Student Activities in the Geo-Insttiute
One of the most successful student activities the G-I is sponsoring is the Geo-Challenge Student Competition on Retaining Wall Construction....

Branching Out
For small engineering firm owners who are interested in enlarging their businesses, adding a new service of specialty is a good way to satisfy clients and keep up with the competition....

Learning How to Learn
This chapter explores how, when, and why we pursue learning against the backdrop of global economic competition with the need for everything to be better, faster and cheaper....

A Merger Manual
Mergers and acquisition business deals continue to proliferate in the consulting engineer and construction industry. There are many important issues on both sides of the table, and the...

A Race to Innovate
The annual Concrete Canoe Competition, which is co-sponsored by the ASCE and Cleveland-based Master Builders, fosters several engineering breakthroughs that are ignored or forgotten by...

Re-engineering Cowboy Heaven (Available only in Focus on Structures Special Edition)
On a wooded hill overlooking the north end of Oklahoma City sits one of the foremost repositories of this country's Western heritage, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Contained...

Personal Computer Model to Evaluate Performance of Construction Systems/Services
Worldwide competition has finally impacted the construction industry and facility managers. As manufacturers become more competitive, the cost of doing business becomes more critical....

Computer Implementation of Fuzzy Reasoning in Tendering
There are a lot of risk factors need to be considered in tendering in the construction industry. Examples are a) The market conditions: the degree of competition, the prevailing and the...

Escaping the Niche
In today's business climate of increasing competition and shrinking markets, your company must get the most out of its marketing energy and budget. Finding new clients is...

Operating the Columbia River: A Balancing Act
Agreements to market the Canadian share of the hydroelectric power generated at U.S. facilities as a result of the Columbia River Treaty will begin terminating in 1998. Renewal of the...

Proper and Improper Use of Specifications
The contractors have an obligation to the clients to provide a product that meets their requirements. In order to accomplish this, these requirements must be properly translated into the...

Applying Benefits-to-Costs Analysis for Stormwater Improvement Projects
Benefit-to-cost analyses provide a measure of evaluation for the justification, selection, and prioritization of stormwater improvement projects. Facing increased competition for tax dollars...

Globalization and its Impact on Construction Technology
The nature of international construction markets is changing. Competition is yielding to the concept of globalization. This paper discusses some of the issues which constitute topics of...

Factors Affecting the Transfer of Expert Systems Technology
Increased complexity of facilities, owners' changing needs, inadequate construction methods, and international competition have created strong demands for advanced construction...

Learning and Innovating in a Construction Technology Laboratory
It has been generally recognized that the construction industry world wide, and especially in the U.S., needs innovative changes in order to produce more complex products at higher quality...

The Strategy of Bidding for Profit
The ultimate goal of any contractor engaged in competitive bidding is to achieve the maximum profits possible on the jobs he bids, under the prevailing competitive conditions. By systematically...

Impact of International Competition on Construction Technology—A Perspective
The strong showing by non-U. S. contractors in the development of new construction technologies has had a significant impact on the redistribution of construction dollars in world markets....

The Swedish Approach to Construction Technology Development
Swedish building and construction work expanded very fast both technically and industrially during the two decades following 1950, domestically first, later also abroad. The 1980s has...

Winning With Advanced Construction Technology
At least three driving forces in U. S. construction markets indicate the increasing importance of advanced technology: the technical complexity of constructed facilities is increasing;...

Japan and China: Competition and Opportunity
This paper describes changes in the international construction marketplace over the past decade. Japan has emerged as the second largest international contracting force in the world, and...

 

 

 

 

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