How to Deal with Cracking of Concrete
Excessive or unexpected cracking is too often a source of callbacks and disputes on concrete flatwork projects and need not be. Unfortunately, many of the key influences that contribute to uncontrolled cracking evade attention during the design and construction process.
How to Evaluate Concrete Mix Designs & Specifications
Whether you are starting from scratch or are interested in getting the most out of your current concrete mixture designs, this session will cover basic methods using the industry's current technologies. The program will focus on ensuring quality concrete production by avoiding confusion in current concrete specifications.
How to Maximize & Manage Your Field Production
The ability to manage and motivate your field crew is a challenge that companies face no matter their size. Given today’s very competitive environment, the effectiveness of those in the field can be your key to bigger profits. This session will focus on key areas and methods of managing crews-whether you manage one or many.
Business-to-Business Negotiating Skills
Whether your style is “love to bargain” or “please don't make me dicker,” this session delivers the key principles, elements, and skills of creating successful deals for fruitful, long-term business relationships. Negotiating success depends on how well you can help others get what they want, on your terms.
SAFE Program—A Unique Approach to Safety!
At a time when every penny counts, you won't want to miss this session! This session will cover one company's journey from a desperate situation of out-of-control workplace incidents and injuries to the successful claims record today. Discover how this company turned it all around, saving over $500,000 in the first two years, and how they continue to improve.
Highlights of Changes to OSHA Crane Rules/New OSHA Crane Standards
It's been almost 40 years since OSHA's Crane Rules, 29 CFR 1926.550, have undergone a revision. In 2004, the Crane and Derrick Advisory Committee (C-DAC), composed of manufacturers, operators, and other stakeholders, submitted proposed rule changes; and in 2008, OSHA published the proposed rules. This presentation provides a comparison of the old rules and the proposed rules, highlights areas of change, and offers recommendations for future compliance needs.
Estimating & Bidding-Overhead Recovery
Overhead recovery is one of the most critical components in estimating and has the greatest impact on job profitability. This interactive session will review in detail what makes up overhead and why each company must recover it. Understand how to fairly allocate the proper amount of overhead to the material, labor, equipment and subs throughout the year in order to make a profit.
Fleet Equipment Strategies-Repair vs. Replace vs. Rebuild vs. Scrap
Equipment replacement carries a huge financial impact for companies, and it is critical to manage those assets properly. Vehicles and equipment have financial life cycles, and there are proactive indicators that allow us to prevent incurring these excessive costs before migrating costs reach excessive levels. This session will provide decision makers with strategies to apply the appropriate criteria when considering whether to repair, replace, rebuild or scrap equipment.
Know Your Costs or Fly Blind
Hear from one of the leading industry experts what role equipment costs play in various aspects of construction company management. Competitiveness at the bid table, job costing, and fleet management can be influenced by these costs. This session will review the methodology for managing the equipment account by “horizontal slices,” according to equipment category and “vertical columns” according to principal cost types.
Maximizing Productivity & Improving Excavator Skills
This in-depth session will discuss targeting operator improvements using the versatile excavator. Machine positioning, counterweights, laying pipe and digging trenches are just a few of the topics to be discussed to help improve your excavator skills.
Purchasing Earthmoving Equipment—How to Decide New vs. Used
The product managers from five leading equipment manufacturers – Caterpillar, Case, John Deere, Volvo and Komatsu – will focus on improved machine history availability through telematics, certified used machines, and machine wear inspections.
Understanding Warm-Mix Asphalt
Warm-mix asphalt (WMA) allows producers to lower the temperatures at which the material is mixed and placed on the road. Such reductions have obvious benefits of cutting fuel consumption and decreasing the production of greenhouse gases. In addition to the environment, other benefits include better compaction on the road, the ability to haul paving mix for longer distances, and the ability to pave at lower temperatures.
Parking Lot Paving-A Guide to Success
Paving parking lots has many unique challenges compared to mainline paving. With numerous starts and stops, more handwork, drainage control, paving layout, and tight working conditions, it is important to know how to address all the issues. In this session, you will learn all the "tricks of the trade" to achieve a successful finished product.
The Basics of Screening
This session covers basic concepts for novice plant design personnel to understand screening options. Screening is the critical "cashbox" of each operation. This overview will cover items like stratification, separation, bed depth, and the effects of stroke, amplitude and speed. You will glean nuggets on how to help your existing screening operations while gaining an understanding for future plant expansions.