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Real and present danger: Industrial plants face a new level of threats from drones,...

Ed Flynn remembers the days when he could drive unencumbered—comparatively speaking—near an industrial site, or ease through the security checkpoint at the airport. That all...

Stumbling blocks: Many factors can send a turnaround into a tailspin, but most are...

There are a lot of things that can send a maintenance turnaround spiraling out of control and cause a plant to miss its mark,...

Temperature checks, travel restrictions, Skype meetings become the new industrial reality

Louisiana’s industrial market awoke to a new reality this week, one consisting of temperature checks, restricted travel and a greater dependence on Skype meetings. To...

Toolbox Talks: Human Performance and Covid-19

I’m not a medical professional. I’m just a person who, like many of you, is consuming a lot of information these days about Covid-19...

Toolbox Talks: Operate in the middle ground

Have you ever inadvertently demolished someone’s house? Probably not. Mostly because you are not in the house demolition business or you aren’t just, in...

Toolbox Talks: 5 questions to drive change

New year, new you! You let things slide a little over the holidays and now it’s time to buckle down and start improving your...

Toolbox Talks: Is it a present or a problem?

There’s an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where the main character, Larry David, gives Ted Danson a shirt as a present. Ted notices there...

Estimating from scratch: South Louisiana contractors on the challenge of lump-sum estimates

The cost problems faced by Sasol during construction of its $13 billion Lake Charles complex have been well-publicized, but by no means are they...
industrial project cash flow

Longer payout and complex invoicing are putting a drag on contractor cash flow

Invoicing an owner for work is as complex as higher-level math these days, as contracts are more convoluted and payout terms are frequently extended...

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