ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its cloud software and smart laser measurement solutions to capture, analyze and manage asset information.
James Pardue, Senior VP of Sales for Spike, joined Devon Tilly and Kevin Keefe from The Art of Construction for a special podcast featuring Spike. The Art of Construction is a thought-leader in the building industry, providing interviews with influencers across technology, sales, and marketing. In this interview, James describes how Spike is a valuable tool for contractors and architects, and can assist with not only fast-tracking estimates and bids, but also save valuable time in the design process through support of AutoCAD, Revit and ARCHICAD. Click here to hear the podcast and learn more.
I’m a pretty organized person, and when I worked at a sign shop, having my ducks in a row leading up to Black Friday was the key to surviving the signage holiday rush! I’ve seen people lose important information and customer surveys, forcing them to go back and remeasure or contact the customer for details they’ve already been given. This causes the shop to lose money on a second survey, or worse still, appear unprofessional to the customer, thus losing the job altogether.
Don’t fall victim to disorganized chaos this busy season. Spike not only helps you save time and money on your surveys, but can also help you to keep your projects on track.
I’ve seen sign shops use a variety of techniques to stay organized on projects, from clipboards hung on the wall for each job, to digital tools like KeyedIn and Casper. Spike supports your project management technique of choice, by allowing you to categorize projects into folders and rename individual photos.
Separating your site surveys into individual Spike folders within the mobile app and Cloud makes them easy to locate and share, and ensures you’ll never let a key survey suddenly disappear. Additionally, if multiple people are using one Cloud account, it’s easy for them to identify the project and pick up where you left off.
We’re in the thick of the busy season, so here are my top tips for organizing your Spike photos and measurements into folders:
- Before going into the field, first create a folder in the Spike mobile app, label it by the project name or date and set it as your default folder. Then, all the photos you take at the job site will automatically save into that folder.
- Once you’re done snapping your photos, upload the entire project folder to the Spike Cloud and a folder will be automatically created in the Cloud with the same name.
- Bonus tip - rename the photos in the Spike Cloud folder by double-clicking on the name of the photo (the default name for all photos is “New Measurement”). Consider naming the photos after location, such as “North Elevation” and “South Elevation”, or including instructions for your designer by adding labels like “Sign Here” or “No Sign Here”.
If you have any other questions about how to utilize Spike’s folder feature, please get in touch. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Glenn Chambers
Glenn Chambers, business development manager for ikeGPS, is a 15-year signage industry veteran. Prior to joining ikeGPS, Glenn was an enthusiastic Spike user.
ikeGPS announces a new distribution agreement with Duncan-Parnell, who has been supplying architects, engineers, construction contractors, surveyors and designers since 1946. This agreement expands the availability of IKE’s Spike product to the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee while increasing its presence in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Geospatial industries across the United States.
Duncan-Parnell is a family-owned business with vast coverage across their territory, including 13 retail locations and 140+ employees. Their product lineup spans Autodesk® software to Trimble® equipment,
Wide-Format printers to 3D printers. Some of the other product brands supplied by Duncan-Parnell include 3D Systems, MarkedForged, Canon, and HP.
“Working with Duncan-Parnell means partnering with a market leader across not just one industry, but three main industries where Spike meets the demand for an easy-to-use and effective mobile measurement solution. Their knowledgeable staff has equipped themselves with 20 Spike units for launch, and will be providing in-person demonstrations of Spike to their customers,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “We believe that Duncan-Parnell is poised for success with Spike, and will be able to also leverage the recent integration of Spike with AutoCAD for their Autodesk customer base.”
"We believe that adding Spike to our portfolio of products meets the need for a laser measurement solution that works with the one device every customer has – a smartphone,” says Daryl Huffman, Executive Director of Duncan-Parnell. “Spike is quick to learn and deploy, and enables our AEC and GIS customers to have a powerful estimation solution for their everyday measurement requirements."
For more information on Duncan-Parnell, visit www.duncan-parnell.com/
Since 1946, Duncan-Parnell has been the trusted supplier to construction contractors, engineers, surveyors, architects and designers. From Autodesk® software to Trimble® equipment, Wide-Format printers to 3D printers Duncan-Parnell specializes in providing high-quality hardware, innovative software, and invaluable services to make projects successful. Today, we’re proud to remain an independent, family-owned business with 13 locations to deliver excellent customer experiences.