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How to Schedule an Internal Pile Excavation

November 27, 2017

Construction Industry

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Identify What Needs to Be Done
When you require an internal pile excavation, it’s important to identify what needs to be done. Every company has different needs. Until you are able to vocalize exactly what needs to be done on your premises, it will be difficult for a company to understand what needs to be done.

The scope of the project should include as many specifications as possible. For example, if you need the interior walls of cassions clean and excavated, you should also know the measurements. If you know the materials within the file, they should be identified as well.

Every now and then, materials will develop inside of a pile. You want to make sure that the material is captured so that you can achieve 100% containment. Otherwise, you run the risk of contaminating the body of water that your piles are located in.

Find the Right Company
Just like no two projects are exactly the same, dredging companies also vary dramatically. This is why it’s imperative that you work with the right company based upon what you need done. Some will focus solely on deep water dredging while others specialize in internal pile excavation. As such, you want to look at what the company has done in the past and what their experience is.

There’s nothing wrong with asking a lot of questions. It will allow you to learn more about what the company is capable of and what they can do for you. Although you might have an idea as to what the process is, let the company explain it to you. This way, you can make sure that they are and your needs and you can see the type of action they will take. Excavator systems will vary dramatically. You want to make sure that they use frac tanks so that the spoils are captured. Additionally, you want to make sure they have personnel that can successfully complete the job so that you don’t experience any kind of contamination issues.

You might want to find out from the company who else they have helped in the past. Get a name and number of that you can call one of their past clients and learn more about what they were able to do and what they thought of the job done. It will make it easier for you to achieve your goals in regards to internal pile excavation.

Establish an Ongoing Schedule
Once you have chosen the right company, you then need to establish an ongoing schedule. Most likely, you will need to make sure that the pile excavation is done on a regular basis. How often will be determined by a number of factors. This is when you need to rely on the expertise of the company that you have chosen.

How To Fight Reinforcement Corrosion In Bridge Infrastructure

November 27, 2017

Construction Industry

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The aging and structurally deficient concrete infrastructure is one of the serious and expensive problems faced by public and construction agencies worldwide. In the past few decades, the construction industry has focused primarily on designing corrosion prevention and control systems for roads, bridges, plants, waterside buildings, water tanks, etc. As the old and deteriorated infrastructure reaches the end of its expected lifetime, governing authorities put emphasis on rehabilitating and extending the life of these structures.

In the US, there are approximately 600,000 bridges and the majority of them are steel-reinforced. More than 15% (ref Rita) of bridges are structurally deficient due to the corrosion of reinforced steel. Governments spend billions of dollars annually as a corrosion cost to replace and rehabilitate the deteriorated bridges. Corrosion is the primary factor affecting the reliability and durability of concrete members. It is difficult, if not impossible, to control corrosion-induced deterioration process using conventional materials and construction techniques.

Direct corrosion cost is in billions, but the indirect costs in forms of traffic delays and user inconvenience increase expenses tenfold. The bridge management authorities usually have limited funds to deal with new constructions, rehabilitation activities, and maintenance. Therefore, it is important to develop and utilize modern materials capable of eliminating the corrosion-related problems permanently and cost-effectively.

The civil engineering community and researchers and have been striving to develop reliable technologies and construction practices to control corrosion-related issues for decades. The development and incorporation of corrosion control strategies still demand widespread changes in government policies and industry management.

Effective corrosion solutions

FRP composites are emerging construction materials of the 21st century. These materials have the potential to construct corrosion-free concrete members no matter the environment. For instance, GFRP reinforcement rebar, a variant of FRP composites, offers practitioners and bridge engineers a solid alternative to resolving practical problems of steel-reinforcement in the harsh environment and where electrical and magnetic sensitivity is a concern. The advanced composite materials can be used in both new and rehabilitation applications. The implementation of these sustainable construction materials can save billions of dollars.

As a sustainable construction material, GFRP reinforcement offers high strength, corrosion-resistance, fatigue-resistance, consistent quality and extended service life. In-practice data and studies have concluded that structural performance of FRP composites is far better than conventional materials. Design guidelines of FRP for bridge applications have been considerably developed and incorporated into existing ACI guides. The civil engineering community should explore and implement FRP technology at large scale in order to build maintenance-free and long lasting concrete structures.

Success in the Digital Age Requires Extraordinary Retail Leaders

November 27, 2017

Retail

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Retail leaders in the digital age

Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal 1. But how can retailers lead and influence their staff during this digital disruption? Maybe it’s time to challenge retail leadership says Ken Silay, Partner, Innovator’s Equation. Ken suggests writing for Innovative Retail Technologies that “The truth is retail is run by old thinking and old metrics” and “difference between the old and new thinking in business creates a gap in retail leadership that will continue to get wider”.

Dr Ganesh Shermon, Managing Partner for “R for C Talent Management Solutions” (North America) recently highlighted the challenges retailers face. He said that retailers are confronted with dramatic managerial changes, given the convergence of the human mind, (Intellect), behavioral psychology (Cognitive), smart machines, and deep learning science and knowledge (Neural networks) as the basis for management actions. That’s really a mouth full!

The truth is that the old way of leading a retail business does not work anymore. But what should retailers do to get their businesses on par with the digital age?

Strategies that leaders should consider in the Digital Age

Prof Kamal Kishor Jain, Head of HR and Business Psychology Department at IIM Indore, recently said digital age leaders need to acknowledge the limits of their expertise. Additionally, the leaders should build a reliable network of knowledgeable experts to help them navigate through their choices. Prof Jain suggests the following:

Speed – is the most distinguishing characteristic of the digital age. No matter how fast you are moving to transform your business; the depressing reality is that you still probably aren’t moving fast enough.

Knowledge creation – we need to become more right brained to compete and survive. Leadership is not a noun, it’s a verb. The real charismatic leader is one who disseminates knowledge into his subordinates.

Primarily leadership qualities – leaders should be daring, caring and sharing. ‘Failing fast’ and ‘falling forward’ are critical precursors to success in the digital era. Such disruptive change requires leaders to be caring about people are affected by such changes. It is only by caring that a leader can elicit support from followers.

The Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an initiative of IMD business school and Cisco, and HR consultancy metaBeratung, have identified four competencies (HAVE) that business leaders need in order to excel in the era of digital disruption:

Humble – in an age of rapid change, knowing what you don’t know can be as valuable in a business context as knowing what you do. Therefore, digital leaders need a measure of humility, and a willingness to seek diverse inputs both from within and outside their organisations.

Adaptable – in a complex and changing environment, an ability to adapt is critical. The global reach of digital technologies has opened up new frontiers for organizations, shrinking once insurmountable continental divides and erasing traditional boundaries between territories. Dealing with the cultural and business impacts of this requires adaptability.

Visionary – in times of profound disruption, clear-eyed and rational direction finding is needed. Therefore a clear vision, even in the absence of detailed plans, is a core competency for digital leaders.

Engaged – painting visions for the future, successfully communicating these visions and being adaptable enough to change them, requires constant engagement with stakeholders. This broad-based desire to explore, discover, learn and discuss with others is as much a mind-set, as it is a definable set of business-focused activities or behaviors.

How can leaders change their retail business to digital?

It is impossible for retailers to change overnight from doing their things the old way to embracing the digital economy. Indeed, the process must get started and in quick time. Therefore, the ability to digitally re-imagine the business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and invent the new 3. Kane et al proposed the following strategies for retailers to use getting their business to the digital age:

Create a strategy that transforms – when developing a more advanced digital strategy; the best approach may be to turn the traditional strategy development process on its head.

Get the right people for job – just as important as developing talent is reducing the risk of losing it.

Take risks – to boost risk taking in their companies, executives need to change their mind-sets.

Sparking new ideas – many new ideas arise through collaborative efforts among people of different backgrounds.

Telling the story – storytelling is becoming a popular means of gaining employee buy-in and organizational traction for digital transformation.

After all, it will probably require an extraordinary retail leaders to facilitate the move of their businesses from analogue to digital.

Tips for Selecting the Best Shop Fronts for Your Business

November 27, 2017

Retail

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Any business alone cannot create traffic of customers based on location, quality material products, and services; they will require an outlet or infrastructure that can appeal to customers while they walk in.

To have a beautiful infrastructure, shop fronts is conducive to create a robust image of your business. For any business to perform better, it is necessary to invest in the look of their business store as well.

As most of the people create their judgement based on what they see for the first time or what antagonizes them the most.

Down below are the top 3 shop fronts ideas that one must consider.

1. Aluminium Shop Fronts – This design is versatile and an economic solution. The doors are fitted with the help of over head spring that are concealed. Also, the doors can come in sliding or swing open along with electric control, if required. This design can be a viable option for that business who wants to give a corporate and simple touch to their venture.

2. Glass Shop Fronts – These fronts can come in clear or tinted glaze, available in both single and double glazing. Again, the fronts are installed with over head springs that are latent. Clients can demand for any type of swing or sliding door, as well. These are feasible for that business who wants to attract their customer with their presentation, product or services alone. Also, for those who want to add royal and classic touch.

3. Solid Timber Shop Fronts – Nothing can beat the quality offered by material – Timber. These doors are hand painted once they are constructed, with the colors offered by customers. Are suitable for that business, who wants to stick to the old and vintage practices.

Weighing Some Advantages of Having Effective Entrances for Business

  • Appearances cannot be deceptive-People often believes in what they see. Beautiful and well constructed shop fronts can attract the visitors more than often.
  • Window displays will say it all- Stores or outlet will not have to indulge in more of aggressive selling, their point of sale service with intrigue design and ideas will say it all.
  • Leading trust – A business will reap rewards from clients with its presentation and fancy entrance in terms of trust and goodwill.
  • Decreased competition– People prefer that outlet who have so much to offer apart from just services and product. Ravishing shop fronts will catch an eye of customers better than competitors.

From Aluminium to solid timber shop fronts, there are plenty of options to choose from. Kick start your business with above tips and restore your business in good faith.

7 Must-Knows About Social Media Fundraising

November 27, 2017

Fundraising

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I speak to nonprofits every week. I have to admit, some executive directors and fundraisers love social media and others hate it. Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay so you better get used to it. And, more importantly, you should try to work it into your overall planning.

I’ve had chats with folks who’ve told me they’re working on social media but they’re not seeing results. The most important thing to know about social media is that it’s not a stand-alone marketing or fundraising tool. It has to be used as part of a multi-channel program.

For those organizations that use social media consistently and effectively, social media is an excellent way to help raise brand visibility. It’s also a good tool for fundraising. If you haven’t done so already, this is a great time of year for you to begin to test social media fundraising. That way, as you go into the year-end, you know what works and what doesn’t for your organization.

  1. When you’re posting on social media for fundraising purposes, you must have a call to action. You’ve told your story. You have a great picture or video, but you don’t have a call to action on your post. Want to know the number one reason why people don’t give? They weren’t asked.
  2. Response rate increases with a responsive site. A survey done by Blackbaud showed that donors were 34 percent more likely to give through a link tied to a responsive website.
  3. Don’t forget about LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great platform for business minded people. You can also get a lot of awareness (and donations). Create a group and message your contacts to join your group. If you’re doing a special fundraiser, send a group message asking people to support a great cause.
  4. Individuals who earn $25,000 or less give a higher proportion of their income to charity. The higher you go in earnings, the smaller the percentage of income donated to philanthropy. People who earn $25K or less give 16.6% of their income. That means you shouldn’t assume that only the wealthy give to charity.
  5. Create a social media volunteer corp. Social is all about engagement. You want to get people to enter into a conversation with you. One of the best things you can do is ask your supporters to help you amplify your voice. By creating a volunteer program, shareable posts and tweets, and directly asking your supporters to share, you’re able to go beyond your own followers. Create a program of social media volunteers to help you promote and fundraise for your cause.
  6. Post at the right times on Facebook. Most of us know Facebook is the grand-daddy of the social media world. Your posts on Facebook have a short life – in other words, you’ll get most of your engagements on Facebook within the first 90 minutes of posting. Post during the business day. Stay away from nights. Some people think weekends work. If you want to try it, go ahead, but always test engagement. Figure out the best times of engagement for your posts.
  7. Ask questions and engage. It’s all about social networking. That means it’s a two-way street. In order to know what your supporters want to see, you have to ask questions. Ask them what they think about your work. When followers comment on your posts, respond back to them. Ask them what may have resonated and why.

How to Ensure That Your Fundraiser Is a Success

November 27, 2017

Fundraising

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People say they hate asking others for money, but the truth is that more and more organizations’ existence and success depend on their ability to do just that – raise money. As you probably know, the fancy words for such money-making events and donations are usually referred to as fundraisers and grants. Of course, in order to be able to get other people to give you money, you will first need to clearly define your purpose, goals, target audience, and reasons for hosting a fundraising campaign. It is very important to take this endeavor seriously as fundraising and grant proposals are complicated and require the help of a professional willing to walk you through it, every step of the way.

Fundraising can be hectic, especially if one doesn’t know how to go about it. “Does our organization need a fundraising consultant?” Before we get to the answer of this question, you will first need to answer some other ones:

• Do you have the necessary skills to ensure success?
• Do you have a plan to make this a reality?
• Do you have time to cover all the loopholes and keep up with the latest, greatest fundraising ideas?

If the answer is NO, then it is best to hire a fundraising consultant who is specialized in grant writing. This professional is familiar with all the market networking aspects incorporated in fundraising and has developed unique and effective strategies to help you win the hearts of donors.

Fundraising consultants are highly skilled and experienced in “what works” and “what does not work” which is necessary in this niche line of work. They are extremely efficient in crafting fundraising plans that guarantee positive results and utilize social media, email, websites, and other platforms to secure new donors and strengthen existing donor relations. The choice of fundraising consultants matters. The first priority of the fundraising expert should be to meet your ultimate goal by helping you raise as much money as possible. They should save you time, help you plan, and most importantly, guarantee success. Reliable fundraising consultants will be able to provide the necessary solutions to your problems at a desirable price. The difference that these consultants will make to the wealth of your organization will make you realize the true value of your money. This, in turn, will make you see the consultant as a great investment.

Grant writing is an important component of most fundraising. A successful grant proposal will enable the organization to build capacity, strengthen programs, and implement new and innovative programs. Expertise is needed to ensure this is done perfectly, avoiding the common mistakes done while writing grant proposals. The opportunities for implementing grants in your fundraising plan are numerous if you can come up with an idea that brings your organization money. When it comes to choosing who takes you through the grant-writing process, you only really have two options. You can either choose an employee to do it or hire a grant writer. There is nothing wrong with either approach; the only thing that matters is meeting the goal. Many organizations are uncomfortable with the UNKNOWN; they are afraid of hiring experts they “don’t know.” The truth is, in most cases, they yield better results simply because they are more experienced than internal employees who write for the organization. They say the world is all about adventure so, why not try?

There is a wide range of fundraising opportunities and millions of potential donors. Did you know that there are over fifty billion dollars awarded to organizations annually? Why wouldn’t your organization be one of them? If you think applying for grants is easy, you are definitely misguided. This is why you need a talented grant writer to do your homework. There is no magical approach to getting your application through successfully. A good grant writer will do the intensive research, constantly keeping the focus on the ultimate goal. If you choose a professional equipped with the necessary skill set and experience to do your homework, well, you can be assured that they will achieve the success they’ve promised.

Raising Funds Internationally With a Crowdfunding Platform? Engage Your Network

November 27, 2017

Fundraising

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Crowdfunding platforms and other types of personal funding websites are used more and more by NGO’s and people who seek to fundraise online. The internet gives these users the opportunity to truly expand fundraising efforts and transcend national borders.

Despite the huge potential, most campaigns are locally focused, meaning that the majority of the contributors usually come from one country. Once in a while, a campaign reaches out to donors internationally. These tend to be campaigns that are popular in TV and become viral for some reason. We see these happening in the case of people affected by tragedies like earthquakes, floodings, or some other type of personal tragic episode.

Reaching out to donors in several countries is not easy, but with tools like Facebook, Twitter and reddit, it becomes increasingly easier.

The number one asset that the user starting a crowdfunding campaign has is its own network. It is his network of people that will make or break his campaign. It is for this reason essential that the user engages and keeps his network interested in its fundraising efforts.

Creating a sense of urgency and excitement is essential for these type of campaigns, as it will make people share and expand the marketing efforts. Most people’s social networks expand to different places, beyond national borders and it is this sense of excitement that will make people engaged and supportive of the campaign.

Remember that every crowdfunding campaign needs a lot work beforehand in order to be successful. Not all crowdfunding campaigns are created equal. If you just upload a couple of sentences and write a couple of paragraphs like “help me pay my bills, I’m broke”, you’ll probably won’t receive much support. Every crowdfunding campaign comes across these type of user once in a while, and the truth is that not many people are willing to chip in and support these type of campaigns.

So if we could provide one key advise it would be to really study the assets that you currently have in terms of network. Check out not only your Facebook contacts, but also your email lists. Even those people that you haven’t heard of in a long time could be a key asset in multiplying your fundraising efforts. Shake the shyness away and drop them an email, tell them that you are starting a fundraising campaign and ask them to help you in expanding the reach of your campaign. You won’t regret it in the end.

Need Extra Revenue? Pay Day Loans Could Possibly Be The Option

November 27, 2017

Miscellaneous

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Why Manufacturers Always Coat The Fasteners Before Selling Them

November 18, 2017

Industrial Mechanical

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Fasteners are the hardware device that is designed with the aim to join and affix two or more objects. They are used in almost every product and there is a different variety available such as Washers, Nuts, and Bolts etc. Fasteners usually have a paint coating on them but, do you know why? Because it provides protection to them. They are available in different size and shapes so, it is very important to know your requirement before buying them, as every type of fastener serves different results. Always remember that only a right fastener will provide you the accurate results so, examine them correctly before investing your money. It is an industrial product thus, widely used by the industrial sector. Apart from protection, there are several reasons that why manufacturers apply the coating on them.

  • Protection Is Important – The main reason for applying the coating on the fasteners is that it provides protection to them. They are usually made with different material that can get rusted with the environmental change and to avoid this, the thick coating is being done on them. It also helps to reduce the chances of physical damage and does not disturb the shape of the fasteners.
  • The Luster Shine – Coating makes the fastener look shiny and appealing that enhances its overall look. Fasteners are widely used in Machinery, Furniture, Vehicles etc. so, a luster one will definitely look good and helps to provide a good look. This is also a valid reason that why it is important to coat the fasteners.
  • Provides Durability – A coating fastener is more likely to have a good lifespan because a thick coating provides protection to the fasteners. It prevents the fasteners from scratches and other physical damages and makes them work for a longer period of time. It is suggested to always buy a coated fastener to get it optimum results.
  • More In-Demand – It is the fact that the coating fastener is more in demand than the uncoated one. Industries know it very well that a coating fastener has many great benefits that is why they always demand that. You can also buy them as; it is a cheap product and available at a very low price.

These are some really great benefits of using a coated fastener. There are many manufacturers that offer a huge range of coated fasteners so; you can easily buy from them at a reasonable price. Always make sure to buy a right size as a wrong size can affect the working of machinery and your productivity. It is important to buy the products from a trustworthy supplier so, always keep these tips in mind before purchasing.

Important Points To Double Check When Selecting NDT Equipment

November 18, 2017

Industrial Mechanical

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NDT Equipment or NDT testing is basically a group of different techniques that are used to evaluate the properties of any particular material or object without causing any damage to the same. This testing is important to identify any flaws, which further helps to prevent a number of disastrous situations. It is most commonly used in sectors like quality control, maintenance and engineering to evaluate the actual state of the material before using it further. Testing of the material gives you accurate results, which saves plenty of time, money and also increase the safety.

There are different types of NDT Equipment that are used for ages to determine the rigidity of the material and, therefore, making any decision regarding its purchase for a newbie can be a task. Just to make it easier, here we are to share some of the considerations you need to keep in mind while selecting it. So, let’s take a look.

  • Parameters Being Tested: One of the common considerations while selecting the NDT Equipment is the type of parameter you need it to test for. It is important to know whether you want to just check the thickness, flaw or hardness of the material, so, you can stick to the right option.
  • Specialized Training: NDT Equipment helps to evaluate the actual state of the material, but while selecting, it is important to check if the equipment you want to test it for required any specialized training. This is because it can affect your result and accuracy.
  • Required Accessories: Don’t forget to consider what types of supported accessories you required to perform the test to generate accurate results. Some of the accessories that are used with the NDT Equipment are Puffer Bulb, Transducers, Alloy Steel Seamless Tubes, Calibration Blocks, Cable Connectors, etc.
  • Professional Support: If you are aware of the technique or your material doesn’t require any special training, so, using it by yourself can be easy. But in case of improper knowledge or need of specialized training, you should consult an expert to generate accurate outcomes and to prevent any mistake.

NDT Equipment or NDT testing is very much important and taking it for granted just creates the situation of loss for you and your application. Make sure you take proper actions to avoid them for better results. If you want to get the quality instrument, make sure you consider trustable NDT Equipment manufacturers because they deliver what they promise.