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I Build America Launches First-Annual Construction Appreciation Week




Construction Appreciation Week runs September 17-21, 2018 with national contests starting August 22, 2018

Construction positively affects the lives of every American. The buildings in which we work, play and live, as well the roads and bridges that enable people and goods to get to their destinations, depends on the development and empowerment of the construction industry workforce.

The strength of America’s infrastructure is built on the backs of the men and women of the construction industry. And the impact of those who work in the construction industry extends well beyond the confines of the job site. Therefore, it’s critical to promote and encourage the understanding of the value of the construction worker throughout the country.

To foster a positive dialogue about America’s construction workers, I Build America, which is the only organization solely dedicated to promoting the value of the construction industry, announces the first-annual Construction Appreciation Week, September 17-21, 2018. Activities to spotlight the American construction worker throughout the week will consist of national contests, social media campaigns thanking construction workers and local efforts in the Houston area nearby I Build America’s headquarters.

“We were surprised to learn there wasn’t a week dedicated to promoting the significant contributions the construction industry makes every day to the nation’s growth,” says Hattie Routh, marketing manager for I Build America. “With I Build America’s mission to show the value of construction and instill pride within the construction industry, we thought this was a natural fit for our organization to pioneer.”

National Contests

Beginning August 22 and running through September 21, I Build America will hold two national contests in support of Construction Appreciation Week. Both and Kids of Construction contests can be entered by visiting I Build America’s website dedicated to Construction Appreciation Week, www.ibuildamerica.com/thanks/, and clicking on the appropriate contest link. At the end of Construction Appreciation Week, I Build America staff will award the winning entry a prize package.

If someone who worked or works in construction has impacted your life for the better, then I Build America wants to know about and promote the story. The Dream Builder contest can be entered by submitting a story detailing the ways in which a member of the construction workforce positively influenced a person’s life. The winner of this promotion will receive a prize package that includes a customized I Build America Yeti®cooler and a $500 gift card to Academy®Sports + Outdoors.

Those who have a son or daughter who is a future builder, obsessed with dump trucks, excavators, dirt and building blocks, should enter the Kids of Construction contest. Simply submit a video of your child explaining why they love construction. One lucky future construction worker winner will receive an I Build America backpack filled with toys and a $500 gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors.


I Build America is also planning a strong social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram promoting Construction Appreciation Week. Construction workers and community members alike are encouraged to post photos and videos on their social media platforms with the hashtags – #ThanksForBuilding and #ConstructionAppreciationWeek. It is also recommended for individuals to update their social media profiles with construction graphics and stories using the hashtags.

For more information about Construction Appreciation Week, tips on social media posts, ideas for showing appreciation to construction workers locally, to download the Construction Appreciation week brochure and to enter the Dream Builder and Kids of Construction contests, visit www.ibuildamerica.com/thanks/.

About a

Launched in 2016 by HCSS CEO Mike Rydin, I Build America is an image-building movement dedicated to showing the value that the men and women in construction bring to our modern life. Our purpose is to instill pride within the construction industry and inspire the next generation of young people by telling the story of American construction.

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HCSS, Construction Software Developer, Offers New Electronic Logging Device to Meet FMCSA Trucking Regulations

Construction Software Developer HCSS Offers New Electronic Logging Device to Meet FMCSA Trucking Regulations

Solution includes an easy-to-use driver app and telematics that integrates with other HCSS software

Construction software developer, HCSS, announces the release of its new electronic logging solution to help construction companies meet the December 2017 deadline to become Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliant. This mandate requires drivers who currently use Hours of Service (HOS) paper logbooks to switch to electronic logging with approved electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017.

Featuring fast and reliable software connectivity, HCSS eLogs electronically tracks a driver’s HOS and automates driving events based on vehicle movements, which is a requirement for compliance. HCSS eLogs includes a driver app for smartphones or tablets and a website where managers can review Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs), driver statuses, shift and cycle time, previous violations, and daily driver logs and comments.

The construction industry is currently being flooded with electronic logging solutions. With the HCSS’s in-depth knowledge of contractor needs, the new eLogs program offers features not available with other providers, such as:

  • Free integration with HCSS Telematics, a solution that tracks a company’s fleet location and performance as well as helping to prevent loss and theft. HCSS Telematics interfaces with the HCSS suite of products to help drive operational processes.
  • Easy connectivity using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) that allows for drivers to remain in the application to connect rather than shuffling through settings.
  • A faster connection and shorter wait time for drivers using software connection compared to common internet/cellular connectivity used by other providers.
  • Availability on any Android device, with or without cellular or internet connection, allowing your driver to log at any time. The driver simply syncs his logs again when he can connect.
  • Status change based on vehicle motion and gear, eliminating tedious recording in the app for drivers.

HCSS eLogs provides an intuitive, simple-to-use interface that allows drivers to easily enter data, quickly fill out pre- and post-trip DVIRs, and identify and self-report violations without hassle. Managers receive logs in a timely manner and have access to all driver information in one simple location for easy tracking and reporting, reducing double entry and ensuring accuracy.

The app helps companies to avoid violations and lowers HOS compliance scores by warning drivers about upcoming shift or cycle limits before they occur.

HCSS eLogs easily installs through a simple plug-in device for the truck and a mobile app for the driver’s phone or tablet that connects instantly. Drivers aren’t required to scroll through phone settings or wait for a Bluetooth pairing. The new app also avoids the need to manually connect with the device for drivers who switch between multiple trucks.

the driver’s workflow

About HCSS

With a suite of software products that includes construction estimating, field entry, dispatching, equipment maintenance, telematics, fuel management and safety, HCSS provides the construction industry with innovative software solutions and fully-managed, Cloud hosting options that help construction companies work faster, smarter and more efficiently. Since 1986, HCSS products have delivered value for more than 45,000 construction professionals, including 24 of the Top 25 ENR Contractors. HCSS delivers world-class customer service with professional implementation, and 24/7 instant support, 365 days a year.

HCSS Launches New Safety Application

Construction software developer HCSS (www.hcss.com) has launched a new safety application geared specifically to construction companies.  The safety application is a stand-alone product that integrates seamlessly with HCSS’s HeavyJob® Job Management Software and other HCSS products.

Foremen and project engineers who are already entering time-card information into HeavyJob can quickly and easily enter safety-related information into the new safety application.  “It requires just a few extra ‘clicks,’ for example, for the foreman or project engineer to record that an individual has attended a safety meeting,” explained Mike Rydin, HCSS president.  “It’s also very simple for project engineers and foremen to maintain and achieve the safety goals that have been established by the company’s safety officers.”

Construction companies use the safety application to track and report all job-level safety information and manage historical safety data for each job in one location.  The product also helps the company manage individual employees’ safety compliance, certification and training.   A dashboard displays the key indicators of the company’s safety program across all jobs instantly, and alerts management to areas that require immediate attention.

An incident management feature simplifies capture, classification and documentation of recordable incidents for company analysis and the OSHA Form 300 log of work-related injuries and illnesses.  Companies can use the safety application as a central location to schedule trainings, inspections and other safety-related activities.

Money-Back Guarantee

The safety application is covered by the same money-back guarantee that applies to HCSS’s other software products.  The guarantee has one condition:  the customer must take the recommended amount of training.  If the customer decides to return the product for any reason within 12 months after the purchase and subsequent training, the cost of the software will be refunded in full. The training cost is non-refundable.

For Information

For information about the safety application, contact HCSS at www.hcss.com, info@hcss.com