December 26, 2012
December 20, 2012
Bikes, bikes and more bikes filled a room at Fort Bliss last week, where they were waiting to become Christmas presents for 75 children.
When you’re a kid, there’s nothing like getting a new bike – especially when it’s been left under the tree by Santa Claus. Seventy-five children in El Paso, Texas, had the thrilling experience of discovering a brand new set of wheels on Christmas morning as a result of a bicycle collection drive led by Sundt for Operation Santa Claus. Operation Santa Claus is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Fort Bliss and El Paso since 1957. Its mission is to provide every needy child in the area with a new Christmas toy.
The bikes were purchased and donated to the organization by Sundt employees working on a $43 million heavy civil construction project at Fort Bliss Army Post, plus several vendors and subcontractors associated with the project. Sundt is performing extensive infrastructure and site development work for the future William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, which will provide state-of-the-art medical care to our men and women in uniform.
Operation Santa Claus also received a $1,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation, which was used to purchase more bikes in addition to the ones that were donated by Sundt employees. The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc., as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they work. In addition to sponsoring volunteer activities, the Foundation distributes grants every quarter. The money to fund those grants is raised primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
Since its inception the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office or major project underway. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
November 30, 2012
Approximately $3,000 worth of food was collected through the Sundt Foundation’s holiday food drive in El Paso, Texas.
Weight loss experts say you shouldn’t equate food with love – but in some cases, the comparison couldn’t be more appropriate. Sundt employees working at eight different federal, heavy civil and K-12 school construction projects in El Paso, Texas, showed their caring for the community by participating in a holiday food drive that netted more than 600 pounds of donated edibles (valued at approximately $3,000). The donations were given to two area nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to individuals and families in need: Reynolds Home in El Paso and Families and Youth Inc., in Anthony, N.M.
November 6, 2012
BIM is being used to construct the West 7th Street Bridge project in Fort Worth, Texas, as shown above. Sundt is a recognized expert in applying BIM to horizontal construction projects, a process known as Virtual Design and Construction, or VDC.
Building complex, difficult projects is one thing. Communicating plans for those projects so that owners can visualize and understand them ahead of time is its own challenge – particularly when it comes to heavy civil construction such as roads, bridges, rail and other infrastructure.
Sundt is using building information modeling (BIM), a standard construction technology, in novel ways to solve this problem. By utilizing BIM as a communication tool during the proposal process, we have distinguished ourselves as an industry leader when it comes to innovation and creativity. The Sellwood Bridge project in Portland, Ore., is a great example of the innovative use of BIM in action.
This brief video, created by Autodesk (makers of 3D design software for the engineering, design and construction industries), explains how Sundt is pushing the capabilities of BIM beyond its original purpose.
October 22, 2012
Including hyperlinks in your resume is a great idea when sending a resume via e-mail or when you are able to attach it with formatting intact. However, when you’re applying online, many of the systems convert the document to simple text, which eliminates the value of any link and can create a mess of your resume.
I like hyperlinks, especially when a company you worked for is not well known, and/or has a website that is not easily located. I often check company websites to see how that company is aligned with Sundt, what products or services they offer, and try to get an idea of how easy it will be to transition to our company.
Be careful of your links as often the websites change, and a bad link can leave a bad impression.
Executive-Resumes .com has a little different take on this which you may find interesting: http://www.executive-resumes.com/2010/10/could-putting-hyperlinks-in-your-resume.html
Sundt’s booth at the recent MINExpo in Las Vegas, Nev.
Sundt shared its civil construction expertise – particularly related to the mining industry – with thousands of industry leaders and other attendees at the recent MINExpo® conference in Las Vegas, Nev. MINExpo is widely recognized as the premier exposition of mining equipment and services in the world, featuring a wide range of new-product introductions and exhibits of some of the largest mining equipment. It is attended by many of the leading executives and professionals in the world mining industry.
Sundt has constructed hundreds of mining projects across the Southwest in the past five decades. Our work has spanned the entire spectrum of mine types at all stages (greenfield, rebuild, reclaimed), and our experience includes constructing and installing rail spurs, roadwork, integrated water treatment facilities, material storage and handling systems, process equipment, crushing and grinding systems and maintenance facilities. We also provide project feasibility estimating and scheduling.
Even in the specialized world of industrial construction, mining projects are unique. They are governed by stringent federal regulations as well as high, client-driven standards for safety and quality. Successful mining projects depend on detailed planning, thorough knowledge of specialty systems, piping and equipment construction and mastery of quality requirements. Mining work is high-risk and often performed in remote locations, which creates challenges with procuring skilled labor and specialty materials.
We had a great time at this year’s MINExpo and we hope to be back in 2016!