Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Contractors Push the BIM Trend

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a quickly developing trend in building design, and it goes deep into building mechanical systems in a way that contractors are finding to be very beneficial to them. Among its benefits, BIM provides conflict detection, informing team members about systems or components in conflict.
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2010 Freeze Peaks Service Calls

For many of us, snow in January and February isn’t such a big deal. For folks living down South and in parts of the Southwest, however, the first few weeks of 2010 could become the coldest, snowiest winter days in recent history. Contractors and their customers won’t be forgetting them any time soon.
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The Weird Winter of 2010

People in the southern United States will be talking about the winter of 2010 for a long time. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures are normal January weather for many of us, but not for the folks who live in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida. And not for the contractors who service their systems.
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Don't be an Information Hoarder

Additional information made available to the person taking customers’ calls allows them to answer questions knowledgably without having to ask someone else to give the customer a callback. This can be a huge benefit in both customer relations and time savings if applied correctly, by an owner or manager who doesn’t object to sharing information.
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Keeping Up With HVACR Changes

From the equipment being installed, to the refrigerant used to provide cooling, so many things have changed in the HVACR industry that only one thing is really clear: There is no such thing as business as usual. That’s why this year The NEWS is running constant articles on “The New Face of HVACR” in 2010.
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More Customer Data on One Screen

In the spirit of doing more with less, Dexter + Chaney has introduced a new Service Request center in its Spectrum® Construction Software that provides, on a single screen, access to all of the information required to handle a customer’s service request. A dispatcher can use the information to create a new work order in seconds.
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Winner Trains All, Gets Employees Young

When you think about the qualities that make a contractor a great company to work for, Halco Heating and Air Conditioning has what it takes: steady work, plenty of training opportunities, the chance to advance, prime benefits, and community spirit. You could say this NEWS Best Contractor to Work for in the East created a blueprint other contractors could follow.
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