High-Speed Internet? For Cities, It’s About Dollars and Sense

An NPR report highlights the broadband beating that College Station, Texas faces. Councilman James Benham says high-tech companies – and the jobs that go with them – are fleeing his city because it can’t offer the faster, cheaper broadband that other communities can. “We have lost countless companies to other towns because we cannot provide the level and […]

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Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands

I was recently interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) for a piece on high-speed internet and our efforts to bring it to the College Station area. James Benham, a city councilman in College Station, is worried that high-tech jobs are fleeing to Austin and other cities with faster and cheaper broadband. “We have lost countless […]

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CONEXPO Conference – Las Vegas, NV

In March, I will be traveling to Las Vegas for the CONEXPO-CONAGG Conference. This will be the year’s largest construction event and I’m excited for JBKnowledge, Inc. to exhibit our three products, SmartBidNet, SmartCompliance, and SmartReality there. You can find more info about our booth here: smartbidnet.com/conexpo   I’m even more excited to present twice at […]

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2014 Construction Tech Forecast

By James Benham Published in the American Institute of Construction Newsletter   The capabilities of technology, once merely imaginative concepts in science fiction movies, are quickly developing for pragmatic use in industries like commercial building. Advancements in cloud computing and fiber connections are redefining expectations in data integration. Mobile and wearable technologies are redefining expectations […]

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Why I left Dropbox for Teams and signed up for Google Drive

I keep trying all the major cloud drive programs. It’s almost become a bad habit – I see one crop up and I sign up for it, install the agent on my Mac and the respective apps on all of my mobile devices and start working with it. Dropbox was my very first one and one […]

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Speaking Event Recap: General Contractors Association of Ottawa

While it’s usually not advisable to try and travel north to Canada during one of the year’s fiercest snow storms, I braved a few cancelled flights and delays to go to the General Contractors Association of Ottawa meeting on Wednesday January 22nd to talk to their group about what’s coming in Construction Technology. We had […]

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Speaking Event Recap: 2014 Synchro Conference

I was invited by Tom Dengenis, CEO of Synchro, to come and speak about Augmented Reality at their 2014 Synchro Conference in Orlando, Florida. While I always appreciate the chance to go to Florida during the winter, I really appreciated the time with Tom, his team and their great user base.   For the uninitiated, […]

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The 2014 CES Techtravaganza

I managed to squeeze in a couple of days this year to head up to Las Vegas 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and boy was it worth it. I’ve been before so I knew the mayhem to expect, but this year really took the most important thing, innovation, to the next level. I was extremely pleased […]

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James Benham Receives ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 Award

ENR Texas & Louisiana is proud to announce the region’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40 winners, determined to be the best-of-the-best young construction professionals by an independent panel of judges.   About 50 entries came in to this year’s Texas & Louisiana contest, from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, requiring our judges to be […]

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Is Construction Ready for a Dose of (Augmented) Reality?

Published in ENR Tech January 7, 2014 By James Benham   In 2008, I tested out an augmented reality mobile app called Nearest Tube that allowed me to use my smartphone camera to navigate my way to the nearest London Underground entrance without having to unfold a giant paper map and confirm my status as a […]

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