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10 ways to improve communication in Construction

10 ways to improve communication in Construction

Here are some tips from on how to ensure good communication on a construction site. [rml_read_more] Good communication is an essential component of success on construction projects, and it plays a decisive role in saving both time and money during the building process. Anybody familiar with construction will agree: communication can either be a major issue or a key to success throughout the constr... »

9 ways Engineers can improve their technical writing skills

9 ways Engineers can improve their technical writing skills

Writing is a skill that we can learn easily, but writing eloquently is something that only a few can claim. Anything that keeps you on a page can be said as an engaging piece of content.[rml_read_more] Engineers use technical articles daily.  And to connect with engineers, the content must also speak their language. Hence, today, engineers themselves are tasked with technical writing. However, man... »

THROW IN SOME FUN WHEN PRESENTING YOUR TECHNICAL REPORT

THROW IN SOME FUN WHEN PRESENTING YOUR TECHNICAL REPORT

Good grief! The first week of February is already gone! As with every year, I am alarmed at how fast the days flick by. Which got me thinking about time… Our topic for today.   Time is both an objective and a subject thing. We use it to measure scientifically and we also use the word metaphorically.   In the metaphoric sense, time is subjective. It can drag or it can fly. Think of going to t... »

The Gift Of A Good Summary

The Gift Of A Good Summary

This week I have been working on summaries. I have a set of documents with lots of clauses in each that I must present to an audience in a way that will help them to understand the differences between the documents and the significance of each. There is some overlap between them, but each has its own purpose. In short, I had to whittle about 45 pages down to 8 sentences. But why, you may ask, is t... »

COLOURS ARE ALWAYS A CODE

COLOURS ARE ALWAYS A CODE

I’ve been working on a design project for the past few weeks and I have had lots of occasions to think about how we use colour, shape and imagery to express ideas.  Sometimes we see things in reports that just plain ugly, whilst other times we see things that are nonsensical.  I have a report on my desk at present that is, at first glance, beautiful. It is very professionally done and gives a good... »