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Construction Technology and Software Rundown: September 17, 2021

By Marla McIntyre
September 13, 2021
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COVID-19 Resources

With SafeSite Check In QR-code digital check in app, workers and guests can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by scanning a private QR code with a smartphone. They can answer questions on vaccination status, receive a work assignment or be directed to a specific location depending on specific company requirements.

Products

AOMS Technologies has launched the LumiNode Plus concrete sensing solution, the company’s newest addition to LumiCon™ Smart Construction Platform product suite. LumiNode Plus advanced wireless sensing solution for the concrete industry offers direct cloud connectivity for instant streaming of concrete temperature and maturity data directly to the cloud without extra devices such as network gateways, repeaters or signal boosters.

Software & In the Cloud

AI construction technology start-up Togal.ai automates the estimating process, which measures the size of each room’s square footage for pricing construction cost. Togal’s construction AI engine uses AIA measurement standards to automatically and accurately detect, label and measure project spaces and objects.

TrustLayer AI-powered collaborative risk management platform digitizes the process of insurance verification. Companies can automate the verification of insurance, licenses and compliance documents of vendors, subcontractors, suppliers, borrowers, tenants, ridesharing and franchisees in a digital dashboard. TrustLayer is working with large brokers and carriers in the United States to build a fully digital proof-of-insurance solution for real-time validation of insurance coverage.

VR/AR collaboration platforms IrisVR and The Wild announced support and updates for immersive end-to-end issue tracking in IrisVR‘s Prospect. The product update allows for a full-cycle coordination workflow for building teams working with 3D models, such as Revit and Navisworks. Users can conduct a design review in VR and immersively track issues that arise, then export them into a variety of file types, including an open-source BIM Collaboration Format file that connects into existing issue tracking workflows, such as BIMcollab, Revizto and Trimble Connect.

Microdesk version 3.0 of BIMrx™ software suite for BIM project lifecycle automation includes intuitive UI updates, expanded export options and cloud integrations, streamlining tasks associated with Revit project setup, modeling and project management. BIMrx™ for Revit applications are BIMrx Core™, BIMrx MEP™ and BIMrx Fabrication™. BIMrx Core™ 3.0 includes Revision Manager so users can add and remove revisions from multiple sheets and automate print sets of the revised sheets. BIMrx MEP™ modeling efficiency enhancements include automation of sloped piping, multiple selection routing, panel move circuits and over/under horizontal rerouting. BIMrx Fabrication™ features streamlined bill of materials creation and commands that have been updated for elbow fittings, hanger rods, bloom equipment and selection updates. Autodesk BIM 360 project management features enhancements to BIMrx Cloud Manager Pro™.

With Idox’s FusionLive, users can automatically extract and generate asset data to populate digital twins and link them to related engineering documentation, which users can share with owners on project handover. The technology is an integration of Idox’s engineering information management platform, FusionLive, and its proprietary tag extraction and management technology. The tag extraction process scrapes hundreds of tags from documents and automatically validates them against a master tag register before the data is loaded into the digital twin. FusionLive is best for engineering, procurement and construction companies working on large, capital-intensive projects.

Partnerships, Acquisitions & Integrations

Swizznet, a cloud-based hosting solutions company for small- and medium-sized businesses, has been named a Sage Partner Cloud Strategic Hosting Provider for the commercial real estate industry in the United States. The new partnership means that Sage customers can transition to the cloud with Swizznet and can keep the products they currently use. Swizznet is an authorized hosting provider for Intuit and a cloud solution provider for Microsoft.

Video & Cool Stuff

Kenzen’s recent study with three research universities to compare and validate Kenzen’s continuous core body temperature monitoring technology against existing methodologies validated that the Kenzen wearable device algorithm accurately measures workers’ body temperature at rest and during physical activity, in cool, hot and humid conditions. Kenzen devices worn by workers contain sensors that monitor, in real-time, an individual’s physiological responses. The worker is warned, via a smart phone app and device vibration, when their core temperature is too high and they are in danger of a heat-related injury or illness.

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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