Laser Distance Measurer Syncs to Smart Phones and Tablets via App

STANLEY introduces the lightweight and compact TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer—model STHT77343—with Bluetooth connectivity that syncs the TLM99s to smart phones and tablets via the STANLEY Floor Plan App.

STANLEY introduces the lightweight and compact TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer—model STHT77343—with Bluetooth connectivity that syncs the TLM99s to smart phones and tablets via the STANLEY Floor Plan App.

STANLEY introduces the lightweight and compact TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer—model STHT77343—with Bluetooth connectivity that syncs the TLM99s to smart phones and tablets via the STANLEY Floor Plan App.

With its automatic calculations, the Laser Distance Measurer makes job estimates quick and easy, instantly calculating square footage, volume and distance. The multi-functional TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer is small enough to fit in a pocket and is a great tool for builders, remodelers, real estate agents, contractors, landscapers, painters and do-it-yourselfers.

With a range of 100 feet (30 meters), the TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer is accurate to within +/- 3/32 of an inch (2 millimeters) and allows one user to take long measurements without assistance. The simple design allows for measuring distance, calculating square-footage and even cubic-footage. The continuous measurement function allows users to find their target distance quickly and easily.

TLM99s features an addition and subtraction function for convenient calculations in the field and can be set to work in English or metric, or fractional or decimal modes. The handheld, battery-powered device features state-of-the-art electronics and an easy to read LCD screen that simplifies the process of taking long measurements or performing calculations.

The TLM99s can be used alone or with the STANLEY Floor Plan App. Available for iOS and Android devices, STANLEY Floor Plan allows users to quickly and accurately create floor plans. Using a Smartphone’s or tablet’s camera, STANLEY Floor Plan users can stand in the center of a room, automatically generating a floor plan by tapping on the screen to designate placement of room corners and doors. The STANLEY Floor Plan App’s intuitive software estimates measurements from point to point creating a drawing of the room with dimensions. Individual room plans can easily be linked together to create a complete floor plan.

To ensure accurate room measurements, the TLM99s Bluetooth connectivity allows users to select any dimension on the floor plan and automatically sync with the distance captured on the TLM99s. No manual entry of dimensions is necessary—in your floor plan select the dimension you want to verify, point and click the TLM99s, and move on to the next dimension. The end result is a floor plan with dimensions accurate to within the accuracy of the LDM—3/32 of an inch (2 millimeters).

The STANLEY Floor Plan App automatically displays each room’s dimensions and square footage calculations providing quick reference for paint, flooring or other building materials estimates.

The STANLEY Floor Plan App also allows you to add objects such as furniture, appliances, windows, doors and more making it an excellent space-planning tool.

Floor plans can be saved and organized in project folders for future reference, or shared with other STANLEY Floor Plan users for free. Floor plans can also be purchased to be exported as PDF, JPEG, Excel, or DXF files to be printed, shared via email, social media, or sent directly to retailers.

STANLEY Floor Plan is now available for download through iTunes or Google Play.

The STANLEY TLM99s Laser Distance Measurer is available at mass retailers, home centers and independent retailers.

Touch-enabled Tool Makes Lean Planning and Execution Easily Accessible

MOCA's Touchplan.

MOCA’s Touchplan.

MOCA launches Touchplan, a real-time collaborative planning web application for lean planning designed for modern workflows used by high-performance project teams.

MOCA has taken the ‘sticky’, added some computer genius and created a simple yet powerful touch-enabled tool designed to make lean planning and execution easy and accessible to everyone.

With Touchplan, team members collectively establish an overall work plan with virtual stickies and, as work advances, use the same environment to sharpen their plan for upcoming weeks. The effects of these refinements translate immediately to the entire plan, and what-if scenarios can readily be evaluated to address any concerns that arise. Visit Touchplan.io for further information.

NRCA Partners with The Review Solution to Collect Customer Reviews

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced its partnership with Franklin, Tenn.-based The Review Solution in order to provide members with the added benefit of collecting customer reviews at the point of service. These customer reviews can be posted to leading review websites such as Google+, Yelp, Houzz, Home Advisor, BBB and Angie’s List.

The platform centers on an app that works on all iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. The service requires no long-term contract.

Features of The Review Solution include mobile and job-site readiness, reviews collected by email from past satisfied customers, and the ability to facilitate the posting of reviews to major online review sites. Additionally, multiple users from multiple locations can use the app, and business owners can receive real-time text and email notifications for all submitted reviews. Positive reviews for the members’ businesses can be automatically syndicated to their Facebook and Twitter pages.

NRCA’s affinity program offerings are a benefit of membership that offers products and services from affinity program partners at significant member discounts.

Employment App Makes It Easy to Find Construction Jobs and Job Seekers

Snagajob, an hourly employment marketplace for job seekers, announced the release of its free mobile app for iOS and Android, designed to meet the unique needs of those seeking to hire construction workers, builders or contractors for hourly employment.

Snagajob, an hourly employment marketplace for job seekers, announced the release of its free mobile app for iOS and Android, designed to meet the unique needs of those seeking to hire construction workers, builders or contractors for hourly employment.

Snagajob, an hourly employment marketplace for job seekers, announced the release of its free mobile app for iOS and Android, designed to meet the unique needs of those seeking to hire construction workers, builders or contractors for hourly employment. The free app makes the job posting/hiring process easier by using a smartphone’s or tablet’s video, photo and GPS technology. Employers can currently post jobs for free via the app’s free trial promotion.

Snagajob offers a new way for employers to find and manage applicants on their mobile device. With Snagajob, employers can conveniently use their mobile device to:

  • Manage their account’s status and add additional postings for multiple locations
  • Access and review applications for each job posting and quickly see their availability and qualifications
  • Find qualified prospects in their area and then reach out via phone or email and encourage them to apply
  • Easily rank/sort applicant and “star” the applicants they want to interview and note the ones they are not interested in.

The app’s “Video Apply” feature allows employers to view a short clip that candidates can include with their application and lets them gauge the personality fit and enthusiasm of applicants before scheduling an interview, thus saving time and energy for both job seekers and employers.

Snagajob is currently used by thousands of employers across the country across a wide range of vertical markets including retail, food service, transportation, hospitality, child care and more.

Software Improves Safety and Makes the Roofing Process Transparent for Clients

Safety is always a major concern and, at Castro Roofing, Dallas, it’s one of our core values. In fact, we have a full-time safety manager and a third-party safety consultant who evaluate every one of our jobs from a safety perspective. On top of that, we also have monthly safety meetings with the whole crew where we discuss best practices and train on new equipment. Safety should be a top priority for everyone in our line of work. I’m sure most contractors are pretty familiar with this routine.

So is there anything new to say about safety? Well, we’ve found a secret weapon! This past year we implemented an Online Project Management (OPM) software system. It has been a game changer for us.

How the OPM Works

The OPM streamlines communication with our clients and workers by archiving photos and information for every single project we have—every day. It notifies the client, via email, five days before the start of his or her job to ensure the client is prepared. We can personalize this email if we choose.

Once the job begins, each client receives daily reports, which include 12 to 16 photos from the job site covering the entire workday. Of course, someone on your team has to take the photos, but the software is linked to your smartphone and an app makes the process pretty simple. Through the OPM, everyone involved is made aware of the entire construction process.

The truth is, our clients really only have three questions for us:

    1. When are you starting my project?
    2. What have you done so far?
    3. When will you be finished with the work?

Ok, maybe there’s one more:

    4. How much is this going to cost me?

None of these questions take into consideration the personnel involved. Maybe this is a no-brainer, but if we are losing workers because of safety issues, our customers’ jobs are not going to be completed on time. Implementing this OPM addresses all those client questions and so much more.

OPM and Safety

The OPM allows quick response times by allowing us to fix anything we see that might become a hazardous issue before the next workday. Increased communication is literally available at the click of a button. Plus, the OPM makes it possible to go back and review any day of a project for different factors, like weather, safety and material delivery—not just work progress.

For example, while looking through the photos of a job’s progress as it was getting started, we noticed that if we unloaded and set up the scaffolding in a slightly different way, the unloading would be much smoother. We are constantly adjusting our approach to each job.

A New Outlook

While the OPM has made our work available in a much more transparent way—allowing our clients an all-access pass—it has also given us a new way to evaluate the ways we are utilizing our resources and our human capital.

When we know that others are able to keep such close tabs on the work we do, it changes the way we run our business. Our communication with clients should be as open and honest as possible. And the work that we do should be safe for everyone involved.

It’s pretty easy to pay lip service to safety in a monthly meeting and check it off the agenda. It’s altogether different when we are able to evaluate our daily routines from a different perspective. Our clients love it because our process no longer feels like a mystery to them. We love it because we can take our attention to detail to a whole new level—a bird’s eye view, if you will.

Before the OPM, it was nearly impossible to include our clients in our workflow. It was even harder to quickly evaluate and make changes that make work safer and more efficient for our employees. Now, we really can’t remember how we got along without it. Isn’t technology amazing? The OPM has genuinely helped us work smarter, not harder.

Online Project Management Software

Castro Roofing, Dallas, uses LookOut Software.

QuickSquares Mobile App Now Available for Android Devices

EagleView Technologies Inc. has made its QuickSquares mobile app available for Android devices. The app provides users with one central place to easily order, receive notifications and review QuickSquares Reports. The report is a sales and marketing tool for contractors providing overall square footage and predominant pitch for up to two residential structures in a professional format in about an hour. The easy-to-use upgrade button for the EagleView PremiumReport makes this app critical for overall sales success in the field. Android users can download the app from the Google Play store. iPhone users running iOS 7.x can download the app from the iTunes App Store.

Shingle Applicator’s Manual Available as a Mobile App

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM). Available via the Google Play Store, the iTunes Store and the CertainTeed MyEDGE website, the app is a practical, forward-thinking tool that brings the company’s robust roofing installation guide to roofing professionals’ mobile devices for use whenever, wherever they need it. CertainTeed is the only roofing manufacturer to offer this type of digital service.

The user-friendly app offers quick reference to detailed installation instructions and helpful product videos the company’s entire shingle product line, including three-tab, Patriot, Landmark, Hatteras, Presidential, Independence, Highland Slate, Grand Manor, and Carriage House. The education-based app is formatted for use on the iPhone, iPad and all Android devices.

To search for the app, users simply type “CertainTeed” into the Google Play or iTunes search field and look for CertainTeed Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual. Once the app is downloaded, it is ready for use, and navigation of the tool is easy. A drop-down menu is prominently displayed on the app’s homepage that allows users to find brief product-specific instructional videos, how-to procedures for fastening shingles on low- and steep-slope roofs, instructions on the preferred methods of installation and much more.

The Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual app is a complementary tool to the popular CertainTeed SAM, which is the industry’s most comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to steep-slope roofing installation. It features application instructions for all CertainTeed shingle products as well as important guidelines for workmanship. Roofing contractors use it as a training tool, reference guide, and sales aid.

Comprehensive Metal Product Resource App Available for Smartphones, Launches with Giveaway

The comprehensive metal product resource app from Petersen Aluminum Corp.

The comprehensive metal product resource app from Petersen Aluminum Corp.

The comprehensive metal product resource app from Petersen Aluminum Corp. is now available for smartphones. This newest version of the app complements the existing tablet version to provide anytime access to metal product information wherever and whenever building professionals need it. Petersen Aluminum also is giving away a new smartphone to one randomly chosen person who downloads the new smartphone app, to show appreciation for its customers.

The PAC app is loaded with the entire library of PAC metal architectural products and technical information architects and roofing contractors need, such as literature, spec sheets, CAD drawings, testing documents and BIM files. The high-definition app offers clear and simple visual navigation for quick reference, and all documents can be viewed, printed or emailed. App updates will be automatic. The app is ideal for field use because it does not require an internet connection after installation.

Users who download the PAC app on their smartphones will have the option of providing basic contact information and answering a survey question for a chance at being the one person chosen to receive a new smartphone. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Nov. 15, 2014.

The smartphone app is available for free download by searching for PAC-CLAD on iPhones through the iTunes store and on Android-based smartphones through the Play Store. The tablet app has been available for both Apple and Android devices since late 2013.

Long-recognized as an industry leader in metal standing seam roofing products, Petersen also offers exposed fastener panels, flush panels, composite wall panels and column covers. All provide the well-known Petersen quality and are available in PAC-CLAD® Kynar 500® finish in 38 standard colors on steel and aluminum. Most colors meet LEED, Energy Star and cool roof certification requirements.

Planning Guide Explores Economics, Green Attributes and More of a Green Roof System

American Hydrotech's Garden Roof Planning Guide

American Hydrotech’s Garden Roof Planning Guide

The Garden Roof Planning Guide from American Hydrotech will lead you from conception to completion of your garden roof. Explore the economics, environmental qualities, stormwater management and green-building attributes of a Garden Roof Assembly. You’ll learn about the many options of Garden Roof Assemblies and their components, design considerations, growing media and vegetation, and installation and maintenance. The digital brochure features tap-to-zoom product photography, video animations, real-world applications, plant-selection guides, and interactive opportunities to learn more about the Garden Roof Assembly and other products from American Hydrotech. The Garden Roof Planning Guide is available for free download in the iTunes store.

Track Projects, Gather Info, Complete Roof Take Offs and More with New App

Pitch Gauge is a 100 percent mobile-enabled roofing solution.

Pitch Gauge is a 100 percent mobile-enabled roofing solution.

Project management, lead management and roof measurements—all from your smartphone or tablet. Pitch Gauge is the first roofing solution that is 100 percent mobile-enabled. Pitch Gauge is designed to be fully functional on smartphones and tablets. A majority of the features can also be used by logging into your account online. By utilizing Pitch Gauge and its well-rounded mobile offering, you’ll see an increase in productivity and also monetary savings.

Get started on your own:
• Create your account from inside the app or at PitchGauge.com
• New (company) accounts get 3 free projects; no credit card needed up front
• Pitch Gauge walks you through the basic account setup
• Add employees to your account for free (no limit) – no per-user fees

Lead & Project Tracking/Management
• Enter leads and projects by logging into the app or PitchGauge.com
• With permission, users can assign leads and projects to team members
• Change project & lead workflow statuses
• Real-time data sync across company account

Information Gathering
• Collect client info, insurance info (if necessary), project notes, etc.
• Document damage: take pictures and provide captions/comments
• Use iPhone or iPad to scan documents into the homeowner’s file

Accurate Roof Take Offs / Measurements
• Preview the roof on the map, then save (or import image/blueprint)
• Access sketch tool, and trace the roof to measure, one plane at a time (no need to set a scale unless using an image/blueprint)
• Use positioning tool and tap points to reposition or delete
• Label each line (ridge, eave, rake, valley, hip)
• Find slope using integrated pitch finders
• Enter % for waste (under summary tab)
• Once finished, view the summary tab for accurate lengths, tear off, and total squares

Personalized Roof Reports
• Pitch, area, and length breakdowns with 3D diagrams
• Pictures of damage/visual documentation with captions
• Export full PDF roof report; print or email
• Great for quickly closing sales and estimating materials

Map & GPS Integration
• Pitch Gauge provides turn-by-turn directions to properties through GPS integration
• View all of your projects or leads as pins on a map

Schedule
• Schedule events: appointments, measures, installs, etc
• Review your schedule & receive alerts

Storage
• Store documents, reports, and photos inside each project to be accessed by admins and super admins

No per-user fees. It is free to add unlimited users to your company account. We encourage you to add all of your employees to your company’s Pitch Gauge account. It will help you to stay on the same page.