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New Construction Technology
GPS
Can do all earthwork using GPS attached to bulldozer blades, excavators, scrapers, etcCost: GPS equipment including receivers and base stations, digital mapping of projectBenefit: faster, more accurate, less surveyingCan be done with less experienced operatorsBUT you need good operators for non-GPS jobs
Modular housing
Factory built houseCan be completed faster than a stick built houseNeed excellent quality control on foundationMust be square and levelEstimating and scheduling are a large part of the modular home industryWorkers work piece workNeed to move houses so many stations a day
Modular housing
No change orders – lowers costEach house has individual set of plansLimitations on size of house – 16’ wide sections
New waves in home building
SustainabilityUsing renewable resourcesOSB, Wooden I beams, trusses, finger jointed productsUse less wood, use smaller size treesBuilding with load transfer in mindBuilding smaller, more efficient housesBambooBlue jeans insulation
Energy Star
Costs: more insulation, high efficiency heat and water heater, high e windows and doorsBenefits: supposed to use less energyProblems: Architects and contractors not clear on the conceptCounts bulbs, efficiency of furnace, insulation, windows,http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.nh_features
LEED certification
Looks at whole projectImpact on environmentWaste, carbon footprint, recyclingEnergy usageWater/Storm waterhttp://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=220
Teaming & Leadership
CTC-470
Peer Review
When does Peer Review start?College ProjectsYour boss asked for your opinion of a fellow workerYour Annual Review – your boss wants you to succeedYou become the boss
Peer Review
Should not be confrontationalNeed to be able to give honest critiqueFeedback is essential to a good projectA good project depends on people doing their job -> how do you help others?Words to avoidStupidIdiotic3 year old could do better
Peer Review
How do you get to the point where people know that your opinion is valid?HonestyEthicsKnowledge baseReputation
Peer Review
How do you move up in CompanyBased on abilityBased on interaction with othersBased on peer reviewBased on ability to work and lead a team
Peer Review
2 career pathsSenior Engineer – can’t communicate, works well alone, very competentManagement – can communicate ideas to others, works well with others, team player, competentWhich do you want to be?Your peers will review you and put you in a niche based on competency and need
Team Leading
What makes a person a good leader?Give some examples
Team Leading
How do you get people to follow your lead?Have a planEveryone has input (ownership)Have milestonesWork harder than everyone elseBe fairCelebrate project completion
Team Leading
Get people to want to work for youGive praise for good workThank You CardsTake all the hitsRecognize personality typesYou need to know how to react to people and why they are reacting to you
Meetings
Can be huge time sinkEx: Weekly meetings for companyHow often?Depends on projectKeeps coordination between people at meetingLets everyone know what is happeningMore complicated -> more meetingsOnly when necessaryHow do you know?Must have information to present or pass
Meetings
Only for those who need to be thereEveryone at meeting is costing Company $Efficiency = (Billable hours)/(Total hours)Meetings are a good place to chatPeople have coffee, a seat, and other people around tableCan formalize meetingsNo coffee urnNo chairs
Calling Meetings
Who needs to be thereHow long is it going to takeNo more than 1.5 hours without a breakWhat is going to be discussedGive people as much notice as possible so that they can be productive and participate in meeting
Leading Meetings
Keep on time – use the agendaKeep on track – don’t let side discussions into meetingYou can always schedule a meetingEnd on timeYou want people to come to your meetingsRun a meeting that you would want to attend
Agenda
Most important part of meetingTells participantsWhat will be discussedHow long a topic will be discussedWhat they should bring to meetingWhen it will endDon’t try to crowd itemsHave 2 meetings or increase time
Agenda
Send out preliminary agendaWhat do you think is importantGet feedbackDo some items need to be discussedDo some items need their own meetingFinalize agenda
Agenda
Are meetings a place where people catch up on other people’s lives?Schedule time in meeting to do thatCall it announcements, old businessBut stick to scheduleTakes away from productive meeting time

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