For some time, its been obvious that paper still rules on a site, despite the arrival of the iPad, iPhone and a plethery of equaly good electronic devices, why, well they are easily damaged and cost a lot, so why risk it, ask for a paper copy, or take one with you onto site. OK you might argue, protect the iPad with one of those cases, good answer, and for some jobs thats exactly what happens, I to have gone this route, adding a water resistant, mind my words here, water resistant, not water proof case to my iPad 3 and it works fine, ok the touch screen need a little more patience, but it means I can walk forests and the like, in the rain if I have to, and my precious iPad is dry.
But this is not the same as a building site, subject to the rigours of builders, equipment and water, again note the word used, water, as water is more common than rain, ie burst pipes, etc. I can understand contractors sticking to their paper prints rather than an Ipad they can store within their tool kit
Entre stage left, LG’s Flexible E-Paper Display, the article claims it’s reasonably robust, having past some drop tests and had the advance of a small plastic hammer, and given that it’s flexible, it might just swing site operatives into the electronic world. Sites are mostly wifi’ed now so at long last the real power of pdf can be used, sending updates direct to the site worker.
Reality is that site managers might balk at their bypass and issue controls to stop this, quite right really, but you see were I’m going with this, paper might just have turned a corner on site if this LG product is as robust and flexible as they claim. Add a small camera and suddenly we move forward into the 21 century completely.
Why not turn the corner completely and insert it into a site permanently, add a small solar PV cell, instant power for ever, instand monitoring of the building structure at little or no cost, I know its already available, but in this flexible form with some degree of robustness, I think not.
Not realy CPD, but you might argue, your keeping up with the ever advancing electronic world.
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