Construction Technology and Software Rundown: October 29, 2021
With DroneDeploy’s Ground Robotics Automation, ground robots can be sent on prescheduled missions to inspect construction sites autonomously. Levels introduces an improved workflow for interior data capture across multi-level buildings. Users can filter 360º data and associated floor plans by each floor, project phase and time period, without the need for a drone map or 3D model. With the Walkthrough App, data captured by a 360º camera can be uploaded directly from a mobile phone, providing a single source of documentation for all stakeholders.
DETON, a German contractor, has developed a recyclable, CO2-reduced cementitious building material mixed with organic fibers and natural resins. The building material, also called DETON, needs no steel reinforcement or petroleum-based insulating and sealing materials but provides optimal thermal insulation of the material in addition to water impermeability.
Egnyte’s Ransomware Protection solution can detect more than 2,000 ransomware signatures, block attacks immediately and automatically alert admins of the infected endpoint. With Egnyte’s Ransomware Recovery solution, users can “look back” at previous file snapshots to determine at which point ransomware infected a file and restore data to that point with a single click.
Software & In the Cloud
Plexscape’s Plex-Earth platform for AutoCAD aerial and satellite imagery providers has launched Plex-Earth 5D with Timeviews. Timeviews has recent and historical high-quality imagery and terrain data from Airbus, Maxar, Nearmap, Hexagon and Google to monitor projects progress, detect risks of natural hazards or measure impact of natural disasters.
Cosen's Predictive Computing AI manufacturing technology helps industrial saw owners and operators collect data. CPC SawLogix™ generates health and usage reports, preventative maintenance reminders and real time updates on cutting jobs. Mechalogix, working in conjunction with the Q-Cut QR Code Reader package, enables the human machine interface to input all cutting jobs.
ViZZ Technologies new user interface for Manufacton further streamlines and simplifies the prefab processes. ViZZ Technologies’ advances the industrialization of construction with digitization, AI and visualization. Manufacton’s cloud-based software helps manage construction materials, off-site production and on-site installation.
Trimble Construction One™ connected construction management platform connects projects, processes and people with solutions and data to manage a construction business by automating processes and connecting real-time information across the project lifecycle, including estimating, contracting, fulfillment, billing and accounting, maintenance and service after project completion.
Partnerships, Acquisitions and Integrations
EarthCam released upgrades to its Autodesk Construction Cloud® integration. EarthCam’s live jobsite cameras now capture and deliver imagery to Autodesk® Build project management and field execution solution along with BIM 360® and PlanGrid®.
With the StructionSite integration with Procore BIM software, users can perform a side-by-side comparison of a model to VideoWalks or 360 Photos from StructionSite to generate an RFI or provide information to stakeholders when there is a discrepancy.
Zyter’s SmartSpaces™ platform, analytics and front-end dashboard is integrating with Everguard’s Sentri360® AI platform, made possible through the Qualcomm® Smart Cities Accelerator Program and Qualcomm® IoT Services Suite to advance the use of AI-based IoT technologies to enhance construction safety. The five companies are bringing together best-in-class technologies and risk knowledge to provide construction managers with a 360-degree view of construction sites and real-time alerts regarding workers’ adherence to safety regulations. Rudolph Libbe Group is beta testing the collaborative solution with Zurich North America monitoring the impact and evaluating the solution for use with other construction customers.
Zepth is collaborating with Boston Dynamics on a seamless integration with the mobile robot Spot. Project teams can automate routine inspection tasks and capture data safely. The collaboration combines the data collection capabilities of Spot with Zepth’s intelligent technology, giving users powerful insights from captured data along with a living digital record of the project.
Librestream, provider of AR and remote collaboration tools, RealWear, provider of assisted reality devices for frontline industrial workers and NOV, an equipment and technology provider to the energy industry, are pioneering TrackerVision to connect field personnel with remote experts around the world for on-the-job training, including challenging new equipment.
Video and Cool Stuff
Librestream commissioned IDC to conduct data analysis of the AR market including adoption rates, expanding use cases and a roadmap to successful technology deployment. The IDC whitepaper, "Time to Start Your AR-Enabled Remote Workforce Transformation Journey,” revealed that spending on AR is expected to grow from $2.7B in 2021 to $48.6B in 2025. Use cases will integrate AR with AI-centric products, IoT, new devices and smart analytics to build knowledge networks that enable workforces to digitally access the data, people and workflows that help them perform their work fast, efficiently and safely.
Travelers’ 2021 Risk Indexfound that cyber threats remain the top business concern across all industries, with 56% saying they worry some or a great deal about cyber, computer, technology and data breaches and related risks. 40% of construction industry respondents think their business is becoming somewhat riskier with each passing year. Top business risk concerns for construction decision makers include, medical cost inflation (61%), financial issues (57%) and supply chain issues (57%). A majority (87%) of construction business decision makers are somewhat, very or extremely reliant on their computer systems functioning properly for their businesses to operate, yet 20% of construction companies said they are not knowledgeable about cyber events. Only 30% of construction business decision makers have written a business continuity plan in the event of a cyberattack. To prevent and manage cyber-attacks 72% of construction companies use firewalls and virus protection and 64% of construction companies do background checks on employees.
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.