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How Smart Systems are Shaping the Future of Building Design

Architects and building designers have taken the notion that sometimes it takes a high-tech solution to achieve high yields on board and have developed this ideology into building intelligence (BI). However, BI isn’t just about maintaining the right environment for human users. BI plays a wider role in maintaining the right conditions for the building itself and the external environment. 

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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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What Technology Providers Need to Understand about Construction

Construction is necessarily a cautious and conservative industry. It designs, delivers, and maintains facilities upon which lives often depend. So, the logic suggests, its businesses and people must take a responsible and pragmatic approach to the risks involved (though there are some commentators who say it is damagingly over-conservative).

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Getting On Board With Construction Technology Initiatives

Every week it seems a new “game-changing” product or idea comes along that promises to change the world forever, and sometimes actually does. That’s how technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing, autonomous machinery, advanced data analytics, drones, and many others have found a permanent home with construction and engineering firms around the globe.

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Best Practices 101: Ask the Right Questions

Do you ever feel like you’re on a treadmill, running after every new thing that comes along in your search for business and project answers? To break free, you need a strategy based on asking the right questions. And, for construction businesses that require seeing your company for what it really is.

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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 adage 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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BIM? BAM! But Start with the Model.

Steve Jones, head of Industry Insights Research for Dodge Data recently led a Groundbreak session on using the BIM model as both a road map and a granular visual guide for project management. With such a background, he is well situated to separate futurist malarkey from genuine industry advances. 

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Cross Pollination – Changing Your Mindset for Automation

Automation is a phenomenon that permeates nearly every aspect of our lives. It’s also what Hitesh Dewan, Director of Technology Integration at Roebbelen Contracting, posited to a captive audience at Procore’s Groundbreak, what will usher in a new era for the construction industry. But how? According to Hitesh, all we need to do is ratchet up to Mindset 4.0. 

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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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