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

The new iPad overheats following exposure to sunlight

Well this doesn't bode well for using the new iPad during construction inspections (which frequently involve exposure to direct sunlight)... Did you spend a few hours in line this weekend waiting to buy Apple's much-heralded new tech toy, the iPad? Then you might be disappointed to learn that the $500 gadget can shut down in … Continue reading The new iPad overheats following exposure to sunlight

WWSHD: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? (Advice for Consultants)

Mark Haas has another great post up at the Institute for Management Consultant's Daily Tips for Consultants blog. In it, he compares the work of consultants to that of detectives, prompting the invocation of the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. When asking What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? Haas came up with the following … Continue reading WWSHD: What Would Sherlock Holmes Do? (Advice for Consultants)

Why the new Amazon Kindle Fire isn’t ideal for construction inspections

On Wedenesday, September 28, Amazon announced a new tablet - the 7-inch Kindle Fire. Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, put on his best Steve Job's impersonation for the announcement, which also included updates to the entire Kindle line. The most amazing detail of the Kindle Fire has to be the price: $199. Will this replace the … Continue reading Why the new Amazon Kindle Fire isn’t ideal for construction inspections

An Alternative To The iPad For Field Notes & Sketches

For over a dozen years, I have been working in construction consulting, especially in the area of construction defect investigations. I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve the process of collecting data in the field. In the past I've written about: Construction experts using iPads for field inspections How archaeologists were using iPads … Continue reading An Alternative To The iPad For Field Notes & Sketches