Monthly Archives: March 2013

IPIN Tip of the Month: Project Notes

Notepads, sticky notes, and the palm of your hand make for fine ways to take down notes about a project.

Project notes in IPIN are better.

Project Notes are located beneath the Scope of Work and Project Location on the Project Details page of every project.

Internal Notes

They are company specific, meaning only people logged in under your company account can see the notes. This makes them useful for communicating on projects with co-workers, especially if there are multiple employees in the same office with IPIN user accounts.

Searches can also be run for projects using keywords from your notes.

How to Add a Project Note

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Choosing Vehicle Safety Features and Equipment

Enterprise Fleet LogoFor more information contact
Robyn Frankel, Frankel Public Relations
Toll free: 877-863-3373, rfrankel@frankelpr.com
OR Ned Maniscalco, Enterprise Fleet Management
314-512-5523, ned.maniscalco@ehi.com

By Bryan St. Eve, Enterprise Fleet Management – Builders Exchange Allied Member

On playgrounds children know that “bells and whistles” are used by their teachers to ensure their safety.  However, adults choosing safety features for a new car or truck need to be a little more discerning about which features may be more “bells and whistles” and which are really necessary.  More importantly, for businesses with a fleet of vehicles, decisions about safety features and equipment can impact the safety of every driver, as well as the total cost of ownership for each vehicle.

Some of the safety features worth considering when ordering new vehicles include:

  • Electronic Traction & Stability Control Systems – activate faster than a driver can react to help steer, slow down or brake a vehicle automatically in emergencies
  • Rear vision cameras – provide a natural view of objects directly behind the vehicle when backing up, as well as during parking maneuvers
  • Side blind zone alerts – utilize radar sensors to identify and indicate the location of other vehicles that might otherwise not be in the driver’s line of vision
  • Lane departure warnings – camera-based system that activates at speeds above 35 miles per hour to alert the driver when vehicle is changing lanes with no advance signal
  • Intelligent brake assist – utilizes radar and vision sensors to help driver avoid or lessen the damage caused by a front-end crash by automatically applying added brake force

While today’s safety features are more sophisticated and effective than ever before, choosing the right safety features and equipment has become a lot more complicated.  A professional fleet management company that is familiar with all the latest safety features and equipment across a wide range of manufacturers can help a business determine which features are necessary for individual vehicles within the fleet. Factors such as how vehicles will be used, lease terms, insurance costs and anticipated residual values are all taken into consideration as part of calculating the total cost of ownership.

A recent poll by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers found that two-thirds of customers are interested in looking at the latest high-tech features aimed at helping drivers avoid crashes the next time they buy a car or truck.  The alliance’s CEO, Mitch Bainwol, said in a statement, “More than 90 percent of crashes involve driver error of some kind, so automakers created a range of driver assist systems that aid the driver for brief periods of time to help avoid an accident.”

There is little question that safety features are effective.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that electronic stability control, which automatically detects the loss of traction, saved 2,202 lives between 2008 and 2010.

But the number of choices, features and options is extensive and growing.  According to an article in Automotive News, “In many ways, the hardest part is choosing the features that help drivers and also are easy to use.  It’s not easy to keep from overloading drivers with features.”

Ultimately, all the safety equipment in the world cannot take the place of a good driver who drives defensively and knows as much as possible about the operating systems in the vehicle that he or she is driving. However, businesses with a fleet of vehicles can easily become overwhelmed by the variety of options and choices in safety features and equipment and end up paying too much or not getting the features that offer the best protection. Working with a professional fleet management company that understands your business needs and objectives can help choose the features that will benefit your business while avoiding “bells and whistles.”

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Bryan St. Eve is a Director for Enterprise Fleet Management in Louisville and can be reached at 502-458-3100 ext. 279.  He is supported by an experienced team of veteran mechanics and accredited Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technicians to serve the fleet maintenance needs of businesses with mid-size fleets.  In addition to maintenance management programs, Enterprise’s services include vehicle acquisition, fuel management and insurance programs, as well as vehicle registration, reporting and remarketing.  Visit the company’s web site at www.efleets.com or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET.

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The 3rd Annual Builders Exchange Chili Cookoff Results Are In!

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16 crockpots. 16 chilis. Also pictured: windows.

16 chili’s entered, only one would emerge victorious!

Here are your winners of the 3rd Annual Builders Exchange Chili Cook-off:

People’s Choice: Lindsey Gividen – Enterprise Fleet Management

3rd Place: Judi Donovan – Builders Exchange of Kentucky

2nd Place: Ashlan Briggs – Builders Exchange of Kentucky

1st Place: John Pile – Atlantic Construction

This was John’s 3rd year  in the contest. He had previously placed 3rd the last two years, but the the 3rd time was the charm this year! Congratulations, John!

 

Representing John Pile at the cook-off was his granddaughter, Roxanne Geiger, also of Atlantic Construction:

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Roxanne Geiger standing next to crockpots of chili holding her grandfather’s prize: the Lombardi Trophy. The other part of the first place prize not pictured: a $100 Thornton’s Gift Card

Thanks to all of our members who entered chili and attended our cook-off! We look forward to seeing you next year!

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They look satisfied

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John Kelly cannot believe how good this chili is!

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Walter Melnyk and Ashlan Briggs look up chili trivia on a smartphone while Treva Masters of Builders Exchange promotes peace ’round the world.

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Plans and Specifications Reading 101 – April 22nd and 23rd

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This course introduces participants to reading and interpreting basic construction drawings and specification manuals.  Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of the requirements of contract drawings, understanding terminology, symbols, and conventions used in commercial and industrial drawings, including architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical plans and sections.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

°  Demonstrate an understanding of  how a set of Contract Documents comes to be: “The Traditional Scope of Services”

°  Demonstrate the use of engineering and architectural scales

°  Read and understand a set of drawings including plans, elevations, sections and details

°  Read and understand scheduled, symbols, and other drafting conventions

°  Recognize the inter-relationships between Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing  elements of a project

°  Read and understand the basic sections of Specifications

°  Explain the important complementary relationship between Plans and Specifications

The presenter for this eight hour course is Lane Stumler.  Lane is an adjunct faculty member with Ivy Tech Corporate College and a practicing architect in Kentuckiana.

The fee for this program is $295 if registered before April 12th, $325 after the “early bird” date.  The course fee includes participant materials, light dinner and beverages for both evenings.  Reserve your spot today by contacting Mary Ellen Higgins at 502-459-9800 or via email at mhiggins@bxkentucky.com.

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