The following is a guest post by Matt Coffey, Marketing and Communications Manager for Wincourse Technologies Inc. Wincourse provides the construction industry with strategic technology services designed to help reduce IT management and support costs. This industry requires the latest in technology to stay competitive, reduce costs and increase efficiency. Wincourse's Cloud Solutions for construction allows your team to have access to all your information and applications in the office and on the job site. By partnering with Wincourse, you can work from Anywhere, Anytime, on Any Device!
The US National Institute of Science and Technology defines cloud computing as offering 5 essential characteristics: On-Demand Self Service, Broad Network Access, Resource Pooling, Rapid Elasticity, and Measured Service.
By migrating to the cloud, a business has the opportunity to have all of the information and process availability from anywhere, at any time, on any device.
Why is this important for the construction industry? Below are just three of the reasons you should be making the move.
It is important to be able to have all the correct information to make quick decisions and create reports. This isn’t usually the case in the field. The cloud gives your team the opportunity to have all the required information available to everyone that needs it, when they need it.
From RFIs to updated drawings, the cloud will host all of this. Your contractors need to be able to easily collaborate with subcontractors, owners and architects. The ability to instantly get answers to questions and have all essential updates can make the difference in staying within a projects timeline and budget.
The construction industry has a constant change of workforce and jobsites continuously across a wide area. Taking your business process to the cloud allows a seamless move from jobsite to jobsite, from employee to employee, and from the office to jobsite.
You are able to scale up or down when a project ends and begins, as well as when you bring on new team members. This flexibility saves you infrastructure costs that may rapidly increase or not even be used, depending on work load.
Essential information has to get passed form the jobsite to the office and vice versa every day, usually to multiple locations. The cloud gives you the ability to have access to the necessary applications to keep everything updated, without having to go to the office.
In the past, simple tasks such as processing payroll, creating financial reports, invoicing and logistics had to be documented at each job site, then sent to the home office to be keyed into the system. With the cloud, your timesheet applications, Sage, Timberline, or whatever your application preference is can easily be accessed from anywhere, at any time, on any device.
More than many other industries, construction has a large amount of processes and documentation that follows from jobsite to jobsite and from the jobsite to the office. With teams working in a spread out area, with most of them using tablets and smartphones, moving to the cloud seems like a no brainer.
The key is to find a cloud service provider who has the experience and know-how to maximize your results.
Alright Junkies, we need your help! Let us know what your favorite construction related podcast is by entering it into the form below! Last year, Cesar Abeid’s Construction Industry Podcast took home the crown in our Inaugural contest. Only time will tell if he’ll be able to repeat or if another podcast will prevail. Other nominees from last year’s ballot were the Construction Citizen, the Contracting Coachcast, and Construction Leading Edge. Since the contest had ended, at least 2 other construction podcasts have entered the seen, including the ConTechTrio and Future Tradesman.
As technology and construction are mixing more and more, we have to start thinking of ways to protect our devices. Unlike tools and equipment, the plastic cases our phones and tablets are wrapped in can’t handle much abuse, so the best technology in general may not be the best technology for the job site.
Accidents happen when you least expect them and many times they’re caused by tools and equipment you use every day on the job. All it takes is a split second before disaster can strike, so every one of them counts. That’s where technology can step in and prevent major injuries before they happen and that’s exactly what Bosch is hoping to accomplish with the pending release of their new flesh detecting table saw.
It’s no secret that it’s much easier to create heat than to remove heat, which is probably why no one has created a “reverse microwave” yet. It’s also one reason why there is only a small amount of clothing and accessories built around cooling people off outdoors, especially those who work in the construction industry. Sure, you can install some fans around the job site, but they only help workers when it’s blowing directly at them. Now, a Japanese company is releasing their personal cooling jackets and hard hat fans to US customers and targeting the construction industry.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG is an internationally known convention that showcases the latest and greatest construction equipment and technologies every three years. Originally formed as CONEXPO in 1909, the event merged with the International Concrete and Aggregates show in 1996, thus the current hyphenated name. The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 7-11, 2017.
There are two very group mindsets in the construction industry right now: those who embrace technology and want to see more of it in construction and those who just want to build buildings the way they always have. One always has the latest smartphone, the other just wants a phone with buttons that can make calls. One wants to use drawing management apps, the other wants to carry around a hard copy set. One wants to store their documents in the cloud, the other wants to file their papers away in a cabinet. You get the idea and I’m sure you live it within your own company. Both systems work, but there is strong evidence that points to technology as a time and money saver.
As smart phones are starting to become more and more popular on construction job sites, not just any phone will do. It has to be able to survive the rigorous day-to-day activities that ordinary phones can’t. Tool giant, DeWalt, has recognized that trend and are now tossing their hat in the ever growing “tough phone” ring.
“You make a better door than a window!” I’m sure your parents hollered that at you all throughout your childhood as you were unaware that you were obstructing their view of their favorite TV show. That phrase may surprisingly not make sense to future generations with the recent discovery of a process that can make wood transparent. Seems crazy, I know.
Harnessing the power of the sun has been on the top of many scientists’ lists for quite some time. It’s just hanging out up there, making everything warm, so it’s a seemingly endless supply of wireless energy. The problem is, we haven’t been able to make them cheap, powerful, or light enough to make them economically feasible. A team of researchers believes they solved one of those problems as they’ve revealed a solar cell so light that it can rest on a soap bubble without popping it.