AECCafe Weekly Review December 3rd, 2015

A Diversity of Performances among U.S. Building Product Manufacturers
December 3, 2015  by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect

Article source: CMDGroup

While U.S. national output and total employment have reached their previous peak levels, from before the Great Recession, and are now exploring new higher territory, construction activity is continuing to lag.

There are numerous way to illustrate this point. Today’s Economy at a Glance will focus on just one, utilizing a consistent set of data from the Federal Reserve representing the activity levels of a variety of building product manufacturers (BPMs).

The accompanying graphs show indices of industrial production, from 2000 to the present, in eight building commodity areas. In each instance, the index base is 2012’s monthly average set equal to 100.0.

North American Industrial Classification System (a.k.a., NAICS) numbers have been included in the ‘data source’ references at the bottom of each chart.

For ‘plywood’, ‘cement’ and ‘architectural and structural metals (e.g., engineered buildings)’, the trend in activity levels since the 2008-2009 Big Dip has been clearly up, but not yet to a degree indicating full recovery.

Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by Nick Lerner.

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

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Collaborative, Efficient Design Platform Simplifies Civil Engineering”

To flourish, growing populations need more and better infrastructure – the roads, bridges and other public facilities created for government agencies by civil engineers and construction companies.

Costly overruns are typical in such projects, but experts agree that many challenges can be overcome through enhanced stakeholder collaboration.

By providing societies with infrastructure, including water, transport, communications, energy and waste systems, civil engineering projects help communities to function, develop and grow.

But much of the world’s infrastructure is inadequate and crumbling, and growing populations will only need more of it.

Are You Nurturing Your Client Relationships?
November 30, 2015  by Megan Miller

With the holiday season upon us, many people take time to reflect on the relationships in their lives – friends, family and colleagues. But for a project-based A/E/C firm, the relationships that require your attention are your clients.

The most successful A/E/C firms are built on strong client relationships – and their confidence in you as a trusted partner. But as firms grow and work picks up, it can be easy to focus on deliverables and let your relationships fall to the wayside.

The holidays are the ideal time to reconnect with clients and better understand what they need in the coming year. Here are a few steps that you can take to foster a closer relationship with your clients this holiday season.

AECCafe to Attend Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas
November 30, 2015  by Susan Smith

AECCafe is here in Las Vegas this week (December 1-3)  for the Autodesk University 2015 Conference held at the Venetian Hotel.

"As if It Were Already There" - sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

“As if It Were Already There” – sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

Autodesk will be demonstrating its new technologies and conducting classes on various topics.

You can visit us at our booth #28 and/or contact Sanjay Gangal for video interviews at sanjay@ibsystems.com 408-221-0982. I will be covering the conference and conducting regular interviews for the blog. Susan.smith@ibsystems.com 505-501-2478

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