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

Todd Dawalt: #036 Joint Ventures

Daniel Kosmala: iPhone6S

Carol Hagen: Bluebeam Tips

Christina Urban: Wearables

Jarrod Glasgow: iPad Pro

#036: Joint Ventures and Partnering With Large Contractors – Monroe Barnes

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

How to develop joint ventures and collaborative relationships as a diverse contractor, how to maintain culture in an organization and Monroe’s approach to giving back to his local community.

In this episode, I interview Monroe Barnes, President of MBJ Consultants in Cincinnati, OH, which provides construction management and facilities management services to clients in the midwest and California.

Here are some of the questions I asked, and Monroe’s responses:

How important is the culture of an organization, and does it affect the impact the bottom line?

[Monroe] Our culture is to service the customer, service the customer more, then service the customer again. The customer is our friend. If you don’t service your customer and don’t do a good job, it definitely impacts the bottom line.

We drive a culture of taking care of each other, on the job and outside the job. If you get in trouble outside of work, it is going to affect your ability to do a good job at work.

What are some practical things you do to focus on the business and not just the projects?[Monroe] At the end of the day, my job is to manage the risk of the company. In order to do that, you need to have data. If you are gathering data, and keep seeing the same mistake coming up, you can hone in on it, and figure out how to mitigate that problem.

Using data to help you mitigate your risks is very important.

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Listen to the rest of the interview to hear Monroe’s advice on how to develop joint venture partnerships with large contractors and a variety of other topics.

 

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iPhone 6S: Time to Upgrade or Not?

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

The iPhone 6S is officially on the market. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that more and more cell phone carriers are allowing customers to upgrade devices once a year or more. In the past the upgrade debate was a bit different because many people were locked in to a 2-year contract with their device and couldn’t consider upgrading when the new iPhones launched. Now, that’s less of a problem so many have the opportunity to upgrade to the 6S or wait for the iPhone 7 next year.

This begs the question, is the new iPhone worth the effort it takes to upgrade?

We’ll do our best to keep this short and sweet. Our simple answer? Yes. Absolutely.

PERFORMANCE

One of the most noticeable differences between the iPhone 6 and the 6S is the speed of the latter. A teardown done by the folks over at The Verge confirmed that Apple increased the amount of ram in the new iPhone from 1GB to 2GB, which in today’s world doesn’t seem like much, but when applied on a mobile operating system makes a tremendous difference. The 6S is snappy and fast almost seems like an understatement. When coupled with many of the new graphic-intensive features that are it becomes apparent just how much of a difference a ram upgrade makes. Changing between apps is quicker, web browsing is snappier (and switching between tabs doesn’t mean it will have to reload every time as is has in the past), and you’re less less likely to experience lag or delay in day-to-day use.
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Bluebeam Tip: Definitions of Terms in Specifications and Contracts

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

Have you ever come across a term or abbreviation while reading specifications that you just aren’t familiar with?  Believe it or not, Bluebeam Revu has a lookup function that returns the results from Wikipedia.  Position your mouse next to the word or term and right click.  You’ll see the “Look Up” option followed by the term it is about to look up.  If it’s in Wikipedia you have your answer immediately.  This of course works on any PDF, not just specifications.  And just in case Wikipedia doesn’t have an entry, it will suggest other sister Wiki sites like Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikisource, etc.  Now there’s no excuse for not knowing the meaning of a legal, finance or construction term in your contracts.  Revu is an well connected encyclopedia and dictionary.

I’ve also used this to lookup tech companies too, like FieldLens, a mobile communication platform that provides project management tools for the construction industry to maximize efficiency on the job site.   They also just happen to have an API with Bluebeam Studio Prime (coming soon).

We’re hosting a free FieldLens webinar on November 12, 2015 from Noon-1pm MST and you’re all invited. Register Here to see how they handle project photos, work with drawings and generate daily reports.

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Wearable Technology in the World of Big Business – Exploring its Potential in Enterprise

The following article was originally posted by Christina Urban on the www.zbrella.com website.

Since 2013, it’s been estimated that 20% of American adults own and operate wearable devices. Between fitness bands, smart watches. and a plethora of other wearable products, wearable computing is slowly, but surely, becoming an integral component of user experience, quality of life, and other changing cultural norms.

And according to  PwC’s The Wearable Future Report, that surveyed 1,000 American consumers, the wearable craze isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. With 53% of millenials and 54% of early adopters saying that they are excited about the future of wearable tech, the numbers and statistics beg one big question: will wearables find a niche in business, and if they do, what will the value be?

The Potential of Wearables in Business

With 83% of surveyed respondents citing simplification and improved ease of technology as a key benefit of wearable technology in a domestic setting, it’s not hard to see where the biggest potential for wearables in enterprise might be: simplification of work related tasks, increased effectiveness, and ease of use with hands-free learning. In other words, wearables could have the biggest potential in business to make work easier, therefore more likely to get done.

In an any industry, the ability to go hands-free is a great asset nearly every time. Specifically in industrial settings, wearables such as goggles, helmets, lanyards, or sensor-embedded clothing, like gloves, could have the ability to increase work-flow and productivity by allowing users to learn through a hands-on, less distracted experience. From immediate on-boarding and job training to the use of wearable displays, these types of hands-free devices allow workers to learn in a more natural, efficient setting and can create a hand-tailored experience unique to each user every time.

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iPad Pro Hands-On

The following article was originally posted by Jarrod Glasgow on the www.belovedrobot.com website.

The release of the iPad Pro is just around the corner and Apple has been doing some “show and tell” with a very select audience. The most obvious target for the iPad Pro is the Enterprise, Artists and Educators. Fraser Speirs co-host of the Out of School Podcast was able to snag an invite to an Apple Special Event where he got some considerable hands-on time with the new device.

On the latest episode Fraiser and Bradley go in-depth about the iPad Pro. It’s a really interesting listen. You can find it here.

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