provides a comprehensive examination of […]

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