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 fromTodd DawaltDaniel KosmalaCarol Hagen, and Christina Urban

#034: Construction Tech You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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

What is the construction technology that every contractor needs to know about?

James Benham is CEO of JBKnowledge (www.jbknowledge.com), who advises and consults 700 construction companies on technology.  He also speaks all over the country on trends that his firm identifies as coming up.

Some of the most exciting technologies being developed today according to James are:

Computer Vision – Interior 3D Scanning, Drones, 3D Printing, and Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Real time applications that allow for synchronicity between jobsite and office

We also talk about a few other topics, including:

– Common mistakes contractors make when it comes to construction technology, and some recommendations to avoid them.

– The importance of mobile devices.

– The basics of where to start if you don’t know what to do first when it comes to construction technology.

– The importance of data security, and how most contractors are at risk.

Apple Watch 6 Months Later?

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

It’s been almost six months since the official launch of the Apple Watch and we wanted to commemorate the occasion. We thought it would be appropriate to do so by sharing how the watch has helped us in our everyday lives both when working in business and relaxing at home as well as the things it leaves to be desired in future generations.

SIMPLICITY

We love how simple to it is to use the Apple Watch. Like most of Apple’s other devices, most people can pick it up and within minutes have a strong grasp on how to use the watch effectively.  Some of our team members occasionally have trouble keeping track of their iPhones. With the watch, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and quickly tap a button that pings your iPhone. Similar to how you can sign into iCloud and play a sound from your iPhone when you’ve lost it, this feature is now available from the convenience of your wrist.

INTEGRATION

When the Watch first launched, apps never ran directly on your wrist. They were located on your phone and then connected to your watch via bluetooth. With the introduction of Watch OS 2, apps can now be native to the watch and not always rely on a bluetooth connection with your iPhone. As of right now, there is still something to be desired as far as the integrations go between the watch and iPhone. We’ve come to expect so much of our iPhones and we can’t wait for the watch to be on the same level. We have plenty of confidence that it will get there, but it’s far from perfect.

To read the full original article (CLICK HERE).

 

Bluebeam Tip: How to Display Layers or Bookmarks Automatically When Sharing a PDF

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

Not everyone uses Bluebeam Revu for PDFs in the AEC industry yet. So when sharing files with people outside your firm, you may want to display the page and bookmarks, attachments, layers or thumbnails. Estimators often want to show the layers tab. Specifiers prefer to have bookmarks visible. Perhaps you just want to open the document on page 4 or show facing pages. All these possibilities are part of the Document’s Settings.

How to Change a Document’s Settings:

Click Document | Security or use the Keyboard Shortcut CTRL+L
Select the Settings Tab (shown right)
In the Document Options section change Show to your preferred view in the dropdown selection:

Page Only – Displays only the PDF page

Bookmarks + Page – Displays the Bookmarks Tab and the page (as shown above)

Layers + Page – Shows the Layers Tab and the page

Attachments + Page – Opens the Attachments Tab if you have used the File Attachment “paperclip” markup

To read the full article (CLICK HERE).

Augmented Reality: Can It Fix the Shortage of Qualified Laborers in Construction

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

Just this past August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that contractors had 143,000 unfilled construction positions this June (2015). The recession cut over 2.3 million jobs between 2006 and 2011, and the construction industry was slow to hire again.  Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, said that, “A late pickup in hiring…greatly diminished

[a large] pool of workers,” causing long time industry workers to move to other professions. Now, the industry is facing over a 20% decline in skilled laborers (despite the fact that employment is now on the rise), leaving the state of construction in a scramble.

With skilled labor hard to come by, the industry is turning to technologists to help solve this massive problem. Is augmented reality the answer? Augmented reality (AR), or  the integration of digital information with live video or the user’s environment in real-time, has the power to re-educate the industry and create more specialized laborers who excel at their craft. It may be possible that with the right integration, the industry could see a rise in the percentage of skilled laborers once again, and restore a broken industry.

The Reality

As of this past April, the construction industry saw a 20% rise in job availability, creating 45,000 jobs in total. According to Forbes, that is up 4.6% from last year (2014). Although the numbers appear to be positive, the numerical data cannot account for the reality behind the numbers. The generation of skilled construction laborers is aging, and there is not adequate replacements within the younger generations.

The problems are starting at schools.  Public vocational-technical educational programs that were once readily available and thriving have been falling in numbers, and according to AGC, “Many of those programs….that provided training for a host of skills, including construction…have been closed over the past several decades.” From 2006 to 2014, federal funding for these programs fell 29%, declining $1.3 billion each year, leaving only $1.2 billion of funding for these programs as of 2014.

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