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Tablets for PM's

1/22/16       
TomO Member

We are considering getting our project managers tablets for job site visits. Verifying measurements and details without flipping through pages and pages of paper sounds much more manageable. I am asking you folks what and how you have implemented this. I am wondering about hardware and whether live access to our server is necessary. The alternative would be copying the subject files and not needing wi-fi or data access. Any constructive comments appreciated. Thank you

1/22/16       #2: Tablets for PM's ...
RobertNH  Member

I've been pushing this for years now!
Almost every site has wifi coverage. Many of us have plans that have no limit of usage so even making your phone a hot spot is simple.

The deals out there are affordable for tablets.
We're about to buy 12 for our foremen in the field. $600 dollar investment, no brainer to me.

Up to date plans and spec's and not printing and delivering of same.. Ya, no brainer to me.

Access to the server is important! On so many levels...
But only to the PM's. Our foremen will not have this.
Currently all our estimators / PM's have remote access (you either trust them or you don't).

We're finally doing it.
Once I proved Digital was the way to go and technology caught up to what I want to pay..
There was no reason I could come up with not to.

My humble opinion on the matter.

Now to find a good affordable Take-off program to do the basic's without breaking the bank...

1/22/16       #3: Tablets for PM's ...
John McGinnis Member

Website: http://www.TGCabinets.com

We use an iPad mini for our guys to take measurements on. They primarily use 2 apps. Notability to take pictures, text notes, and finger drawings & MyMeasures Pro to take pictures and add dimensions. I made a single icloud account for the shop so everyones content can be seen by any other at any time. It's pretty handy.

1/23/16       #4: Tablets for PM's ...
Alan F.

Bluebeam can take a picture while you have the PDF open and annotate it to the PDF. Bluebeam runs on windows and IPADS, not androids. So if you table has a camera its pretty simple and easy

3/5/16       #6: Tablets for PM's ...
RobertNH  Member

The Rep is coming in on Tuesday to discuss the Tablets.

Alan, thank you for the Heads-up on Bluebeam.
We're about to go that route and would be nice to match-up the Tablet to use it.

John, Can you talk to me about 'Cloud-based' please. My assumption is that all you need is WiFi to get or transfer info or files. Is this correct?

3/5/16       #7: Tablets for PM's ...
John McGinnis Member

Website: http://www.TGCabinets.com

Robert,

You are correct. Once all the devices have access to wifi they will sync up and you will be able to see any info recored on the other ipads. You may have to adjust some settings but it's very easy.

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