Construction Technology and Software Rundown: Sept. 4, 2020

Here's a rundown of the latest in construction technology and software.
By Marla McIntyre
August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

Zyter COVID-19 Suite™ includes digital self-assessment health surveys on mobile devices, thermal mass temperature screening and alerts, Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing and real-time monitoring on a cloud-based portal to help keep personnel safe from spreading the COVID-19 virus.

DSI’s contact-free Proof of Delivery mobile app features GPS and photo capture and remote approvals, providing real-time, end-to-end inventory traceability and accurate proof of delivery information. DSI also offers contactless driver check-in/check-out and electronic documents like bills of lading. Back-office personnel receive real-time updates while working remotely, while drivers and recipients can practice social distancing at the point of delivery.

OnLogic is partnering with ThingLogix to monitor the health of people in offices and retail spaces. The partnership will offer offices a pintsize supercomputer capable of managing COVID-19 related protocols that have been enacted in a workplace. OnLogic’s edge devices integrates into ThingLogix’s Workwatch™, a COVID-19 management solution. Workwatch manages time and attendance, body temperature and mask compliance and integrates into existing access control, facility management and HR systems. The gateway foundation is built on OnLogic’s Helix Series computing platform.

Safe Site Check In now features contact tracing, customized questionnaires, health surveys, site entry terms, and Spanish language support to streamline the job site check in process while ensuring workers are symptom-free of COVID-19. Employees and site visitors point their smartphone at a unique QR-coded poster hanging at a job site or lobby, securely answer COVID-19 related health questions, and immediately receive notification on whether they’re approved or denied access to a site.


DPL Telematics’ AssetView Max Tracking System helps reduce theft, prevent loss and manage inventory. The wireless, portable, self-contained GPS unit can be hidden on any asset to remotely monitor and track any asset. To prevent tampering, the unit immediately notifies via text and email if the unit is removed from the host asset and delivers a mapped location of the event.

Software and In the Cloud

Bluebeam’s Revu 20 improves user and content management capabilities and streamlines communication with enhancements to increase accuracy and save time. Its communication features are designed to boost productivity and enable more successful project delivery, improved user and content management capabilities to provide greater flexibility and control, and enhancements to the powerful markup tools in Revu that improve project data management when reviewing, commenting, marking up, tracking and managing projects.

Partnerships, Acquisitions and Integrations

FARO’s Trek autonomous 3D mobile scanning integration built in collaboration with Boston Dynamics combines the scanning speed and accuracy of the FARO FocusS Laser Scanner with Spot, a quadruped robot capable of remote and autonomous data capture in challenging environments. Autowalk automates the inspection process after operators initially program the route walking alongside the robot. Spot can then repeat the route autonomously and can make minor adjustments to complete the job. The FARO FocusS Laser Scanner enables users to capture fast, accurate measurements of complex objects and buildings, with intuitive workflows that foster an enhanced user experience.

Video and Cool Stuff

GCP Applied TechnologiesMONOKOTE UL Fireproofing Design Selector online tool enables contractors, architects, specifiers and structural engineers to determine the optimal GCP UL designs with the lowest thickness that meet a project’s needs. Users are guided through a series of questions, which allows the system to determine the proper UL designs. Through the online tool users can get fireproofing information for one specific section of a structure or a complete project that covers floors, roof and columns.

by Marla McIntyre

Marla McIntyre is a digital editor of CE This Week and 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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