Each week the Construction App Guru will post links to interesting blogs that are relevant to the construction industry for technology, leadership or training topics from other Thought Leaders.

This week check out these blog posts from Todd Dawalt, Stephanie Zucchi, and Carl Storms…

LET’S TALK EVERNOTE

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

Evernote is one of the most robust documentation apps available on the market today. Regardless of what you want or need, Evernote can probably deliver in one way or another. Today’s post might run a little long, but we’re not striving to cut corners, we’re striving to give you the best information we can so you can go out and use what you’ve learned to improve your life and work flow.

That being said, people are always asking us what the best apps are and our response will almost always be “the one you’ll use.” What we mean by that is, the best app is the one you’re going to use and will commit to using regularly. Sure, something better may come up in 6 months, but until then we wholeheartedly believe in committing and working with what you have in front of you. Like any tool, you need to understand how to use it completely so you can then create anything you want. Can you imagine trying to make a kitchen table without understanding how to use a table saw? It would be nearly impossible. Until you take the time to learn and get comfortable with Evernote, don’t expect to be a master of documentation.

PROS OF EVERNOTE

Evernote is simple and easy to use. Once you spend a little bit of time getting used to the interface and understand where everything is, using the app becomes a breeze. You can absolutely make Evernote what you want with ease. Understanding how to manage notebooks and the notes within them will make your life much easier. Evernote is always with you. The iOS app is just as robust as the app available for your Mac. The two versions easily sync together making sure that any and all changes are accessible on whatever device you are using at the time. Possibly one of the best features of Evernote is that it’s searchable. We’ll get into the functionality of search later in this article, but being able to search tags or keywords in your notes makes life so much easier.

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Top 3 Technologies Changing Construction

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

Today, the construction industry is getting hands on with groundbreaking technologies and applying these advancements to the way they work and compete in the market. These technologies aim to digitize and/or automate workflow to improve processes, save time, and increase revenue. What are the top 3 technologies changing construction right now in the biggest ways? Let’s take a look:

  1. Modular Construction

Modular construction is not a brand new technology, but it is one that continues to have a huge impact on the industry. Modular construction, or construction that uses “pre-fabricated and pre-engineered building units” to build structures have saved the industry millions. These units can be assembled together in any way to form rooms (full or parts of them), private housing, apartments, hotels and more. Essentially, what makes this technology so amazing is that we have leveraged the technology that has been available for years in the manufacturing industry, and brought that technology into the fabrication of a building.

What makes this technology so beneficial is the time and money it saves. Modular construction can be installed rapidly, its quality can be highly controlled within the factory, and by removing up to almost 80% of the actual construction process, modular construction reduces mistakes, reduces disruptions, and removes hazardous situations up to an extent.

Its future has boundless options. Companies like Amazon may soon leverage modular construction to let the public buy actual homes online. It may be as simple as point, click, and build!

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Top 3 Labor Law violations & how to avoid them

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

How you can avoid the most common labor violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has collected more than $1.25 billion in back wages since 2000.

In FY 2007 they collected over $163,000,000 for overtime alone.

To avoid becoming one of these statistics and contributing to their record breaking collections, employers need to make sure they are in compliance with the FLSA in the top three areas of violations: exempt employees, hours worked and calculating overtime.

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