MindForge Spotlight No. 21 by Stokes McIntyre

Site-Smart App Available for iOS Tablets

After talking with a number of you, we’ve come to find out that foremen and superintendents on job sites across the country are spending an enormous amount of time filling out, scanning, filing, and submitting paperwork—everything from JHAs to pre-task plans, inspection checklists, and more. And as you know, the more time they spend on paperwork, the less time they have to pursue reaching that next level in safety and quality. That’s why we’ve spent the last couple of months developing the Site-Smart App to help foremen and superintendents manage the high volume of paperwork they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis and to give companies a better way to gather and store information from the job site.

It’s all part of MindForge’s goal to help construction companies focus on what really counts: getting the job done right. To do that, we not only create content and gather information that you can push out to the workforce through our platform, but we also use our platform to help your home office capture information from the job site so you can make decisions based on hard data. The Site-Smart App is the first step in that direction.

Through the Site-Smart App, you can snap pictures of documents that you’ve filled out and then automatically upload those documents and store them in MindForge’s archive. At the end of the job, you can then group together all of your documents—for example, all of your JHAs for the project—and submit those wherever they need to go in one, seamless process. You can also access documents that have been uploaded through the Site-Smart App in your calendar on mindforge.studio, giving you the ability to view all the documents that were uploaded on your site for any given workday. 

We want to help you avoid getting buried in paperwork, so download the Site-Smart App for your iOS tablet* on the App Store and try it out for yourselves.

(*Not currently available for iPhones)

Be on the lookout for more updates coming soon; we’ve got a lot we’re excited to share with you all!

Hope you’re all staying cool this summer,

The MindForge Team


P.S. If you’d like more information on how the Site-Smart App can help your team eliminate overwhelming amounts of busywork and enable you to capture information from the frontline, email Stokes or Shahin, and they’ll guide you step by step through downloading the app and putting it to use on your jobs. Contact us today!


MindForge Spotlight No. 20 by Stokes McIntyre

We recently wrapped up our shoot for the seven new story videos that will be added to CLS: Safety Awareness in the coming months. As you might remember, we released our Working at Heights story video last year, so we spent the week of April 22 filming the other seven stories that will introduce the other hazards we focus on in CLS: Safety Awareness.

The purpose of these videos is to equip workers with stories about real people who were killed or injured when facing one of the eight most deadly hazards common to the construction industry. Studies have shown that stories make information more readily available for recall, so the hope is that when workers face hazards out on the job, they’ll call these stories to mind and act to avoid a tragic outcome.

Keep an eye out for future announcements on when these videos will be added to CLS: Safety Awareness.


Over the last few months, we’ve been working with a company called Mindstream Interactive to update the CLS App and make it easier to use. This means changes to how the menus and profiles are laid out, as well as to how videos and quizzes are displayed. Changes will take place for both the mobile and desktop versions of CLS.

Here are some images of what the CLS App might look like on a mobile device:

And here are some mock-ups of how CLS could look on your desktop computer:

Last up, it was brought to our attention by some of you that frontline workers often feel more comfortable sharing their phone numbers versus their personal emails, so now, we’ve made it possible to register a profile on mindforge.studio or in the MindForge App with a phone number instead of an email address. If you choose to go this route, you will then use your phone number as your username whenever you need to log in. If you want to add or delete either your email or your phone number to or from an existing account, you can always sign in to your profile and edit that information.


Here’s a look at the MindForge App registration and login pages to help illustrate this new feature:


Thanks again for your interest in what’s going on at MindForge. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks!

The MindForge Team


Download the CLS App on iOS and Android:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/construction-lifesaver/id1386789647?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mindforge.cls


Download the MindForge App on iOS:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mindforge/id1451742158?mt=8


MindForge Spotlight No. 19 by Stokes McIntyre

You can build the best software in the world, but if it doesn’t get used, it’s worthless. With that in mind, we’d like to show off some of the work we’ve been doing with Emerson Human Capital to develop a playbook to help contractors successfully adopt and use the MindForge platform. We understand that introducing any new software or process to an organization requires the workforce to adopt new behaviors. These new behaviors confront the workforce with change, and change can be challenging. Change and the resistance to it can be one of the biggest barriers we face in our effort to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.

The first step in creating this playbook is to nail down the MindForge story so we can clearly communicate our intentions. What problem are we solving with MindForge? How will we solve it? And what is the desired result?

To this end, Emerson facilitated a workshop that was attended by team members from MindForge, Pankow, and ACIG to help us define a story framework. The framework looks like this:

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Building on this framework, here is the MindForge Story:

❝The lack of a unified communication channel from home office to frontline workers has a direct effect on safety, which has led to serious injuries and fatalities not declining at an acceptable rate.

  • Today, the challenge facing the construction industry is to create a centralized place to find credentials, skills, and training for workers

MindForge has developed an integrated, best-in-class, cloud-based software platform that streamlines how we manage, train, and educate the construction industry. The platform helps:

  • Foster consistent communication to and from frontline workers

  • Provide easy access anywhere, anytime via the mobile platform

  • Aggregate, customize, and push training to workers on demand

Our centralized approach makes it easy for construction companies to manage their resources better.

MindForge will enable a culture of increased productivity and better safety practices for construction companies, and that will ultimately lead to saving lives.❞


This story enables those working on implementing MindForge to describe the project consistently and passionately, without PowerPoint or memos. This drives the compelling story of the change down into the organization so that all key stakeholders are “on message” and pulling in the same direction.

We will fine-tune the story for different stakeholders so that it resonates with everyone from the CEO to the frontline worker. Over time, we will test this story and refine it as needed.   

Next, we will be working with Emerson on an Employee Experience Plan and Focus Attention Strategy that we can deploy with MindForge.

We’re excited to continue sharing our story across the construction industry in an effort to save lives and improve efficiency. Remember, we already have the resources to streamline communication between the corporate office and the frontline worker through mindforge.studio, the MindForge App, and the CLS App. If you haven’t set up your account yet, you can go do it today. If you’re ready to onboard your entire organization, email Stokes (Stokes.M@IRMI.com) or Shahin (Shahin.A@IRMI.com), and they’ll be happy to take it from there.

And in case you’re wondering what the MindForge App and CLS App are all about, Stokes made this short video to help explain the two products. Enjoy:


Take care and have a great rest of the week!

The MindForge Team

Download the CLS App on iOS and Android:


Download the MindForge App on iOS:

MindForge Spotlight No. 18 by Stokes McIntyre

It’s here-

The CLS App is now available on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play!

The CLS App is your home for the full suite of MindForge’s mobile training courses. Available immediately is CLS: Safety Awareness—our flagship training program that combines video lessons, interactive quizzes, and immersive simulators to train workers on the power of the OODA Loop and the importance of recognizing and mitigating hazards quickly.

You can download the apps here:
Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/construction-lifesaver/id1386789647?mt=8
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mindforge.cls

Or, you can search for the CLS App under “Construction LifeSaver.” Once you install the app, you’ll need to sign into your mindforge.studio profile and redeem a coupon code for CLS: Safety Awareness so you can access the course through the CLS App. Please email Stokes (Stokes.M@IRMI.com) or Shahin (Shahin.A@IRMI.com) to receive a coupon code and get further directions on how to access the training. Here’s a short walkthrough of how to find the CLS App and access CLS: Safety Awareness:

Also available on the iTunes App Store is the MindForge App, which you can use to register and manage your MindForge profile as well as upload images of your certifications to keep them on-hand wherever you go.

Quick Hits:

  • The MindForge Team is expanding: we recently added two new mobile application developers, Junil Choi and Sean O’Donnell. MindForge is excited to welcome them aboard!

  • We’ve also kicked off our change management strategy campaign with Emerson Human Capital. You may remember that Emerson helps develop step-by-step plans that streamline a workforce’s ability to adopt new technology and implement it across their teams. A big thank you to Pankow for partnering with us in this process and being our first adopters.

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to go check out both the CLS and MindForge Apps. Thanks for your support as we’ve worked toward this milestone. As always, send us any comments or questions; we look forward to hearing from you!

All the best,

The MindForge Team

MindForge Spotlight No. 17 by Stokes McIntyre

Esteemed Design Partners,

Allow us to introduce our first set of MindForge badges. Now, when workers complete CLS: Safety Awareness, CLS: Signal Person, or CLS: Working at Heights - PFAS, they’ll earn one of the badges pictured below. These badges will then show up on the workers’ MindForge profiles and follow them to any job site they work on. Take a look, and send us your thoughts:

In our last Spotlight, we highlighted the mobile version of our CLS harness inspection process. This week, we want to show you what inspecting a harness looks like in virtual reality. The purpose of the interaction is the same as before: to give workers hands-on experience inspecting a harness to make sure it’s in safe condition. However, as you’ll see, it’s a different ballgame getting to interact with a harness in virtual space. Check out this video and see what you think.

*Reminder* April 1st is coming up, and that means in less than one month, we are launching the CLS App on iOS and Android. Through the CLS App, you will - for the first time! - be able to download and go through the CLS: Safety Awareness certification course.

Furthermore, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you’ll also be able to download the MindForge App, which will be making its debut in the App Store the same day. As mentioned before, the MindForge App allows you to register and manage your MindForge profile as well as upload images of your certifications to keep them on-hand wherever you go.

Again, all these products go live April 1, so mark your calendars now!

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Lastly, a big “Thank You” goes out to Hoffman Construction for having us out for an onboarding session about the MindForge Platform. We’ll be traveling to visit Hoffman on March 12.

That’s it for this spotlight. If you’d like to reach out to us with any questions, shoot an email over to Stokes.M@IRMI.com

Have a happy and safe rest of the week!

MindForge Update No. 16 by Stokes McIntyre

As the collection of MindForge products grows, our updates keep getting longer and longer - and that’s a good thing! While we are extremely excited about all our different initiatives, we do want to respect everyone’s time and keep these updates focused. So now, every couple of weeks, we’ll target one of our products and highlight the progress we’ve made with it.


Today, we’re showcasing the harness inspection portion of our CLS Harness training. Below, you’ll see a video of our harness inspection proof of concept. In the video, you’ll notice that trainees can view the harness in its entirety, and they can also jump in to inspect various critical spots closely. Important training functionalities include being able to zoom in and out, bend or flex the webbing to get a closer look at its fibers, view the underside of the webbing, and rate each inspection point as “Good” or “Poor” condition before giving the harness an overall grade. There are a few small items we’re still ironing out (for example, you’ll notice the red target in the middle of the screen at times, which will not be there in the finished product), but overall, this is essentially a fully functional proof of concept that we can build the rest of the CLS Harness course around. Take a look and let us know what you think!


Other News:

One of our objectives is to fill out the MindForge training library with third-party, best-in-class training that will sit alongside MindForge training and provide a diverse training curriculum for MindForge users. Over the last year or so, we’ve been fortunate to form relationships with several groups that are also developing construction training. Here’s an update about a few of these relationships and the benefits we’re seeing from their development:

  • Simcoach Games builds small video games that introduce potential workers to the construction industry and target specific skills and safety practices that workers need. We’re working with them to add their training to the MindForge Platform in an effort to fill out our training library.

  • In a similar way, we’re working with a group from Purdue University to add a Virtual Reality Working at Heights training program they have developed onto the MindForge Platform as well.

  • Lastly, we mentioned a little while back that we have begun working with Trivie, a company that makes quizzing apps. This work has led to the development of a pilot program for a training app that will promote the retention of knowledge around the subject of working at heights. If you would be interested in participating in this pilot program, get in touch with Stokes at Stokes.M@IRMI.com.

We’ll continue keeping you updated as we reach more milestones. Thanks once again for your support, and let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to know!

All the best,

The MindForge Team

MindForge Update No. 15 by Stokes McIntyre

Happy 2019! We’ve got a lot going on at MindForge, so here are all the highlights:

Platform:

You might recall from some of our recent newsletters that we’ve been working on adding a number of features to the MindForge Platform. We are happy to share that these new features are now available! We have integrated Wistia video-hosting to make uploading and watching videos through MindForge much simpler. We’ve also made it possible to create courses with multiple media assets (see video), so you can add videos and documents into a single course.


You also now have the ability to create Collections by grouping together multiple courses that you can then assign to your team (see video).

With the new functionality in place, it’s a good time to jump in and start familiarizing yourself with all the MindForge Platform has to offer. Keep in mind that you may build your company profile on mindforge.studio at no cost.

Mobile:

We continue to push toward a beta release of the MindForge App on iOS. This release will allow workers to register with MindForge, create their profile, upload images of their certification cards, and add their skills. Look for updates about when you can install our first release of the app.

Here are some screenshots from the app:

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CLS Safety Awareness:

Our team continues to make great progress on CLS Safety Awareness. Here’s a video to show you a slice of what we’ve been working on. This is the OODA Loop simulator for our Excavations lesson. It starts with the user putting on PPE; then it goes into a safety huddle led by Sam - our virtual trainer. After that, the user finds themselves on an active excavation site, where they must use their OODA Loop to find and mitigate several hazards. The goal is to get the user in the habit of running the OODA Loop anytime they step on site. Take a look:


Currently, we are working with Hotbed Media to edit our new video lessons, we’re refining our existing OODA Simulators, and we’re designing new simulators for further training. We also recently began developing a desktop version of CLS Safety Awareness after receiving feedback that some companies would like to mediate the training through a PC-based experience. We will keep you updated on further developments there.

We are targeting a release of CLS Safety Awareness through the Apple Store and Google Play in Q2 of this year, so get ready to rev up your awareness and build your OODA Loop skills this Spring!

CLS Signal Person Training:

The next phase of CLS Signal Person Training requires us to branch out from just teaching hand signals. In order for our training to fully certify signal persons, we must also teach voice signals, audible signals, and signal person qualifications and requirements. As a first step, we have begun creating a voice signal proof of concept in order to test voice-capture technology and see if it will allow users to give voice signals in a VR setting. It’s an exciting challenge that we are eager to take on.

Remember that you can go through the hand signal portion of CLS Signal Person Training at any time. We’re looking for feedback of any kind and would love to know what you think. If you need help accessing the training or getting set up on the Oculus, contact Stokes at Stokes.M@IRMI.com.

CLS Working at Heights:

We are churning along in our development of new training products. In addition to CLS Personal Fall Arrest Systems, we have begun designing several other courses to address hazards associated with working at heights. In the works are:

  • CLS Ladders

  • CLS Guardrails

  • CLS Scaffolds

  • CLS Leading Edges

  • CLS Holes

  • CLS Falling Objects

  • CLS Aerial Lifts

More details to come as we build these courses out.

Other News:

Building software and training is one thing. Implementing that software and training in a complex work environment across numerous stakeholders and having them actually use it is another. To address the challenge of adoption and implementation, we’ve kicked off a project with Emerson Human Capital. Emerson will deliver a change management strategy and a step-by-step plan that will help us guide our customers through a streamlined adoption process that maximizes the opportunity for success. That means MindForge users will see benefits sooner, which if all goes according to plan, means more efficiency, fewer incidents, better quality output, and lives saved.

We also recently launched a project with Software Pricing Partners to help create a licensing, packaging, and pricing model for the platform and our training programs.

Lastly, we want to give a big thank you to Pankow in Pasadena, California, for inviting us out to onboard them onto the MindForge Platform. We look forward to visiting with Pankow on January 24.

As always, thanks to everyone for your support! We’re very fortunate to have such a great group of Design Partners behind us.

Sincerely,

The MindForge Team