So FieldLens Won The Gold — Who Cares?

We’re not just blowing smoke when we say that the best part of our day is when we hear customers say, “You make my life simpler,” and “Thanks to FieldLens, I got my afternoon back.”

But we don’t mind winning awards either, cause let’s face it: As much as we enjoy helping you win, we enjoy winning too.

We’ll tell you a little about the award we won and why you might be interested.

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Recently the Best Mobile Apps Awards announced that we took a gold for Best Business & Productivity App in the Overall category. It’s not the first award we’ve won, but it’s exciting to get recognized among names like SalesForce, Adobe, and Wired.

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3 Construction Trends to Watch for in 2016

2016 is poised to be a beautiful year for the construction industry. So kick back, relax, and get a glimpse of the top trends that await you in the New Year:

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U.S. construction expected to grow 6% to $712 billion

“The expansion for the construction industry has been underway for several years now, with varying contributions from each of the major sectors. For 2016, the economic environment should support further growth for the overall level of construction starts.” – Robert Murray, chief economist, Dodge Data & Analytics

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Where are the Construction Project Managers?

The construction industry is facing a labor shortage, and project managers (PMs) are among the top three hardest to find of skilled workers. Four out of five organizations report that they are struggling to find qualified PMs, and more than 20% of PMs are approaching retirement age and will need replacing. How did this shortage come about and catch so many companies seemingly off-guard?

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Construction project managers are in short supply as a result of a rebounding economy, an aging workforce, and a dwindling supply of new talent. Other possible reasons for the shortage include shortsighted hiring practices, lack of planning for the future, and cuts in budgets that result in fewer trainees. While there may be plenty of junior talent available, mid-level and senior talent are hard to find. These are the workers who have experience and knowledge in the field—things that cannot be taught.

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Wohlsen Construction Company Announces 3-Year Partnership with FieldLens as their Mobile Field Management Platform of Choice

New York, NY — October 28, 2015 – After years of researching and testing various mobile field management platforms developed for the construction industry, Wohlsen Construction Company today announced a 3-year partnership with FieldLens, a New York City based developer of the construction industry’s leading mobile communication app. Wohlsen Construction is a leading merit-shop firm, providing construction management, general contracting and design/build services to clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, especially in the senior living, education, healthcare and commercial markets.

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Forecast: 3.3 Million Green Building Jobs by 2018

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How green was your last project?

“Green building practices” has become one of today’s biggest buzzphrases – and for good reason. According to the 2015 U.S. Green Building Council study, the green building sector will contribute $934 million to state economies this year – and that number’s expected to be around $1.3 billion in 2018.

Going green also has a major impact on the employment rate. Green construction supported more than 2 million workers in 2014; it’s expected to boost that number by 1.1 million jobs (adding around $75.6 billion in wages) by 2018.

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Hyperloop or Just Hype?

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It could become a massive infrastructure project, spawning billions of dollars in construction work. Or it could be smoke and mirrors.

That’s the potential of the Hyperloop, a visionary transportation idea that aims to push the limits of modern engineering, design, and construction. Touted as the fifth mode of transportation, Hyperloop would use large, enclosed tubes to move passenger train-like capsules on a cushion of air at speeds of over 700 mph. Since Elon Musk’s Hyperloop proposal surfaced last year, the promise of “traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco in approximately 35 minutes” has drawn endless interest and speculation.

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Which Construction Workers Are Most In Demand?

Nearly 9 out of 10 construction firms say they’re having trouble hiring workers, according to a new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. More than half of survey respondents saying they’ve raised their pay rates for hourly craft professionals to compete for hiring.

Craft professionals are most in demand, and the hardest positions to fill are carpenters, sheet metal installers, and concrete workers.

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Firms are also struggling to fill salaried positions, with project managers/supervisors, estimators, and engineers in highest demand. Competition for project managers/supervisors is highest in the Northeast, where 69% of firms say they’re having trouble hiring for those positions.

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Managed Toll Roads Can Fund Improvements, But Cost Drivers Money

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Everybody wants better highways, but who wants to pay for them? Even with 2.65 million miles of paved road in the United States, drivers want more routes to get from Point A to Point B easier and faster. While highway improvements are a win for the driving public and for businesses that rely on good transportation networks, funding these construction projects is a complex challenge for state and local governments.

The cost to build new or expand existing highways is extremely high. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association estimates the cost to expand an interstate highway from 4 to 6 lanes is $4 million per mile. Building a new interstate highway carries a tag of $7 million per mile in rural areas and $11 million or more per mile in urban centers. With these hefty costs, it’s easy to see how U.S. transportation construction spending totaled $119 billion in 2012, with 67.8% spent on street and highway construction.

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Restaurant Construction Goes Green

Delicious meals and excellent service have traditionally defined great restaurant experiences. However, American food culture is evolving, so more restauranteurs are “going green”—a concept that goes beyond just what’s being prepared in the kitchen. Food service operators are designing and building sustainable, environmentally-friendly restaurants. Appealing to the sensibilities and stomachs of consumers, green restaurant construction is one of the hottest trends in hospitality.

Americans now spend more money eating out than at home, so restaurant brands are building more properties, a potential retail real estate impact of 55.4 million square feet, to accommodate the surging demand. Woven into this uptick in restaurant construction is a strategic initiative to build more locations that are eco-friendly, use energy more efficiently, and operate in a socially responsible manner.

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FieldLens Construction Drawings and Our eXtreme Announcement

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Today marks a big day for FieldLens, and I am beyond excited to finally share the news. This morning during the keynote address at the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference in Los Angeles, I announced that FieldLens is launching a new drawings feature that will be interoperable with Bluebeam, the best-in-class drawings solution for the construction industry. This is going to be a game-changer for construction project teams, bringing a superior level of communication to the jobsite.

What does this mean for our users? FieldLens Drawings will work with any industry-standard PDF file, tagging conversations right to your drawings so that you can zoom in to a location and see exactly what’s happening there at any given moment. When FieldLens Drawings becomes available in September, we’ll be introducing a feature called LiveLayer™ – the ability to view drawings overlaid with the realtime conversations happening on the jobsite. Need to see the status of 2nd floor rebar? Zoom into that spot on your drawing, follow the link, and you’ll see all communication about that exact location without ever having to leave the drawing.

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