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From the monthly archives: April 2015

We are pleased to present below all posts archived in 'April 2015'. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Nonresidential Fixed Investment’s Winning Streak Shattered in the First Quarter

Nonresidential fixed investment fell 3.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, after expanding 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the April 29 gross domestic product (GDP) report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real GDP expanded just 0.2 percent, on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, during the first quarter, following a 2.2 percent increase during the final quarter of 2014. 

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OFCCP Announces New Veterans Hiring Benchmark

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated its Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database April 21 to reflect a new 7 percent annual national benchmark for federal contractor hiring of protected veterans, down from the previous 7.2 percent. 

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Weighing in on Commercial Drone Rulemaking

ABC submitted comments April 24 to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the proposed rule for the operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones. ABC offered its input on how the proposal will affect the construction industry’s ability to use drones on project sites. 

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How BIM Can Create a Safer Jobsite

In the construction industry, safety should be the number one priority on every jobsite and with the increased use of new technology such as BIM, the industry is finding ways to not only reduce onsite injuries, but to reduce the overall construction schedule at the same time. 

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Viewpoint Releases Tool-Sharing and Tracking App

With Viewpoint’s new app, ShareMyToolbox, users can track their tools and loan or borrow tools instead of going out and buying your own by making connections with friends, family and co-workers through the app. The app is free and available on Apple devices. 

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Congress Shows Widespread Support for Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax

On April 22, 218 members of the House officially signed onto legislation (H.R. 928) that seeks to repeal the health insurance tax (HIT). The HIT is a measure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that increases premiums for coverage from the fully insured market, where almost 90 percent of small businesses purchase health coverage.

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Gearing Up for Safety Week 2015

Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction job sites across the U.S. One incident is one too many—
life is too precious not to make safety the number one focus in the U.S. construction industry. With the common goal of building safety together, ABC is joining the Construction Industry Safety (CISI) initiative and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum for the second annual Safety Week May 3-9. 

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Reducing Uncertainty and Improving Performance with BIM

In a recent report, McGraw Hill Construction discusses the top causes of uncertainty in construction projects and their effects on the schedule and cost of the projects. Once the top causes were identified, the report dives into ways an entire team from the owner to the architects and the contractors can improve performance.

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