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Best Construction Apps for 2016

Best Construction Apps for 2016With more than 1.5 million total apps available in the App Store, you are sure to find helpful tools to make for a more effective work week. However, finding the best app for you can also become quite the job, so we’ve done the research for you. Here are our suggestions for the best construction apps for 2016.

PlanGridBest Construction Apps for 2016 - PlanGrid

Instantly share complete construction plans with your project team from anywhere and with or without an internet connection. App users can also track revisions, share photos and reports, document progress, manage issues and RFIs in the field.

  • Updated: 5/6/16
  • New features: Improved annotations filters, new views in the “Team” and “Sheet Compare” sections
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Best Construction Apps for 2016 - Photo MeasuresPhoto Measures

With a five star review, Photo Measures lets you draw and edit measurements directly on your own photos. Add text to photos, then save, organize and share images as PDFs and JPGs.

 

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Introducing The Hub, the First-ever App for Managing Office Trailer Leases

The Hub makes managing office trailer leases faster and easier. Track deliveries, request service and returns, even plan your next project, from any mobile device. Watch this video to learn more about The Hub.

How to Check the Breaker Box in Your Office Trailer

Whether a breaker has tripped and the power is out or you need to turn off the power to an electrical system, checking and resetting switches is a simple process. Watch this brief video to learn how to check the breaker box in your office trailer.

How to Change the Thermostat Batteries in Your Office Trailer

If the power has gone out in your thermostat, the problem is likely the batteries. Replacing the batteries takes only a minute, but finding them on some models can be a little tricky. Watch this short video to see how to change the thermostat batteries in your office trailer.

Tips for Buying Used Office Trailers

Tips for Buying Used Office Trailers

ModSpace remodeled used office trailers to construct its permanent office in Hartford, CT.

Used office trailers can be a faster, more affordable alternative to building new. They come in a range of sizes and are easily customized to virtually any need. However, like commissioning the construction of a new building, buying used still requires several considerations. To help you find the right building and get your project up and running sooner, here are some tips for buying used office trailers.

The process for finding and buying used office trailers can be broken down into four parts: budget, permitting, intended use and timing.

Budget

As with anything else, knowing your budget before you go shopping is essential. Much like buying a new or used car, shopping for a used office trailer has several Read more

Meet the New ModSpace.com

Watch this short video to learn how the new ModSpace.com is the faster, easier way to lease or buy modular buildings. Then, head over to ModSpace.com and see for yourself.

What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction Site

What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction SiteThere’s little doubt that the drones are here to stay for construction. Though their safe and legal use among other air traffic and over pedestrian areas is a growing concern. The Drone Act is part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2012. It requires the FAA to “fully integrate the use of drones into U.S. airspace by 2015.” Several regulations have been passed as a result. Here’s what you need to know before using a drone on a construction site.

Know Before You Fly

FAA has enacted strict regulations regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones in all shapes and sizes, including remote Read more

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?

What’s Next for Drones in Construction?As more construction firms consider using drones for information gathering, many are wondering what’s next for drones in construction? The latest construction-specific drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), can be programmed to fly over construction zones to capture birds-eye-view photos and video that can be used for site selection, surveying and visual project updates. Some drones can even send collected information directly to related construction software for use in 3D modeling.

As drone technology becomes more advanced and less expensive, questions rise regarding additional uses for UAVs. Here are few to consider:

Using Drones to Identify Potential Safety Hazards

Daily safety meetings are standard on many jobsites. Consider the benefits of daily Read more

How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIR

How to Improve Safety Performance and TRIRKeeping people injury free at work and at the job site is always the top priority. With that said, Total Recordable Injury Rate, commonly known as TRIR, is a number that can help your company assess your safety performance and how other companies assess you.

TRIR is determined using the following calculation:

Total OSHA recordable injuries x 200,000 / total hours worked = TRIR

With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to improve your TRIR with a Safety Performance Plan.

Safety Performance

Some suggest that awareness alone is sufficient for a safe workplace. But it’s important to make the distinction between awareness and performance. Awareness is needed to identify hazards; however’ a person must perform the act of reporting or correcting the unsafe condition to truly keep people safe and reach the ultimate safety performance goal of zero work related injuries.

Risk Tolerance

Hazard recognition and awareness do not equal risk tolerance. One may be aware and recognize a hazard but disregard the risk. Risk tolerance can be simply defined as unsafe work behaviors, or how much risk will a worker will take before an incident is certain. Workers should have high hazard recognition and a low risk tolerance to ensure they are working safely. It’s a good practice to have workers consider the worst possible outcome before performing a task.

Training

Safety training should be an ongoing part of your Safety Performance Plan to ensure workers are “competent” as defined by OSHA. OSHA defines a “competent person” as: By way of training and/or experience, one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in their surroundings or working conditions that are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.

New workers should be taught the full spectrum of safety protocols before entering any job site. Experienced workers should receive regular refresher training. Subject matter and frequency is the key to success with training.

Communication

Effective safety communication and management must be ongoing with safety being equally important as all other aspects of one’s job. Workers should be encouraged to communicate safety concerns with their supervisors. Conduct regular safety meetings to discuss and correct safety concerns and hazards. Ensure effective communication between workers by 2-way radio, the buddy system, signals, signs, barricades or other means.

Documentation

Make sure you have all training documentation, certifications, licenses and any other paperwork in place and available before the job starts to ensure all workers are properly trained and competent in performing their job task.

As prospective clients consider your business for new lucrative projects, TRIR is often a deciding factor in awarding the business. By following these simple procedures, you can reduce your TRIR over time, or better yet, keep it low from the start. Either way, the result is safe workers and the ability to win more projects.

Learn more about improving your TRIR here.

Modular Facilities Help Energy Producers Move Quickly, Even in Remote Locations

California recently passed a law that requires the state to “generate half of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030,” according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

The landmark legislation is intended to further reduce air pollution across the state, but especially in Los Angeles and Riverside counties where air quality has been at unhealthy levels for decades.

The Golden State is a long-time leader in renewable energy. But 50% in 15 years is a monumental challenge. As energy producers and their suppliers rush to develop new facilities to meet the new requirements, ModSpace is ready to help with a range of temporary and permanent modular building solutions that can be ready quickly, even in the most remote locations.

Watch the video below to learn how ModSpace helps energy companies move quickly in California and throughout North America.