Smarter Construction Tools

New hardware that integrates with smartphones or tablets is becoming invaluable for measurement and quality control on jobsites. With a focus on MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) system energy performance, I have found several new tools that are indispensable additions to anyone’s field kit. Beyond MEP, these gadgets can assist with a range of construction tasks.

ELD Mandate: Deadline Approaching

December 18 is fast approaching, and for commercial drivers, this is an important date. It is the day that the ELD (electronic logging device) rule begins to go into effect, and construction companies need to understand the mandate and how to comply.

An Eye on Time

With many construction companies on the move to make more processes efficient and paperless, Austin Lane Technologies, Inc. www.austinlane.com, is furthering its mission to eliminate the need for paper on the jobsite with the release of its new ALMobile Grid Time Entry platform.

Field Technicians Go Mobile

Each niche of the construction industry has its own unique set of needs. Such is the case for field technicians that need an easy way to submit daily work reports using smartphones and tablets to project management and office personnel.

Mobile: Advent of the App

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog focusing on the evolving nature of mobile in the construction industry, addressing everything from devices, to apps, and other related technology. Today, and in a series of blogs throughout the next few weeks, I would like to focus in on one area in particular—apps.

Automaker ‘Targets’ Drone-to-Vehicle Technology

Imagining a world in which vehicles and drones become more capable and efficient working together, Ford Motor Co., www.corporate.ford.com, Dearborn, Mich., and drone-maker DJI, www.dji.com, Los Angeles, are announcing a challenge to develop the software to make doing so possible

Mobile: 2016 Construction Predictions

Smartphones, tablets, apps, BYOD (bring your own device): The construction industry has certainly changed from the days of carrying around bulky laptops—or worse, pen and paper.

Smartphones Meet Innovation

Construction companies need technology and tools to withstand the roughest work situations. Today’s devices are tough enough to overcome life’s challenges, yet sleek enough to fit conveniently in a pocket.