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Construction Technology and Software Rundown: Feb. 12, 2021

Here's a rundown of the latest in construction technology and software.
By Marla McIntyre
February 9, 2021
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COVID-19 Resources

With JobSiteCare’s TextBadge™ app, employers can screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms and verify lab testing results. Features include daily workforce symptom and temperature screens; verification and integration of applicable lab test results; and physician-led medical team consultations for rapid response, management and decisions on isolation, contact tracing, additional lab testing, and return to work.

Safe Site Check In app now offers greater visibility into who, when, where and what activities employees or contractors performed. Workers scan a QR-coded poster on the job site with a smartphone, take a health screening, select the activity they’ll be doing, e.g. HVAC, where they will be working, e.g. west tower, and name of their onsite host or supervisor, who is notified of the worker’s status.

Apps

GCP Applied Technologies has added more than 200 new air barrier detail drawings to its Air Barrier briefcase, a mobile-optimized tool designed for quick access to construction data.

Create and share immersive 360° views of construction sites via mobile app with RICOH360 Projects. Users can add notes to the 360° image, organize progress in chronological order or compare before and after views side-by-side of the jobsite during the development phase.

Software & In the Cloud

Nialli Visual Planner now has integrated phase pull functionality so construction teams can take milestones from the master schedule and plan project phases months in advance to meet milestone deadlines and identify time and budget constraints. The Planner brings the analog Last Planner® System into a digital environment that is easily transitioned into the team’s digital weekly work plan.

IFS Remote Assistance unlocks collaboration by merging two real-time video streams in a virtual reality environment to blend a remote expert with someone who needs support in another location. Experts can virtually reach out and touch what their customer or field technician sees in the field. They can telestrate, freeze images, use hand gestures, share pictures or add real objects such as specialist tools into a merged reality environment. The Business Intelligence Group named it one of its business innovations of the year.

ALICE’s AI simulation technology simulates multiple construction strategies, giving contractors the option to select, review and compare dozens of schedule options. ALICE Recipes captures constraints governing the project, documents construction costs and production rates, digitizes the contractor’s building methods, shares best practices across projects, and eliminates the need for manual schedules.

Partnerships, Acquisitions & Integrations

HPD Collaborative and Construction Information Network (CIN) are collaborating on the CSI CROSSWALK platform, an API to connect construction industry standards and classifications, including CSI’s MasterFormat®, Uniformat® and OmniClass®, and ASTM’s E1557-09(2020)e1 with building professionals, construction technology platforms and data flows. Manufacturers creating a Health Product Declaration® (HPD) can access the CROSSWALK platform directly from the HPD Builder to ensure their product classification data is entered in a structured format.

Video & Cool Stuff

RE2 Robotics has received funding to add autonomy to its Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery robotic system that will enable the Air Force to use existing construction ground vehicles as robotic vehicles during clean-up efforts following an airfield strike. The RADR-A program will enable the CAT® Skid Steer to make autonomous decisions and assist the operator in avoiding obstacles while performing tasks. RE2 Robotics develops intelligent mobile manipulation systems that operate in a variety of complex indoor and outdoor environments, including robotic arms, intuitive controllers and advanced autonomy software.

NASA’s Artemis program will send astronauts to the moon by 2024 and have a permanent lunar base by the end of the decade. It’s working with ICON, which 3D prints low-cost housing in Texas and Mexico, to develop technology to turn moon dust into a concrete-like material for 3D printing a lunar base.

by Marla McIntyre

Marla McIntyre is a digital editor of CE This Week and ConstructionExec.com. She edited Construction Executive’s Tech Trends and Risk Management eNewsletters and is the author of more than 200 articles and publications, including Construction Executive’s annual technology predictions, Technology & Software Rundown column and an award-winning series for the Risk Management Association. Her extensive construction and risk management background includes stints as executive director the Surety Information Office and American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington.



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