Construction Safety Management and Engineering – a handy book for beginners

Construction Safety Management and Engineering, the much cherished book edited by Darryl C.Hill, has produced its second edition.

This book has extensive coverage on implementation of safety and healthy programme of the construction companies. Some opinions are given to follow the market standards.

The present market survey represents that the second edition is as strong as the first edition. The authors of the books are some of the best know writer in the industry. Their immense technical know-how and handy experience made this book unparallel in the market. Some of them are John Gambatese [incentives; prevention through design (PTD)], Mike Behm (PTD), Nigel Ellis (fall protection), Mike Hayslip (excavation) and T. Michael Toole (PTD; regulations).

But the selling proposition of the book would be its veritable “who’s who” of specialists. Many of the authors are considered premiere experts in their respective specialty area, but it is impossible to mention them all.

This book is for the new comers of the industry. The section – before work commence – is particularly helpful for the construction trainees. This section includes topic such as cost, insurance and risk, contractor selection, construction version of PTD, substance abuse and incentives and such many more. The article of John Gambatese thoroughly discusses their importance. This piece provides excellent knowledge about why the incentives should use or when it should not be used.

The next section considers legal aspects of construction safety, including relevant chapters on managing multiemployer work sites, subcontractor liability and regulatory requirements. These three chapters provide an excellent foundation for learning the critical drivers for construction operations where so many different employers are engaged and the employer is faced with almost countless opportunities for safety-context liability concerns in a regulated environment.

Next, the technical topic areas provide admirable depth of coverage and detail. On fall protection, Ellis aptly balances technical detail with the appropriate level of coverage demanded of a technical reference. Brian Clark and Sathyanarayanan Rajendran discuss steel erection and provide ample discussion of prework, rigging, fall protection, structural stability, fasteners and decking. No construction safety handbook would be complete without John Palmer’s coverage of scaffolding, Philip and Ciaran McAleenan’s chapter on ladders, and David MacCollum’s discussion of cranes. Each of these chapters provides appropriate technical detail and supporting material such as illustrations and glossaries.

Kraig Knutson and Dennis Neitzel provide basic but essential discussion of electrical safety, which is an important aspect of all construction projects. Hayslip does not disappoint in the chapter on excavation and trenching safety. He offers a good level of technical detail and provides extensive illustrations of the concepts (e.g., trench boxes, sloping, angling, and pneumatic systems), specifications and regulations related to excavation and trenching protection systems. Samuel Gualardo provides thorough coverage of power-line concerns and, while one could argue that this topic should have been included with the electrical safety chapter, he does a good job of addressing the unique hazards and concerns of power lines on a construction site.

The demolition chapter by Dave Korman covers a topic that many may not think of when considering construction operations, which is usually a building process. However, demolition is not only a common construction activity; it often must be done to make way for the new construction.

In the category of “Other Considerations,” several accomplished authors and practitioners discuss the essential topics that help to complete this well-rounded reference book, including ergonomics, work zone traffic safety control, healthcare, MSHA regulations and their applicability to construction, managing communications in a crises, construction safety and health certification, partnerships and alliances, safety and health issues in construction, the Spanish-speaking workforce and future safety issues.

This book is well balanced, well organized, thorough and accurate. Hill has done an excellent job of organizing and producing such a monumental publication and assembling nothing but the best in all of the authors. Anyone with construction safety responsibilities should have this book on his/her library shelf.

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Construction Safety Management and Engineering

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Three Best Construction Management Tools

Construction management and the information technology (IT) may be distant from each other, but if they could gel together, the benefit is far-reaching and outstanding. The use of IT skills in the field of construction is now a common practice among the realty firms across the globe. It gives best client connections. With the right use of software-based tools at their disposal, construction managers attempt to deliver projects on-budget and in-time. That’s the exact aim of the developers behind construction project management tools. In this age of smart devices, the mobile-based applications, the information and the applications allow construction company employees to work in collaboration without being tied to a specific location. The old process of fixing with a computer is now almost outdated. Also, contractors are able to access their information from any portable computer, smartphone, tablet, or device. The only thing required is a decent internet connection. So moving to the cloud and deploying mobile resources have answered many challenges faced by the construction industry. Additionally, modern software solutions are well-equipped in terms of security and can provide better information protection. Acknowledging all these developments, here are the 3 best tools construction managers and other users can leverage for seamless construction project management.

Flippex is One of the best tools of the construction management. With Fippex, realtors have a way to control and organize content for your customers in one central location so they can find what they need, when they need it. It makes easier to do business. It shares and organizes documents, videos, marketing materials, communication and more. It let you know every time it’s been shared, viewed, downloaded and by the interested clients. So, using this exciting software-based tool, now no more searching in document trees and digging through emails. Everything is organized in a way that actually makes sense. It saves valuable times. Fippex utilizes some of the most advanced technology for Internet security available today. When the site is accessed using a web browser, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 2048 bit encryption technology protects information using both server authentication and data encryption, ensuring that all data is safe, secure and available only to registered Users granted access by a client organization. It uses a secure, durable technology platform with industry-recognized certifications. Our data centers have multiple layers of operational and physical security to ensure the integrity and safety of your data. This software uses one of the best practices and procedures pertaining to password storage, SSL encryption, logout due to inactivity, restriction of the number of IP addresses to specific accounts and more. Due to the sensitive nature of the data residing on the Fippex platform, every measure is taken to ensure that client data is as secure as possible.

Procore construction management software is another useful tool to use in construction management. It is a cloud-based construction management software application. It promises to make the project management effortless, one task at a time. With Procore’s easy-to-use and collaborative software, one can manage projects at anytime, from anywhere, with any Internet-connected device. The construction project managers are often unsatisfied with the software functioning in this field. They are really counting on old age methods like keeping data on notebooks, spreadsheet files to stay connected with the projects. Procore Construction Management tries to be more effective and avoids miscommunications. This software needs mobile devices which includes apps for both iOS and Android. This software-based tool can be opened from any computer for instant assess with a user ID and password. This means every web-connected machine has access to the software, so that your team members can get their work done wherever they are. Procore becomes the central repository for all change orders, RFI responses and statuses, schedule changes, project documents, and photos. Any documents impacting the project can be stored within the cloud. This software is sold using a single annual access agreement to cover all of your project teams’ users. When providing an annual access agreement quote, the seller may ask how many users the buyer intend to have on Procore system – that’s so Procore system can understand the scope of their client’s construction project management efforts and calculate how much training and support they’ll have to provide for client’s account.

Saleslogix is important software in this respect. This software brings the opportunity to present real estate firms and their contractors and clients on the same platform. It is from the begining of the contact till project completion; Saleslgoix helps in keeping track of all documentation, interaction, and communications throughout the project’s duration. Users are empowered to share data across departments via a single database that can be accessed from both within and outside the office. Other features include entering all contacts and communicating with them in a consolidating place, keeping track of client meeting by role, and flagging and setting reminders for client communication about status updates, change orders, RFIs, and more.

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Arka Roy

www.quantity-takeoff.com

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Structural Estimation Sheet

This construction estimating spreadsheet is very useful for structural engineer to get familiar with the deflection attributes of a structural beam in a particular loading condition.

This template facilitates the structural engineers to be well versed with stress and deflection calculations required for structural beam bending through end overhanging supports and a single load.

Structural Estimation Sheet

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Arka Roy

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How to calculate approximately rehab costs like a pro

Now-a-days, the people apply the shortcut method for calculating the cost for setting up a house with the rehab calculator apps or online software tools. But one should have the basic conception of evaluating the property.

Phil Pustejovsky presents an exclusive video that shows the necessary steps to evaluate a property so that one can also start to calculate approximately rehab costs like a pro.

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Arka Roy

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Building Code Basics, Residential

Take away the uncertainty about applying the International Residential Code (IRC) with this user-friendly guide from the Building Code Basics series.

Unlike other books on the market, Building Code Basics Residential uses simplified, non-code language and logical topic organization to make complex code concepts more understandable.

It avoids the technical language associated with the IRC and instead features code references and descriptive illustrations and tables to explain code fundamentals. Chapters progress in the order of construction, from site-work and foundations through to fire- and life-safety and environmental requirements of a finished residence.

Also included are requirements for plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, electrical systems, and equipment. Building Code Basics Residents fills the existing gap for technically accurate, highly illustrative residential code resources, making it an ideal resource for both beginning and experienced code users to ensure compliance.

Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons. To learn more, visit dewalt.com/mobilepro.

Building Code Basics Residential

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Arka Roy

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Remodel Cost Analysis and Project Management Calculator

The Remodel Cost Analysis & Project Management Calculator provides remodelers a very valuable resource for creating preliminary cost estimates for rehbab projects, managing budgets and scopes of work.

The tool also features a budget tracker so you can analyze cost overruns and track expenses to stay within budget.

There is also a scheduler that automatically calculates the man hours for each work item based on the quantity of materials; you can then use this feature to track the original schedule against the actual schedule.

The project management functions allow you to manage scopes of work for each subcontractor on-site; the auto-filter buttons at the top of each column allow the user to sort work items by trade to easily establish scopes of work for contractors and their budgets.

Also, if you are a rehabber that is handy and can self-perform some of the work there is an area where you can designate whether you will be DIYing the work or subbing it out.

This will automatically calculate the self-performed costs compared to the hired-out costs and calculate your savings.

Download the DEMO version or Full Version today atwww.socialremodel.com

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Arka Roy

www.quantity-takeoff.com

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