EagleView Technologies Issues Patents, Makes Acquisition

Bothell, Wash.-based EagleView Technologies Inc., a provider of aerial imagery, measurements, analytics and GIS solutions, has announced the U.S. Patent Office recently awarded two patents for inventions surrounding the improved capture of aerial imagery and the use of that imagery for the creation of roof reports. “System for Detecting Image Abnormalities,” which describes a method for automatically detecting image abnormalities caused by excessive sun glare, bears U.S. Patent Number 8,515,198. “System and Process for Roof Measurement Using Aerial Imagery,” which describes a method for the creation of roof reports directly from aerial imagery, bears U.S. Patent Number 8,515,125.

“EagleView is committed to ongoing research and development initiatives in support of its customers and markets,” states EagleView President and CEO Chris Barrow. “We will continue to leverage our vast engineering resources resulting in an ever-broadening intellectual property portfolio.”

In other news, EagleView Technologies has acquired all of the assets of Mobise Inc., a software company focused on bringing desktop workflow to mobile applications. The asset acquisition highlights EagleView’s ongoing mission of providing progressive, technologically innovative solutions.

Mobise, a Redmond, Wash.-based company, is known for Mobise Appraiser, a mobile application that extends the power of desktop appraisal to mobile devices for easy field review and workflow. The app provides the ability for users to consult and modify data while in the field. The added capacity to capture and edit floor plans, photos and notes directly from the field while integrating them into a relational database, such as Pictometry CONNECT, has made Mobise Appraiser of great interest to assessment offices throughout the nation.

“The Mobise acquisition allows us to continue to incorporate mobility technology with our current, web-based solutions and imagery. Not only will this incrementally expand our mobile assessment solutions, but this team will also be key in developing additional mobile applications for the many markets we serve, including insurance and construction,” Barrow notes.

CertainTeed Provides Solar Training, Partners with Angie’s List

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed Corp. has partnered with Penn State University, College Station, Pa., in the construction of a solar power training facility. The project is the second phase of the groundbreaking, new smart-energy campus GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Functionally designed with input from CertainTeed, the building will showcase the manufacturer’s line of solar roofing products and provide an outlet for training students and building professionals in contemporary solar roofing system installation.

The steep-slope portion of the facility’s roof will feature a 2-kilowatt Apollo II solar roofing system integrated among Landmark Solaris Gold premium designer shingles in Max Def Weathered Wood and a 2-kilowatt Solstice rack-mounted solar roofing system. The GridSTAR Center also features a net-zero-energy demonstration home with Landmark Solaris shingles and a host of other exterior and interior CertainTeed building products.

In other news, CertainTeed is strengthening its roofing contractors’ reputation management and promotion strategies through a partnership with Angie’s List. By teaming up with the online national consumer review service, CertainTeed is helping local contractors build awareness for their services by providing access to exclusive advertising discounts, local business growth marketing opportunities and support.

“ShingleMaster contractors have proven their ability to provide knowledgeable installation of our roofing products to homeowners,” says Jay Butch, director of contractor programs and promotions for CertainTeed Roofing. “To show our gratitude for playing such an important role in our continued success, the partnership with Angie’s List will help to further manage, strengthen and leverage their local reputations and grow their businesses.”

As part of the program, contractors will be assigned a dedicated team at Angie’s List that is available to answer questions and provide updates about program details, account status, local market metrics, best practices and local advertising opportunities. Angie’s List helps homeowners hire local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. In 2012, nearly 500,000 Angie’s List members searched the website to hire a highly rated roofing professional.

Polyglass Offers Rewards, Donates to Red Cross

Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. recently introduced its Polyglass Q Rewards program as a way of saying “thank you” to professional roofing contractors. There is no cost, no commitment and no catch. Simply purchasing eligible Polyglass products allows contractors to earn rewards points. Eligible purchases made on or after Sept. 1, 2013, will qualify. To learn more, visit .

In other news, Polyglass recently donated $25,000 to the Greater New York chapter of the American Red Cross, Washington, D.C. Serving Long Island and Metro NY North chapters, which encompass 13.5 million people, the Greater New York chapter continues to assist those who were affected by Sandy.

“We are thrilled we can contribute to the region affected by Sandy,” comments Scott Lelling, Polyglass’ senior manager of strategic marketing. “There is still a need to assist these communities in rebuilding and we hope to continue our participation in that process.”

Accurence Delivers Exclusive Program to GAF Roofing Contractors

Westminster, Colo.-based Accurence Inc., a company that merges inspection, pricing and CAD imaging into a single, automated solution for the roofing industry, will provide its ScopeAssist tool to Wayne, N.J.-based GAF Master Elite and Certified contractors. The exclusive alliance will help contractors deliver roofing estimates with greater accuracy and detail to retail and disaster-recovery consumers. With ScopeAssist, contractors can take aerial CAD images and Xactimate pricing and combine them into one mobile device-enabled solution.

“We are thrilled to be working with GAF. Their contractors are some of the best in the industry and ScopeAssist will give them a distinct competitive advantage by delivering fast and accurate estimates to insurance companies and the mutual customers they serve,” states L.C. Nussbeck, vice president of sales, Accurence.

Inovateus Solar Installs Solar-power System on McElroy Metal’s Manufacturing Facility

South Bend, Ind.-based Inovateus Solar LLC, a worldwide installer of commercial and industrial solar-power systems, has embarked on a rooftop solar array project on Bossier City, La.-based McElroy Metal’s Peachtree City, Ga., manufacturing location. The project is part of the Medium Scale Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative Program. Construction on the facility’s roof and a parking lot canopy began Sept. 29. The 500 kW array is scheduled to be commissioned before Christmas.

“It is the largest solar installation for a metal roofing manufacturer,” states Inovateus Solar Project Manager Peter Rienks. “McElroy is really stepping up to the plate to incorporate renewables into their product offering.”

McElroy has 12 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. Through its partnership with Inovateus Solar, McElroy now manufactures ready-to-install solar panels fully integrated into steel-panel systems and offers solar kits with the company’s metal roofs.

McElroy Metal President Ian McElroy says: “We are very excited to be installing a half-megawatt photovoltaic system on our Peachtree City facility. The existing metal roof is over 34 years old and consists of galvanized R panel. We will be retrofitting with our 238T symmetrical standing-seam system, which provides an excellent metal-over-metal reroof solution. And, since we were installing a new roof, we decided to explore adding solar. With the help of our solar partner, Inovateus Solar, we were able to put together a plan that made financial sense.”

Mule-Hide Redesigns Website

Mule-Hide Products has launched its newly redesigned website, mulehide.com, which makes it easier for contractors, architects, building owners, facility managers, modular manufacturers/dealers, and distributors to find the product and system information they need. It also offers a variety of user-friendly tools designed to help warranty-eligible contractors manage their Mule-Hide-warranted jobs.

Sellers to Represent DBS Inc.’s Building Envelope Solutions

DBS Inc. recently hired Wendy Sellers to represent its portfolio of building envelope solutions throughout the Eastern U.S.

DBS Inc. recently hired Wendy Sellers to represent its portfolio of building envelope solutions throughout the Eastern U.S.

DBS Inc. recently hired Wendy Sellers to represent its portfolio of building envelope solutions throughout the Eastern U.S. Sellers has 15 years’ experience in the construction and construction materials industries, including seven years developing and managing her own design-build construction organization. She will sell integrated suites of waterproofing materials for commercial building envelopes and represent DBS’ comprehensive selection of engineering, design and long-term support services.

Rozolis Named New President of ABC Supply Co. Inc.

Keith Rozolis has been named president of building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc.

Keith Rozolis has been named president of building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc.

Keith Rozolis has been named president of building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. Rozolis, who has been with ABC Supply for 14 years, had been the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He continues in his role as chief operating officer. Rozolis’ day-to-day responsibilities include leading ABC Supply’s branch and manufacturing operations, its marketing and merchandising groups and its divisional companies.

CertainTeed Launches Brand Your Roof Marketing Program

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed introduces Brand Your Roof, a marketing program that allows distributors and contractors to add their company logo to roofing underlayment, essentially doing double-duty by turning a current roofing project into a personalized billboard for motorists driving by.

Brand Your Roof allows company logos and contact information to be printed in up to three colors within a 24- by 42-inch area and repeated across a DiamondDeck underlayment 10-square roll, which is 48-inches wide by 250-feet long. DiamondDeck is a synthetic, scrim-reinforced, polymer-based roof underlayment that can be used beneath shingle, shake, metal or slate roofing.