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Construction Technology and Software Rundown: Jan. 15, 2021

Here's a rundown of the latest in construction technology and software.
By Marla McIntyre
January 12, 2021
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COVID-19 Resources

Origami Risk’s online tools track employee COVID-19 vaccinations and monitor and facilitate reporting of workplace outbreaks of three or more cases in a 14-day period.

LiveSafe’s WorkSafe back-to-work app detects potential COVID-19 infections, prevents outbreaks and reduces legal liability, while maintaining employee privacy. The Essentials version is free; Standard and Professional versions have a monthly fee. LiveSafe was acquired by Vector Solutions in October 2020.

Apps

Built Data’s app, built in collaboration with Art+Logic, gathers and assesses construction project data in the field. Tradespeople can snap photos of work and receive feedback to questions or identify critical actions. Supervisors can see what materials arrived and when. The app facilitates communication with sharing, tagging and search tools customized to fit the construction professional’s workflows.

Products

Valley Forge & Bolt UHF Band RTM Meter, a wireless bolt monitoring system with SPC4 ® Load Indicating Technology with Remote Tension Monitoring detects and collects the tension level in a bolted joint as read by the SPC4® fastener, then relays the data to a facility’s condition monitoring/SCADA system. Users can also program the sensor to take measurements at prescribed intervals and send alerts if a bolted joint falls out of chosen tension parameters.

ZM Interactive xFold Dragon series of drones can carry a payload of 100 to 1,000 pounds, depending on the model. Pilots can add robotic arms for delivery, extinguisher ball droppers, sprayers or sensors for 3D mapping.

Aquajet’s Hydrodemolition Robot Extension Kit consists of extension beams, articulated joints, splash covers and extensions for hydraulics and electronics for extended reach side to side and vertically for concrete removal and surface preparation applications. The kit is compatible with Aqua Cutter 410, Aqua Cutter 710 and Aqua Spine.

Verizon Connect’s plug-and-play fleet management solution, Reveal Starter, is designed for small businesses and is available at Verizon corporate retail locations. Customers can access vehicle near-real-time location information via an app or on the Reveal website. Fleet owners can receive alerts on driver assignments, miles driven and driver behavior along with vehicle reports for understanding long-term trends and performance.

Partnerships, Acquisitions & Integrations

Plexscape and Airbus have partnered so engineers using AutoCAD can access OneAtlas, the Airbus’ geospatial digital platform, through the new version of Plex-Earth. Engineers can view project sites' conditions from the beginning of design workflow and see how things change on the ground over time. Plex-Earth 5 gives users access to Airbus’ historical database.

RedTeam has acquired Fieldlens mobile field management software app with plans to integrate Fieldlens into its construction management platform and will offer Fieldlens as a standalone product. Fieldlens is a mobile plan markup tool that allows construction professionals to document conversations, punch list items, project updates and more using photos and video and pin those directly to project plans.

Video & Cool Stuff

JLL’s 2020 State of Construction Tech Report(registration required) offers insights into the challenges of construction during a pandemic; provides insights on the state of construction tech; includes which categories of technology are foundational tools, which are most likely to have the largest impact in the next few years, and who the top firms are in each category.

The Wild‘s Tour toolhelps architects and designers create and guide immersive presentations for colleagues, clients and stakeholders through spaces in a sequenced, curated experience.

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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