Contractors Are Paid With Electronic Payment Platform

The lienwaivers.io payment platform allows lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners to automate their processes.

The lienwaivers.io payment platform allows lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners to automate their processes.

Lienwaivers.io, a construction payment platform, continues the quest to help contractors get paid faster with the release of four new features: Electronic Waiver Notarization, Same-Day ACH Payments, Automatic W9 Collection with 1099 Preparation, and a partner-ready API.

Witnessed elsewhere in technology, when open platforms like lienwaivers.io enter the market, there’s a shift from buyers purchasing software suites to customers choosing technologies which communicate through APIs. In partnering with industry leaders such as Notarize.com and HelloSign, lienwaivers.io has empowered their customers to take control of their disbursement process.

With lienwaivers.io, lenders, contractors, title companies and property owners can automate their disbursement process and build better relationships, all at a price point that competes with the cost of a check.

Commercial Drone Provides Images with Millimeter Accuracy

Intel releases a commercial drone named the Intel Falcon 8+.

Intel releases a commercial drone named the Intel Falcon 8+.

Intel has released its first Intel-branded commercial drone: the Intel Falcon 8+. The advanced system for North American markets includes the Intel Falcon 8+ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Intel Cockpit for ground control and Intel Powerpack to power the UAV. The drone incorporates full electronic system redundancy and automated aerial-sensing solutions with onboard sensors. It is also powered with the triple-redundant AscTec Trinity autopilot. The system provides detailed images down to millimeter accuracy and gives valuable structural analysis that helps users detect and prevent further damage to infrastructure. Operators will have opportunities to generate valuable aerial precision data.

Photogrammetry Software Is Suited for Use With Drones

Eos Systems Inc. introduces photogrammetry software optimized for photographs taken with drones.

Eos Systems Inc. introduces photogrammetry software optimized for photographs taken with drones.

Eos Systems Inc. has introduced photogrammetry software optimized specifically for photographs taken with drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The PhotoModeler UAS 2016 software creates 3D models, measurements, and maps from photographs taken with ordinary cameras built-in or mounted on drones. It includes features for optimized operation with drone photos including post processing kinematics (PPK), volume objects, geographic coordinate systems support, multispectral image support and control point assist. Eos Systems is offering the new software at $2275, 35 percent off the normal price, from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016.

The new version of PhotoModeler is suited for drone photogrammetry applications including surveying, ground contouring, surface model creation, stock pile volume measurement, mining and mine reclamation, environmental analysis, slope analysis, forensic analysis, construction, and agricultural crop analysis. New applications for drone photogrammetry are developed monthly.  Eos PhotoModeler was introduced 23 years ago and is a photogrammetric software platform with a range of users in fields such as architecture, engineering, surveying, research, manufacturing and forensics.
 
PhotoModeler UAS 2016 software includes features that provide performance in drone photogrammetry.  Camera calibration is optimized for accuracy with UASs and the global positioning system (GPS). Post processed kinematics (PPK) makes it possible to correct a survey with GPS data after the fact for survey grade accuracy. Volume objects provide easy and accurate volume data for stock piles and mining operations. Full geographic coordinate system support enables users to work in their local geographic coordinate system for better compatibility. Support is provided for multispectral images including Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) surface models and ortho-mosaics for agriculture. An interface is provided for marking ground control points.

Work Order Software Saves Contractors Time

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

The Work Order tool offers templates that can be customized.

Scope Technologies has announced its debut of Work Order tool for ProDocs.

Now contractors can transfer real-time aerial measurement report data into real-time work orders in a few clicks, all on the ProDocs platform. Designed to be paired with Scope Technologies’ takeoff reports, the tool will shorten restoration and new construction contractors’ project timelines. As with Estimates, Work Order introduces a level of customization including line items based on materials, conversions and manufacturers. Templates that can be tailored to feature company logo and color schematics are also a highlight. Additionally, the tool Order communicates with contractors’ distribution channels and talks with retailers for added convenience, saving the contractor time.

With construction starts up 15% in 2015 and projected to increase another 6% in 2016, industry-wide trends indicate contractors are evaluating their strategies and streamlining processes to propel their businesses ahead of competitors. Check out ProDocs Work Order Tool here.

Fleet-tracking Software Analyzes Driver Behavior

Teletrac Navman has released Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR, fleet management software that intelligently tracks assets and collects data to meet a range of business needs and drive enhanced productivity for customers.

Teletrac Navman has released Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR, fleet management software that intelligently tracks assets and collects data to meet a range of business needs and drive enhanced productivity for customers.

Teletrac Navman has released Teletrac Navman DIRECTOR, fleet management software that intelligently tracks assets and collects data to meet a range of business needs and drive enhanced productivity for customers. Offering fuel-use tracking, messaging and routing, along with driver behavior analysis tools and concise reporting features, DIRECTOR helps businesses fine tune their strategies and reduce operating costs. Its signature safety module, called Safety Analytics, scores driver performance based on company priorities and replays unsafe driving events to aid driver training. DIRECTOR’s dashboards accumulate information to show trends that would otherwise go unseen, giving companies the insight they need to succeed.

Coating Protects Homes from Fire

Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F.

Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F.

More than 50 percent of homes destroyed in wild fires aren’t in the direct path of the fire. Burning embers that float for miles and land on rooftops and find their way under eaves cause most homes to burn. Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F. The coating protects exterior and interior woods, such as maple, mahogany, cedar shake shingles, open-air roof decking and structural lumber. The clear spray lasts seven to 10 years and has a five-year warranty for exterior and seven-year warranty for interior wood applications.

Manage Customers Affected by Hail

HailStrike has made available CLAIM, which stands for Complete Location Analysis and Information Management.

HailStrike has made available CLAIM, which stands for Complete Location Analysis and Information Management.

HailStrike has made available CLAIM, which stands for Complete Location Analysis and Information Management. The management system brings together several HailStrike tools, including hailstorm history, color-coded hail-activity maps, general property information, owner details, custom reminders, local demographic information, a roof-measurement tool with job cost and estimations, and radar-based multi-site monitoring. With each CLAIM location, users have the option to specify details about the property owner, insurance carrier and claim information. Users also can set reminders and specify hail monitoring for the location for instant notification of future hail activity. Projects can be notated, arranged, prioritized, edited and saved for future reference.

Calculate Attic Ventilation with Free App

Roofing professionals can now take Air Vent’s attic ventilation tools on the go via a free app.

Roofing professionals can now take Air Vent’s attic ventilation tools on the go via a free app.

Roofing professionals can now take Air Vent’s attic ventilation tools on the go via a free app. The interactive Attic Ventilation Calculator figures the exact quantity of intake and exhaust vents needed for any attic size. Users then can email results to a client. The Roof Pitch Tool confirms if the vent being considered for the project is compatible, as well as if the amount of ventilation needs to increase. The “location address” and “camera” features customize photos for a proposal. Direct links to product specs, videos and industry articles support any ventilation project. The app is available for Android and iOS systems.

Interactive Tablet App Provides Information to Strengthen Structures Against Natural Disasters

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Munich Re, US launches an interactive tablet app to help builders, contractors, architects and homeowners design and build structures in the face of increasing severe weather events.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app is available for free download from the iTunes Store.  It walks homeowners, contractors and architects through the steps for strengthening homes. The information includes videos, animations and technical specifications for retrofitting or building single family homes.

Information in the app is taken from IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, which provides a set of building standards for homes in high-risk areas, such as in the plains and coastal states.

Use Your Smartphone to Control Bluetooth-Enabled Heating Products

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth.

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth.

ThermaCELL Heated Products’ ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty and ThermaCELL Heat Packs Bluetooth Pocket Warmers offer temperature control via Bluetooth smartphone connectivity on both iOS and Android devices, as well as the ability to check the battery life through the free application.

ThermaCELL offers solutions to those seeking warmth in cold environments. Outdoor workers and enthusiasts can work and play in harsh elements.

The first of these products, ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty, operate through any smartphone via Bluetooth. The heated insoles have a 30% higher capacity battery, providing up to 8.5 hours of foot-warming comfort on a single charge. They’re rugged, and also recharge quickly, acquiring a full charge in about 2 hours. The insoles have been tested to over 1 million footsteps. The ProFLEX Heavy Duty Insoles provide up to 27 degrees of protection beyond a footwear’s insulation rating.

A ProFLEX Extended Life Battery Pack is available for those trying to extend their time in the outdoors. This new battery pack will power either the standard or Heavy Duty ProFLEX insoles for up to 8.5 hours per charge.

The second generation of ThermaCELL Heat Packs-Pocket Warmer is Bluetooth-enabled and can be operated with a smartphone while remaining in the pocket. Features of this heated product include a 50% faster battery recharge and an embedded eyelet in the corner to allow for hanging from a lanyard. An adjustable lanyard is included with each ThermaCELL Heat Packs–Bluetooth Pocket Warmer retail package.

For those who want to do double warming duty this winter season, the ThermaCELL Heat Packs–Bluetooth Pocket Warmers and ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty function through an interface on the same application.