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.

Mobile App Provides Roofing Contractors With Hail Storm Data at Exact Locations

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile, a mobile app from CertainTeed Roofing partner HailStrike, will help credentialed roofing contractors in storm-affected areas with mobile access to hail storm data. With site-specific reporting the app helps roofing contractors locate storm-torn roofs without needing to piece together information from several sources.

Available at a discount for CertainTeed Roofing credentialed contractors, OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device. The only input needed is a property address, which can be either automatically geolocated or entered manually. The app then finds hail storm activity for that address since January 2011, including size, duration, storm speed, storm direction and probability of hail activity, and creates a report in minutes.

Since 2011, HailStrike has offered hail reports. The company uses interactive maps to help roofing contractors track hailstorm paths throughout the continental U.S. HailStrike offers CertainTeed ShingleMasters, SELECT ShingleMasters, Silver Star Contractors and Gold Star Contractors access to this information in the field.

Roofing contractors with HailStrike tracking have access to storm tracking software that trails the storm and includes the size of hail. Those with AniSwath have access to a colorized and animated hail swath map. It is a tool that provides the footprint of a hailstorm for contractors, including probability of severe hail and duration of a storm. The OneSite tool provides information for hail activity at exact locations. With OneSiteMobile, roofing contractors can see the storm’s strength, speed, direction, probability and duration, plus the app allows access to the hail reports at the specified location.

Dumpster Rental Mobile Application Releases

City Disposal Services, Inc. releases dumpster rental app, available for both Android and Apple devices.

City Disposal Services, Inc. releases dumpster rental app, available for both Android and Apple devices.

City Disposal Services, Inc. announces the release of their dumpster rental mobile application, available for both Android and Apple devices. This new app makes it simple and convenient for contractors, businesses, and homeowners to view available dumpster sizes, obtain quotes, and schedule waste container drop offs or pickups. The app also contains information regarding other services, such as portable storage containers and waste disposal/recycling services.

Clients can submit an inquiry to rent a dumpster or request waste management services with one click from within the app. This automatically triggers simultaneous email and text message notifications to City Disposal, who will then begin processing the request.

Visit the Google Play Store/iOS App Store to download the free City Disposal Services, Inc. mobile app. Registration within the app is not required until you’re ready to submit a request.

Pinpoint Work with Weather-forecasting Technology

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm.

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm.

MetLoop helps contractors monitor existing and previous customers for severe weather so customers can be contacted immediately if they are impacted by a storm. MetLoop receives real-time, raw data from every NEXRAD station across the country, as well as thousands of smaller weather-monitoring devices. Military-trained, operational forecasters interpret the data and produce alerts and forecasts, which are 95 percent accurate, down to the individual building level, 24/7, so contractors can be on scene before their competitors.