Will BIM Become the Standard in the USA?

Construction projects around the world have been, and are continually being revolutionized by the techniques of Building Information Management, or BIM. The benefits of BIM in the realms of architecture, engineering, and construction are multifaceted, from improvements in speed and efficiency to reducing materials wasted and increasing safety. Thes...
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Construction Jobs Take a Hit in January

The construction industry took a hit in January after losing 3,000 jobs on net, which Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu likened to "the damage to many state and local government balance sheets." Despite the setback last month, ABC said the construction industry added 857,000 jobs over the past nine months and re...
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Promising End to 2020 Housing Starts Don’t Guarantee 2021 Success

The construction industry ended 2020 on relatively good terms, specifically in regards to housing starts. Despite the hit to the multifamily sector—which decreased 13.6% in December—the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reported that gains in single-family housing starts led to an increase in overall housing starts of nearly 6%.Acco...
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Rise in Nonresidential Construction Input Prices Raise Concerns

Construction input prices remained relatively low during the latter half of 2020, but December's nearly 2% increase in pricing has nonresidential contractors concerned.Nonresidential construction input prices were the cause behind the unexpected increase, with a annual change of 2.7%, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...
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Construction Industry Ends 2020 with an Uptick in Jobs

The construction industry ended 2020 on a positive note with the addition of 51,000 net new jobs in December and a recovery of more than 79% of construction jobs lost since the pandemic struck the U.S. Nonresidential construction employment was behind the industry's gain, adding 29,000 net jobs.According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...
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Steady Construction Input Prices Could Change in 2021

Contractors saw a 0.5% decline in construction input prices in November, a slight increase over the prior year. Although Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu described the price drop as "a natural growth of a strong economic rebound," there's still a possibility of a resurgence in prices next year.Softwood lumber w...
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Nonresidential Construction Adds More Jobs

The construction industry is likely to see a slowdown in the coming winter months, but a promising start was shown in November in part by the addition of 27,000 net new jobs. According to Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the latest round of new jobs brings the industry's new added job tota...
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Construction Input Prices 'Virtually Unchanged' in October

The common proverb, "No news is good news," rang true for the construction industry last month after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index found input prices were "virtually unchanged," according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Although construction input prices increased just over 1% in October year over year (YOY...
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Construction Unemployment Makes Strands in October, But Still Needs Work

October proved to be another successful month for the construction industry, adding 84,000 net new jobs and bringing the sector's unemployment rate to 6.8%. According to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the industry has fared well over the past six months with a 73% recovery of jobs lost during the early days of COVID-19. Analysts say non...
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Price of Softwood Lumber, Natural Gas Increase By Double-Digit Percentages in September

September brought about an increase in construction input prices in large part due to the rising cost of softwood lumber, which has become 80% more costly than in September 2019. In Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) latest analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' data, September 2020's Producer Price Index revealed construction input p...
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Construction Industry Concerned Over Pandemic’s Long-Term Impacts

Eight months into the pandemic, construction professionals are raising concerns over potential long-term impacts leading into the coming year. Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Executive magazine recently conducted a survey highlighting the top concerns, including "supply chain disruptions, prolonged municipal permitting processes a...
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Another Rise in Construction Input Prices

Construction input prices rose once again in August by more than half of a percent, according to Associated Builders and Contractors, where Chief Economist Anirban Basu said inflation is "a bit hotter than anticipated."Based on the latest results from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Producer Price Index, construction input prices and inputs to...
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Mail Delays Reach B2B Industry

Mail delays due to the United States Postal Service (USPS) have now reached the business-to-business credit industry. Many companies using paper checks for payroll are reporting delivery delays as well as delays in small businesses' shipments.Prior to the struggling USPS, news outlets began reporting delivery delays at the start of the pandemic in ...
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Construction Input Prices Rises for Fourth Consecutive Month

To the dismay of construction professionals, construction input prices rose once more in July by nearly 2%, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the majority of the increase was from inputs to nonresidential construction at 1.8%.Six out of the 11 subcategories saw lower price...
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Nonresidential Building Construction Employment Takes Another Hit

The construction industry may have added 20,000 jobs on net last month, but July's nonresidential construction employment dwindled. July's job loss affected nonresidential construction by 4,000 jobs, with nonresidential building taking the biggest hit with its loss of 9,300 jobs.Despite some of the losses, there was some highlights in the industry,...
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US Sees Decline in Construction Output

Construction may be considered essential during these troubling economic times, but that doesn't mean the industry is immune to the crisis. According to the latest readings from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), construction output is down significantly due to interruptions from COVID-19.The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found nonreside...
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'Human Error' Heightens Cybersecurity Issues in US, UK

Human error is always a possibility in the decisions we make and unfortunately, it has played a significant role in cybersecurity hacks among U.S. and U.K. employees. According to Tessian's latest report, "The Psychology of Human Error," 43% of those surveyed said their mistakes caused cybersecurity-related repercussions for themselves or their com...
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Construction Leaders Confident in June Staffing Levels, Profit Margins, Sales

In times of such economic uncertainty, any sign of optimism can be a positive ray of light and, in this case, that is in the form of construction leader confidence. According to Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), construction leaders in the U.S. showed increased confidence in June as it pertained to sta...
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'Buckling Global Supply Chains, Trade Tensions' Behind Increased Construction Input Prices

Construction input prices rose more than 2% in June, an increase that Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) states are linked to "global supply chains buckling and trade tensions elevated." According to ABC's latest report, construction input prices rose 2.2%, while nonresidential construction input prices climbed a little higher to 2.3%.More t...
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A Shift in Resilience Eases Credit Departments into Digital Era during Pandemic

Credit departments' shift from paper checks to digital payment platforms was underway well before COVID-19, but according to several experts, the pandemic is accelerating this transition. Diana Eagen and Frank Cook, of document automation and order management software solutions company Esker, said the current economic climate continues to ease...
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