Ever wish you could carry your iPad on your tool belt?

Construction Junkie’s Shane Hedmond shared the following: Runnur, a mobile tech gear company, has developed a hands-free belt clip system for your tablet that’s perfect for construction professionals. The belt clip system attaches to the case you already own and allows you to store it on your hip, keeping your hands free, when it’s not … Continue reading Ever wish you could carry your iPad on your tool belt?

Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

First the robots came for manufacturing jobs. Then they went after skilled labor. Now, robots are going after inspectors. Reuters’ Alwyn Scott reports on a new business line at GE dedicated to a mostly automated process of inspecting buildings and other facilities: General Electric Co has begun testing autonomous drones and robotic “crawlers” to inspect … Continue reading Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

The ultimate attic inspection tool: Petzl’s 700 Lumen LED Headlamp

According to Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo, Petzl has announced that some time in 2013, it will release a powerfully bright headlamp. While geared towards outdoor adventurers and spelunkers, headlamps make great handsfree attic inspection tools. At 700 lumens, the Petzl Ultra rush will undoubtedly provide more than enough light for even the most poorly lit … Continue reading The ultimate attic inspection tool: Petzl’s 700 Lumen LED Headlamp

Geedra: Photo Data Management for the A/E/C Industry

Geedra is a secure, cloud-based, photo-driven database for collecting, sorting, managing and sharing pictures taken in the field. It is incredibly user-friendly and has been designed from the ground up for documenting construction conditions. Using any modern web browser, you can tag, sort and filter photos by location, trade, CSI division, etc. As a construction … Continue reading Geedra: Photo Data Management for the A/E/C Industry

Wherein I reflect on several days of using my iPad for construction inspections

The iPad is an ideal tool for construction inspections, replacing a clipboard full of paperwork, and expanding the opportunities for improving the inspection process. Via AECforensics.com I had a chance recently to use my iPad for some construction defect litigation investigations I took part in. Overall, I found this to be a vast improvement over … Continue reading Wherein I reflect on several days of using my iPad for construction inspections

Using an iPad for construction defect investigations

The iPad is an ideal tool for construction inspections, replacing a clipboard full of paperwork, and expanding the opportunities for improving the inspection process. The picture accompanying this article is a self-portrait from a recent visual inspection as part of a construction defect investigation. For obvious reasons, I cannot elaborate on any details pertaining to … Continue reading Using an iPad for construction defect investigations

How will Google’s new glasses impact the construction industry?

The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye. The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to … Continue reading How will Google’s new glasses impact the construction industry?

New Apple Profile of Construction Consultants Using the iPad

I just noticed last night that Apple put up a new “iPad in Business” profile – this one features Crescent Construction Services, with offices in North Carolina and Connecticut. Industrial clients such as Southern Company and major retailers like Food Lion and Harris Teeter turn to Crescent Construction Services for “commissioning,” an integrated set of … Continue reading New Apple Profile of Construction Consultants Using the iPad

Amazon’s Kindle Fire vs. Apple’s iPad for Construction Inspections

When Amazon announced the new Kindle Fire tablet at $199, I wondered if this device wouldn’t replace the iPad for construction inspections. Over at my personal blog, I wrote about it: In terms of usability, the iPad’s screen size seems to be just about perfect for construction inspections. Slightly smaller than a letter-size piece of … Continue reading Amazon’s Kindle Fire vs. Apple’s iPad for Construction Inspections