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Community Impact

Posted on Apr 17th 2018

Construction Project Management

Community impact is an important component of any fiber project. Minimizing impact to the community serves a dual purpose of keeping city mandated stoppages to a minimum while also maintaining a good public reputation for our clients.


Outside Plant Damage (OPD) Investigation & Recovery

Posted on Apr 2nd 2018

Construction Project Management

Let PRG’s specialists investigate your fiber damage, document credits given to your customers and pursue damagers for those credits to mitigate your losses.


Davidson County UCC Meeting

Posted on Mar 15th 2018

Construction Project Management

PRG was proud to sponsor the UCC meeting on March 14th in Davidson County, North Carolina.


Boxed-In Poles

Posted on Mar 12th 2018

Construction Project Management

A boxed in pole is a utility pole that is surrounded by communication cables, making it difficult when the communication cables need to be transferred to a new pole. Once the supply and neutral space of a pole is transferred and topped off, the pole must be cut straight down so as not to affect current communication attachments.


Radial Signal

Posted on Feb 21st 2018

Construction Project Management

When locates are required for underground buried utilities, a radial signal is used to determine the exact depth and horizontal orientation. The metallic medium used for the fiber is tracer wire. Tracer wire must be present for each conduit path whether it is direct bury, microduct, microtrench, trench, or a bore shot.


Aerial-To-Underground

Posted on Feb 2nd 2018

Construction Project Management

When an aerial to underground transition is required, conduit is routed to a pole via trench or bore. If the conduit is too far away from the pole, it will inevitably push the riser boot away making a secure riser attachment unachievable.


Wisconsin Dells 811 Safety Event

Posted on Feb 1st 2018

PRG Events

Project Resources Group is at the 811 Safety Event in Wisconsin Dells today (February 1st).

The event is being held at the Wilderness Territory - Glacier Canyon Lodge at 45 Hillman Road in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

If you plan on attending the event, please look for the PRG logo and stop by our table.


PRG TO ATTEND MT. RAINIER SCTE PIONEER DINNER AND SHOW 2017

Posted on Nov 9th 2017

PRG Events

The Mt. Rainier chapter of the SCTE will be holding their Pioneer Dinner and Annual Vender Show of which PRG will be participating. The dinner and vender expo will start on November 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. on November 15.

The events will take place in the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington. The keynote speaker of the vender show will be Redmond Ramos. Ramos was a Navy corpsman in the Marines when he lost his leg to an IED in Afghanistan in 2011. Following his recovery, Ramos has achieved a variety of outstanding accomplishments in his new life, including 2015 Triumph Games Champion and competing in season 29 of "The Amazing Race."


PRG ATTENDS MOCK LINE STRIKE EVENT

Posted on Sep 11th 2017

PRG Events

PRG is proud to take part in the upcoming Mock Line Strike pipeline safety event on Wednesday, November 1, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. This event was originally scheduled for September 13.

PRG is active in the 811 community, attending several events throughout the year, including April’s Tennessee 811 Annual Membership Meeting. 811 is an important resource for home owners, excavators, and utility companies to come together to prevent damage to underground utilities and prevent service disruptions.

Multiple utility operators, excavators, emergency responders, and public officials from North Carolina will be in attendance.

Featuring a simulated natural gas pipeline damage event, the Mock Line Strike will help to demonstrate the importance of calling 811 before you dig.

Industry best practices will be on display, with industry professionals showing safe digging processes with real equipment in close proximity to underground utility lines.

They will also demonstrate line location and marking, vacuum excavation, and pipeline operator consultation.

(photo credit: mocklinestrike.com)


PRG TEAMS UP WITH AUSTIN DOG RESCUE

Posted on Aug 31st 2017

PRG Events

PRG is proud to continue our involvement with the Austin Dog Rescue. For the third summer in a row, a financial contribution has been made to provide crucial resources like food, toys, and beds.

Austin Dog Rescue's mission is to end the cycle of homeless animals by saving dogs from the Central Texas Shelter that have no hope of a better life, encouraging the community to spay and neuter their pets, and providing education and resources to help pets live a long and healthy life.

Austin Dog Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer foster home that has been helping pups since 2006. You can learn more about their efforts, make contributions, and purchase merchandise on their website: http://www.austindog.org. All proceeds go to the animals.

Here's one of their pups who didn't quite understand the "ice bucket challenge"!

 


PRG PRESIDENT JOINS 2017 TOUR DE CURE

Posted on Aug 23rd 2017

PRG Events

PRG president Dean Flora will be joining several other cyclists in the 2017 Tour De Cure Colorado road cycling event to help raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association.

This year's Tour De Cure will be held on September 9, 2017 at the Salisbury Equestrian Park & Sports Complex in Parker, Colorado.

The goal of this event is to raise diabetes awareness, support life-saving research, and help those impacted by the disease.

For more information about Dean's commitment to this cause and to donate to his Tour De Cure team, click here.


PRG TO ATTEND IEJUA SUMMER CAMP 2017 IN SPOKANE

Posted on Jul 10th 2017

PRG Events

Project Resources Group will be attending the IEJUA Summer Camp 2017 in Spokane, WA on July 13th and 14th.

Topics at the camp will include:

  • electric hazard safety
  • pole loading calculation
  • application of NESC to joint use
  • telecom worker regulatory discussion
  • grounding, bonding
  • safety discussions
  • practical pole measuring
  • networking opportunities

More information about the event can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iejua-summer-camp-2017-tickets-32477154042.


PRG ATTENDS THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER 21ST ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM

Posted on Jun 6th 2017

PRG Events

Project Resources Group will be attending the Rocky Mountain Chapter 21st Annual Symposium in Englewood, Colorado on June 7 and 8, 2017.

If you plan on attending the event, please look for the PRG logo and stop by our table.

For more information, please visit the Rocky Mountain Chapter 21st Annual Symposium And Golf event page.


PRG TO ATTEND THE CRYSTAL COAST CHAPTER OF SCTE IN GREENVILLE, NC

Posted on Apr 21st 2017

PRG Events

Project Resources Group will be attending the Crystal Coast Chapter of SCTE Vendor Day/Cable - Tec Games in Greenville, NC on Thursday,  May 4th. The event will take place at the Greenville Hilton at 207 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC.

If you plan on attending the event, please look for the PRG logo and stop by our table.

Good luck to all the local cable technicians participating in the games!


PRG TO ATTEND THE TENNESSEE 811 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN NASHVILLE

Posted on Apr 6th 2017

PRG Events

Project Resources Group will attend the Tennessee 811 Annual Membership Meeting in Nashville on Tuesday, April 11th.  The event is at the Nashville Airport Marriott on 600 Marriott Drive in Nashville, Tennessee.

PRG will also sponsor a hole in the golf tournament at the Pine Creek Golf Course in Juliet the next day (April 12th).


PRG TO SPONSOR THE CABLE GAMES AT THE GREATER CHICAGO CHAPTER SCTE

Posted on Mar 24th 2017

PRG Events

Project Resources Group is excited to sponsor the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) cable games in Chicago on April 6th.

Good luck to all the local cable technicians participating in the games.

Please look for the PRG logo and visit our table.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER: WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS IT

Posted on Feb 29th 2016

Construction Project Management

Construction project management is the management process that ensures your building project gets completed on time, to the requirements outlined, with minimal fuss. Without correct construction management, your project can easily become unhinged, leading to delays, cost blow outs and even project cancellation – a nightmare for your well laid out plans.

Construction Project Managers have superior skills in regulations knowledge, equipment, materials and personnel issues. They work to coordinate all the elements that go together to take a site from the design phase right up until building maintenance.

Their area of expertise cannot be matched by managers from other business domains.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT DOMAIN KNOWLEDGE

The domains that a construction manager is knowledgeable in are the following:

  • General Management
  • Special Knowledge Domains (such as materials and equipment)
  • Supporting Disciplines (such as engineering)

These three domain knowledge areas make a construction project manager the only person capable of overseeing large construction works.

WHAT TASKS DOES A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER DO?

The tasks of a manager may vary, depending on the job at hand. Generally, these managers need to:

  • Set project scope, schedule, budget, personnel and performance requirements
  • Oversee resource allocation in regards to personnel, materials and equipment
  • Control all aspects of site operations
  • Resolve all conflicts successfully

These tasks will be done in direct consultation with the client, ensuring that the project remains on track with the clients’ desires and expected outcomes.

Managers are expected to comply with all safety, environmental, quality assurance, and other industry guidelines. They may undertake either or both residential or commercial building works.

There may also be a team of construction project managers working together on very large-scale projects, due to the amount of management needed on a project of such large scope.

WHY DO YOU NEED A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER?

If your company has building plans in the works and no qualified construction project managers on hand to help out, then you can’t afford to go without one – you’ll simply be wasting time and money.

Whether you’re still dreaming up plans of the works, in the design phase, struggling with an inexperienced or ineffective manager, or simply need some extra domain knowledge to help out, then you must consider hiring a construction project manager.

Construction project managers offer highly specialized experience to bring your plans to fruition in a timely and cost effective manner. Their knowledge cannot be paralleled by managers more experienced in other domains.

If you’re thinking seriously about hiring a construction project manager, or would simply like to go over your options, then we’re here to help. At PRG, we have a team of highly qualified construction management professionals ready and waiting to hear what you have to say. We can help talk you through construction issues that you’re having or take the reins completely, depending on what your needs are.


TECHNICAL STAFFING SUPPORT: WHY YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT NEEDS IT

Posted on Jan 14th 2016

Construction Project Management

Does your team have the right experience to tackle your new construction project?

According to recent statistics, one of the most commonly outsourced services is construction, with 53% of respondentsindicating that they are outsourcing this service. The way of the future is in outsourcing your project work to providers specifically tailored for your construction solutions.

To obtain the most experienced team in the field, consider placing contractors alongside your employees to get the most reliable results that are not only on time, but also within budget too.

Here are 6 reasons why you should hire technical staffing contractors to work on your construction project.

TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW

For any construction project, you need a team of people who are well-trained in highly technical fields, and an outsourced technical staff can possess the necessary knowledge your project needs. With an in-depth knowledge of important technical aspects, your outsourced staff becomes an essential part of business and can fill the gaps your construction staff may have.

MORE EXPERIENCE ON SIMILAR PROJECTS

Unless you have a dedicated team devoted to specific construction projects, the likelihood of your staff having an extended amount of experience on similar projects is minimal. However, outsourcing this work to experienced contractors who do this work daily means that they already know the details involved to be able to complete the job properly, inside and out.

MORE FLEXIBLE TIMETABLES

If your staff is already involved with a number of company-wide projects, then they will have less time to dedicate to a specific construction project. They may also be focusing on other more pressing tasks at hand. With contractors, you know that 100% of the time that they are billed is going to working on the construction project that you have stipulated.

AN OUTSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE

Having contractors working alongside your team members allows for greater knowledge transfer. Because they have learned various things from other companies’ projects, they are able to bring this knowledge to your project and to your team. This facilitates a greater learning process for your team members, all without getting involved in expensive external training courses.

REDUCED STAFFING COSTS

Rather than bringing in new staff from the outside and then training them (a costly process), hiring a contractor means that they are prepared and ready to go with your projects. Teaching someone about company values is a far less costly process than teaching them the skills needed to be competent in a workplace position.

A NON-SALARIED SOLUTION

Don’t have full time employee hours to dedicate to a new position? Why waste money trying to find extra jobs to do for a salaried employee when you can get in a contractor at half, or even a quarter of the hours that a full-time employee would cost.

Outsourcing can be a great business solution for your construction project. At PRG, we have available contractors who are skilled in construction management, quality assurance, cell tower and fiber builds, materials management, commercial construction, customized management reporting, and technical staffing to help ensure that your construction project runs smoothly.

Ensure you’re getting the right man or woman for the job by taking a closer look at the benefits of outsourcing. Interested in technical staffing support? Contact us to learn more. 


WHY OUTSOURCE YOUR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT?

Posted on Dec 21st 2015

Construction Project Management

What are the pros and cons of outsourced construction management?

The advantages of hiring a specialized construction manager, or construction management team for your project include minimizing risk and maximizing efficiency. Hiring a construction project manager means having someone on board who is specialized in construction regulations and permits, as well as staffing requirements, specific tracking software and dealing with all stakeholders.

But what about outsourcing construction management? What are the benefits of taking on a construction management company to manage your project instead of keeping the work all in-house?

Here we outline a few of the major benefits of outsourcing your business’s construction management. 

USING A PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CONTRACTOR BRINGS YOU A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE

Professional construction project managers are experienced with the type of job that you need completed. Because they have worked on any number of different projects, they have learned lessons from different companies that they can apply to your situation. They’ve also worked with numerous different technologies to aid each project.

These experiences and exposure to different technical solutions can outweigh the relative experience of a construction manager that has worked in a full-time capacity with a few different employers.

OUTSOURCING REMOVES THE HASSLES ASSOCIATED WITH HAVING TO HIRE A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE

You may be weighing up the pros and cons of hiring a full-time employee versus outsourcing your work.

Consider this: what do you know about construction management? Do you have anyone in house who knows the field well? If you don’t know much, and no one close by in your company does, then how are you going to effectively advertise for and interview applicants? Choosing a proven external provider takes the guesswork out of hiring an employee.

Going with an external provider also helps to guarantee an unbiased outsider opinion. Whereas people on-staff may be more inclined to be ‘yes-men’ to avoid internal conflict and upsetting upper management, an external provider will be impartial – giving you then facts as they stand.

USING A CONTRACTOR MAY WELL COME IN AT A LOWER COST TO THE COMPANY

Because of the experience that a contractor brings to you, they are more likely to be more effective in their management solutions than a hired staff member. Billable hours mean that there is no time wasted with water-cooler conversation or phone calls arguing over who was supposed to pick up the kids after school.

If your project only requires part-time management, then a contractor is also the most obvious choice.

The benefits of outsourcing your construction management often outweigh the benefits of having an in-house employee or team. Working in close consultation with you and various project stakeholders along the way they are able to give timely, effective and unbiased reports on how your project is progressing at each stage throughout the construction process.

By outsourcing you are guaranteed a professional approach: no contracting firms last long if they provide poor-quality services. Firms build reputations to be proud of, thereby ensuring survival and excellence in the field. If you’re serious about getting your project completed within time, to budget then you will want to consider outsourcing your construction management.


WHY QUALITY ASSURANCE IS IMPORTANT IN A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Posted on Dec 15th 2015

Construction Project Management

Building projects are constructed to stand the test of time, providing not only a safe finished project but also a safe site throughout the construction process. The best way to attain both of these safety requirements is through rigorous Quality Assurance measures (or QA) over the course of a construction project.

A Quality Assurance program not only ensures building safety and conformance but can also save both time and money associated with poor quality onsite. A construction project where inferior products have been sourced may require a costly rebuild, or even abandonment. Additionally, if a flaw has been discovered halfway through the project, a redesign may need to happen, which is not the most optimal use of resources.

Quality Assurance is necessary in the construction process. Here are just some of the ways that they are involved.

1. QUALITY REQUIREMENTS

When designing the building, both the client and the construction management firm need to meet in order to determine the requirements of the design and consult with local laws regarding building construction.

The building design – to be reviewed by the client – will outline a plan for the structure, as well as materials required for construction. Then, the ground will be tested to determine the best way to build a base. These building standards should be measurable throughout the rest of the construction process.

2. QUALITY MATERIALS

To ensure that the materials selected for the project all pass safety requirements, they must be outlined and scrutinized objectively. Different materials perform differently under load bearing circumstances, and as such, need to be checked under various standards bodies, such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

3. A QUALITY ASSURANCE TEAM

Alongside Occupational Health and Safety workers committed to a safe workplace, a dedicated Quality Assurance team helps to ensure the ongoing quality of the final product. A Quality Assurance team will check onsite construction, equipment, and supplier interactions in order to ensure that all materials and processes are up to safety standards.

4. QUALITY WORKERS

Quality Assurance training for onsite workers can help lift the standards of the worksite beyond the baseline and is useful in combination with a Quality Assurance team. Training workers in Quality Assurance – such as identifying inferior products and poor workmanship – helps to mitigate risk and identify any potential areas of poor quality. Regular meetings where workers are encouraged to discuss potential risks with the Quality Assurance team should be held.


Don’t walk into any construction works without ensuring that your company has a firm Quality Assurance program in place. Ask to see previous QA plans that they’ve used on other projects and ensure that quality outlines are easily measurable and that there are QA activities ongoing throughout the course of the building construction. Any team that doesn’t take the quality of your project seriously should be shown the door.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER

Posted on Nov 20th 2015

Construction Project Management

Hiring a Construction Project Manager is one of the most important tasks to seeing your project come to life from the design phase. You need someone who not only sees your vision for the project but also has the tools and expertise necessary to implement it.

Education and on-the-job experience play a large part in hiring a successful and efficient Project Manager, but don’t get blindsided by someone that looks good on paper but lacks the qualities needed to succeed in the field.

Here are some of the most important qualities to look for in a Construction Project Manager.

STRONG COMMUNICATION SKILLS

In order to lead teams efficiently and to communicate well with upper management, your construction project manager needs to demonstrate fluid, effective communication.

In your panel, include interviewers from multiple positions in your company. A good rule of thumb is at least three tiers of personnel. For example a company president, an excellent project manager completing a similar task, and a bright worker who will work underneath the potential manager.

OBTAINED AN ASSOCIATED BACHELOR’S DEGREE

A successful construction project manager will have graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in fields like Construction Management, Engineering, Construction Science or Architecture.

For a large project, formal study in the field should be a necessity for getting the job, as a degree ensures that your construction project manager has a broad scope of foundations knowledge that field experience may not necessarily provide.

If your candidate has 15+ years of experience working on similar projects with different companies, you can probably overlook a lack of formal education as they have already demonstrated their knowledge and skill-base in the field.

POSSESSES 3+ YEARS OF ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE OVERSEEING SIMILAR PROJECTS

It may be tempting to hire internally, like promoting that manager armed with a fresh degree, excels in their current position, and embodies all of the companies’ ideals and principles. Stop right there. In a small construction project, this may be a smart hire.

However, in a large construction project, you have more room for error if you hire this way. Instead, look for the candidate with at least three years’ of experience on a similar project. If he or she has only overseen one large project, delve into whether the project was completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.

HAS EXPERIENCE WITH TASKING AND BUDGETING SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Ultimately, your Construction Project Manager is the person you trust to bring your construction work to completion under achievable timeframes and within set out budgets. These are the specific areas you want your new construction project manager to focus on.

An effective Construction Project Manager will know how to use construction software management tools to keep tabs on the current state of the project, as well as projections for the future.

FITS IN WITH THE COMPANY

The remaining quality that you should keep in mind when hiring is company fit. Look to candidates that possess a similar disposition to your most trusted insiders. Someone that embodies the ‘feel’ of your company is more likely to achieve success and may be useful for other projects that come up.

Of course, your candidate may well be moldable into the company image, but keep an eye out for mavericks, who like to play by their own rules, which can cause internal issues to arise.

READY TO HIRE A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER?

With a solid knowledge base, proven track record in the field, and experience using the best tools available to ensure your project time and costs don’t blow out, the right candidate is out there for you. It is important to find the right construction project management team, so be proactive and don’t be afraid of conducting multiple rounds of interviewing.


WHY HIRE A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER?

Posted on Nov 3rd 2015

Construction Project Management

Construction works are notorious for going over time, over budget, and sometimes even winding up binned after partial completion or handed over to another department to deal with due to incompetency. Fixing works that weren’t completed correctly in the first place can require years of maintenance.

Outsourcing your construction project management to an experienced team of professionals can avert disaster on your new construction project.

Here are the aspects where construction project managers can make the difference between getting your project done on time and in budget versus failing to get the project off the ground.

THE PROJECT REMAINS UNDER CONTROL

A construction project manager speaks first and foremost with your interests in mind. They are committed to consulting carefully with you throughout the construction process, from design all the way through to ongoing support after the project is finished. With constant communication and reporting, your feedback is what shapes the project direction.

BUDGETS ARE MET

Like your project managers in other business areas, construction project managers work within your budget to achieve the desired effect. They carefully balance resources like manpower, materials and equipment hire to keep your budget on track.

THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED IN TIME

By using advanced project management software and continuously providing updates to you and your team, construction project managers can track which aspects of the project they’re behind, on time, and ahead in order to allocate resources accordingly and to ensure the plan is adhered to and altered where necessary.

RISKS ARE ANALYZED AND TREATED

Construction managers are experienced in the risks that can affect construction projects. They can assess potential project risks and have mitigation plans in place for when and if they happen. For large scale projects, they may recommend insuring against some risks.

TEAMS ARE CAREFULLY SELECTED

A construction manager can help shape the teams they think will best fit your project goals. By bringing together trusted contractors to work on the project, they have a better idea on how the project will be shaped and how well each team will interact as part of the overall workforce.

HIGHLY SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

Seeking out an experienced construction project manager makes all the difference. Someone that has been in the industry for some time will know the ins and outs of the construction industry, including laws surrounding building works, unions, up-to-date material data sheets, safety regulations and insurance requirements. In short, they will be informed of everything that an in-house specialist would have to get up to speed on before starting a project, which is a costly exercise in both time and money.

ARE YOU READY TO OUTSOURCE YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT?

By using anyone other than a specialized construction project manager to oversee your building works, you run the serious business risk of not only going over budget but also delaying your project timeline. However, a construction project manager keeps your project running as smoothly as possible, from start to finish.

With a comprehensive quality control program, flexible staffing, customized reporting, and more, PRG’s construction project management team provides a customizable end-to-end solution for the telecommunications industry’s construction and engineering initiatives. Outsource your project management and let us handle the logistics; get started today!