Controlling Groundwater on a Construction Site

Water can cause big problems at a construction site, so it is imperative you choose the appropriate building materials and a location where water is less likely to collect. It is also crucial to utilize strategies that help to minimize moisture exposure long-term. Sometimes – it seems inevitable — it will rain at some point during the construction process. A …

5 Types of Concrete Foundations

Foundation concrete contractors can choose from several different kinds of foundation types when commencing work on a commercial construction project. The correct type to use depends on the environment and the quality of the soil. 1. Simple footing Sometimes called “individual” or “isolated” footing, this is the most common type of foundation used in construction. It serves as a narrow …

3 Challenges Facing Commercial Construction Contractors in Michigan

Commercial construction contractors in Michigan face unique challenges. Keeping pace with ever-changing business conditions and the continual ups and downs of the economy is equally as vital as keeping an eye on the weather elements. The difficulties construction companies experienced during the industry’s early years encouraged us to develop our resources, material supply lines, and construction processes to achieve an …

3 Major Challenges of Concrete Work

Concrete construction contractors in Michigan need to overcome three key challenges to successfully use concrete in a commercial building project — cracks from shrinkage, the curling of slab edges, and delamination of the concrete surface. Shrinkage cracks Shrinkage is one of the most common issues faced by concrete construction contractors. Concrete is made of water, cement, and sand and shrinks …

4 Biggest Challenges of Underground Utility Work

Contractors working on an underground utilities service projects face many challenges. These include a lack of utility-related knowledge, maintenance issues, difficulties locating and excavating utility lines, and the risk to property and personal safety involved in doing so. 1. Lack of understanding Open-cut construction still encompasses about 95% of underground utilities service projects and is likely to remain many contractors’ …

All about 3D Printing for the Construction Industry

3D printing technology has been steadily advancing over the last decade. Also called additive manufacturing, it is now being harnessed and developed specifically for use within the construction industry. Perhaps you are wondering how construction printing services could be utilized in your next project. Here you will find an overview of 3D printing in the construction industry, its advantages and …

The 6 Largest Construction Projects of 2018

When it comes to large-scale construction across the globe in 2018, the standout theme is transportation. Some of the biggest projects keeping commercial excavating contractors busy right now are airports and rail infrastructure projects. Some projects have opened this year, many won’t be completed anytime soon, and a couple are so large they qualify as mega projects. Let’s take a …

5 Deepest Excavation Projects Ever Completed

Despite the rumors floating around your local elementary school, it’s not actually possible to dig a hole so deep so as to come out the other side. It’s not even possible to drill to the center of the Earth as Jules Verne might have led you to believe. But human beings have nonetheless proven to be an intrepid bunch and …

Which Is Better: Underground or Above Ground Utilities?

Installation of new utility cables and power lines often sparks up a heated debate between those who support installation above the ground and those who prefer it to remain underground. While each system has its own advantages and disadvantages, underground installation is usually preferred as it is a safer option. However, underground service equipment is more costly, and as such, …

What Is Involved in Commercial Parking Lot Construction?

Before deciding on contracting for excavation and grading of a commercial parking lot, there are numerous factors to consider. Making the right choice is imperative because a wrong decision in this area can cost your company lots of money. Moreover, the condition of your company’s commercial parking lot speaks a lot about the company’s brand. From your clients to your …