Category: Managing Your Business

Fabrication Virtual Mini II – North Mechanical

Small and medium contractors have some advantages when it comes to both innovation and fabrication. Innovation is far easier to implement when there are fewer people to train on a new process. Fabrication can be highly productive in smaller spaces that require less overhead.

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, North Mechanical Contractors, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana shared some insights on how they drive an amazing amount of productivity through innovation. The presentation, led by North’s VDC and Technology Manager Trent Leinenbach and Tole Burnett, the company’s Manufacturing Manager, demonstrated the process, software and hardware that allow them to approach fabrication from a manufacturing mindset.

Their presentation largely featured a software integration with GTP Stratus that allowed them to connect their VDC and BIM department with the fabrication shop and the field. The software not only assists in their organization, process, purchasing and scheduling, it can be used to drive manufacturing equipment more efficiently. One of the many processes North shared in the video demonstration was how the software provides automated cut lists that can minimize waste by driving a Tigerstop to automate pipe lengths before cutting them automatically.

It also allows computer workstations at fabrication stations access to more information. This includes 3D models that can be rotated and zoomed with dimensions and hidden systems available to be seen.

Project-Specific Loss of Productivity Analysis Methodologies

There is no question the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the construction industry as a whole, including the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) trades. The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) have aligned the MEP trades in a collaborative effort to bring to you and the construction industry this white paper. Find the Change Orders publication referenced in this white paper here.

Fabrication Virtual Mini – Modern Piping

When site restrictions were enforced this past March, many contractors turned towards their fabrication facilities to keep their projects on track. Fabrication not only allows for a controlled environment with greater safety and oversight, it also allows companies like Modern Piping in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to leverage their productivity gains at a higher rate and even work two shifts to keep their work on pace with their schedule. 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, MCAA has decided to postpone their 2020 Fabrication Conference to 2021. In lieu of an in-person conference in 2020, the MCAA Fabrication Committee is working to provide MCAA members with a virtual sneak peek inside some of the most innovative fabrication facilities. 

Over the last ten years, Modern Piping has been pushing the leading edge of fabrication by applying lean manufacturing concepts, developing software that digitizes their process and automates not only their digital workflow, but also their actual production. This has resulted in a dramatic productivity gain seen throughout their entire construction process. 

Modern Piping’s Fabrication Shop ManagerJim Tedow is joined by MCAA’s Director of Innovative TechnologiesSean McGuire, and MSUITE’s CEOBritton Langdon, to discuss their processes, tools and techniques in fabrication. This interactive session includes videos from Modern Piping’s fabrication facilities and a discussion on manufacturing concepts utilized at Modern. Attendees will see how they have streamlined their processes from design to the field. 

The Business Value of BIM for Mechanical and HVAC Construction SmartMarket Report

The use of BIM and related technologies and processes that leverage data from models is delivering meaningful impact to mechanical and HVAC contractors on a wide variety of measures, including cost and schedule improvements, enhanced productivity, better collaboration between stakeholders and better worker safety. This research report quantifies other benefits to users and the challenges related to leveraging BIM to increase industry understanding of which factors will most effectively drive growth and expand future use.

Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report

Improved productivity and quality are among the benefits driving interest in, and use of, prefabrication and modular construction today. This research report quantifies other benefits to users and the challenges related to each to increase industry understanding of which factors will most effectively drive growth and expand future use.

Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform Policy Issues

This report, which was released jointly by MCAA, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), and Horizon Actuarial Services analyzes how the impact of the lingering pension reform impasse in Congress adversely affects active participants in MCAA/UA pension plans and highlights inequities in benefit levels.

Career Development Initiative Podcast

In the Management Methods Committee’s latest podcast, Host Bob Lindbloom talks with MCAA’s Director, Career Development Harlee Gallo Mooney about our industry-leading career development program. This special pop-up edition of the podcast is available exclusively via the iTunes or Google Play stores. Have questions or need support? Contact us.

Scheduling Best Practices

This bulletin looks at how contractors can adapt and improve skill and competency at scheduling, which is necessary to deliver the value that customers expect on time. Prefer to listen? Check out the podcast!

Developing Improved Labor-Management Relations Podcast

Host Bob Lindbloom and co-host Brodie Arndt discuss various collective bargaining approaches with C. Richard Barnes, an internationally recognized mediator, facilitator, skills trainer and speaker specializing in dispute resolution, workforce training, and leadership coaching. This podcast complements the Management Methods Bulletin on the same topic. Play the podcast directly from the WebBook, or listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play.

Guide to Safety Incentive Programs

Encourage your employees to practice sound safety procedures by establishing an effective safety incentive program. This publication offers tips from those who have developed successful programs.

MCAA Robotic Total Station Report

This sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. When used in concert with BIM, robotic total stations have the potential to drastically improve productivity. A companion webinar is also available.

2017 Construction Technology Report Webinar

This webinar offers additional insights into the 7th Annual Construction Technology Report written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA’s Technology Research Series. James Benham, the CEO of JBKnowledge, joined Sean McGuire to discuss the findings from the study.

The Next Generation of Data Security

Anything related to technology or cyber security can no longer be taken on faith. It should be protected like any other company asset, but with different tools and strategies. This article is intended to provide guidance and insight of current tools and techniques to protect your data and operations.

Concurrent Delay

This bulletin provides an overview on the subject of concurrent delay. In some instances, contractors or subcontractors may be able to recover extended performance costs. They may also receive an extension of their performance time and as such, relief from liquidated damages.