Opinion: Eminent Domain Makes Eminent Sense for Border Fence

President Trump's desire to build a fence along sections of America's southern border will be helped along, if necessary, by expropriation of property. If it comes to that, the president will be on firm constitutional ground. “Eminent domain' is the term used for public taking of private property. Generally speaking, everyone is for the process, except when they're not. The equivocating mindset is similar to the NIMBY phenomenon, in which a community seems united in a goal to build community housing or a new industrial plant or some other public project…but just “Not In My Back Yard.” In other words, the idea is a good one, but leave me and my property out of it.

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Modular Construction Building Its Future on Efficiency

The modular housing industry traces its lineage to Sears Roebuck home kits and Henry Ford assembly lines, though true factory-built, housing code-approved homes are just 60 years old. The industry's best days lie ahead. One reason for modular's potential growth is because of the construction industry's crying need for more workers. Fewer employees are needed to assemble homes and commercial modular units on site than are required to stick-build them.

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Painkiller Addiction Endangers Workers and Jobsites

Sometimes when things go wrong for construction workers, they go very, very wrong. A worker wrenches his back when he awkwardly picks up a length of rebar, or tears ligaments when he trips and falls from the operator's platform of a hydraulic excavator, and turns to oxycodone or some other prescribed painkiller to find relief and keep working. Unfortunately, when the injury heals and the pain goes away, the compulsion to continue to mask everyday stress remains strong.

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Crane Camera Mapping Systems vs. Drones: When to Use Each

While many uses of modern drones are still being explored, these aerial robots have already made an impact on the construction industry. Given their ease-of-use, affordability and convenience, they're often used to survey plots of land, map the different areas of a building's layout and even monitor progress. Drones have become a regular part of many toolboxes, but they're not always the best choice.

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Opinion- Sad but True: Construction Is Not a Productive Industry

The stark truth is that the construction industry is not very productive. It hasn't been for a very long time. A 1986 study noted that, since the 1960s, “productivity in construction has been declining at a rate many industry leadings find appalling.” More recent studies reach the same conclusion. Perhaps it is time to quit studying the problem and start doing something about it. In March, researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute reported that between 1947 and 2010, agriculture experienced a 1,510 percent growth in productivity, with manufacturing productivity growing about half that.

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10 Majors That Can Help Your Business That Aren't Engineering Related

Construction company owners tend to focus on engineering degrees when looking at the qualifications of new recruits. After all, the hands-on skills learned through these programs are incredibly useful around the average jobsite. However, it's not the only field that is important to the success of your business. 1. Construction ManagementAlthough you'll probably take care of the brunt of your business management needs, hiring an assistant with an associate or bachelor's degree in Construction Management can ensure efficient operations across the board.

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Special Guest Blog- 18 Tips to Help Minimize Operating Costs for Skid Steers

Your skid-steer represents a significant investment for your fleet. The key to getting the most out of your investment includes:• minimizing operating costs,• reducing downtime, and• extending its life. Included here are some simple maintenance and operating tips to help you minimize the costs related to your skid steers... Tip #1: Don'T Spin Tires When DiggingDon't spin the tires when digging.

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Qatar Stadium Leads to New Cooling Technology for Construction Industry

As work continues on the FIFA World Cup soccer stadium in Qatar, the obvious question for anyone observing construction activities is how will the workers be able to work under the penetrating sun of the Arabian desert?Engineers from Qatar University have provided an interesting solution. A team from the university developed a hard hat that would actively keep workers cool and the best part is that its power source is that very same sun.

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8 Ways You Can Start Your Marketing Career in Construction

You want to be ahead of the pack when you graduate from college, and a great way to do that is to get experience while you're still in school. Getting involved in construction marketing before you graduate can help you go out and get a job when you graduate. It might even get you a full-time offer from that company. Here are some great ways to start your marketing career in construction. 1. Get CertifiedBecoming a Certified Construction Marketing Professional shows you're serious about this being your career path.

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How Can We Keep Workers Alive in Construction Zones?

Some problems seem more solvable than others—fatal accidents in highway construction zones, for example. Eliminating most of them is not rocket science. Yet every year, a hundred or more people don't make it alive out of a construction zone. The number one cause of these accidentsthat involve passing motorists is speeding, with most of these accidents occurring in zones where the speed limit is 55 mph or higher.

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Top Misconceptions About the Construction Industry

There are a number of misconceptions about the construction industry today. Despite being a highly skilled trade that's growing increasingly diverse and presenting an abundance of advancement opportunities, some often think of construction as a male-dominated industry with little room to move higher up the chain. Let's explore these and other misconceptions about construction. It's Exclusively for MenAlthough the construction industry is filled predominantly with males, the number of females in the industry continues to grow.

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