5 Reasons to Get Business Travel Insurance

Whether it is a brief visit to another part of the country or a week long trip abroad, business trips to visit critical clients and other important companies are a vital part of keeping any business running successfully; and for every trip, you’ll need some kind of business travel insurance. If you only have to travel every once in a while, single trip cover may be sufficient, but if you travel many times each year you’ll want to invest in some annual business travel insurance. Either way, there’s no excuse to scrimp: here are five situations when the small cost of insurance could save you a lot of hassle…The other company cancels the meeting at the last minute…An ordinary holiday can be cancelled for all kinds of reasons, but for a business trip there are even more factors that can lead to a meeting being cancelled or rescheduled, leaving you or your company to foot a significant cancellation bill. Business travel insurance will cover cancellation as standard, so even if things change at the last minute, your costs will be covered.You fall on or before the trip…If you fall ill on or just before a crucial business trip and there is no-one to replace you, the consequences for your company could be catastrophic. Most good business travel insurance packages will cover the cost of replacing you with a work colleague (including their flights and accommodation) so that the trip can be concluded successfully in your absence.Some vital equipment is lost or stolen…Whether it is a PDA filled with important information on it or an expensive laptop with a crucial presentation, most business trips can revolve around a vital piece of equipment – if it is lost or stolen, it can hurt your wallet and ruin the business trip. Annual business travel insurance will provide you with year round cover for business equipment that is lost or stolen while you are away (and in most cases, they will pay for a courier delivery of the new item.) Of course, the data may be irreplaceable, so make sure that you back up any critical information on a USB stick.Business travel is excluded from your existing insurance…Many people assume that they have cover for business in the annual travel insurance they already have, but this often isn’t the case. Many travel insurance policies are for holidays only and have exclusions for business travel. Read the small print carefully, and make sure you get full travel insurance for business trips if you aren’t covered.You need to be hospitalised after an accident…Whether it is just a cracked rib or something much more serious, medical care abroad while you are uninsured is no laughing matter. With so many business trips to America (which can have medical costs running into thousands of pounds) it really pays to have some decent business travel insurance. As outlined above, many standard travel insurance policies exclude business trips, so make sure you get the right kind of cover and avoid the threat of massive medical costs.

Current Scheduling Software in the Construction Industry

I’m really excited that I have opportunity to research current scheduling software programs out there. When I thought of this topic to research and to write about, I did not thought there would be so many great software programs out there to compete effectively in the construction Industry. I will only touch on some that are available on a market today.PrimaveraSome would say it is the most popular software construction software out there, but I was surprised that it’s only one of the good ones. Primavera, based on my research, has been utilized by owner/organizations, architecture, engineering, and construction firms in order to properly delivery the project on time and on budget. There are version, like P3 and P6 but I will talk about it in general, the basics of it. The software greatly helps all parties involved in building/managing construction projects to create schedules and manage/updated them, as well as to manage cost, resource, contracts, changes, and other documents all in one single program! Based on the research that I did, I can say that Primavera project management software is great for architecture, engineering, and construction firms with $10 to over $500 million in annual revenues, no matter if the owner or user is involved in private or public projects. The following are winning points that are taking from one of my resources:o 25 years of profitable growth centered on customer success.
o 6-time Northface ScoreBoard Award Winner
o Easy to learn…intuitive interfaces and functionality.
o Easy to access…web-based
o Easy to administer…configurable by role, group, or individualsSAFRAN PLANNERSafran Planner software is popular for its simplicity and professionalism at the same time; it is simple to use-even for the first time user-but has all the requirements that a professional user needs. The makers of this software say you can put together a schedule and communicate it in fewer steps than required by other scheduling software programs. The following are four points that are brought by SAFRAN PLANNER developers:o Safran Planner will help both private users and professional organizations improve planning and scheduling for both project and non-project tasks.
o Safran Planner provides a straight-forward, simple and easy-to-use user interface that allows users to draw their schedules without the extra overhead of nonproductive navigation through complicated features rarely used.
o With Safran Planner you will find that it’s a breeze to produce output with great presentation-ready look. The ability to define individual activity bar, symbol and patterns provides the power to draw exciting schedules, allowing you to highlight any area of concern. This capability turns even the largest schedule into a clear presentation.
o Outlining, grouping, symbol definitions, sort and match criteria can be saved. Users can combine these features and provide a striking flexibility unmatched by systems of this type. The makers of this software program emphasize that just because their program is quick and easy to use does not mean it is not powerful, or good enough, for professional usage.Microsoft ProjectMicrosoft Project is available to many professional and non professional. It is on a personal computer of many who don’t even know it that they have it. It is very simple to use and provides basic scheduling that you need to make and manage your project schedule. Compare to other scheduling software out there, like P3, Microsoft Project is very inexpensive. Standard versions start from about $600, while Primavera Project Planner (P3) is about $6,000. Price is the factor that appeals too many users of this program, especially to beginners or those involved in less complex project scheduling.Next, I would like to share some of the problems that are prone to scheduling software, in general, by including an excerpt from an article written by Jon M Wickwire and Stuart Ockman: I also like to add the following excerpt about computer scheduling software problems: A solution to this problems, the way I see it, is not as complex as many think. I think Jon M Wickwire and Stuart Ockman state the solution to this problem sharp and to the point: I want to finish by saying that scheduling software is just a tool, and like someone once said “a fool with a tool is still a fool”.

The Economic Situation of the Construction Industry

The construction industry is very important to the UK’s – and indeed to the world’s – economy. In the UK, it accounts for more than 10% of the country’s gross domestic product and employs an estimated 2.5 million people. In the last three years, an extra £33 billion has been made available to this sector to increase public services. Included in this figure are major investments in transport, health and housing. As the industry is investment-driven, it is subject to the strictures of economic upturns and downturns; during the recessions of the mid 1980’s and the early 1990’s, there were significant downturns. However, in the late 1990’s, there was a marked swing in the opposite direction.Our construction industry, by very nature of its geographical location, is not subject to the full influences of cross-border competition that are in evidence in mainland Europe. However, construction industries worldwide have been affected by the current economic climate and the increasing rise in fuel prices. For the earlier part of 2008, the German construction industry showed a marked upturn, but this slowed and tailed off later in the year, due to the increase in oil prices and the slowing economic pace of many industrialized countries. In addition to economic factors, there is a turn in the tide of ecological factors. In America, the number of people citing Global Warming as the most important environmental issue rose from 11% in 2003 to 35% in 2006. The construction industry faces new challenges in replacing and renovating buildings with minimal environmental impact. At the same time, the cost of these precautions has to be measured against potential profits.However, despite the factors that seem to be conspiring against it, the construction industry moves at a very fast pace and is an ever-changing entity. Whilst legislation is forever altering, new techniques, technology and methods are developing to keep up. With the development of new practices, new jobs in construction are perpetually being created. In the UK, the Home Office has released figures stating that the three construction jobs that are most lacking in applicants are those for transportation and highways engineering, ground engineering and contaminated land specialists. With major infrastructures and building developments taking place in the South East of the UK, such as the 2012 Olympics and the Thames Gateway regeneration, construction recruitment in this area is set to soar. Britain’s Olympic Games will have 30 venues and a budget of £2.3 billion. It also has a non-negotiable, absolute completion date. As that date draws nearer, the construction industry will find itself heavily in demand as pressure and expectation rise. 2012 promises to be an important year for this industry and many are looking upon it as a chance to showcase its talents.Of course, construction takes place across the globe and this gives workers a chance to travel as well as work. Construction jobs require large teams of people all working to a common goal and, while the lifestyle can be quite temporary, many get used to it and find it a liberating existence. Some projects are short-term, whilst others can last for years – such as the construction of an oil refinery.