Project Manager Can Offer Knowledge To Novice Owner, Be Contractor Ally

Denise Gillin Bonds, Construction, News

As the construction industry has moved toward more collaborative forms of project delivery, many owners have begun engaging outside professionals who are known as owners project managers (OPMs). They assist with overall project planning, coordination and project oversight beyond what is typically performed by the owners’ design professionals. They also serve as a liaison between the owner and project team. Read the full article >>>

Cover Crops Success is Encouraging To Farmers Nationwide

Courtney Meyer Agribusiness

Farmers have been successfully incorporating cover crops into their rotations and their enthusiasm for the practice remains high according to a 2016-2017 Cover Crop Survey Annual Report conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). This survey is also supported by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and has been conducted since 2012. Covering a wide breadth of topics associated with cover crop use, the complete survey is available on the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education website. Tell me more >>>

Medicare Cards Without Social Security Numbers Coming In 2018

Tom Kennedy Medicare, News

Coming Soon: A new Medicare card that will not display a cardholder’s Social Security number (SSN). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it is preparing to issue Medicare cards that will use new unique numbers in place of cardholder SSNs. CMS said it would begin mailing new cards to beneficiaries in April 2018. Read the full article >>>

Four Companies Contracted For Border Wall Prototypes

Joshua Etemadi Bonds, Construction, News

The Department of Homeland Security awarded four contracts for border wall prototypes, another crucial step in President Donald Trump’s plan to secure the border. Officials of Customs and Border Protection gave contracts to Texas Sterling Construction of Houston, Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama, Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona, and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction of Philadelphia. Read the full article >>>

Data Breach Preparedness: Critical Risk Management Priority for Small and Mid-sized Businesses

Amy Mitchell Business Insurance, Insurance, News, Risk Management

After hearing a lot lately about big companies suffering data breaches, it is important to remember that, according to inc.com, half of all cyberattacks target small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Based on a 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report, CNBC reported that in the prior 12 months half of all SMBs in the U.S. had been hacked. Read the full article >>>

Above Devastated Houston, Armies of Drones Prove Their Worth

Denise Gillin News

Less than a week after the last drops of Hurricane Harvey fell, Houston is just beginning to assess the damage. At least 46 people have died. More than 30,000 houses are flooded and as many as a million vehicles waterlogged. Early estimates suggest the hurricane has inflicted $120 billion in damage on the region, making it the most expensive natural disaster in the country’s history. Tell me more >>>

Contractors Should Know Exclusions in CGL Policy

Joshua Etemadi Bonds, Construction

Whether you are a developer, builder, design professional, subcontractor, or supplier, one of the most important aspects of risk management is ensuring both you, and any entities with whom you contract, have good insurance. But, do you really know if you have enough insurance and the types of coverage you need? Ask yourself the following questions and speak to your insurance broker (or find a new one) if you cannot answer them. Tell me more >>>

Construction Schedules, Supply Chain to Feel Harvey

Joshua Etemadi Bonds, Construction, News

Hurricane Harvey’s immediate impact on the construction sector will be a disruption in the supply chain for key materials, along with scheduling problems for projects that were under construction. As the cleanup and eventual rebuilding proceed, increased demand for materials and labor will push costs upward and contractors will be scrambling to secure supplies and workers. Read the full article >>>