Earlier this year, we published a series of articles on four erroneous reasons (we called them myths) that prevent construction firms from taking meaningful steps toward digitization. The articles were widely read and shared, so we put them all together in a free ebook that is easy to save, print and pass along.
In the startup world, we’ve seen a lot of examples of the importance of establishing and maintaining company culture. Uber’s recent crisis is, of course, the prime example of what happens when a corporate culture goes bad. But there are others who are praised for their intentional approach to culture,
Last week, Rhumbix hosted a panel discussion with Kris Lengieza, David Burns, Hitesh Dewan, and our very own Michael Myers on the challenges and opportunities of creating a data-driven culture. Moderated by Guy Skillet, Head of Construction Analytics at Rhumbix, we had over 50 attendees, many of whom had just wrapped up two and half days attending ENR FutureTech.
Data was a key theme at the ENR event, and the panel provided a great opportunity to discuss more fully some of the ideas presented while still fresh in everyone's mind.
In the first article of this series, Empowered Execution was introduced as a more effective way to operate in highly dynamic environments where the pace and scale of change makes it necessary to react quickly to new information in order to be successful. As General McChrystal himself points out, “In today's changing environment, with more information shared at ever-greater speeds, often even the most efficient organization can't keep up."
In 2003, General Stanley McChrystal took command of the United States' Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), an association of elite forces such as the Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and Delta Force. His mission: to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI).
JSOC had technology, skills, and resources that were far superior to anything available to al-Qaida. Their outstanding troops and better organization gave them a clear, competitive advantage. And yet, by the summer of 2004, it was clear that while they were winning every individual firefight, they were still losing the war against al-Qaida.
Benchmarking has long been an important tool for any business looking to improve their overall performance. The process itself involves measurement and comparison to certain standards with the goal of supporting systematic improvements in productivity.
When I first started with Rhumbix, I knew it was going to be different from any other job I had when they gave me a pair of steel-toed boots. I had been working in the construction industry for a few years already, but prior to that, had spent most of my career in tech.
Fast-forward a year and half later, and my boots have quite a bit of mileage on them. I visit customer job sites on a weekly basis, working side-by-side with crews who are using Rhumbix to ensure they have the best possible experience with our app.
We’re thrilled to be announcing a fantastic new feature of our mobile app, Foreman Feedback, available today with our Rhumbix PRO offering. Foreman Feedback represents the critical next step in our product roadmap: closing the loop between the home office and the field by creating a two-way flow of communication with the foreman.
Labor is the largest and least understood cost on construction projects, typically making up at least 50% of the budget. The industry thinks about labor as a fixed cost, one that you don't have much control over. But if you look more closely at what makes up your labor budget, you'll find many soft costs which CAN be optimized (by going paperless and using digital timecards, for example), allowing for more production time—which means higher profits.
Rhumbix recently welcomed Kevin Soohoo to join our team as Field CTO. Prior to joining Rhumbix, Kevin was CIO at Air Systems. With more than a decade of experience in the construction industry, we’re thrilled have someone heading up our field technology who is deeply familiar with the needs of all project stakeholders and has led many successful construction technology implementations. Read on to find out more about Kevin’s background, experience and perspective on the future of construction.