This week the Construction App Guru has found the following collection of blogs for construction industry that are relevant for technology, leadership and training. These blog posts are from other Thought Leaders that can offer advise on how to improve your career and business.

This week check out these posts from:

JBKnowledge: 30 Minute Flight from New York City to London, Please.

Daniel Kosmala:  One-Hit Wonders

Stephanie Zucchi:  Top 5 Worst Construction Worksite Tech Practices

Carol Hagen: Bluebeam Open Licensing: Concurrent Users an Administrator’s Dream

Todd Dawalt: #021 How to Create a Safety Culture

Zane Kellogg: Building Effective Apps for Apple Watch

30 Minute Flight from New York City to London, Please

The following article was originally posted by JBKnowledge team on the www.jbknowledge.com website.

Usually when we discuss airborne technology in JBKnowledge Tech Find blogs, we are referring to the uprising of advanced drones. However, developer Charles Bombardier has bigger plans for the future of jet travel for human passengers. Bombardier has designed a jetliner, named Skreemr, that can travel from New York City to London in as little time as 30 minutes. As of today, that same flight path takes an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes. The Skreemr gives new meaning to “hopping across the pond.”

So how is this quick trip possible? Designers of the jet developed the concept “scramjet technology”, which makes the jet lighter, smaller and faster than other planes. With scramjet technology, the aircraft has the ability to reach speeds of Mach 10, or 7,673 miles per hour. Bombardier introduced this idea in Globe and Mail’s “Prototypes Column”, however the jet is far from ready to be integrated into normal commercial travel. Scramjet technology is currently only being tested by the Chinese and United States governments.

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).

One-Hit Wonders

The following article was originally posted by Daniel Kosmala on the www.foojee.com website.

We can all think of a song by a one-hit wonder. Remember “Who Let the Dogs Out?” It was a sensation for a while, and now fifteen years later can you name any other song made popular by the Baha Men?

Businesses can be one-hit wonders too. A product goes viral, but it has no staying power and the company refuses to adapt and evolve. Within less than a couple years, the company files for bankruptcy and dissolves. Remember the Beanie Baby rage? They were the small, stuffed animals with names that became collector’s items and sold for ridiculous prices on second-hand eBay sales. Kids everywhere had to have them. Now, they’ve been relegated to dusty shelves in the closets of 20-somethings everywhere. The company has stayed alive merely because of the cuteness of their product. There is an art to creating great products, but there is also an art to creating great products that people will love for years and years.

We look to lessons from the past to help us adapt and prepare for the future. If Apple were to shut down (which we hope will never happen), we would adapt and change our business model. We have no idea what that would look like (it could still be IT services, it could be app development, or who knows what else), but our company is made of people who care about serving each other and our clients. Regardless of our affinity for Apple products, we would find a way to evolve in to the next iteration of our business.

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).

Top 5 Worst Construction Worksite Tech Practices

The following article was originally posted by Stephanie Zucchi on the www.zbrella.com website.

Here’s the deal: a lot of construction professionals complain about technology’s inefficiencies (which can often be true, believe us we know!), but many of those inefficiencies are caused by bad worksite practices. From lack of knowledge to poor devices, ZBRELLA Tech is naming its top 5 worst construction project worksite tech practices. Here’s what made our top list, and you can bet it’s worth a read!

The Wireless Thing

Oh, lord! In today’s day and age, a stable, fast Internet connection is something teenagers can’t live without. So if teenagers get it, why doesn’t the construction industry? Too often, worksites try and operate off of Cradlepoint/Mobile hotspots or Verizon Wireless cards. When you only have one or two people using Internet onsite, these options work fine. When you have more people than that, the Internet speed is not good enough. Your data moves slow, information lags, and big dollars are lost. Project Managers are often blindsided by trying to keep costs down without ever realizing this: x amount of dollars are lost per hour per PERSON due to slow Internet.

With construction professionals now relying on technologies such as mobile devices, tablets, apps, cloud, etc. (even the technology in the trailers won’t work correctly!), how can you expect to run a smooth jobsite without the connection to allow users to operate quickly and efficiently? You can’t, and that is why wireless connection makes it to the top of our list.

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).

Bluebeam Open Licensing: Concurrent Users an Administrator’s Dream

The following article was originally posted by Carol Hagen on the www.hagenbusiness.com website.

Bluebeam Open Licensing is a cloud-based floating license system that allows companies to authorize user access to all of the
features in Revu eXtreme (version 2015.5 and higher), concurrently, from a pool of shared seats. Open Licensing brings flexibilityBluebeam Open Licesing offer Concurrent Users
and the benefits of volume software licensing to organizations of all sizes.Bluebeam Open Licesing offer Concurrent Users

Open Licensing is an annual subscription, priced according to volume. Seats may be added to an existing Open License at any
time. Active subscriptions are entitled to free upgrades and maintenance.

How It Works
1. Simply launch Revu to request a seat from the Bluebeam Gateway, a web-accessible portal where licenses are hosted and managed.
2. If a seat is available, the Gateway automatically allocates it to the user and authorizes Revu to run on that computer.
3. Once all available seats are in use, the Gateway limits further requests for Revu to run.
4. When an active user closes Revu, the Gateway automatically retrieves the seat and immediately makes it available for others to access.

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).

#021: How to Create a Safety Culture

The following article was originally posted by Todd Dawalt on the www.constructionleadgingedge.com website.

Culture:  noun cul·ture \ˈkəl-chər\  A blend of the values, beliefs, taboos, symbols, rituals, and myths a company develops over time.  Whether written as a mission statement, spoken or merely understood, corporate culture describes and governs the ways a company’s owners and employees think, feel and act.

Does your company have a safety program or a safety culture?

What’s the difference?  One requires constant maintenance and enforcement and the other tends to take care of itself.

Keys to creating a construction safety culture:

1. Safety can NOT be a priority.

2. Safety must become a value or a conviction, neither of which will be shuffled like a priority.

3. Change the mindset about who is responsible for safety.

4. Develop “small unit cohesion.”

To listen to this podcast episode (CLICK HERE).

Building Effective Apps for Apple Watch

The following report was created by Zane Kellogg and the team on the belovedrobot.com website.

We got the chance to test our app, Aeropress Timer, on the watch. We had a great time learning the nuances of developing on this new device. My overall impression was the device was great, but app makers should proceed intentionally. The experience is really unlike anything else. It is not a small iPhone on your wrist. In fact the experience was so different we spent the majority of our time rebuilding our “working” prototype to function alongside a device that sleeps or wakes with the flick of the wrist. So what have I learned about creating apps for the watch? Here are my thoughts.

NOTIFICATIONS

Notifications are the quickest wins for the watch, and may possibly provide the most value if done right. Notifications that can be viewed with a glance and provide valuable information and even simple interactions are perfect for the watch. Add to that context which drives interaction with the watch and you will have a winner. Imagine this scenario: You are with your family in a busy counter service restaurant or food truck. How great would it be to get a simple tap on the wrist when your food is ready? It would mean no more standing in an awkward huddle waiting for your name or number to be shouted out over the impossibly loud crowd of students who’ve made this particular In-N-Out their turf while your wife wrestles your kids into a booth that you couldn’t find in this crowd even if your family was made of glow-sticks. Take a watch and a simple notification and you can get your drinks, ketchup, and kids safely to the table without your wife losing her mind. Foods ready, tap on the wrist, picked up and done. Contextual notifications make the watch a Swiss Army knife to fix life’s daily pains.

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).