Rethinking How to Identify and Promote Leaders in the Field

Posted by Stephanie Patterson, Rhumbix Insider on 11/6/17 8:00 AM

What are mechanical and sheet metal contractors hungry for? New ways to train and equip their leaders, make their crews more productive, and get rid of paper for good. 

That’s what the Rhumbix crew heard first-hand in conversations with attendees at the 2017 SMACNA Annual Convention. The event was attended by more than 1,500 people in leadership roles at small to mid-size companies, and a large majority of them stopped by our booth on the show floor to talk.

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Topics: Construction Management, Workers First, Leadership

How Technology Helps Electrical Contractors Facing an Uncertain Future

Posted by Stephanie Patterson, Rhumbix Insider on 10/13/17 10:30 AM

How do you invest in innovation when you’re a small electrical contractor just trying to keep up with the day-in, day-out flow of your business? This is the question we’re pondering after attending the NECA National Convention last week in Seattle, WA.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Construction Management, Construction Productivity

Better Outcomes with Construction Technology: #meetrhumbix Interview with Shannon Cassidy

Posted by Stephanie Patterson, Rhumbix Insider on 9/11/17 7:30 AM

On the blog today, we’re introducing Shannon Cassidy, a new member of our Customer Success Team. Shannon comes to us with five years of construction experience as a field engineer, project engineer, and project manager. She continues to put mileage on her steel-toed boots by supporting our customers in the field.

Read on to hear more about Shannon’s role with Rhumbix, and what inspired her to pursue opportunities in construction technology.

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Topics: #meetrhumbix, Construction Management

Rethinking the Role of Construction IT

Posted by Kevin Soohoo on 8/31/17 9:49 AM

At the beginning of August 2017 the AGC IT Forum in Denver covered lots of ground on how IT innovations are driving construction transformation: A topic of growing urgency in our industry. Looming labor shortages compounded with an aging workforce and continuous pressure to tighten margins have created a critical turning point where firms who adopt and adapt will thrive, and those who do not will struggle to survive.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Construction Management

How Construction Firms Can Avoid Being Left Behind in the Digital Dust

Posted by Stephanie Patterson, Rhumbix Insider on 8/10/17 8:14 AM

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.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Construction Management

Culture Matters: Laying the Foundation for a Great Startup

Posted by Drew DeWalt, Co-founder & COO on 7/19/17 9:00 AM

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,

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Topics: Construction Management, Craft Workers, Startup

Rewards of Creating a Data-Driven Culture

Posted by Stephanie Patterson, Rhumbix Insider 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

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

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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