October 29, 2018
AGC's E&R Foundation donates $110,000 to Launch Hologram Simulation Table

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has donated $110,000 to launch a first-of-its-kind Hologram Table. The Signing of the pledge agreement was done a couple months ago when, UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science Development Director, Jean Optiz met with AGC CEO, Mike Fabishak, at the AGC offices.

The Hologram Table will be the center piece of a new VR Lab, in the heart of UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. This table will contain data from actual construction projects, providing students the opportunity to run augmented reality simulations as early as the 2019 Spring Semester.

An online promotional demonstration of the Hologram Table is available here. Contractors interested in providing project data are encouraged to contact the AGC.

This new venture is a product of the E&R Foundation enhancing the scope of its impact in new and innovative ways and reflects the AGC’s dedication to developing tomorrow’s leaders. The AGC and UWM are hosing an exclusive check ceremony and demonstration of this state-of-the-art table in November. Keep a look out for coverage of this special event.

Contact us for more information about this project and other important AGC initiatives.

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Save the Date (Dec 7) - Celebrate 38 years of the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
Save the Date and Consider Becoming a Sponsor

This years AGC Holiday Gala will be held on Friday, December 7th, at the exclusive Pfister Hotel. We are gratefully accepting donations for the silent auction as well as offering exclusive sponsorship opportunities for this event.

Each year, we host a dinner and dance along with our auction to raise money for the Education & Research Foundation, providing educational programs and scholarships at our local universities that will allow deserving students the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in construction. The Foundation’s scholarships include:

  • The MSOE AGC Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Robert Caspari Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship
  • The UW-Milwaukee Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship

If you have any questions about our Holiday Gala please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org.

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The CLC Receives a 15 Percent Membership Boost in October!

Thanks to our active Steering Committee, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has enjoyed a recent surge in new membership applications.

Over the past few months, the CLC has hosted the Summer Networking Social, All Student Chapter Meeting, Synergy at Mayfair jobsite tour, a professional development program on effective communication, and participated in the AGC/CLC National Leadership Development Conference in Arlington, VA. Through the hard work and vision of the CLC Steering Committee, and generous support of our sponsors, these events have been well attended and well received, directly resulting in a 15 percent increase in applications for CLC membership.

As our CLC Chapter continues to grow, we invite you to grow right along side us and join today. Click here for information on how to join, or contact Nathan Jurowski, njurowski@agc-gm.org, with any questions or to learn about our upcoming events.  



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Larry Rocole and Mark Schmidt Appointed as Trustees to Two Crucial Funds
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee, at its October Board of Directors Meeting, appointed two Trustees to the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) Health and Apprenticeship Training Funds.

Larry Rocole, Vice President-Milwaukee Division with J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., was appointed by the AGC to be the principal Milwaukee area Management Trustee on the NCSRCC Carpenters & Joiners Welfare (C&J) Fund. Larry is a long-time Trustee on the Milwaukee Carpenters District Council Health Fund, which is slated to be merged with the C&J Fund this January. His experience and presence on the merged fund will provide a necessary continuity during this transition.

Mark Schmidt, Director of Field Operations, CG Schmidt, Inc., was appointed to be the principal Milwaukee area Management Trustee on the NCSRCC Carpenters & Joiners Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training (Twin Cities) Trust Fund. Mark was a long-time Trustee on the Carpenters Apprentice Training Fund while it was administered out of Chicago, and prior to its recent merger with the Twin Cities Fund. His knowledge and experience should prove valuable in representing our area.

The AGC plays a central role in management representation in Milwaukee area labor relations, ensuring that our affiliated contactors’ interests are advanced and protected. To learn more contact Nathan Jurowski at njurowski@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Support the Community With the CLC Through Make a Difference Day

Join AGC's Construction Leadership Council (CLC) for the 27th annual Make A Difference Day on Saturday, November 10th. Make a Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. We will be joining hundreds of volunteers to help older adults prepare for the winter months by raking leaves, cleaning windows, clearing gardens, putting up storm windows and other small projects. Without your help, many of these homes would not be ready for the long winter months.

Please consider donating a few hours of your time and encourage friends and family to join! 

Please contact Nathan Jurowski at njurowski@agc-gm.org with any questions or to register.

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November - The Economics of Safety, Lean Construction and Much More!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

October 2018
For a complete list of this semester's classes or to register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

 

The Economics of Safety
November 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!

 

STP 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
November 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate.  This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.

Unit 5 explores:
• Construction estimates
• Who controls project costs
• Reporting and analyzing actual costs
• Planning for cost control
• Labor cost variances
• Working with project partners
• Managing risk and loss potentials
• Cost control strategies
• Project-cost evaluation
• Benchmarking construction productivity
• Improving productivity through pre-planning
• New skills for effective supervision
• Personnel management
• Equipment management for productivity improvement
• Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling
• Quantifying labor cost productivity
• Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis

 

Lean Construction Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
November 29th
8:00 am to Noon
Corp G.C. - $150, Associate - $200, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction is a half-day, instructor-led course that introduces you to the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting. The course is divided into three sessions:

Session 1 – Defining Design
Session 2 – Applying Lean in Design
Session 3 – Contractors in Design
Following this course, participants will be able to:

•    Distinguish between the varying definitions for design.
•    Define value and commonly used methods to maximize it.
•    Discuss waste and commonly used methods to minimize it.
•    Differentiate between traditional project methods and lean design.
•    Explain the various lean tools used in design and how to deploy them.


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



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Attend Pathways Wisconsin State Forum

Futureproof your talent through
Regional Career Pathways.

Pathways Wisconsin State Forum

Wednesday, November 14th from 8:00am-3:30pm
Waukesha County Technical College
Richard T. Anderson Center
 800 Main Street • Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072

Young workers need education and training beyond high school. That means increased opportunities to gain early work experience, develop skills, and earn meaningful post secondary credentials. Pathways allow for purposeful connections to be made between education and the workforce.

To develop a strong talent pipeline that will yield workers for many years to come, employers need to partner with K12 school districts.  Regional Career Pathways provide a framework to connect with youth that is EMPLOYER DRIVEN.  Register now to learn how you, or your employer members/partners, can start developing tomorrow's talent.

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Upgraded Hard Hat Can Enhance Worker Safety

When you need a hard hat at work, it means that you’re already exposed to a dangerous environment. If something were to happen, the question is how fast can help come because, at that point, every minute counts.
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That’s why adding elements such as motion and temperature sensors, along with communications capabilities onto existing helmets can trigger an immediate first responder response to increase worker safety.
Japanese company Shimabun has a kit to upgrade hard hats with a module that can detect exactly where workers are, and whether they may be light headed or even if they have fallen (PDF link, in Japanese). The helmet also detects overheating conditions, thanks to the temperature and motion detectors built into the electronic device attached to the helmets.

Basically, keeping an eye on the health status of the workers may reduce the risk of accidents, but if an accident does happen, it should be detected, and help should be sent ASAP. Because of the networked nature of this system, all workers can be monitored...Read full article here.

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Boston Dynamics' New Robot is Changing Work at Construction Sites

Robots are well on their way to becoming valuable members of construction teams. Standing less than 3 feet tall and equipped with 3D vision and 17 joints, Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot dog is a good fit for construction sites because of its range of motion, 3D vision and ability to navigate obstacles, company officials claim. The engineering and robotics design firm is on pace to produce 1,000 SpotMini robots per year by ... Read full article here.

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In This Issue
AGC's E&R Foundation donates $110,000 to Launch Hologram Simulation Table
Save the Date (Dec 7) - Celebrate 38 years of the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
The CLC Receives a 15 Percent Membership Boost in October!
Larry Rocole and Mark Schmidt Appointed as Trustees to Two Crucial Funds
Support the Community With the CLC Through Make a Difference Day
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November - The Economics of Safety, Lean Construction and Much More!
Attend Pathways Wisconsin State Forum
Tech News
Upgraded Hard Hat Can Enhance Worker Safety
Boston Dynamics' New Robot is Changing Work at Construction Sites
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