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Construction Technology and Software Rundown: June 18, 2021

By Marla McIntyre
June 15, 2021
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Apps

Cupix’s 3D digital twin technology, when used with the Cupix Capture mobile app and a 360° camera, captures up to half a million square feet in 3D. CupixWorks also works with drone photogrammetry, robots or custom-built reality capture systems.

Products

Work Zone Cam from EarthCam offers 24 megapixels with live video burst and wireless 4G LTE connectivity. Work Zone Cam Pro includes cross-platform Control Center 8 software for managing all cameras via multi-project dashboards. Control Center 8 integrates with Procore, Infotech, PlanGrid and Autodesk BIM 360. Work Zone Cam is available for rent or purchase.

NEXT Energy Technologies’ transparent photovoltaic coating transforms commercial windows into energy-producing solar panels. The coating functions as a high-performance low-e window with renewable energy production. NEXT’s coatings are integrated directly in a dual-pane windows, eliminating encapsulation costs. The technology uses proprietary organic semiconducting materials that are earth-abundant, low-cost and coated as an ink in a high-speed, low-cost and low-energy process.

Software & In the Cloud

ServiceTitan’s construction management software for subcontractors features job costing tools to track materials, equipment and labor. Capture critical job information such as time worked and generates digital timesheets with ServiceTitan Mobile forms.

SmartPM Technologies has added a user-friendly dashboard to its construction scheduling analytics platform. Enhancements include a project health metric based on the schedule performance, compression and quality that acts as a risk indicator; an independent schedule-quality checker that verifies quality prior to incorporation into a project; and dashboard metrics for accessing data with an intuitive user experience.

ToolWatch’s jobsite portal enables users to manage field processes anytime, anywhere with portals for each jobsite. The web portal connects all tool, equipment and labor information in one portal, updated in real-time.

Partnerships, Acquisitions & Integrations

Inertia Systems location-driven construction management software integrates with Procore’s construction management software, making Inertia's Intelligent Construction Drawings technology available through Procore's Embedded Experience. The Inertia Embedded App puts 3D data in the hands of project teams through 2D construction sheets and improves project collaboration and data collection with easy access to BIM data.

Video & Cool Stuff

With JLG Industries’ Access Your World educational site, visitors virtually experience JLG products in a variety of jobsite environments. The initial launch focused on construction tasks on the outside of a stadium, such as site preparation and steel erection work, while the second environment focuses on truss, fit out and finish work to showcase multiple stages of construction. Visitors may also view walk-around videos, product spec sheets, brochures and videos, and connect to a variety JLG tools and services including: #DirectAccess, JLG Financial, JLG Gear, the JLG dealer locator, the JLG augmented reality app, Online Express for parts ordering and JLG University to sign up for training online or in-person training courses.

ORBCOMM’s e-book, "11 Questions to Ask Your Construction Equipment Telematics Provider," outlines 11 questions fleet managers should ask before choosing a construction telematics partner or switching to a new provider. Key considerations include how to track different machines from different manufacturers, ways to evaluate heavy equipment utilization and efficiency, how telematics solution can make construction sites safer and features that can reduce costs related to fuel, theft, haulage and downtime.

Common Ground Alliance’s report, “Technology Advancements and Gaps in Underground Safety 2021,” identifies technology applications in damage prevention, gaps that could be filled by new or modified technologies, and gaps that are in the process of being addressed by technology. The report includes a vision for an ideal excavation project in 2030: An excavator enters an online locate request and completes an electronic white-line, and in turn receives a digital enhanced positive response file linked to a one call ticket number and supported by maps, photos and instructions. The EPR digital file is compatible with software installed in excavation equipment, so that a map can be displayed within the cab and bucket sensors will alert the equipment operator when in proximity to a facility. The file can also be uploaded to drones, which can provide live video feeds of the excavation to facility owners or excavating company management—and if any unmarked, mismarked, or abandoned facilities are found during the project, the drone maps them via integrated GPR and/or takes photos. That information is provided back to the facility operators who can verify it and update their files as needed. The report features four case studies that can be used as examples of what works now in damage prevention and/or a preview of what is being developed.

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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