Apps for Construction: The FooJee Show Edition

October 24th, 2016|Apps|

Last week I was honored to join Lucas Acosta on the FooJee Show to discuss evolution of Apps for Construction. The FooJee show is dedicate to educating Apple device users about new product updates, uses cases for mobile devices and apps, and how to better use Apple products in the work environment. Mr. Acosta asked

What Technology in Your Bag for 2016?

October 3rd, 2016|Hardware|

When I travel to present at a construction conference or meet with a client I take A LOT of gear. Over the past few months I have tried several backpacks to haul around my laptops and mobile devices. It seems like I have been searching for the Holy Grail at times. Some packs are to

Apple March 2016 Town Hall RECAP

March 28th, 2016|Apps, Hardware|

Last week on Tuesday March 21st  Apple held their annual spring “Town Hall” event to unveil new hardware and software updates. The team at Apple is getting ready to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday on April 1st. Some of the interesting user numbers revealed by Tim Cook were: 1 Billion devices currently in use around

Apps for Construction to Watch in 2015 (Part 3)

March 9th, 2015|Apps, Technology, Uncategorized|

This is part 3 of my ongoing series on Apps for Construction to watch in 2015. This week I will add to the list of Apps to Watch for Construction in 2015: 1. Assemble Systems: "Instant Access to BIM Data" Are you in need of a way to share BIM models with team members that

iCloud Saves the Day!

January 7th, 2015|Program Development, Review, Technology|

So you lost a Apple device, now what? During my "Apps for Construction" presentation I explain to the audience that I am a rather large fan of the products created by Steve Jobs. Among the more amazing aspects to the Apple universe is the "Find My iPhone" app that can be used to find your

App-View #3 PlanGrid

November 3rd, 2014|Technology, Workflow|

App-View #2 (Plan Grid) The other week while I was in San Francisco for the CMAA Conference I was able to meet with Emily Tsitrian, one of the Operations Managers with PlanGrid about their ground breaking app. The PlanGrid platform is considered by many to be the standard bearer of plan apps for the Construction

What’s in Your Bag?

October 1st, 2014|Review, Technology|

What is the best method to carry a tablet around a construction site? Should you use a padfolio, a waterproof case, or a backpack? I guess it would depend on the task you are trying to accomplish. I have tried several different types of cases and bags over the past few years. This week I

Drawing viewers (PlanGrid) Update June 2014

June 30th, 2014|Review|

Drawing viewers (PlanGrid) Review: UPDATE JUNE 2014 By Rob McKinney Has your company made the switch to a cloud based plan distribution platform? There are several large and small scale construction firms that have seen the benefits of moving to a cloud based system. The main benefits of a cloud based platform are: better document

Waves of Technology in Construction

June 23rd, 2014|Workflow|

Over the past few months I have talked with several small specialty contractors about adoption of iPads on construction projects. I have observed a lot of resistance to the adoption tablets in the field. Several industry professionals have told me that they cannot afford tablets on their projects. At times this debate has become somewhat

Mobile Device Photo Apps Part 6

May 31st, 2014|Review, Workflow|

I have a new app to add to my previous series on photo apps. You may be familiar with the Multivista Construction Documentation Service. They are the guys who will come to your construction site and take a series of high quality progress photos based upon the schedule that you provide them. I have used