Contractors use a lot of tools and sometimes those tools end up getting lost or stolen. It's widely estimated that 93% of stolen property is never recovered and the vast majority of those recoveries is motor vehicles. Many contractors never take the time to document the tools and equipment they buy, but now there's an app that not only makes it easy to document your company's assets, but also employs a crowd-sourced effort to help you recover the items.
Rejjee, available on both Android and Apple, takes the work out of filing police reports and insurance claims by providing you a free and unlimited database for you to log your purchases. The app provides a place for the user to add pictures, a description, value, and notes to help identify their specific item. If the property ever gets lost, you can report the item as "lost" and the other Rejjee users can help you look for it. If the property has been stolen, you can easily create a police report and file an insurance claim in seconds, right from the app.
Even if you aren't lucky enough to have your lost or stolen items returmed to you, Rejjee has also partnered with many different retailers to be able to offer you deep discounts to replace it.
The video below shows you exactly how the app works:
We’ve said it over and over again, communication is key to an on time, on budget and safe construction job site. One of the things that makes that difficult is the fact that our industry employs one of the largest percentages of foreign born workers, which can make proper communication very difficult for some. According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health, 25% of construction workers were foreign born in 2008.
Back in early June, DeWalt announced the release of the first ever Bluetooth rechargeable battery, which would allow the owner to track performance and location of their inventory of batteries. On many job sites, rechargeable batteries are the unsung hero of the job site, they give workers flexibility and mobility to work in remote areas of the job site, but are often abused and misplaced. The ToolConnect app can alert the owner if a battery goes too far out of range, if it’s too hot or too cold, and even track the battery usage to keep workers productive.
In construction, we’re constantly taking notes, whether it’s meeting minutes, progress notes, daily work reports, or punch lists. Problem is, most of the time those notes are either illegible or get thrown in a note book never to be seen again. Here's the list of our 3 favorite note taking apps...
The construction busy season is upon us and, unfortunately, so is the blistering heat and humidity. Heat related illnesses are a serious concern in the construction industry and OSHA has put forth a campaign to raise awareness for prevention. Heat related illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash, and perhaps more importantly, their symptoms present very dangerous circumstances on a construction job site. Many of the illnesses can cause fainting, confusion, dizziness, weakness, and other pain, so you can imagine how that would cause issues with someone working 20 feet in the air needing to climb up and down ladders and scaffolds.
Google has just released a new photo app with unlimited cloud storage called Google Photos. Cloud based photo applications are nothing new, and, in the construction industry, they allow supervisors can take photos in the field and the project manager can see them back in the office instantaneously. However, the new Google Photos app takes photo storage to the next level, even scary levels at times.
Most of us in the construction industry believe in the idea of LEED principles, but the backbreaking paperwork and documentation is an enormous hassle. It also seems really silly to use tons of paper to track your progress and submit reports, when the whole point of LEED is to reduce waste and save energy. Now, there's a software that allows you to track your project's LEED project and create instantaneous reports without the use of paper right from the job site.
It was only a matter of time before someone created a group sharing platform for heavy construction equipment, and EquipmentShare has won the race to market. Back in April we wrote a piece about a Purchasing.com survey that showed heavy equipment rentals were on the rise in the construction industry. One way to capitalize on that trend it to find a way to rent your company’s equipment while it’s just standing idly by.
We’re all for reducing paper use at Construction Junkie and, if you’re still using paper time sheets, it’s time to take a step in the right direction and automate your process. With many jobsites being far away from your company’s office, transferring paper time sheets can be extremely time consuming and costly.
There’s nothing worse for productivity or your schedule than sitting around the job site twiddling your thumbs waiting for materials to rise, especially when it comes to concrete. For most jobs, concrete pours are milestones that just can’t be missed without devastating consequences. The problem is, concrete deliveries place the contractor at the mercy of the supplier, making call after call following up to make sure there are no delays.
While taking measurements based upon pictures may not be ready for field use yet, the ability to mark up pictures with measurements and annotations using existing cell phone applications is a useful and important tool for the construction professional. After a long day on the job site taking hundreds of pictures, it’s easy to forget exactly why or where a specific picture was taken. The cell phone applications below will not only keep yourself from forgetting details about your photos, but will also help you effectively and clearly communicate to your co-workers and other contractors.