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How to Avoid Problems with Contractors in Construction

Posted by The Universal Group on Apr 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In the construction industry, successful projects are often dependent on the project owners and the contractors they hire. The complexity of projects, including budgets, legal requirements and regulations, often cause construction projects to go off the rails quickly. As a manager and a superintendent, it is important to be aware of common problems you might have with contractors as they may result in significant damages and costs.

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Topics: construction, demolition, contractor problems

What to Look for When Finding Subcontractors

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 30, 2018 4:54:13 PM

Often businesses have to work on a diversified, large-scaled or specialized project without any prior experience in the field. In these cases, expert knowledge from a subcontractor will come in handy and can lead to the success of your project. Hiring a subcontractor for short-term projects is beneficial regarding cost, efficiency, and the quality of the services. However, finding subcontractors is a tricky thing. The process of hiring a subcontractor is as crucial as hiring a new employee to your company. Here are five tips to help you find the ideal subcontractor for your business. 

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Topics: construction, superintendent

What Every Construction Superintendent Should Do to Start the Day

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 16, 2018 12:39:13 PM

Most people in the construction industry can agree that the superintendent is held accountable for the completion of the project from start to finish. From taking part in the bidding process to overseeing all the work is done with plans, specifications, and local codes, it’s clear that superintendents have plenty of work and daily reporting to do. The superintendent doesn’t just keep track of project deadlines, they are also responsible for the well-being and safety of all workers on-site.

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Topics: superintendent

Top Construction Apps for 2018

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 4, 2018 12:00:47 PM

It’s become more apparent that mobile and desktop applications have expanded beyond the everyday consumer and have made its way into professional industries. For the construction industry, many apps have focused largely on improving workplace safety, increasing project productivity, enhancing customer relationships and communication, and creating ways to optimize financial spending.

While there may be a myriad of apps out there in the mobile-digital space for superintendents, project managers, and on-site workers to use, we compiled a list of our Top 6 Construction Apps for 2018 that can help your next construction project.

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Topics: professional development, construction

5 Tips for Managing Your Subcontractors

Posted by The Universal Group on Nov 7, 2017 1:16:56 PM

Most of the major construction projects involve subcontractors. They are there to save the main contractor’s time, risk and energy. Even though they are critical components in ensuring project’s success, some contractors are inattentive when managing their subcontractors. Simply appointing them and leaving them to get the job done is not the best course of action. Here are a few tips on how to manage your subcontractors. 

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The 5 Safety Supplies You Need for Your Construction Site

Posted by The Universal Group on Nov 2, 2017 10:55:12 AM

Better safe than sorry is a moto we like to live by, especially when dealing with one of the most dangerous industries in Canada. Construction is not an easy job and there are many precautions that should be taken to reduce the risk of injuries and ensure safety on the jobsite. One major factor in reducing injuries is the safety supplies used on site. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is non-negotiable and could wind up being a life saver:

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