Question of the Day:
Scope of Work and Responsibility
“As a CM, how do I best convey my intended and assumed scope of work and overall responsibility to all parties involved in the construction of a project I am bidding? I don’t want to be held responsible for something I haven’t bid.”
This is a terrific question and...
Defining success is not always as clear and concise as closing an equipment contract or for that matter a series of contracts, as we did this year at the BCMC. For Square 1 Design & Manufacture Inc., the BCMC 2016 was nothing short of a success.
All credit is given to our staff for...
Many people have commented on the great articles Carl Schoening has contributed to this magazine. Because we don’t have his reflections on industry leaders in this issue, I’ve decided to contribute some of my own. While I am the first person to say “I’m no Carl...
Stop Wasting So Much Time Trying to Find Up to Date Project or Department Information
It is an all too common problem for too many managers and sales staff; hours are spent wasting so much time trying to find up-to-date information for any given project being processed by the company. Ask yourself one simple question. How much time each day do you spend looking for information...
Do You Know Your Knots?
In the photograph, the side grain is shown to provide understanding of what constitutes a knot defect when the truss member is cut perpendicular to this face. Each dark line of grain indicates an annual growth ring.
In the sections marked A, the face of a sawn member would not show any knots...
Launching Keymark’s New Program: Softright, Part Two
Part Two: One Example of a Solution Provided By Softright
Last month, Part I of this series discussed the problem that our new program, Softright, is designed to fix. We focused on the issues that business owners have with integrating all of their internal systems. In this article, I’d...
The American free enterprise system has been the greatest engine for prosperity in world history and has the potential to deliver a promising economic future for our country and around the globe. However, manufacturing in the United States faces significant challenges in an increasingly...
Buying Mill Direct
Part One in the Save Money Series
Over decades of purchasing for a large component manufacturer and trading as a lumber broker, I bought and sold well over 25,000 loads of lumber. The most valuable asset I brought to the table as the truss plants’ lumber buyer was confidence to purchase...
Lean Thinking Means No Waste: No “TIM WOODS”
At its core, Lean means no waste. The original Lean (Six Sigma) concept defines 7 wastes (Muda) that exist in business. All process waste is categorized into one or more of these categories. The rules for these wastes apply in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries.
Designing Overhangs on Gable Ends
It seems that each major hurricane tends to teach those of us in the construction industry some lesson. With Hurricane Andrew, the lessons were the importance of protection from windborne debris, and the importance of proper construction of gable ends.
There are two main areas where gable...