This week the Construction App Guru has found the following collection of blogs for construction industry that are relevant for technology, leadership and training. These blog posts are from other Thought Leaders that can offer advise on how to improve your career and business.

This week check out these posts from Todd DawaltCarol Hagen, Michael Pink, and Stephanie Zucchi

#032: Counter-Terrorism Strategies for Business and Leadership with Craig Fussell

The following article was originally posted by Todd Dawalt on the www.constructionleadgingedge.com website.

This is The Construction Leading Edge podcast, my name is Todd Dawalt, and my job is to help you grow your leadership skills, grow your business and grow your income.

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In this episode, I interview Chris Fussell. He is the Chief Growth Officer at McChrystal Group. He’s an author of the New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World. Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe, including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A few years ago, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group to join the McChrystal Group. They are a leadership and management consultancy composed of a mix of folks from the military, academic, business, and technology sectors. Their consultants specialize in transforming stagnant and siloed organizations into cohesive, adaptable “teams of teams”.

In a nutshell, in this interview you will learn about how the military special operations leadership had to change their approach during the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan and how the principles they developed apply to business today. You will learn about distributed networks, what empowered execution is and how to create a shared consciousness.

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Here’s how you can learn more about and connect with Chris:

His book: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World
The McChrystal Group – www.crosslead.com
Twitter – @fussellchris

Chris’ articles:
The biggest career lesson this Navy SEAL learned in Iraq – Fortune Magazine

Why Special Ops Stopped Relying So Much on Top-Down Leadership – Harvard Business Review

7 Proactive Steps a Bluebeam Tip: Presentations without Powerpoint

The following article was originally posted by Carol Hagen on the www.hagenbusiness.com website.

Bluebeam Revu is great in making PDFs of all sizes including pages that are perfect for slide presentations. Revu can also be used for creating slides and has it’s own presentation mode. You can also use the Presentation mode to view Full Screen and loop the slidedeck too.
To get started, create a new document and chose the custom Slides template (10 x 7.5 in portrait mode). Then copy, paste, use markups and the snapshot tool to create your slides. With the ability to place images, and use layers like we shared in our earlier blog post architectural illustration to toggle different element on or off. you can make almost anything. If you need to pull images from the web or other non-PDF sources, you may want to get Jing from TechSmith. Jing is a free download that I recommend when you don’t have spare change for Snag-IT.

Once you have your slide content complete, Presentation Mode is just a CTL + Enter away! That’s the shortcut to enter presentation mode. To exit presentation mode press ESC. You can also get to Presentation Mode from the View Menu in the upper right next to Settings. The view menu looks like this

Presentation Mode settings have options for Auto advance, loop after last page, background color choices and even offers page transitions (dissolve, zoom, split, fade,, etc). You can select your preferences from Settings | Preferences or just use the shortcut CTL + K and select Presentation.

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7 Proactive Steps a Construction Company Can Take To Avoid Losses and Claims

The following article was originally posted by Michael Pink on the www.construxsolutions.com website.

I am a consultant who has spent the past 15 years of my career assisting entities involved in commercial construction in various ways. Because the industry is the way it is, a large percentage of my work has be reactive as oppose to proactive. Some may call me a “claims consultant” or even a “hired gun”.  While the title “hired gun” sounds pretty cool, the reality is that both of these titles come with some sort of a negative connotation within the construction industry. There are several reasons for this, but it really becomes a question of objectivity versus subjectivity in a forensic analysis.

I personally like the objective (fact based) approach because it puts my clients at less risk during the dispute resolution process, and more importantly it gives my clients significant amounts of clarity on the real issues that affected the project, whether it be their own fault or someone else’s. This enables my clients to prepare an iron clad strategy for settlement while also empowering them to correct any internal issues that may contributed to the current problem, and move forward as a better company.

As such, in my time analyzing many construction projects in great detail, I have picked up on many internal issues that I believe strongly correlate with projects that result in losses and claims. As a result, I have developed a list of things that I believe companies can do to minimize losses and claims:

  1. Always Prepare a Cost Loaded / Resource Loaded CPM Schedule – A cost loaded, resource loaded schedule is the first step any contractor can take at establishing and documenting a manpower plan, timeline and intended flow for its work. This is beneficial for 2 reasons: A) It will become the basis for measuring impacts and variances to both cost and schedule in a delay/dispute/claim setting and B) It will serve as a great project management resource/tool. Without thinking through manpower, durations and workflow in great detail at the beginning of the project, a contractor will put itself at risk of becoming delayed and blowing the budget.

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The Autonomous Construction Truck: No Driver Needed

The following article was originally posted by Stephanie Zucchi on the www.zbrella.com website.

Just this past May ZBRELLA covered the grand introduction of Daimler’s semi-autonomous “Inspiration Truck,” the first of its kind to hit United States’ highways during test trials. And while the ingenuity behind the semi-autonomous truck was, and remains, novel, it still required a cognitive person to man the wheel.

Pennsylvania based vehicle manufacturing company, Royal Truck & Equipment, is looking to change the way we look at driverless automobiles by living up to the title “driverless” and eliminating the driver behind the truck entirely. Specializing in TMA (truck mounted attenuator) trucks, more commonly referred to as safety or crash trucks, Royal Truck & Equipment are the first to develop an autonomous TMA truck (ATMA).

But how did they do it? By outfitting the truck with an electro-mechanical system and a fully integrated sensor suite that enables what they call a Leader/Follower capability. What the Leader/Follower capability basically does is allow the ATMA truck to follow the “lead” vehicle that would typically drive in front of a regular TMA truck. The hitch? The company’s ATMA truck operates driverless and follows the leader truck without the aid of a single sentient employee or worker.

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