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Virtual Reality: VR Is the Future of AEC

Virtual reality (VR) may seem like a new concept, but it’s been around since the 1950s. You may only know it as the weird headset that everyone crowds around in tech stores, but industries have been using VR for quite some time. NASA has been using it for years, and most recently had some of their astronauts take a trip to Mars using virtual reality. The VR movement has been made easier to attain with the release of headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The simplicity of use is what has made it the new trend in architecture and construction. …

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Estimation: Overcome Familiar Financial Challenges With Ease

By James Nielsen, Esq., CPA, founder and CEO of CreditSuppliers Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series of articles on construction financing that Masonry Design has planned with CreditSuppliers. Construction has been dubbed a high-risk industry by lenders. While anyone working in construction will admit that there are certainly risks associated with…

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From the Editor: Acronyms: What PM Means to Me

Acronyms are ever-present in our daily lives. Readers of this magazine will be familiar with OSHA, EPA, and associations like ABAA, USGBC and AIA, to name only a few. Having just taken the helm as editor of Masonry Design and this being my first issue, I am thankful I already know what CMU, BIM-M and AEC mean. …

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Industry Outlook: A Rising Trend in Efficiency and Profitability

To be average is acceptable, but not optimal. A great way to improve profitability is to have a strong understanding of your firm’s financial metrics and accounting activities. This information isn’t only for executive-level leaders, either. Engineers at all levels can benefit from understanding what financials are tracked and how their performance helps move specific metrics.…

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From the Editor: Through the Lens of Trade Shows

Cory Sekine-Pettite, editor In the world of B2B and trade publications such as ours, editors and publishers often gauge the health of the industries they cover through the lens of trade shows. We look at the number of attendees and exhibit hall vendors, and deduce from those figures if our industry is doing well. Mind…

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Industry Outlook: New FAA Rules Impacting the Use of Drones Over Construction Sites

By George Jiang, attorney Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC Recent innovations in small, unmanned aircraft (more popularly known as “drones”) have given construction contractors the ability to cheaply and efficiently conduct site surveys, inspect otherwise inaccessible areas, monitor progress, aid in the early identification of potential deficiencies, and ensure that the project is completed…

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Estimation: Why Finance Should be a Part of Your Project Management Strategy

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on construction financing that Masonry Design has planned with CreditSuppliers. Look for parts two and three in future issues. By James Nielsen, Esq., CPA, CEO of CreditSuppliers When it comes to being successful in business, money matters. In construction (and the masonry industry specifically),…

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Industry Outlook: Between A Rock And A Dollar Sign

There are many reasons to use masonry in building. The single most commonly used reason not to use masonry is cost. Wood, steel, plastic, and glass are all cheaper cladding. Even CMU’s and brick are pricier than most other options.

But cost is always relative in construction. What seems cheap when installed can be pretty expensive if it needs replacement in the short term—and chronic maintenance of any building component is painful beyond the dollars-and-cents cost.…

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