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 DawaltCarol Hagen, and Christina Urban…

3 Apps That Will Help Construction Pros

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

#1  Basecamp – Basecamp is a web-based project management tool that provides a better way of tracking project issues and discussions than email.  It allows for discussions to be posted, complete with pictures, spreadsheets, text files and videos.  The conversation around each issue is tracked on the discussion, instead of through seemingly endless emails threads, and even allows for To Do lists with deadlines to be established.  It provides your entire team with access to the latest and greatest information on every project issue in real time.  You can also set your clients up to see limited information, which makes for a great way to document, track and resolve open issues.

#2 SignEasySignEasy is an app that allows you to open documents on your mobile device and insert your signature so you can avoid the hassle of printing, signing, scanning and emailing a document just to get your John Hancock on it.  It supports PDF, Microsoft Office, Text, HTML, image files and Apple Pages formats and will even let you insert date, time, text or images into a file. It can also be used to grab customer approval signatures on change orders and work orders too.

#3 Genius Scan –  The Genius Scan app turns the camera on your mobile device into a scanner so you can take a picture of a document, crop and straighten, enhance the image, convert it into a PDF file, and either save it or distribute it by email.  Capture images of field sketches, whiteboard drawings, repair manuals, brilliant back-of-the-napkin business plans, or a portion of a full size project drawing.

These are three apps that I use regularly and I am confident they will be beneficial to your operation as well.  I hope you find this helpful.

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Bluebeam Tip: Use Multiple Monitors For Estimating Take Off Productivity

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

Bluebeam Revu allows you to split views and work across multiple monitors which helps professional estimators take-off more efficiently. So did you know there’s actually a Profile for multiple monitors? The Multiple Monitors Profile moves the tabs from the left, right and bottom Revu docks into a second independent window so you can move the tabs onto the second monitor and use the entire main Revu window to display the PDF file. The Multiple Monitor profile works well with monitors that are different sizes or when using a second monitor with a laptop display. You can keep Revu in the larger monitor and move the independent window into the smaller one. For example, a 22″ widescreen and 19″ (4:3 aspect ratio) display or 24″ and 20″ displays will often match vertically, because the larger is a widescreen version of the smaller.

If the multiple monitor profile is not listed in your Profile drop down choices, simply go to the Bluebeam Support Extensions page https://bluebeam.com/us/support/extensions-profiles.asp and follow the instructions. If you are the IT Administrator, you may want to store this on a network drive and make it accessible to all your users. Bluebeam Revu makes Estimating Take-off easier and faster with the Multiple Monitors Profile. Once you have it, estimators may want to add their custom tool sets used for take-off to this profile using the Manage Tool Sets option (click on the Gear Symbol in the Tool Chest Pane). Of course Multiple Monitors also works for your contract administrator, legal team, marketing department and your project managers. Research shows that workers performing text editing are 44 percent more productive with dual screens.

If you skipped the Anthony DelNunzio of CaddPlans video above, you may not realize you can also drag one single PDF pane across multiple screens. With large format drawings this might just be the best of both worlds. If you have two screens or more, please let us know in the comments and share experience of how you’re working smarter not harder.

3D Printing’s Impact on Construction This Past Year

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

The past year has seen 3D printing go from abstract technology of the future to a near ubiquitous staple of almost every industry. The construction industry, despite its general reluctance towards technology, is no exception, and the impact 3D printing has had on construction can be tracked through a series of industry firsts, breakthroughs, and innovations. Here’s a look at the most exceptional ways 3D printing has changed construction for good.

  1. WinSun: Since the start of the year (and even before that), WinSun has been making headlines as a first in 3D printing greatness by applying the technology to the construction of houses. And in January 2015, the Chinese company set a record when they 3D printed an entire mansion and one of the first multi-level apartment buildings.
  2. Contour Crafting: Another industry first, Contour Crafting technology (although still in development) rests on the principle of 3D printing out entire homes at once, including things like pre-installed plumbing and other things of that sort. Typically, homes are printed off-site, in pieces, but Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, creator of the technology, promises that Contour Crafting will deliver entire homes onsite. And what’s better? The print time is less than 24 hours
  3. Zuoda Group: One out of many innovative 3D printing companies to come out of China, Zuoda Group has made headlines in construction for the sheer fact that their assembly time is nearly unparalleled. Just this past August the company assembled a two story villa in less than three hours. If that’s not impressive enough, the villa was comprised of a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen.