Looly circleLooly Lee • 

product release

Hi there! You haven’t heard from me since our last product update but I’m back with some exciting things to share. Whether you’re on the jobsite or in the office, these four new Fieldwire updates are sure to make your life easier. Let’s get straight to them.

Sheet compare on mobile. Pro users can now compare any two sheets to see plan changes on mobile. You can compare different versions of the same plan to see scope changes or overlay different sheets (such as reflected ceiling and lighting plans) to identify potential clashes or design issues.


Private markups. Now, any markups you draw in purple will be private to you, meaning no other users on the same project will see them. You can access your private markups from any device (web, iOS, and Android) and filter all of your markups by color.

private-markup

An easier way to plan work. In June, we improved our Gantt View of tasks to provide more details and a helpful overview. Now, you’ll see each task’s estimated man-hours in addition to its start and end dates. We’ve also provided an overview of all the work estimated for a specific period of time, rolling up each day’s man-hours into a line graph so you can easily see how many workers you’ll need onsite as well as where to make adjustments.

gantt

Read more about manpower on Fieldwire’s Gantt View in the help section.

Filter plans by version set. Need to find a specific plan quickly? You can now filter plans by version set to pull up sheets from a particular set of uploads or revisions.

Try Fieldwire Pro or Business for free. Remember, you can still unlock advanced features like mobile sheet compare and unlimited sheets and projects with a 14-day free trial of Fieldwire’s Pro or Business plans. Compare all plans and get free access now.

For a full list of new app features and updates, check out our support page. If you have any ideas for future Fieldwire enhancements, please email us at support@fieldwire.com or submit a request. We’d love to hear from you!

Looking forward to receiving your feedback :)

Dominic delfinoDominic Delfino • 

Dominic fieldwire

Growing up in a farming family, I’ve inherently had the need to physically see the fruits of my labor. When I was in high school, my father began working at the transportation agency for our county and this sparked my interest in infrastructure — everything from how my family got their water to how a large structure remained standing. I decided to pursue studies in civil engineering and quickly realized that I would go into construction as I loved watching buildings and infrastructure come to life.

Starting in civil construction

When I started my professional career in heavy civil construction, I was fortunate enough to work for a company that started as a masonry contractor in 1884 and had become one of the best, if not the best, contractors in the world. I was given a company book that told the tale of the company and how it became what it is today from its small origin as a masonry contractor. To me, the most fascinating part of this book was all of the impressive projects that they had built that still stand today. After reading that book, I knew I was in the right industry.

The best part of being at such a great company was that they really took the time to train me on how to be a great builder and gave me enough responsibility to learn from experiences. I learned how to build work plans, build out my lookahead schedules, and make sure I had all of the correct information in the right place. Working with my superintendents and foremen, I started to realize how passionate everyone was about getting the job done safely and with the utmost quality. I truly enjoyed being on a jobsite because of the people I was surrounded by and their willingness to work together to get the job done. However, as my time working on the Warm Springs Extension project came to an end (see the finished product below) I knew there had to be a more efficient way of doing the work I loved.

Warm Springs Extension project

After a few years on the jobsite, I started to notice tablets and smartphones becoming an integral part of everyone’s day-to-day. The use of tablets started with emails, then viewing an individual plan here and a file there, all the way to having a digital time card. As technology continued to advance, I began to see the power of having one application for everything I managed — tasks, plans, schedules, and more. It really amazed me that the tablet and smartphone had become so ubiquitous on a jobsite, but there wasn’t a construction application solely built with a craftsperson in mind. Then I heard of Fieldwire.

Ending in construction technology

Since working at Fieldwire, I’ve been able to speak with companies of all sizes and show them the true value in an application like ours. I love seeing the amazed look on their faces when I show them exactly what they can do with the device in their pockets. As I work with companies and see their use of the platform and project teams grow, I think about how this specialty trade contractor, for example, is on its way to becoming the next best contractor. And I love that Fieldwire plays a hand in that success.

If you’re interested in helping craftspeople adopt construction technology, I’d love to hear from you! We’re actively seeking people with industry backgrounds to join our Construction team (but also have open roles across all other teams). Please take a moment to apply online and make the switch to construction technology today.

HeadshotTara Callinan • 

Fieldwire raises new funds

View original content on Yahoo! Finance.

Fieldwire, a leading field management solution for the construction industry, today announced an additional $33.5 million in fresh funding, led by Menlo Ventures with follow-on from Brick & Mortar Ventures and participation from Hilti Group and Formation 8. Menlo’s Tyler Sosin will join Fieldwire’s Board of Directors alongside current board member Darren Bechtel. Fieldwire has raised $40.4 million to date.

Fieldwire bridges the gap between the office and the job site by allowing everyone involved in a construction project to track and coordinate work from any device. The platform ensures proactive responses to all things related to quality, safety, and scheduling. By streamlining communication, Fieldwire saves its users – project managers, engineers, and craft workers – more than 1 hour per day per person on average.

“Fieldwire combines an efficient ‘bottom-up’ distribution engine with a unique capacity to expand customers from small crews into large enterprise deals,” said Tyler Sosin, partner at Menlo Ventures. “The result is a cash flow positive company with a really strong growth rate; something we rarely find in the wild but are delighted when we do.”

“By focusing on the craft workers and subcontractors, Fieldwire is deeply changing the way construction works from the field up.”

Darren Bechtel, founding partner and managing director, Brick & Mortar Ventures

Already used across more than 500,000 projects worldwide, Fieldwire’s platform brings a unique focus on labor coordination to help drive productivity onsite. This field-first focus had led to rapid expansion over the past 2 years, with Fieldwire winning company-wide agreements with some of the largest construction companies in the world, including Built (Australia), Clark Construction Group (USA) and EllisDon (Canada).

“Construction represents 10 percent of the world’s GDP, but this immense market is still in its digital infancy,” said Darren Bechtel, founding partner, and managing director, Brick & Mortar Ventures. “Traditionally, construction software has been sold top-down and has only impacted a fraction of construction professionals. By focusing on the craft workers and subcontractors, Fieldwire is deeply changing the way construction works from the field up.”

Fieldwire plans to use the funds to fuel research and development as well as to further international expansion. The company has expanded beyond its San Francisco headquarters, opening offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Paris, France. The growing startup plans to open an additional office in Australia before the end of 2019 and expects to hit 150 employees by summer 2020.

“Our customers face two distinct challenges: finding technology that actually gets adopted in the field, but also forming long-term partnerships with companies that can grow with them and deliver enterprise-level service,” said Yves Frinault, CEO at Fieldwire. “Being a great partner in this industry is often rewarded with deep customer loyalty, so our main goal is to stay equally nimble and customer-focused as the company grows.”

To learn more about Fieldwire, please visit www.fieldwire.com.

About Fieldwire

Fieldwire is an easier way for construction companies to keep everyone organized on the job site. With its easy-to-use mobile applications, Fieldwire saves each user up to 1 hour per day by enabling more efficient information sharing. Construction companies of all sizes use Fieldwire to power clear communication on more than 500,000 projects worldwide. For more information please visit fieldwire.com or follow us on Twitter (@FieldwireHQ), Facebook, or LinkedIn.

HeadshotTara Callinan • 

best states for construction management jobs

Are you considering a construction management job? Are you unsure of where to settle down or what salary to settle on? This blog post outlines the best states for high-paying construction management jobs and key findings for you to consider before accepting a new offer.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 7.2 million construction jobs in July 2018 — the highest employment level for the construction industry in a decade — and there’s no sign the industry is slowing down. In fact, by 2026, the BLS predicts this number will grow to 7.5 million as the demand for new buildings and infrastructure increases.

To keep up with that demand, some construction and engineering firms are increasing annual salaries and hourly pay to attract skilled workers from competitors. Once this happens for construction managers, already at the top of the pay scale, interest may spark in management roles.

Earning an average of $91,370 per year, construction managers are among the highest-paid workers in the construction industry. Why? Because their roles and responsibilities are far more complex than the likes of a laborer, for example.

So, what is a construction manager?

A construction manager must plan, direct, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from pre-construction through completion. According to the BLS, construction managers do this for any task concerned with the construction and maintenance of a structure, facility, or system.

Typically, a high-paid construction manager will have a bachelor’s degree and prior construction experience. They’ll also need to stay up-to-date on new management techniques, technology advancements, and on-the-job training.

While some construction managers have a main office, the majority spend their time working from a second office on-site. For this reason, construction managers need to be able to think on their feet, quickly adapt to change or deadlines, and respond to emergencies in a timely manner. The reward for all of that hard work is an above-average salary.

What is the average salary for a construction manager?

In the U.S., the average construction manager’s salary is $91,370 per year or $44.93 per hour, according to the BLS. In states like California, however, some construction managers earn up to $117,770 — almost 30 percent more than the national average! To compare construction managers with the rest of the industry, here is a list of national averages from Construction Jobs for a variety of construction workers.

  • Construction Managers: $91,370 per year or $44.93 per hour.
  • Civil Engineers: $83,540 per year or $40.16 per hour.
  • Construction Estimators: $63,110 per year or $30.34 per hour.
  • Heavy Equipment Operators: $47,040 per year or $22.61 per hour.
  • Carpenters: $45,170 per year or $21.71 per hour.
  • Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers: $40,650 per year or $19.54 per hour.
  • Construction Laborers: $34,530 per year or $16.60 per hour.

What states have the most construction management jobs?

No matter whether you’re a construction manager employed full-time or a job seeker looking to move out of state, you might want to know where the most vacancies are. Here are the five states with the highest concentration of construction managers in America, plus average annual salaries for each state.

  1. Colorado; 8,650 construction managers; average salary of $97,170
  2. Oregon; 5,590 construction managers; average salary of $98,110
  3. Nevada; 4,280 construction managers; average salary of $94,350
  4. North Dakota; 1,350 construction managers; average salary of $109,640
  5. Alaska; 1,150 construction managers; average salary of $115,580

States with the highest salary for construction managers

In addition to knowing where to go, a construction manager seeking change might want to know where they’ll get the highest salary. Here are the five states offering the highest annual salaries to construction managers in America.

  1. New Jersey; 6,140 employed construction managers; $145,400 per year.
  2. Rhode Island; 310 employed construction managers; $132,750 per year.
  3. New York:;10,970 employed construction managers; $131,950 per year.
  4. Delaware; 580 employed construction managers; $124,000 per year.
  5. California; 32,420, employed construction managers; $117,770 per year.

best states for construction jobs

The cost of living factor

While it’s fair to say that New Jersey offers the ‘highest’ salary for construction managers, it may not be the ‘best.’ Before moving across the country to accept a new role in construction management, it’s important to account for the cost of living in each state. How? Use the cost of living index, which is a useful measurement allowing professionals to compare expenses between different locations, or in other words, apples to apples.

For example, the cost of living index in New Jersey is 121.9 (the base index being 100), and the average pay for a construction manager is $145,400.

So, $145,400 x (100/121.9) = $119,228.

As you can see, this calculation reduces the original salary by 18 percent — a pay cut that might make relocating less appealing to some construction managers. A full snapshot of the cost of living indexes per state can be found here.

Where to find construction manager jobs online

If you’re considering a career in construction management or looking for a high-paying construction manager job, there are plenty of online resources available, including:

The BLS predicts there will be 113,100 workers employed as construction managers across the country by 2026. To make that prediction a reality, construction and engineering firms must work hard to keep existing talent on the payroll, especially during one of the tightest labor markets the country has ever experienced. With 80 percent of construction firms having difficulty filling craft worker positions, the ability to retain employees has never been more important. Besides offering an attractive compensation package, here are four other ways to attract and retain construction workers.

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recruit women for construction jobs

Of the 10 million people with construction jobs, only nine percent of them are female, and just a third of those women are working in the field. However, according to this study by Balfour Beatty, this is all about to change. The study states that by 2020, the total number of women in construction will almost triple to about 25 percent of the total workforce. But for this to happen, construction companies to address a few key reasons why women are turning-down construction jobs.

Why women avoid construction jobs

1. A lack of effective female equipment. Traditionally, construction protective gear like sunglasses, hardhats, steel-toed boots, and gloves were designed for men. In many cases, they’re still offered to women despite being too big or wide, and therefore unsafe.

2. Unequal pay. In construction, women earn 95.7 percent of what men make, and this number is even lower for women of color who earn just 81 cents in the average dollar paid to men.

3. A lack of female leadership. This discourages women from entering a career in construction as they assume there is no room for professional growth. According to Lior Zitzman, only 16 percent of ENR’s Top 100 contracting firms and Fortune 500 construction companies have women in C-level roles.

With that said, here are three reasons why women considering construction jobs shouldn’t let this stop them.

Why women should consider careers in construction

1. Opportunity. While wearing safety gear onsite may appeal to some, there are many office-based construction jobs that women can fill, too. (Construction means more than just working in the field!) Think project manager, technician, or a job in construction technology.

2. Better pay equality. Despite a myth surrounding low pay in construction, the industry generally pays women 30 percent more than what they’d get in a traditional administrative or childcare role, according to this article.

3. Trailblazing. As the next female hire at a construction company, you have the opportunity to pave the way for future women in construction. Volunteer to lead workshops, ask for additional training, and apply for internal promotions to cement yourself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

“Women leaders are more assertive and persuasive, have a stronger need to get things done, and are more willing to take risks than male leaders.”

Caliper Canada

So, how can construction companies attract and retain female talent? Follow these five steps.

How to recruit women for construction jobs

1. Update your company values and policies If you’re trying to recruit more women for construction jobs, you need to have an inclusive company culture that accepts every applicant, no matter their gender, race, or sexuality. Include maternity leave in your employee benefits, and, when the time comes to offer a construction job to a female applicant, make sure the salary package is fair.

2. Standardize staff training and career development One way to attract and retain female workers is to create an environment that makes them feel safe. When new hires start and orientation takes place, make sure you have a section on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, for example. This communicates to new hires that you have a zero-tolerance policy towards any act of the kind and goes a long way in making women feel safe.

3. Have equipment and facilities for women on-site Having a female bathroom for women onsite will earn you a fair few brownie points among women in the field. As will providing protective gear to women in construction that actually fits their face, fingers, and/or toes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly 150,000 accidents onsite each year, so it’s important you do whatever you can to reduce that!

4. Target women for construction jobs Refine your recruiting efforts to target female candidates for the construction jobs you have available. Never be afraid to internally promote a female worker who is well-deserving, and always reach out to programs in your area that might be able to help. For example, Built By Her in the UK, NAWIC apprenticeship programs in the US, and the NSW Mentoring Program in Australia.

5. Seek inspiration! There are several women in C-level positions at construction companies in the U.S. Just last week, Lori Gillett was promoted to CEO of Corna Kokosing, for example. Don’t be afraid to send women like Lori an email to see if they’re available to host a Lunch & Learn or attend a company outing. What’s the worst thing that could happen?

“Female-led businesses are better perceived than male-led businesses in all aspects of a crucial leadership driver: strategy.”

The XX Factor: The Strategic Benefits of Women in Leadership

At Fieldwire, we embrace diversity, practice equality, and have a female-led construction team. If you’re a female (or male) looking for a construction job in construction technology, we’d love to hear from you! Check out the positions we have available online and apply to make the switch today.

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