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

Why Construction Firms Don't Digitize - Myth #4

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 6/20/17 10:13 AM

Part 4 of a series on the most common reasons construction firms don't adopt digital solutions.

In the final installment of our Construction Technology Myths series, we’re tackling a topic of growing importance to any company considering new digital solutions: integration.
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Topics: Construction Technology

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

Rewards of Creating a Data-Driven Culture

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 6/8/17 8:03 AM

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.

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Topics: Big Data & Construction, Construction Technology, Construction Management

Why Construction Firms Don't Digitize - Myth #3

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 5/31/17 8:10 AM

Part 3 of a series on the most common reasons construction firms don't adopt digital solutions.

When it comes to construction field technology, one of the big sticking points we hear is the requirement for field workers to actually use it. Every firm has their painful story of a system or process they tried—and that ultimately failed—at the field level. They believe foremen won’t want to use it; or they will think it's just another top-down initiative; or they will think it's just another thing keeping them from doing their most important work. 

But it doesn't have to be that way...

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Topics: Construction Technology

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

Why Construction Firms Don't Digitize - Myth #2

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 5/19/17 11:13 AM

Part 2 of a series on the most common reasons construction firms don't adopt digital solutions

Something our team hears regularly in conversations with construction professionals—across all trades—is that new technology is important to them, but it’s not the first thing on their to-do list. This bring us to the second myth in our series on why construction firms are not adopting new technology:

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Topics: Construction Technology

Why Construction Firms Don't Digitize - Myth #1

Posted by Stephanie Patterson on 5/12/17 11:10 AM

In our conversations with numerous construction professionals, we've uncovered several beliefs—we call them myths—that we think are preventing firms from taking meaningful steps toward digitization. So we’re kicking off a series that explores some of these common reasons why construction companies are not adopting digital solutions. Some are real. Others are only perceived. Find out which ones. 

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Topics: Construction Technology

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

Improving Construction Productivity Through Benchmarking

Posted by Guy Skillett on 4/24/17 3:11 PM

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.

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Topics: Construction Management, Construction Productivity

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