BIM v/s CAD – What’s the difference?

If you have been spending quality time in the construction industry, then you would have certainly come across the terms computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM). In the recent years, BIM – a process of laying out the building systems such as electric works, plumbing, and HVAC systems – is gaining popularity and set the new industry standards. This model has become an indispensable tool for the construction professionals and architects, especially for commercial building. Continue reading BIM v/s CAD – What’s the difference?

What Is Lean Construction and How Can It Help You?

In the recent years, a growing number of construction firms are adopting the lean methodology. This method is simple and attractive in an industry where safety, budgets, and timeframes are all critical. This is because the lean methodology places emphasis on maximizing the value for the customer while minimizing waste. However, the approach utilized in the methodology is different when compared to the traditional construction methods.

Let’s take a deeper look at what Lean Construction methodology is and how it can help you.

Lean construction attempts at streamlining the construction process by eliminating waste and optimizing the existing resources. The lean construction re-evaluates how you currently do business, and how to deliver the very best projects possible with the help of some aspects of the modern business at a very nominal cost. Additionally, to add great efficiency at every level – from inventory and transportation to production – measurable values from the modern business world like key performance indicators (KPIs) and bottom-up personal accountability are incorporated.

Lean construction technology aims at reducing the high levels of waste that can occur in the construction industry and also targets at providing the best value to both builders and clients. Lean construction helps in organizing the whole construction process while making it more programmatic and predictable.

Lean construction, an approach developed by Toyota after World War II, points out eight major types of waste.

  • Overproduction: Overproduction happens when a task is completed earlier than scheduled or before the next task in the process can be started.
  • Defects: Anything not done correctly for the first time demands rework which further wastes time and materials.
  • Waiting: Delay in delivery of materials when workers are ready is one of the most common scenarios that lead to waiting at a construction site.
  • Transport: Moving of equipment, materials, and even workers to the construction site even before they are needed results in a waste of transport.
  • Not utilizing talent: Many workers at construction site possess a range of skills and experience. When the right person is not matched to the right job, their talents, knowledge, and skills go unutilized.
  • Inventory: Materials that are not required immediately are considered excess inventory. These excess materials not only tie up a budget but also demand proper storage and often degrade when not used.
  • Over Processing: This happens when features or activities added have no value to the client. Many times, this occurs when contractors try to eliminate other types of waste.
  • Motion: It is the distance between workers and tools or materials. In many instances, the movement proves unnecessary.

How can construction project help you?

If you are a developer or contractor and looking forward to avoiding unnecessary work and resources, lean construction is one of the easiest ways to control waste. Aforementioned, lean construction also helps in increasing the value of the output. All that lean construction demands is right collaboration and communication among stakeholders such as buyers, owners, suppliers, managers, and contractors.

Now that you know about this cost-saving method, adopt this in your construction activity and yield the results. Keep yourself logged in to A F Alber to read more about the latest news in the construction industry. We take the utmost pleasure in providing you with updated information.


8 Easy Ways to Improve Construction Efficiency on Your Project

In the current construction industry, time is money. Therefore, the contractors are hard pressed to find innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage and improve slim profit margins. Generally, construction labor, material costs, equipment, and machinery are fairly standardized, irrespective of geographical area, for those companies operating within the same area.

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Drones and Their Benefits in Construction Industry

We are exposed to drones or aware of it in everyday life – from taking an aerial image to rescue services – in one or the other way. Today, drones have become one of the most versatile tools on the construction site too. Whether it is the making pre-design processes more efficient, speeding up data collection or the documentation before pouring concrete, drones are playing a major role in helping the construction professionals work better and more productively. Precisely, drones have become the aerial eye of the construction site.

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Better Designs can Make Public Buildings Safe

Have you ever walked into a building and felt uncomfortable? We all have. Many times, we avoid places like that. Buildings can certainly make you feel relaxed and welcome or on guard and anxious. Some buildings, like embassies, data centers, and government buildings are built to withstand man-made or natural destruction.

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How to Choose the Right Construction Software for Your Business

Choosing the right construction software often turns out to be a tough challenge and as a matter of fact, many construction managers are not able to realize what they should look for in a particular software package.  While, undoubtedly, the market offers a lot of advanced software solutions, cost still remains as a major constraint for most of the companies. If you are looking to invest in a software solution, you will definitely want to see the returns on your investment. You have to admit that buying a software solution means incurring an expense. This is the reason why you have to make sure that your expense brings you savings in the long run through process improvements. Efficiency is what construction companies look for and if a software solution can be used to boost operational efficiency, then the companies would surely want to invest in such types of solutions.

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Ways to Improve Construction Safety While Increasing Productivity

In today’s economic climate many construction companies are witnessing diminishing revenues and uncertain future. This has resulted in tightening of the budget and many initiatives, including investment for security measures. However, it must be remembered that significant safety improvement does not demand substantial investment and also, safe work environment increases productivity.

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Practical Steps to evolve your construction quality control plan

Buildings are constructed to stand the test of time. Contractors are not only responsible for providing a safe finished project but also a safe site throughout the construction process. These safety requirements can be achieved only through rigorous quality assurance measures over the course of a construction project. The construction quality control plan not only ensures building safety and conformance but saves your money and time. The plan is valuable in detecting flaws and also the quality of the products used. Here are some practical steps to evolve your construction quality control plan. Continue reading Practical Steps to evolve your construction quality control plan

How to remodel without breaking bank

The building owners dream of extensive renovations or remodeling when they buy a new shopping mall, a store or a home. However, the huge investment in purchasing the new building and the monthly mortgage payments make it difficult for the owners to facelift the building. In fact, there are many simple, cost-efficient and inexpensive ways remodel your building up-to-date without breaking the bank. We provide you with some ideas to remodel bigger projects without breaking the bank.

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Top 10 Scheduling mistakes contractors should avoid

In the construction industry, scheduling in extremely important because it clearly says what might go right and what could go wrong. The schedule is often the blueprint that the owner receives from a contractor displaying his professionalism in planning and management. Several disruptions, delays, and productivity loss are caused due to the errors and mistakes in the schedule and plan of operations. In fact, a great deal of thought and attention-to-detail is required to create an accurate construction schedule. We provide you with some of the scheduling mistakes to watch out for in order to improve your company’s productivity and success. Continue reading Top 10 Scheduling mistakes contractors should avoid