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Technology and Software Rundown: Handheld 3-D Scanner, CAD on Every Device and Real-Time Project Dashboards

Exciting new technologies include the ability to run CAD on any device, a handheld 3-D scanner, and real- time project status and scheduling. Then, just for fun, see the cherry blossoms live in Washington, D.C., via EarthCam–without the tourists.

Products

Trimble Offers DPI-8 Handheld 3-D Scanner

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Trimble plans to make 3-D scanning more accessible to the building design and construction market by distributing DotProduct’s DPI-8 handheld 3-D scanner. The DPI-8 enables contractors, engineers, field managers and site inspectors to capture and process accurate, high-quality, as-built spatial data. The self-contained, lightweight design incorporating a 3-D depth sensor and a commercial-grade Android tablet allows one-hand operation. The solution is powered by DotProduct’s Phi.3D software, which provides users with data-quality feedback while scanning, and makes it simple for novice users to produce accurate point clouds directly in the field. Advanced compression technology simplifies the ability to pack and share point cloud data with key stakeholders offsite. The DPI-8 enables users to verify as-built conditions in difficult-to-reach or obstructed locations that tripod-mounted scanners can’t reach and where tethered, multi-device models are unsafe to operate.

Software

Aegis Project Controls Launches Construction Scheduling and Management Products

Aegis logoAegis Project Controls created two new technology products to assist construction executives and schedulers with monitoring and review of construction projects. Aegis Analytics is a cloud-based dashboard that tracks the real-time status of multiple projects by connecting to live Primavera schedule databases. Rubix is a three-pronged tool that will compare schedules, assess their health and check for compliance. These two new products join Aegis Project Controls’ current product, Aegis Cloud, to create a suite of technology products that ease the process of scheduling and managing large construction projects. Aegis Cloud is a state-of-the-art datacenter for application cloud solutions that simplifies the use of Primavera.

MainFrame2 Brings CAD Windows Applications into the Cloud

Frame - Home pageFrame (previously Mainframe2) is offering a limited number of Frame BETA accounts to try the only platform that enables engineers and designers to install and run the CAD of their choice on any device. Sign up at http://www.fra.me. Frame’s new product lets anyone quickly and easily move any Windows application into Frame’s secure cloud environment, automatically, with just a few clicks. Key features of Frame include full compatibility with any existing Windows software, the ability to connect to any PDM or cloud storage and unrivaled graphics performance. Frame has pioneered “rich graphics apps in the cloud” with 100,000 users.

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B2W CM
SOFTWARE HELPS UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY  Uses b2w cm software in asc COMPETITION

B2W UVUUtah Valley University (UVU) leveraged B2W Software’s  construction project estimating software, B2W Estimate, to achieve top five placement within the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 student competition. The ASC competition is a comprehensive educational opportunity enabling college students to apply classroom lessons to real-world construction projects. The primary competition required participants to effectively manage hundreds of pieces of equipment, analyze labor hours, accurately estimate costs, and coordinate with supervisors. The university team took advantage of the B2W Educate Program, gaining access to B2W Software’s specialized construction estimating tools.

Acquisitions

Viewpoint Acquires Jobpac

Viewpoint Construction Software® acquired Sydney, Australia-headquartered Jobpac, a provider of ERP construction software solutions to the Australian/New Zealand (ANZ) market. Viewpoint will continue to support Jobpac products and remains committed to Viewpoint’s ANZ Enterprise ready products including Vista, Viewpoint For Project Collaboration, Viewpoint for Content Management, Viewpoint for Mobile and Field View (formerly Priority1).  

Videos and Cool Stuff

Watch the Cherry Blossoms Blooming in D.C. Via Live EarthCam

The Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C., are blooming! With EarthCam’s live view of the Tidal Basin, viewers can take part in the National Cherry Blossom Festival thanks to its ongoing partnership with the National Park Service..

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