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Video: Six Figures, No Suits Episode 3 – Shoring – Mirvish Village

Tough, Bold, Sharp & Tireless. That’s the incredible team at GFL Environmental as they install shoring and excavation on the magnificent towers at Mirvish Village in Toronto, Canada.

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Video: Six Figures, No Suits Episode 2 – Dam Micropiles

A floating barge with huge machines, drill spectacularly deep holes! The crew works to assure the Prairie Du Sac Dam is spared a catastrophic failure due to the rotting wood timber.

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Video: Six Figures, No Suits Episode 1 – Drilled Shafts

Episode 1 of Six Figures, No Suits takes us literally into the heart of Alabama where Russo Corp is busy working on a drilled shaft project to make the foundations for a new condo.

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Mass Timber: Is Wood the Future of Sustainable Construction?

Buildings made entirely from wood are a rare find in modern cities, but engineers and environmental advocates are looking to change that with mass timber, a modern framing system that has transformed what we know about wooden buildings.

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Substantial Completion: What Owners & Contractors Should Know

Substantial completion is a contractual obligation that refers to the point at which a building or structure is suitable to be used.

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Proctor Compaction Test: Procedure & Tools

The Proctor test measures soil compaction to determine the point at which soils can most efficiently be compacted using construction equipment, based on their optimal moisture content and maximum dry weight.

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The Top Skid Steer Brands and How To Choose

The best attachments that make it easier to handle many tasks on a construction site with a skid steer loader.

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10 Notable Construction Equipment Suppliers

The right construction equipment can make a job much easier. Here are ten of the top construction equipment suppliers.

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Dumpster Enclosure Dimensions: How Much Space Do You Need?

There are multiple factors to consider when adding a dumpster enclosure to your property. To help simplify the process, we’ll walk through the most common sizes and dimensions and provide tips for building your own dumpster enclosure.

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How To Get Forklift Certified + Common FAQs

Learn what standard forklift training programs include, find out who certifies training, and know who should get forklift training.

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Creating an Effective Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSP)

A site-specific safety plan is a risk management document written and maintained by the contractor to manage the health and safety of the construction site.

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Forklift Accident Types, Stats, and Safety Protocols

888,220 forklift accidents were reported between 2011 and 2019. Most recently, forklift accidents caused 79 deaths and 8,140 nonfatal injuries in 2019.

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8 Innovative Smart Waste Management Technologies

The first step toward creating efficient, sustainable waste management systems is learning why our current ones aren’t working. The following technologies combine IoT data analytics with modern solutions to help identify challenges and improve as they go.

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Constructing the City of the Future

As the global population grows and more people flock to urban areas, new methods to build efficient, sustainable cities could drastically change the urban landscape in just a few decades.

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Big Data is Taking the Construction Industry to New Heights — Here’s How

Big data is being used in every stage of the construction process to increase efficiency and productivity.

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Construction Schedule Template (Free Download)

We’ve created downloadable weekly and daily construction schedule templates to streamline the scheduling process and help keep your team organized.

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7 Steps to a Successful Project Closeout

In construction, project closeout is when a project is completed and its assets are transferred to a new owner. Each step is critical to ensure your project wraps up without significant delays.

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Change Orders for Construction Explained

Change orders are updates to a project’s original scope in a construction contract, which is important because of the dynamic nature of construction projects.

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What Is a Construction Foreman?

A construction foreman works below the superintendent and project managers but above regular construction workers. This places them in a unique position on construction sites, allowing them to serve as a bridge between workers on the ground and upper management.

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How To Become a Crane Operator

If you’re looking for a career that is challenging, pays well, and doesn’t require years of advanced study and mountains of student loan debt, then a career in the construction industry as a crane operator might be just what you’re searching for.

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Women in STEM Statistics to Inspire Future Leaders

Women make up half of the total workforce, but they represent much less of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields.

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How Climate Change Is Affecting Construction Jobs

Find out how combating climate change is affecting the construction job outlook.

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The Science of Hurricane-Proof Buildings

Hurricanes cause immense destruction to our communities. We cover the science and technology of hurricane-proof buildings and how structures are built to resist winds, floods, and debris.

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Rebuilding After a Disaster: Do You Stay or Leave?

Once a hurricane, wildfire, tornado, flood, or earthquake has passed, there’s one main decision many people have to make: After losing everything in a disaster, do you rebuild in the same area or pack up and head somewhere safer? Here are some major factors to consider when trying to answer such a question.

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How To Get Forklift Certified + Common FAQs

Learn what standard forklift training programs include, find out who certifies training, and know who should get forklift training.

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How to Build an Epic Ninja-Style Obstacle Course in Your Backyard

Whether you’re a parent with active kids who need a challenge, a fitness enthusiast who loves watching “American Ninja Warrior,” or someone training for a career in the armed forces – building an epic obstacle course in your backyard is a great project that can take your workouts to an exciting new level and make your house the envy of the block.

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How to Create a Safe and Inspiring Homeschool Environment

Modifying your home to create a peaceful and inspiring environment can pay huge dividends in terms of productivity and learning. This is especially true if your child has special needs or requires a lot of encouragement to learn. Here are some tips to create a homeschooling environment where you and your child will thrive.

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