Winter Feature Update

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

You made it! Only one month left in 2017, and it’s a big one. After dodging the candy and turkey and Black Friday madness (or embracing all three, we don’t judge here), December has finally arrived. With the glut of gifts and celebration right around the corner, we thought we’d get ahead of all of that by releasing a little something for you early. Take a look!

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360 Photo Capability

Big news! As you know, taking 360 photos is more than a little convenient when you’re on job sites. With a single image you can capture an entire room with incredible depth and share it with your colleagues. We like innovative technology here at Fieldwire, so we’ve embraced this amazing documentation tool by incorporating 360 functionality with our software. On our iOS and Android apps, you can now capture 360 photospheres with the help of a Ricoh Theta or any similar camera. Just connect it directly to Fieldwire and start snapping away, and you’ll be able to view 360 photos right there on your mobile device.

360 photography is in open beta mode for all Fieldwire users throughout the month of December. Come January, it will become a premium-only feature. So check it out now and see if it’s something you want to take advantage of in the coming year! Learn more here.

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Reports on Mobile

More exciting news! You can now send out your saved report templates from the iOS and Android apps! Any reports you’ve created on web will now be accessible on our mobile apps, so you no longer need to wait until you get to your computer to share task information with your colleagues. Just click the button at the top of the Tasks screen to start sending them out.

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Batch Plan Tag Editing

While you’ve previously been able to manage plan tags for multiple sheets, you can now do so from the batch editing tool located within the Actions menu on the main Plans page of your project. Just select your plans and then click the Actions button, and once you choose the “Batch Edit” option you will see that plan tags can now be edited in the same spreadsheet table for editing sheet titles and descriptions. This handy update should make managing your plans even more efficient in Fieldwire.

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Create New Task Locations on iOS

This final goody is for our iOS users. When specifying a location for your tasks in the iOS app, you can now create brand new locations directly from the app; previously this was only possible on the web version of Fieldwire, but now there’s nothing stopping you from adding new locations within tasks on your iPhone or iPad. And for Android users, the location field is now available as well!

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We hope these early holiday surprises help add more efficiency and convenience to your projects so you can ring in the new year the right way. We’re particularly excited to bring you 360 photosphere functionality, because we know that demand continues to rise throughout the industry as time marches on. So get out there and remember to make a funny face when you snap those 360 photos!

Fieldwire is free for small teams on Apple iOS, Android, and on the web. We support 200,000+ projects worldwide, and we look forward to helping you manage yours in 2018!


Fieldwire on the Road

DominicroundDominic Delfino
Construction Specialist

If you are an avid conference attendee, you may have seen Fieldwire at a number of events this past year. Fieldwire team members have been traveling throughout the United States to speak and exhibit at construction conferences. We are continuing our travels in the coming months, so be on the lookout for our big yellow sign.

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Past Events

Recently, Fieldwire has traveled to Toronto for the CanBIM Conference, Seattle for the NECA Conference, and Anaheim for the LCI Congress. These events offer a great opportunity for our team to connect with construction professionals looking to utilize construction technology to become more efficient and optimized builders. While at our booth, you can find our Fieldwire team members ready to demo the product on laptops, tablets, and phones. This gives new customers the opportunity to see the lightning fast plan viewing and communication system of our app in action.

Our team members also take the time to share use cases from companies that use Fieldwire to help save time and money on their projects. You can also catch them discussing lean construction management and how technology will contribute to the overall company bottom line. We often meet with existing users to discuss how Fieldwire helped them and find ways they can become even more effective. I hope we can catch you at our future events to talk about how Fieldwire can optimize your projects and company.

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Future Events

Although the year may be coming to a close, the Fieldwire team is still on the move and will be coming to a city near you. Fieldwire will be in Dallas for BIMForum from November 6-9. The Dallas Fall BIMForum will explore best practices in professional coordination from Architects, Engineers, Builders and Owners. We look forward to discussing with attendees the importance of mobile technology to share information between all project team members and making sure information is not lost. You can also catch the Fieldwire team one more time on December 5 at the Oakland ConTech Roadshow. This single-day event will feature general sessions discussing how you can leverage technology to increase project efficiency, employee safety, and data security. Even if you aren’t attending these specific events, let us know if you are in the area and maybe we can meet up.

We will be visiting even more cities around the globe in 2018. Look for future blog posts detailing the events we will be attending in New York City, New Orleans, Texas, and France.

Happy Halloween from Fieldwire!


2-Way Collaboration with Fieldwire and Box

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

Technology continues to change the face of the construction industry with each passing day. You've probably heard us say this many times before, and indeed Fieldwire is living proof of this positive movement. Mobile collaboration and cloud-based document management are making daily workloads more achievable and streamlined, but rather than take our word for it, have a look at the testimony of one of our closest partners - Box!

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Fieldwire has built seamless integration with Box for all your file storage and uploading needs. Earlier this year, we took that smooth integration one big step further by developing 2-way syncing capability in order to make document control even easier to handle. By pairing Fieldwire's plan and file management systems with Box's ample storage functionality, construction firms can distribute information and keep updated data in circulation easier than ever before. Revisions, as-builts, photos, and other key files will always be in your hands thanks to our partnership.

You can read more about how this is achieved, and how you can benefit from the same integration, in this article.


Fall Feature Release

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

Summer is over, the weather is going haywire, and they’re already starting to put Christmas decorations in stores. Things are a bit hectic in the world right now, so take a step back and feast your eyes instead on some of the major updates we’ve recently released in Fieldwire! Everything else might be a little out of control, but with these new features, we’ll make sure your projects continue to run without a hitch.

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Improved Markup Editing Across Platforms

We’ve revamped and added quite a few markup editing tools in recent days. First up, you can now edit the color and line width of your markups across our web and mobile apps. On web, right click on the markups and select the “Details” option; on mobile, simply press and hold until you see the edit options appear. Similarly, selecting the Move markup tool now grants you the ability to edit the length/size of your lines, measurements, and shapes. And if you hold down the Shift key on web when making new lines or measurements, they will snap into place at exact angles so you don’t have to worry about inaccuracies.

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Undo Button for Markups

To go along with the new markup editing features, we've also added an Undo button for markups, tasks, and links on plans as well. Now, if you decide you don't like how the markups you just made turned out, press the Undo button and the most recent one will disappear with a single click so you can give it another try.

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More Batch Editing Options

Since we know bulk task and plan management can be quite useful, we’ve included some additional batch editing tools for both! For tasks, you can now batch edit the plan associated with all selected tasks, as well as manage their hashtags all in one go. Just select each task on web by hovering your cursor over them and clicking the checkboxes, then click the red “Actions” button to see both batch editing options. For plans, you can now batch edit sheet names and descriptions for multiple plans at once by doing the same. You’ll see the names and descriptions appear in a table that makes editing a breeze.

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Photo Rotation

Sometimes when you or your team are snapping photos out in the field in a hurry, the orientation can be a bit off when you see the captured photo in Fieldwire. Luckily, on web you can now correct these missteps by opening the photo and clicking the “Rotate” button in the top left corner of the image. You’ll be able to rotate the photo to the desired orientation in no time at all.

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Individual Task PDFs

You’ve always been able to email out individual tasks to people from Fieldwire, but now on web you have a second option: sending individual tasks as PDFs. When you click the “Share” button at the bottom of each task and choose “Email,” you’ll now see the option of sending the task as either a regular HTML message or a PDF file. This makes the data appear a bit more presentable if you’re sharing it with someone outside of your Fieldwire project.

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Mobile Task, Markup, and Link Duplication

On the iOS and Android apps, you can now duplicate your geo-tagged tasks by simply clicking and holding them with your finger. The same is true of your markups and hyperlinked files on drawings. One long press on the task, markup, or file, and the option to duplicate it will appear, making it just as easy to clone content in the field as it is on web.

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Additional Android & iOS Updates

On the Android app, you can now write custom subject lines and descriptions for individual tasks that you email out. And on the Settings page of your projects, you can choose longer durations before your verified tasks get archived, ensuring that they stick around longer so your team can still see them while on-site. On both Android and iOS, you can also now create and delete task relations, as well as sort tasks alphabetically by title.

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Task Location Field

Finally, we have an exciting and often-requested feature: the Location field within tasks! It’s currently only available on web, but it will soon appear on the Fieldwire mobile apps as well. You’ll be able to indicate the specific room, floor, building, or any other sort of location that the task resides in, which will help add more clarity to your team when identifying on-site issues.

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Hopefully all of these great updates will help bring some relief to your workday! Many of these features were suggested by you, our user community, so thanks for your input. We want to make sure Fieldwire is as useful as it can be to you and your projects, so keep the ideas coming!

Fieldwire is free for small teams on Apple iOS, Android, and on the web. We support 200,000+ projects worldwide, and our community continues to grow with each passing day!


Streamlining Construction Operations with Fieldwire and Dropbox

DavidroundDavid Vasquez
Head of Customer Support

Here at Fieldwire, we always like to champion the convenience and efficiency that mobile construction management technology can offer. It's why we do what we do, after all! And it's always rewarding to hear success stories from our community about how using Fieldwire helped them achieve these improvements. An example of one such success story was recently published by Computerworld.

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Built is a large and diversified construction company based in Australia, and Fieldwire has been privileged to work with them on their projects. Through our task-centric project management and plan viewing app, the Built team has been able to streamline their work and modernize the entire construction process. By pairing Fieldwire with another file management service, Dropbox, they're able to use Fieldwire with other programs that aren't natively connected. This clever leverage of technology only makes Built's day-to-day workflow run even smoother.

You can read about how Built is making great use of Fieldwire, Dropbox, and other project services in the article here.

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