California passes balcony inspection law

Ever since the horrible tragedy involving the fatal collapse of a balcony at an apartment complex in Berkeley, CA in 2015, my team and I have been following news related to the aftermath. On September 17, 2018, Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 721 into law, thereby mandating the inspection of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading California passes balcony inspection law

Things you can’t learn in school: Troubleshooting

Andrea Marson wrote a great post discussing the art of troubleshooting within the context of engineering. This is a topic that has a great deal of personal meaning to me as well, as a forensic analyst investigating high-stakes and complex disputes involving real estate and construction. Although Marson is an electronics and software professional, some … Continue reading Things you can’t learn in school: Troubleshooting

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…

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