The Lean Methodology of Project Scheduling

Lean scheduling is a way to combat delays and “firefighting” with careful, collaborative planning that ultimately increases efficiency and reduces waste. Delays and “firefighting” may seem like a typical part of the construction process – but it doesn’t have to be that way. PLAN A key difference between Lea…

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The Ins and Outs of Insulation

Which type of insulation is best for a given project? Several different types of insulation are being used together in our Mercy Magnuson Place Apartments project. Each was chosen for its particular characteristics in its given application. Having a well thought out system with a quality…

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Kaiten-zushi Construction Procurement

Kaiten-zushi is a sushi restaurant where plates of sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of consumed sushi. Construction Procurement is the process of finding, agreeing on…

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Using Drones to Survey Existing Conditions

On a current project in downtown Seattle now undergoing repairs to a 10 story concrete façade, the initial conundrum was to determine the most economical method for the structural engineer to inspect and document the existing conditions. After looking at the costs of two swing stage drops or a …

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Bluebeam Revu Review

What is my favorite technological innovation benefitting the construction industry? It is the mighty, yet humble, Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Simple, and often overlooked, this technology allows the transfer of information and communication to happen instantly and securely, increasing the…

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