January 26, 2017
Association Highlights
Thank You to the CLC Steering Committee for a Great 2016!
Kick-Off 2017 with us at the Domes Annex on February 9th!

As we approach the 2017 Kick-Off, we would like to reflect on the successes of 2016, and thank the dedicated and resourceful CLC Steering Committee for all of their hard work, and bringing us such great events as Mark Rounds' Leadership Styles presentation based on the Apollo 13 mission, two sold-out tours of the Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons, the tour of Zurn Industries new LEED Gold Headquarters, a Brewer's Tailgate Summer Social, and, of course, our Annual Golf Outing at Ironwood Golf Course.

Thank You to the 2016 Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee!

Angie Benike    JF Ahern Co., 2016 Chairwoman
Ryan Schmidt    CG Schmidt, Inc., 2016 Vice Chairman
Ben Bergles    VJS Construction Services
Josh Halvorsen    Mortenson Construction
Randy Hill    David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Tony Niemiec    State Painting Company
Alex Raver    Hunzinger Construction
Andy Sisler    Creative Constructors, LLC
Mike Stern    JH Findorff & Son Inc.
Devin White    JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Blake Wentz    MSOE Faculty
Travis Smith    MSOE Student Chapter President
Mark Federle    Marquette University Faculty
Tim Hefferon    Marquette University Student Chapter President

The next event the CLC Committee has in store is 2017 Kick-Off, to be held at the Domes Greenhouse Annex on Thursday, February 9th!  We will be presenting Keith Hawk, father of former Green Bay Packer AJ Hawk, with his presentation, "Being a Leader is a lot Like Being a Great Dad."  See what insights he has to share as a parent and a businessman! It's sure to be an outstanding discussion, so Register or Sponsor today!

Another big "Thank You" to our current Sponsors of this event!

CG Schmidt Inc.
Mortenson Construction
VJS Construction Services
The Blue Book Network

Hays Companies

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Lots to Learn! Upcoming Classes on the Education Calendar


January-February 2017

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100, or register online


Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
January 31st
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.

The Economics of Safety
February 1st
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.

STP 2: Communication
February 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.

Unit 2 Explores:

• Effective Communication
• Learn to Listen
• Carrying on Conversations
• Persuasion, Negotiation, and Confrontation
• Communicate with Your Crew
• Putting it in Writing
• Meetings that Work
• Electronic Communication
• Improving Communication

Wisconsin Lien Law
February 7th
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Brian Zimmerman, Hurtado Zimmerman S.C.

The Wisconsin lien law is often misunderstood and misapplied. The essentials of how and when to prepare lien notices and claims will be reviewed. Wisconsin’s lien waiver rules will be demystified, and current best practices for lien waivers will be explained. Protecting your lien rights and defending against improper liens is critical! Whether you are a contractor, a supplier, an owner or their representative, this is the first step to protecting your lien rights. Don’t be caught off guard! Attend this seminar and learn strategies for tackling lien issues on any project.

Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull in Production
February 20th
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Corp GC/CM - $200, Associate - $250, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP  - $450
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 2: Pull in Production is a half-day course that introduces the concept of pull as a means to reliable work flow.

•  Compare batch-and-queue and continuous flow production systems
•  Distinguish push systems from pull systems
•  Describe the impact of pull in production systems
•  Explain pull strategies in construction operations

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
February 21st, 22nd, 28th & March 1st
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $115, Associate - $155, *CBA’s - $175, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card will be issued.  
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

Lean Exam
February 23rd
8 am to Noon
Cost: $550 will be collected after the candidate application is reviewed and approved

Exam information: the Lean Construction Education Program provides policies and procedures related to the exam.

Eligibility requirements: CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven AGC Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

Application: Visit www.agc.org/CM-Lean for the CM-Lean application and allow 10 days for review and response. Once approval notification is received, allow 10 days to complete the pre-exam checklist in advance of exam day (provided in the approval notification email).

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100, or register online
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Save on Fuel -- AGC BP Discount Programs

Your company can receive up to 6¢ on every gallon. With special tiered rebates on purchases at BP, and a 1.5¢ rebate on all gasoline and diesel purchases at other brands, you'll save with every fill up. Now, for a limited time, AGC members who apply for the program will also earn 5% cash back on purchases at the big box home improvement retailers- Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, and HD Supply!

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AGC Members get Big Incentives on Ford Commercial Fleet Vehicles

As a qualified Association Member with an active Ford Commercial Fleet Identification Number (FIN), AGC Members have the opportunity to receive significant discounts on new Ford vehicle purchases.

Combined with Ford’s National Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (56M), qualifying AGC Members can save as much as $2,000+ off select vehicles. Vehicle incentives subject to change.

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In the News
Slideshow: See Marquette University's $600M Plan to Transform its Milwaukee Campus

A new $96 million residence hall and $120 million athletic performance research center aren't the only sizable projects that Marquette University has on deck in coming years.

In his annual campus address last week, Marquette president Mike Lovell laid out a vision for the school's future and provided new details to the public on $600 million worth of projects that would continue to transform the landscape of the university's campus over the next eight years. New additions planned for Marquette's grounds just west of downtown Milwaukee include: a BioDiscovery District, Innovation Alley — which includes a new business school — a recreation and wellness facility, as well as the already announced residence hall and sports research center.

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Seventy-Three Percent of Construction Firms Plan to Expand Headcount in 2017

Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. Despite the general optimism outlined in Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, many firms report they remain worried about the availability of qualified workers and rising health and regulatory costs.

“Contractors have relatively high expectations for 2017 as they predict the economy and demands for all types of construction will grow,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. “As a result of this optimism, many firms expect to expand their headcount next year.”

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Robots in Construction are a Challenging Proposition

A construction robot has to be powerful enough to handle heavy material, small enough to enter standard buildings, and flexible enough to navigate the terrain.

Back in the 1970s, robots revolutionized the automotive industry, performing a wide range of task more reliably and quickly than humans. More recently, a new generation of more gentle robots has begun to crop up on production lines in other industries. These machines are capable of more delicate, fiddly tasks like packing lettuce. This powerful new workforce is set to revolutionize manufacturing in ways that are, as yet, hard to imagine.

But the building industry is trickier than many others. Construction sites are complex environments that are constantly changing. Any robot would have to be powerful enough to handle heavy material but light and small enough to enter standard buildings and flexible enough to navigate the terrain.

That’s a big ask, but the potential benefits are huge. Construction robots would allow new types of complex structures to be assembled in situ rather than in distant factories and then transported to the site. That allows new types of structures to be built in place, indeed these structures could be modified in real time to allow for any unexpected changes in the environment.

So what is the state-of-the-art for construction robots?

Today we get an answer thanks to the work of Markus Giftthaler at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland and a few pals who have developed a new class of robot capable of creating novel structures on a construction site. They call their new robot the In Situ Fabricator1 and today show what it is capable of.

The In Situ Fabricator1 is designed from the bottom up to be practical. It can build stuff using a range of tools with a precision of less than five millimeters, it is designed to operate semi-autonomously in a complex changing environment, it can reach the height of a standard wall, and it can fit through ordinary doorways. And it is dust- and waterproof, runs off standard electricity, and has battery backup. On top of all this, it must be Internet-connected so that an architect can make real-time changes to any plans if necessary.

Those are a tricky set of targets but ones that the In Situ Fabricator1 largely meets. It has a set of cameras to sense its environment and powerful onboard processors for navigating and planning tasks. It also has a flexible, powerful robotic arm to position construction tools.

To show off its capabilities, Giftthaler and co have used it to build a pair of structures in an experimental construction site in Switzerland called NEST (Next Evolution is Sustainable building Technologies). The first is a double-leaf undulating brick wall that is 6.5 meters long and two meters high and made of 1,600 bricks.

Even positioning such a wall correctly on a construction site is a tricky task. In Situ Fabricator1 does this by comparing the map of the construction site it has gathered from its sensors with the architect’s plans. But even then, it must have the flexibility to allow for unforeseen problems such as uneven terrain or material sagging that changes a structure’s shape.

“To fully exploit the design-related potentials of using such a robot for fabrication, it is essential to make use not only of the manipulation skills of this robot, but to also use the possibility to feed back its sensing data into the design environment,” say Giftthaler and co.

The resulting wall, in which all the bricks are positioned to within seven millimeters, is an impressive structure.

The second task was to weld wires together to form a complex, curved steel mesh that can be filled with concrete. Once again, In Situ Fabricator1’s flexibility proved crucial. One problem with welding is that the process creates tensions that can change the overall shape of the structure in unpredictable ways.  So at each stage in the construction, the robot must assess the structure and allow for any shape changes as it welds the next set of wires together. Once again, the results at NEST are impressive.

In Situ Fabricator1 is not perfect, of course. As a proof-of-principle device, Giftthaler and co use it to identify improvements they can make to the next generation of construction robot. One of these is that at almost 1.5 metric tons, In Situ Fabricator1 is too heavy to enter many standard buildings—500 kilograms is the goal for future machines.

But perhaps the most significant problem is a practical limit on the strength and flexibility of robotic arms. In Situ Fabricator1 is capable of manipulating objects up to about 40 kilograms but ideally ought to be able to handle objects as heavy as 60 kilograms.

But that pushes it up against a practical limit. In Situ Fabricator1’s arm is controlled by electric motors that are incapable of handling heavier objects with the same level of precision. What’s more, electric motors are notoriously unreliable in the conditions found on construction sites, which is why most heavy machinery on these sites is hydraulic.

So Giftthaler and co are already at work on a solution. These guys have designed and built a hydraulic actuator that can control a next-generation robot arm while handling heavier objects more reliably and with the same precision. They are already using this design to build the next generation construction robot that they call In Situ Fabricator2, which should be ready by the end of this year.

All that shows significant promise for the building industry. Other groups have tested advances such as 3-D printing new buildings. But a significant limitation of 3-D printing is that the building cannot be bigger than the 3-D printer. So a robot that can construct things that are bigger than itself is a useful advance.

But there is significant work ahead. The building industry is naturally conservative.  The relatively long lead time in creating new buildings (not to mention the red tape that goes with it) make it hard for construction companies to invest in this kind of high-tech approach.

But the work of Giftthaler and co should help to overcome this and showcase the ability of robots to create entirely new forms of structure. It’ll be interesting to see if they can do for the construction industry what robots have done, and continue to do, for cars.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Thank You to the CLC Steering Committee for a Great 2016!
Lots to Learn! Upcoming Classes on the Education Calendar
Save on Fuel -- AGC BP Discount Programs
AGC Members get Big Incentives on Ford Commercial Fleet Vehicles
In the News
Slideshow: See Marquette University's $600M Plan to Transform its Milwaukee Campus
Seventy-Three Percent of Construction Firms Plan to Expand Headcount in 2017
Robots in Construction are a Challenging Proposition
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