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ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 4 - Issue: 40 - 10/16/2015

Construction Blog Highlights

ConstructionPro Network takes a look at interesting blog posts from the past week.

 

When Your Software Provider Pulls the Plug on Your Software Application

In the world of technology, software “retirements” are part of the cost (and risk) of doing business. Software programs will eventually become obsolete as newer applications enter the marketplace, as evidenced by recent application retirements from Autodesk, Trimble, Oracle and others. Customers are left scrambling when providers stop issuing upgrades or supporting older ‒ and once popular ‒ applications. What are your options? ProcoreBlog writer Erica Konieczny presents three options when you get an “end of life” statement from your software provider. Read the Oct. 12 post here. Click here for the blog home page.

 

States, DOL Crack Down on Worker Misclassification

Vermont is the latest state to join with the U.S. Department of Labor to battle worker misclassification, writes Construction Citizen blogger Elizabeth McPherson. Following the lead of 25 other states, the agreement is intended to enforce laws against employers that classify their employees as independent contractors or other types of non-employees, a practice that not only deprives their workers of wages, but also undercuts their law-abiding competitors on contracts. The recently inked Memorandum of Understanding enables Vermont and the DOL to share information and work together to combat this practice. Click here to read the Oct. 8 recap and to see if your state is one of the 26 now partnered with the DOL. Click here for the blog home page.

 

5 Steps to Help Contractors Get Started with BIM
The ConAppGuru site this week has an article by guest blogger Josh Bone of Graphisoft with useful tips to help contractors get started with BIM. The post includes useful suggestions for training as well as specific suggestions for software. Click here to read the full post. 

 

Green Building Sector Is Outpacing Growth in the US

Citing the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Amarillo Globe News blog points out that Texas leads the nation in green construction growth. The study shows that the green building growth rate will increase even further by 2018. Click here to read the blog post. The Booz Allen Hamilton report can be downloaded here.

 

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