An App a Construction Project

September 02, 2014

From project management, to time tracking, construction companies are more frequently using apps to collect and share data in the field. However, implementing apps can be challenging. One of the first steps for many firms is developing a strategy for apps at the jobsite.

Exclusively in the Sept/Oct Constructech print edition and app, Rob McKinney, safety director, J.M. Wilkerson Construction Co., www.jmwilkerson.com, Marietta, Ga., addresses key points to consider when selecting an app to use in the construction industry. He suggests four key elements to consider are the type of platform, type of app, cost of app, and connectivity.



Sept/Oct 2014

Volume 17 Number 06

Blueprint for the Cloud

You have heard the term; now create a plan for the cloud in your business.

Back in late 2008, Gartner, www.gartner.com, Stamford, Conn., made a pretty bold prediction when it identified the top 10 strategic technologies for 2009. The analyst firm suggested cloud computing—which wasn’t as widely known at the time—could have a significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. While the term quickly became one of the most popular buzzwords around the IT office cooler, understanding the cloud and its role in an organization quickly became one of the chief challenges in the years that followed.

July/Aug 2014

Volume 17 Number 05

2014 Constructech 50: The Next Wave of Tech Is Here

Cloud, mobile, Big Data, and more are transforming technology in the construction industry.

When was the last time you downloaded software to your computer using a CD—or worse a floppy disc? Hopefully for the latter the answer is years, as the “cloud” is now hovering over many IT departments, providing a way to easily access data.




Commentary

Clamoring for the Cloud

Every time I hear something about how confusing and ambiguous the cloud is I chuckle because I know it is absolutely true—but it also causes a bit of concern for me. How long has the term ‘cloud’ been around and we still have a difficult time defining it?


Green Technology

Green Building Abroad

Green building has been a big topic of discussion for many U.S. contractors and owners. Structures that are more energy efficient ultimately provide the building owners with savings—and as such contractors are tasked with building energy-efficient facilities.


Infrastructure Update

RFID for DOT

For a DOT (Dept. of Transportation) being able to improve process such as inspections using technology can provide a boost to efficiency. Now, one DOT is finding that using RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags in this process can help save money, improve productivity, and provide overall better public safety.