Marla McIntyre's Articles

The Inside Scoop on Developing In-house Apps

With hundreds of apps available for Apple and Android devices that assist contractors with everything from bidding and estimating to project management and closeout, why would anyone develop an in-house app?

Several reasons drove four contractors to spend months developing company-specific apps, including a dislike of paperwork, a drive toward efficiency and a lack of off-the-shelf solutions that cater to construction operations.

2017 Tech Predictions

When Star Trek™ debuted 50 years ago, who would have thought the technology employed on the Starship Enterprise would one day be used on construction jobsites. Crew members carried a communicator, which looked much like yesterday’s flip phones. The Combadge was a wearable communication device, and Lt. Uhura wore a wireless Bluetooth-like earpiece. When Captain Kirk asked a question or gave a command, the computer responded remarkably like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. The Replicator produced food, tools and other objects, much like today’s 3-D printers. The ship was a model of operational efficiency many construction firms strive to achieve.

Wearables Wanted Onsite

Wearable devices—from exoskeletons that give workers nearly superhuman strength, to smartglasses and hardhats that provide technicians with spy-like visualization powers—are driving safety, productivity and decision-making on today’s construction jobsites. 

Top Tech Leaders Share Predictions for 2016 and Beyond

Construction companies large and small that are not already on the technology bandwagon need to climb aboard as 2016 brings more work, longer backlogs and a continued shortage of skilled labor. Construction Executive assembled a panel of experts to identify technologies to keep contractors working smarter and efficiently in 2016 and beyond. 

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Bringing Balance Back to the NLRB
Although its purpose is to interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a fair...

2018 Regional Construction Outlook
Starting in 2012, the construction sector generally has turned in stronger growth...

The DNA of Giving Back
This month marks 89 years in business for Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth...

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