September 24, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Last Chance to Register for AGC's Emerging Technologies Featured Event
A panel discussion led by Marquette Professor, Mark Federle


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

September - October

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events


Emerging Technologies in Managing Construction Projects
October 1st
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University
 
This will be a panel format featuring leading local contractors, with Prof. Mark Federle (Marquette University) serving as the moderator.  The program will look at current and future use of technology in design and construction.  Members of the panel will speak to how they are implementing the use of technology in project delivery and on construction sites as well as share their impressions of its benefits regarding cost, schedule and human connections.


To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

 

 

Understanding Your Pension Liability as a Union Contractor
September 29th
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Mike Gantert, Executive Director - Building Trades United Pension Trust Fund (BTUPTF)
 
As a Union General Contractor or Subcontractor, you contribute pension benefits into the BTUPTF on behalf of all those field personnel whom you employ.  While your contributions serve to provide a pension, there are other vital considerations that you should understand as an informed contractor.  Mike Gantert has served as the Executive Director of the BTUPTF for over two decades.  He will bring valuable insight concerning various laws that come into play that dictate certain aspects of this pension plan.  Additionally, he will discuss the current pension plan status and what factors lay ahead that will have an important impact on the plan’s status. This program is a “can’t miss” for those educated contractors who want to clearly understand the various liability aspects of your participation as a contributor to this plan.
 
To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
 
Confined Space
September 30th 
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee
 
Attendees will learn OSHA requirements for confined space entry, hazard identification, atmospheric testing considerations, basic ventilation principles and use of entry permits. 
 
Topics Include:
Confined Space Hazard Identification 
Air Monitoring
Basic Ventilation
Permits
 
Intended Audience: Any supervisor who will be assigned to confined space job sites and those individuals who need to become familiar with OSHA Confined Space Entry Requirements.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
 
 
 
STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
October 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
 
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.  
 
Unit 6 explores:
• Safety leadership, communication and expectations
• Planning for site safety
• Site safety management
• Site security and protection
• Multi-employer safety
• Construction risk management
• Safety and Human Resources
• Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents
 
To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

AGC of America Safety Management Training Course SMTC
October 7, 2015 to October 9, 2015
Member Price: $995; Non-Member Price: $995
For more information visit www.agc.org

Speakers: Rob Emmerick & Jim Gross

The AGC of America Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry.

The program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel.

Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program.

Learning Objectives:
-OSHA Inspections
-Subcontractors & Multi–Employer Relations
-Job Safety Analysis
-Equipment Management
-Steel Erection Safety
-Electrical Safety Management
-Accident Investigation
-Excavation Management
-Concrete Safety
-Fall Protection Management
-Bilingual Issue           

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
October 6th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.
 
Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone who works on jobsites and is especially beneficial to field supervisors and their crews.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
October 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $280, Associate - $355, *CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100. 

The Economics of Safety
October 15th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Today’s challenging economic climate is not the time to back off on safety, but instead to charge ahead with communicating the importance of an accident-free workplace.  Establishing safety objectives and defining responsibilities has never been as critical as it is today.  Holding people accountable for their actions and evaluating their performance can have a big impact on the bottom line.  At one organization, the average cost of a shoulder injury was $50,000, a back injury was $35,000, a knee injury was $30,000 and a hand injury was approximately $20,000.  Learn how to prevent these losses and protect your bottom line!

Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone within the construction industry who is charged with the responsibility to manage jobsite safety.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 19th & 20th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $85, Non-Affiliated IAP - $125
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider.  This extremely valuable program will help employers comply with OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.  Two-year certification cards are issued upon completion of this course. 

Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
October 21st
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Rough terrain forklift training vividly impresses upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of lift truck operations and procedures.  The safety standards reviewed in detail include graphic illustrations of the personal and economic dangers inherent in the use of forklift equipment.  The step-by-step progression of this training is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become a safe and professional forklift operator.  This is the classroom portion of the total training requirement for rough terrain forklifts. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all individuals on a jobsite who may be charged with operating a forklift at any time.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
October 27th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the New Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November of 2010, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must:  be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and the limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Crane Rigging Training
October 29th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $70 plus $20 for materials, *CBA’s - $90 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $145 plus $40 for materials.
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as a “Qualified Riggers” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course. Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.


For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
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There's Still Time to Register for the CLC's Double Feature: Tour & Networking Event
Thursday, October 1st at 5 pm

There's still time to register, but it's quickly running out to register for the AGC Construction Leadership Council's Double Feature: Tour & Networking Event!  We have already surpassed our attendance level from our networking event last year, so it promises to be our best one yet.  Be sure to register before the deadline this Friday, September 25th .

First, CG Schmidt will take us on a Tour of 833 E Michigan Building beginning at 5 pm.  Hardhats, safety glasses, hi-viz apparel, and closed-toed shoes will be required for this portion of the event.  Then the Networking Event will be held at the Ale Asylum Riverhouse beginning with a reception hour from 6 pm until 7 pm.  See more details in the attached flier.


Thank you to The Blue Book Building & Construction Network, CG Schmidt, Inc. and CleanPower LLC for sponsoring the food for the evening's event!  We will see you all there!

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Legislative Priorities for AGC-A

AGC-A always has you and your business in mind when it comes to its legislative priorities.  You can view a list of all the issues here.  In addition, if you'd like to learn more about every industry issue AGC is monitoring, please visit the Legislative Action center here.

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Ownership Transfer & Succession Planning for Your Business
FMI invites you to the Ownership Transfer and Succession Planning for Your Business Conference on November 11-13, 2015 in Miami Beach, FL.

Are you looking to define your legacy?
Do you want to provide leadership or ownership opportunities to the next generation?
Will you retire soon - whether in two or ten years - and want to maximize your financial objectives?
If any of these are primary goals for you and your organization, this comprehensive three-day executive conference is a must attend! Limited to just 40 attendees, participants have the undivided attention and focus of FMI’s professional team.

In addition to facilitated group sessions, this program provides a valuable opportunity to meet one-on-one with FMI leadership and ownership transfer experts for customized guidance on your unique situation.

This program educates owners of construction companies about the options available for transferring ownership of their business to employees or family members. It addresses in depth the issues surrounding management succession planning, leadership development, valuation and stock transfer techniques. It also assists owners in understanding the available alternatives and choosing a path best suited to meet their company’s long-term objectives. At the end, you will leave a personal action plan to solve ownership transfer dilemmas with confidence and success.


The agenda, detailed information and online registration is available here.
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Save The Date: AGC's Holiday Gala to be Held at an Exclusive New Location
Mark Your Calendars for Friday, December 11th, 2015

This year the AGC of Greater Milwaukee will have an exclusive new location for our Annual Holiday Gala benefitting the AGC Education & Research Foundation.  On Friday, December 11th we will be at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield.  Westmoor is recognized as one of the premiere private country clubs in the nation, with elegantly appointed dining and private party rooms, picturesque outdoor surroundings, and world class cuisine.


Each year, we host a huge silent auction during the cocktail hour.  It’s a great opportunity to begin your Holiday Shopping while helping the AGC Education & Research Foundation. Afterwards you will enjoy a four-course dinner over wine which will be followed with dancing. One of our most popular events, the AGC Annual Holiday Gala is a great way to kick-off the Holiday Season.

To learn more about the benefits of supporting the AGC Education & Research Foundation, click here.
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WEBINAR: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or Drones): Embracing an Important New Technology on the Jobsite

October 6, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Member Price: $79
Non-Member Price: $99
All webinar times are in ET

In the past two years our industry has seen a quantum expansion in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in construction. From providing quick and easy aerial progress photos to automated BIM model building. UAS technology has become an indispensable tool on the jobsite. But what are the implications for the use of the technology? The webinar will provide an overview of the current legal landscape in the U.S., provide practical how-to information for integrating UAS into your operations, and share insight into the future of this technology. We will also discuss the benefits that the technology can provide your company.

After attending this webinar participants will understand:

Current FAA regulatory landscape for commercial UAS use
What is the FAA Section 333 Exemption, do I need it, and how do I obtain it
Legal restrictions on UAS use
Insurance coverage considerations
Forthcoming comprehensive FAA regulations
Anticipated timeframe for enactment of new regulations

Register Here

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Watch These Drones Build a Bridge All By Themselves

Robots are muscling in on a growing number of human jobs every day, and now it seems we can add architects and builders to the list.  

University researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich have designed drones that can work together to build a rope bridge between two sets of scaffolding. The bridge they built was about 24 feet across, and could actually support the weight of a person walking across it. The quadcopters were able to scan the distance between the two sets of scaffolding and figure out how build the bridge on their own, without human intervention. The drones had motorized spools attached to them, which allowed them to loop, braid and knot ropes together to build the bridge.

Read Original Article and Watch the Video HERE

While this research would be great news for anyone looking to build an awesome bridge for a new playground, it also hints at an autonomous future in construction. “Flying machines offer a number of advantages compared to traditional construction machines,” researchers said on ETH Zurich’s website. “Specifically, they can reach any point in space and fly in or around existing objects.”

And it hints at a future where we’ll be able to point robots at a problem, and ask them to come up with a viable solution. There’s already a group of robots in Amsterdam—backed by Autodesk, the 3D software and printing company—that are going to build a walkable bridge over a canal on their own.

And this type of automation is going to become more commonplace, Autodesk’s in-house futurist, Jordan Brandt, previously told Quartz, as robots are designed to swarm and work together to build structures. “We need to copy spiders,” Brandt said. (The drones’ final product does, interestingly, look rather similar to a spider web.)

While the US is still trying to figure out how to incorporate drones into the public airspace, it’s likely that autonomous flying robots will take on a greater number of tasks in the future, from inspecting power lines and building sites, to delivering us packages. Perhaps soon they’ll also take over for human builders—but only once they can carry something heavier than a rope.

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In the News
 
Bay View Building Boom: 2 Major Residential Projects Approved
Will Replace Faust Music, Sweet Water Organics Buildings

Two large apartment projects on the northern edge of Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood gained unanimous city approval and construction work could start soon.

The two developments are coming into a popular Milwaukee neighborhood that has a relative shortage of new apartment buildings. Milwaukee’s Common Council approved both buildings on Tuesday.

The projects include a five-story apartment building to replace the former Faust Music store at 2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Dermond Property Investments, of Milwaukee, is leading that project, with 69 market-rate apartments. Demolition of the former Faust building is set to start Wednesday, said Nora Pecor, Dermond chief financial officer. Construction of the new building will not begin until spring 2016, and should be complete in spring 2017, she said.

Dermond also is constructing a parking lot adjacent to its building on land it will buy from the city of Milwaukee. That new parking lot will be built before winter, Pecor said.

The second project is just blocks west, and will have 288 apartments in four buildings. It would replace a number of industrial buildings, including the former home of Sweet Water Organics. Milwaukee-based WiRED Properties is leading the project with Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development.

The developers anticipate a fall construction start for their project.

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VIDEO: Revolutionary 3-D Printer Can Build 10 Houses In 24 Hours, And For Only $5,000 Each!
To remedy the housing crisis, as well as the increasing demand for economical and sustainably-produced living spaces, many architects are experimenting with 3D printing. 
 
One such designer is Ma Yihe, the owner of the private firm WinSun. According to BBC News, WinSun managed to produce 10 full-sized, detached single-story houses in just ONE day – a monumental achievement.
 
Based in China, the company used four 10m x 6.6m printers to spray a mixture of cement and construction waste to build the walls, layer by layer.
 
The energy efficient buildings, as reported by Xinhua news agency, can be produced for as little as $5,000 due to the lack of manual labor and cheap (as well as recycled) materials.
 
The innovative designer hopes that one day in the future, 3D printers will be used to construct skyscrapers. His ambitions will have to wait, however, as Chinese construction regulations do not presently allow multi-story 3D-printed houses.
According to the news source, the 3D printers aren’t yet versatile enough to manage the task of applying roofs, so that aspect must be carried out be a team of workers.
 
On a positive note, the company intends on producing the cost-effective houses as a method for modernizing poor housing conditions in Chinese villages. While the technology will no doubt be improved upon in the future, the potential it already lends is exciting.
 
3D printed housing – according to some – is the kind of technology destined to fuel the advancement of mankind in a sustainable way. Already, the method is being used for manufacturing everything from jewelry and furniture to living, printed gardens.
 
 
 
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Last Chance to Register for AGC's Emerging Technologies Featured Event
There's Still Time to Register for the CLC's Double Feature: Tour & Networking Event
Legislative Priorities for AGC-A
Ownership Transfer & Succession Planning for Your Business
Save The Date: AGC's Holiday Gala to be Held at an Exclusive New Location
WEBINAR: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or Drones): Embracing an Important New Technology on the Jobsite
Watch These Drones Build a Bridge All By Themselves
In the News
Bay View Building Boom: 2 Major Residential Projects Approved
VIDEO: Revolutionary 3-D Printer Can Build 10 Houses In 24 Hours, And For Only $5,000 Each!
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