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Join us for the ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance, as we provide insights on the nation's political landscape.

This series will feature political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more.

The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger for more information at pfeiffenberger@abc.org or (202) 595-1813.

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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Construction in the Cloud: Fact vs. Fiction

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Carole Fillion and Tim Johnson, Egnyte
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

The construction industry is often a laggard when it comes to adopting the newest technologies. But even firms that adapt can fail to make the most out of their investment. Often, adopting new technologies can lead to siloed data, duplicate entries and tech support nightmares. Using a common data environment can facilitate integrations and smooth over movement of data across all project stakeholders, securely in the cloud.

Join this webinar as we discuss some of the facts and fiction about construction in the cloud and share how contractors have used common data environments to maximize ROI on technology investments.

Sign up for this webinar to learn how using a common data environment can:

  • • Bring digital models and critical information together in real time for decision makers to make faster, more accurate decisions
  • • Allow teams to use common standards, designs and definitions to foster collaboration among project stakeholders
  • • Store files securely; monitor files, users and user activity
  • • Reduce costs and make costs more predictable
  • • Version files for a complete history of changes—never accidentally overwrite or delete a file
  • • Transfer large files with ease
  • • Make data available in low-or-no bandwidth areas (perfect for remote projects like solar or wind farms)

 

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Preparing to Compete in the Fourth Industrial Age

Construction Executive

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker:  Joseph White, AEU Lead
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Open to All The fourth industrial revolution is well under way. Characterized by advancements in automation, digital technologies and predictive analytics, organizations across a wide-spectrum of industries will face and must embrace change as the new reality. From planning to performance, the active ingredient to making needed transitions at an operational or individual level involves context—a clear connection to and understanding of the “why?”

While the next reality may not be fully understood, what is clear is that it will be different. A post-COVID economy will likely involve an accelerated transition to automation and next-generation technologies. Combined with advancements in predictive analytics, the building industries are poised for disruptive innovation and seismic shifts in operational practices unlike anything previously experienced. The net outcome is a fluid and dynamic environment characterized by never-ending change. As trades-oriented business owners and executives prepare to compete over the next decade and beyond, it’s no longer about setting coordinates on targeted landmarks. The near-term challenge involves building operational resiliency within and preparing internal resources for real-time adjustments in response to what promises to be a constantly evolving marketplace as well as consumer demands.

Throughout the construction industry, there will be many changes over the next five years involving the workplace and the workforce. The workplace will become more automated as digital technologies are developed and integrated into practice. The workforce will transition from its current makeup to one primarily comprised of millennials and generation z employees—those born after 1981 and 1996, respectively. As a result, the skills required for success as an operational manager or supervisor must evolve, as well. The key to success in frontline roles going forward is influence—not authority. It’s far more about leadership and less about management from a traditional perspective.

During the webinar, we’ll:

  • •  Provide a glimpse into what a post-COVID-19 construction industry will look like in three-to-five years
  • •  Highlight executive leadership’s role in making needed transitions
  • •  Outline development needs for first or frontline managers

This webinar will help contractors prepare for the fourth industrial revolution by reducing turnover, improving employee engagement, developing strong and effective leaders and improve business resilience and continuity in the face of shifting challengers.

 

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From Whiteboards to the Cloud: Why Contractors Are Choosing to Digitize Workforce Management

Construction Executive

Date: November 11, 2020 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    TJ Baggett, Corna Kokosing; John Olofsson, DPR Construction; Ben Schultz, LaborChart
Moderator:    Maggie Murphy, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

$280 billion of rework was caused by poor project data and miscommunication globally in 2018. Contractors are seeing that digital workforce management and mobile resource management (MRM) are the tools they need for connection in this moment and the future.

This webinar will feature innovative contractors who have successfully digitized their workforce management procedures and revamped their organization’s staff by moving to cloud-based management tools. By adopting these tools and protocols, contractors can enable efficient use of their workforces, increase accurate forecasting, improve project margins and experience a reduction in delays due to labor shortages.

In this webinar, you’ll hear:

  • •  Why contractors should move workforce management processes from whiteboards to the cloud
  • •  Strategies for efficient modern workforce management
  • •  Diverse perspectives from contractors across the country and their unique approaches to workforce management
  • •  How proper use of workforce management can improve forecasting to bid competitively, win more jobs and increase ROI
  • •  How to centralize communications, scheduling and work requests
  • •  How workforce management apps can be used for contact tracing in the event of COVID-19
  • •  How to project and forecast future manpower commitments.
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Utilizing Estimating and Management Tools to Improve Productivity, Safety and Your Bottom Line

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Christian Anderson, BuildOps; Joe Fawcett, Southwire; Jeff Gerardi, ProEst; Matt Hardy, Tri-City Electrical Contractors Inc.
Moderator:    Matt Abeles, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

Get an inside look at the industry’s most innovative estimating and management tools available to today’s electrical contractors. Learn how you can best leverage these tools by joining a conversation featuring representatives from a leading manufacturer of electrical wire and cable, cutting-edge construction technology providers and an ABC contractor member on how they utilize digital tools to improve safety, efficiency and overall profitability.

MEET THE PRESENTERS

Christian Anderson
Christian Anderson, vice president of business development at BuildOps, is an accomplished sales and business development leader with a passion for building strong teams and connecting people. His professional career has been primarily in field service, building software tools that meet the demands of modern contractors. He leverages partnerships with industry-leading organizations, as well as integration partners, to help contractors manage their businesses and keep operations under one roof.

Joe Fawcett
Joe Fawcett has 30 years of experience in the fields of construction, electrical contracting and education and serves as training instructor at Southwire, one of ABC’s strategic partners. Having previously worked as an electrician, foreman and a physics teacher during his career, he is committed to finding better ways to work, design and learn.

Jeff Gerardi
Jeff Gerardi is the owner, president and CEO of ProEst Estimating Software. Under Gerardi’s leadership, ProEst has grown into a thriving, cutting-edge technology firm that serves more than 8,000 contractors across the globe. His mission is to help ProEst become the absolute industry leader among construction estimating software solutions.

Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy is a senior construction executive with Tri-City Electrical Contractors Inc., ABC’s 2020 Contactor of the Year. With two decades of construction management experience, Hardy is adept at managing the full life cycle of construction projects from conception to completion and continuously assesses operations to identify opportunities to enhance safety, efficiency, service and profits. Hardy is a staunch advocate of prefabrication and utilizing technology to its fullest extent to improve process, speed and quality across all projects.

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Utilizing Technology to Mitigate Risk During COVID-19 and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Peter Grant, Safesite; Buddy Henley, Henley Construction Co. Inc.; Chris Jervey, StructionSite; Corey Rimmer, ARM, CRIS, RRE, CNA Insurance
Moderator: Matt Abeles, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
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As we navigate the increasing risks our industry faces as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to consider how to combat and mitigate the risk contractors face on today’s jobsite. Learn how contractors can employ innovative technology to lessen risk and increase profitability and certainty by joining a conversation featuring a member, a global insurance leader and leading technology providers who have been on the front lines supporting contractors during the pandemic.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Peter Grant
Peter Grant is founder and CEO of Safesite, a safety management app and reporting dashboard that helps companies make measurable improvements in performance. His experience working as a civil engineer in project management for large commercial contractors motivated him to use mobile technology to reduce preventable incidents and deaths: Safesite, which has grown into a robust safety management system. Read his safety insights on the Safesite blog.

Buddy Henley
Robert C. “Buddy” Henley, president of Henley Construction Co. Inc. in Gaithersburg, Maryland, began his term as ABC Mid-Atlantic Region vice chair in 2019. He has also served on the board of directors of the ABC Metro Washington Chapter since 2010. Henley joined Henley Construction, which was started by his father, Robert J. Henley, in 1964, after college, working his way up through the ranks as an estimator, project manager and vice president before becoming president in 2007.

Chris Jervey
Chris Jervey is the director of business development at StructionSite, which partners with many of the country’s largest builders, construction technology providers, AEC industry organizations and academic/training institutions. Jervey has 25 years of experience working in construction project management, sales and business development, and focuses on tools in the construction industry that create workflow efficiency and make complex work a little easier.

Corey Rimmer
Corey Rimmer, assistant vice president of the risk control construction segment, leads the direction, management and oversight of the risk control function within CNA’s construction business segment. With more than 18 years of experience in insurance risk control, Rimmer has served as a risk control consultant as well as risk control director, in which he worked to develop other risk control staff through coaching, mentoring and training.

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