Procore on the Value of Big Data Analysis

Socrates is alleged to have asked the possibly rhetorical question, “Is the unexamined life worth living?” One might ask the same question of data — Is unexamined data worth storing? Procore, purveyors of fine construction software, recently touched on the topic of the value of data analysis on their Jobsite blog. Duane Craig identifies “5 … Continue reading Procore on the Value of Big Data Analysis

Boston-based startup aims to improve the customer experience of the home services market

According to Dylan Martin at BostInno, a new startup called Dispatch has successfully raised a $12-million round of venture capital from an enviable list of investors that includes ServiceMaster, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, Salesforce and Assurant. What does Dispatch do? The easiest way to describe Dispatch is this: the Boston startup has built a software platform … Continue reading Boston-based startup aims to improve the customer experience of the home services market

Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

Jennifer Hermes, writing for Environmental Leader: Risk management professionals should be leading the charge to help their companies understand how disruptive technologies will affect business strategies and operations – and those risk managers who don’t lead the way will be relegated to a support role, according to the new 2017 Excellence in Risk Management (PDF) report. Disruptive technologies as … Continue reading Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

Solving the User Interface problems associated with Smart Home technology

Smart homes of the future may just as readily respond to instructions sent by text, as the voice-powered interfaces that dominate the early entrants to the market for the Internet of Things in the home. Amazon, Google and Apple all have technologies largely relying on speech recognition, but as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discovered after … Continue reading Solving the User Interface problems associated with Smart Home technology

Satellite imagery can predict retail performance, according to startup

Bryan Clark, via The Next Web: After five years of fighting to increase profits, J.C. Penney is shutting down 130 stores nationwide. For one California startup — and anyone who’s been inside J.C. Penney lately — this didn’t come as a surprise. Orbital Insight, a venture-funded startup in Palo Alto, uses satellite imagery to track … Continue reading Satellite imagery can predict retail performance, according to startup

The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

Ronald Ray, writing for Construction Specifier, has a great article on different methods for detecting, diagnosing and pinpointing the location of leaks within various types of roofs. What makes Ray’s article so great is some of the cool new technologies outlined representing the bleeding edge of building forensics: All roofs eventually leak—it is just a matter of when … Continue reading The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

The next skilled labor shortage in the construction industry will involve computer programmers

People may think I’m nuts to suggest it, but I truly believe that one of the most important skills needed in the built environment over the next couple decades lies within the realm of computer programming. After all, someone needs to program all the robots…

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Hot Coffee Strikes Again! Or, How not to handle yourself in a deposition

Man, depositions can be rough on some people. I personally know of situations in which various parties have thrown their laptops down in a temper tantrum, expert witnesses breaking down in tears or faking illness to take more time to prepare, or the time when an infamous developer parked his Ferrari right outside the room where his deposition was being held where he would try to claim he was broke, and have even seen video of a deposition in Texas where a fist fight broke out (Google it – you won’t be sorry…). Continue reading “Hot Coffee Strikes Again! Or, How not to handle yourself in a deposition”