Lessons from the Battlefield - Part 3: Common Purpose

Posted by Steve Chiou, Director of Product on 6/27/17 10:36 AM

The power of trust is one of the most valuable lessons I learned during my four years serving in the Marine Corp. It’s a huge, huge part of Marine culture and foundational to General McChrystal’s principles of Empowered Execution, pushing decision-making down to the lowest level; and Shared Consciousness, where information is shared with the right context so individuals can make good decisions faster.

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Topics: Craft Workers, Construction Productivity

Safety Compliance and New OSHA Rule

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 6/14/17 2:55 PM


A year ago, OSHA introduced a new rule to protect construction workers from the potential dangers of airborne crystalline silica on job sites. With the deadline for compliance approaching next week on June 23, 2017, it’s important for construction firms to have a clear plan in place for how they will remain compliant to the new standard.

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Topics: Workplace Safety, Craft Workers

Lessons from the Battlefield - Part 2: Shared Consciousness

Posted by Drew DeWalt, Co-founder & COO on 5/23/17 10:48 AM

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."

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Topics: Construction Management, Craft Workers, Construction Productivity

Lessons from the Battlefield - Part 1: Empowered Execution

Posted by Zachary Scheel, Rhumbix CEO on 5/3/17 10:57 AM

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.

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Topics: Construction Management, Craft Workers, Construction Productivity

What to Expect from a Rhumbix Pilot

Posted by Josefine Mullen on 4/12/17 3:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Construction Management, Craft Workers

​Rhumbix Feature Release: Foreman Feedback

Posted by Zachary Scheel, Rhumbix CEO on 4/4/17 10:30 AM

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.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Construction Management, Craft Workers

[Slide Presentation] Rhumbix Presents at SXSW 2017

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 3/21/17 11:02 AM


SXSW is always an exciting event to attend. We were fortunate to be there, however briefly, so Rhumbix Co-founder and CEO, Zach Scheel, could present as one of 15 startups in a pitch competition. The competition was held to showcase the potential to bring disruptive technology to the industrial space, and each participant was given 3 minutes to present. HOLT Ventures teamed up with Caterpillar Ventures, Brick & Mortar Ventures and Cottonwood Technology Fund to host this popular Industrial Technology Pitch Competition.

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Topics: Big Data & Construction, Craft Workers, SXSW, Startup

Remember the Dead — Fight for the Living

Posted by Forest Peterson, Labor Rep for Rhumbix on 4/28/16 10:05 AM

Image courtesy of AFL-CIO

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day. A day set aside every year to remember those who have been killed or injured while working, and take a stand for increased safety measures for all workers.

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Topics: Workplace Safety, Craft Workers

From the Construction Site to the Classroom: #meetrhumbix interview with Forest Peterson

Posted by Guy Skillett on 2/15/16 10:05 AM

Our #meetrhumbix series continues this week with Forest Peterson, whose lengthy background in construction gives him incredible perspective on the worker experience.

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Topics: #meetrhumbix, Construction Technology, Craft Workers

Where Grit Meets Tech: Learning from the People Who Matter Most

Posted by Steve Chiou, Director of Product on 1/8/16 10:03 AM
Steve at a local Bay Area jobsite.

As a veteran of the USMC, I learned very quickly that to get the most honest answers, you have to talk to the guys on the ground. Marines in the field have no problem telling you what is wrong. In construction, the same is true. But in this case, it’s the craft worker. That’s why I spend most of my time out of the office at local Bay Area jobsites, talking with the men and women doing the actual work.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Craft Workers

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