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TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX

Easier Communications with Zinc
BY DEBRA WOOD

CONTRACTORS ARE FINDING THAT sending and receiving mes-

sages through Zinc - a full-featured, secure mobile messaging
platform - helps connect workers inside and outside the office
and archive that correspondence for future reference.
"Zinc is a way to increase communication and efficiency
between workers on the job," says Stacey Epstein, CEO of Zinc
in San Francisco. "The other feature is security and compliance,
not found with texting or a consumer app."
Pepper Construction Co. of Indianapolis, a member of AGC
of Indiana, began using Zinc over a year ago on a $120-million
project; a 1-million-sq-ft industrial expansion that straddles a
highway. The plant remained operational during construction. "It
provides us a way to bridge barriers and be able to communicate
with everyone that needs to know information and ensure the
message that is sent is the message that is heard," says Dave
Murphy, safety director for Pepper. "We've been very successful
in using it to communicate among different work groups. It's been
a breakthrough for us and a big help."
Pepper uses Zinc to alert team members and tradespeople about
safety and on-site issues, such as severe weather approaching the
site or an emergency shutdown of part of the site. The platform
is designed to broadcast specific messages to targeted audiences
instantly and securely. Users must acknowledge they received
the message, before they are able to use their smartphones for
any other calls or messages. Zinc also provides a report of who
received and acknowledged the message, which helps with safety
planning and daily reporting.
"Zinc does a fabulous job automating the flow of communication," Murphy says. "It has a significant value for us. It's a
powerful tool."
One of the key advantages, Murphy says, is that everyone
automatically receives the announcement, even trade workers.
This eliminates the time normally spent addressing emails and
verifying the right person receives each notice.
The project team also uses it to recognize people for the prior
day's contributions. Team members use Zinc to keep everyone
informed about any issues that might have developed the day
before and the corrective action that was taken, so they can use
it as a learning opportunity.
"We are seeing real results at the jobsite with the muchimproved communication and follow-up process," Murphy says.
Zinc will send the exact location someone is communicating
from, so others will know where on a project attention is needed.
Users also can share videos, plans, schedules and photographs
in real time or connect by telephone or video calling. Up to 1,000

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Zinc allows contractors to warn other members of the team about
hazards at the jobsite.

people can participate on a video call. Information can be uploaded
to Dropbox or other file-sharing systems.
Zinc works on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
It costs $10 per user per month, including implementation and
administrative features. The price decreases as volume goes up.
Zinc features military-grade encryption and allows administrators to control security features and who has access to what
information. Subscribers can set up the system with official
groups for different projects, such as consultants, owners and
trade partners. Managers can download an archive file of every
message that took place.
"It's simple to understand," Epstein says. "The impact organizations can achieve from this is significant: better communication,
security and compliance. It leads to more efficient and safer
jobsites."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 35
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 37
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 53
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