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Real Time Location Sensors Gives Managers the Whole Picture

Construction projects have a lot of moving parts. Everything from materials being hauled around, to the trucks doing the hauling, to the workers driving the trucks are frequently in motion. Multiply that by the number of active jobsites, and the sheer volume of assets needing to be kept track of soars to dizzying heights.…

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Australia

Drones to Deliver Safer Worksites

When it comes to safety, using technology is worth the investment. And with drones, they can save lives on the construction site.

The increased use of drones, along with advances in technology, can provide a contractor with diverse capabilities that can improve safety on the job site.

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Tech

How to Grow Blockchain Adoption in Construction Companies

Blockchain technology has proven itself to be a transformative business force. It enables businesses to accurately record and store just about any kind of transaction data from the supply chain, and it has already made its mark on various industries, from shipping and transit to agriculture to pharmaceuticals.

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Tech

The Next Frontier: Robots Working in Squads

Construction work as we well know is a team effort, requiring the synchronization of workers, equipment and materials.  And just as construction workers need to be trained to work among and around their fellow workers, getting robots to do the same, until now, has been a tougher nut to crack.…

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Tech

Get Predictive With Safety

This morning when you filled the truck with fuel, something amazing happened behind the scenes. As you swiped your credit card in the reader, it triggered a series of events that determined:

  • whether you had any credit left on the card, and how much
  • if you were in a geographic location where the card is often used
  • if you were buying something you’ve bought in the past
  • if the purchase is typical for you
  • if the zip code or PIN you entered matches the one assigned to your account.
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Canada

Technology: The Third Era of Construction

Do more with less. It’s a common mantra in almost every industry. On the surface, one might think it implies more work and longer hours for employees. Perhaps a more apropos (and palatable) adage for busy employees is, “work smarter, not harder.” Athena Chiera, VP Business Development, Athena Engineering, and Mike Winters, EVP & CIO, Modern Niagra, believe we can achieve this through technology. 

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Australia

BIM? BAM! But Always Start with the Model

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Canada

BIM? BAM! But Start with the Model.

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Tech

BIM? BAM! But Start with the Model

There’s an old joke. “What gives us the ability to look through walls?” (audience rustles uncomfortably, throats clear). “Windows.”

Yes, it’s one of those old-school comic throwaways more likely to produce a nod of assent than genuine laughter.

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Tech

Integration and Automation of the Future

Two sessions at Groundbreak 2019 highlight the future of our industry—and it is all about integration. 

Mark Fly of ConstructConnect presented his top five bid management practices that construction companies need to modify or abandon completely.

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Tech

Technology, the Third Era of Construction

Do more with less. It’s a common mantra in almost every industry. On the surface, one might think it implies more work and longer hours for employees. Perhaps a more apropos (and palatable) adage for busy employees is, “work smarter, not harder.” Athena Chiera, VP Business Development, Athena Engineering, and Mike Winters, EVP & CIO, Modern Niagara, believe we can achieve this through technology. 

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Tech

The Promise of the Smart Jobsite

One of the great technological innovations of our time has been the connectivity of everything. Objects become more than just objects when they’re capable of going online, which enables them to collect millions of data points and store them in an unseen cloud storage solution, intelligently analyze that data and extract useful information, all without human intervention.…

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Australia

Ancient Profession Moves into the Future

When Jobsite covered the story back in March of a breakthrough construction technology – a bricklaying robot called Hadrian X – it was still in the development stage. Fast forward eight months: the world’s only fully-automated, bricklaying solution is now on the cusp of becoming commercially available, according to its developer Fastbrick Robotics Limited,(ASX:FBR).…

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Australia

Could BIM Be the Key To Better Project Outcomes?

Building Information Modelling and digitised documentation could hold the key to delivering better outcomes not only for project teams but also the end customers—the asset owners, facilities managers and occupants, according to digital engineering experts.…

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Australia

Making the Built Environment Come Alive

Beyond the augmented reality of the Pokemon Go craze, where animated creatures were superimposed on the real world using a camera, and beyond virtual reality roller coasters and shark swims, where users wear a headset, these two technologies are finding practical and cost-effective applications in the business world.…

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Australia

How AI Will Supercharge the Construction Industry

The global market for Artificial Intelligence in Construction is expected to grow at an average of more than 38 per cent annually between now and 2024, according to recent research. US-based firm Zion Market Research pinpointed technologies including natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to be among the AI’s leading applications.

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Australia

How to Protect your Smart Buildings from Cyber Threats

With the emergence of smart buildings leveraging the Internet of Things and other digital technologies has come a whole new set of risks, according to cyber security experts.

The same system that allows for remote monitoring of HVAC, for example, can also provide a gateway for cyber criminals to hack into sensitive systems or information and hold the occupants or the entire company “hostage” until a ransom is paid.…

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Canada Featured

BIM is a Collaboration Marvel for Construction Teams

Until recently, collaboration on construction projects meant huddling over a blueprint, marking structural changes, design elements and measurements with paper and pencil. This decidedly low-tech solution left much to be desired when it came to teamwork and precision.…

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Canada

5 Ways to Improve Jobsite Tech Adoption

Of the original Fortune 500 Company ranking in 1955, less than 70 of those businesses are around today. One of the top reasons experts say they failed was due to lack of innovation, most notably failing to update technology and change with the times.

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Australia

Making Aged-Care Facilities New Again With Construction Technology

Creating a built environment that meets the needs of our elderly residents, particularly those with dementia, is one of the most significant challenges the building and design industries face today.

While the internal fitout and interior design play an important part in creating the right environment, we are now seeing some really cool technology implemented early in the construction phase.

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Australia

Will 3D Printing Transform Global Construction?

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as, 3D printing, is having what you might call “a moment” in construction. The technology is prized for its ability to quickly produce all kinds of structures for pennies on the dollar compared to traditional construction methods.…

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Tech

Is a Lack of Standards Hurting Construction Technology Adoption?

The construction industry has historically lagged most industries when it comes to productivity, which costs companies revenue and growth opportunities. A key component to boosting productivity is maximizing worker output, something technology has had a significant impact on as the industry has slowly moved into adopting technology.

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Australia

How We Build Now – Tracking Technology in Construction 2019

Technology is expected to deliver productivity gains, improve processes and reduce the burden of paper-shuffling for contractors in Australia, according to recent research undertaken by ACA Research for Procore.

The research also found that leading-edge technologies including prefabrication, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and data analytics are increasingly being adopted by firms wanting to stay ahead of the competition.

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