Here you’ll find blog posts about technology, new ideas, and trends people are noticing (and using) to help them work smarter.

Robots in the Construction Industry

Man vs. Machine: Robots in the Construction Industry

Last December, we told you about some new technologies with potentially game-changing applications in the construction industry. Now it’s July, and we can cross off that “potentially,” because the game is already changing rapidly. As it turns out, though, we should have gotten a slightly bigger crystal ball, because we left some of the biggest players off the list…robots in the construction industry.

Since the industrial revolution, man has been benefiting from the power of machines, and since John Henry took on the steam-powered drill, we’ve been wary of that power. Now, with the increasing use of robots—machines that can run without a human operator—are we becoming irrelevant?

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Green Construction Trends

Green Construction Trends: iSqFt Poll

With Earth Day and Arbor Day last week, it’s been pretty easy being green, so we put together the “Green Edition” of our iSqFt Nuts & Bolts newsletter. Check it out and let us know about your thoughts on green construction trends.

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The Grass Is Greener, But What About the Concrete?

According to a recent article in Popular Science, the earth has been getting greener, “accumulating an additional 4 tons of biomass (vegetation) between 2003 and 2012.” With Earth Day on the horizon, I started to think about what role an increasingly green construction industry might have played.

Here are four important ways the industry improves the environment every day:

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How to Win at Social Media at Conference

How to Fail at Social Media at a Conference

People love to talk about social media and it can feel like a lot of work sometimes. In the construction industry, you’ve got a lot of work to do and you’re not looking to monkey around on social media, especially when you’re at a conference.

But did you know that using social media at a conference can magnify your marketing and networking activities?

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An Interview With Robbins3D on Laser Scanning in Construction

I mentioned in a previous blog post about future construction technology trends that we’d be interviewing Ken Robbins, the President of Robbins3D, on 3D laser scanning in construction. Ken has a number of years of experience as a land surveyor, and founded Robbins Land Surveying over 15 years ago.

Over the last several years as technology became increasing more important in the construction world, Robbins Land Surveying became Robbins3D and the company got into the 3D laser scanning game.

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Future Trends in the Construction Industry

Like all industries, the construction industry is seeing rapid advancements in technology, but unlike most industries, the construction industry has relied on age-old techniques for a very long time. Nobody likes change, but I think we all agree that our industry in particular is pretty resistant.

Simply put, we’re on the verge of something big. It’s the kind of shake-up that has the potential to revolutionize the way that people perform their jobs on a daily basis.

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4 Steps to Grow Your Business via Social Media, Pt. 2

Welcome to part 2 of iSqFt’s blog “microseries” that attempts to explain why your business should be involved in social media, and how to get started. (If you haven’t read part I yet, you might want to start there.) In this finale, we’re going to explore:

  1. Networking and joining the conversation
  2. Using #hashtags to engage in your business’ passion
  3. Branding—sharing your vision with others
  4. Cost—valuing the unquantifiable

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4 Steps to Grow Your Business via Social Media, Pt. 1

I think it’s the name that throws people. I mean, “social” media[1] sure doesn’t sound like work, and the commercial construction industry is all about work. But what if you called it “virtual networking”?

The point is that while social media certainly started as a way to stay up to date with friends and family, it didn’t take long for people to realize that the principles of networking extend beyond sharing cat pictures and flirting. Far beyond.

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Is America Ready to “Think Big” Again?

I ran across an article on high-speed trains today, and it got me thinking.

Back in the 1800s, trains fundamentally changed the U.S. and spread people and goods across the country. For the very first time, hundreds of miles could be covered in hours, not days or weeks, and in relative comfort. We forget how revolutionary that was and how it changed the distribution of our population.

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Solar Energy: Nothing New Under the Sun?

By Andy Gustafson, Product Manager, Subcontractor Experience

Of course, everyone has heard about solar power, but surprisingly few know that there’s more than one way to harness power from the sun. The second kind has been in the news lately as construction on the massive Ivanpah thermal farm in California’s Mojave Desert nears completion.

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