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Technology and Software Rundown Week of April 25, 2016

Here’s the rundown on a fleet safety app, a portable smart board, sophisticated drones, exciting software updates to automate and streamline work processes, and a digital flooring solutions library.

Apps

Gorilla Safety Mobile Application for Fleet and Safety Management

Gorilla Safety‘s cloud-based mobile app fully integrates capabilities necessary for safely and efficiently managing short-haul and long-haul vehicle fleets of any size into one platform. Gorilla Safety can perform a range of functions and be used to enhance Department of Transportation SAFER scores to reduce insurance premiums, optimize efficiencies, improve productivity, control costs, increase profits and make highways safer for all drivers. Gorilla Safety is iOS and Android compatible.

Products

Paperlight Portable Smart Board

PaperLight Smart Board

Paperlight Portable Smart Board is a touch-enabled, plug and play portable projection display that connects to a computer for drawing sketches; designing images; and viewing, marking and sharing AEC drawings in real time. The company has launched a Spur Startup campaign to raise funds for production.

3D Robotics’ Software for the Solo Smart Drone Platform

 

3DR, maker of Solo smart drone, offers a suite of advanced software for a powerful, safe versatile drone. The new software includes augmented reality, customizable geofencing, automatic flight path rewinding and two new Smart Shots, Pano and Zipline. It is compatible with any and every Solo, dramatically multiplying the possibilities for creative storytelling and making the experience of flight safer and more sophisticated than ever.

Coolbox Exceeds Funding Goals by 600 Percent

Coolbox

Coolbox smart cooler is in “InDemand” on IndieGoGo, having raised $415,000. Preorders are scheduled to start shipping in May. Coolbox was featured in the Jan. 30, 2105, “Technology & Software Rundown.”

Software

Bluebeam Delivers PDF Editing, Markup and Collaboration for Mac
Bluebeam Revu Mac automates critical processes, brings greater clarity to markups and gives more flexibility to project collaboration
Bluebeam®, Inc’s Revu Mac delivers foundational PDF editing, markup and collaboration capabilities enabling AEC professionals to streamline key functions and work processes across Windows and Mac operating systems. Features include Studio Projects, Studio Sessions, Markup Tools, Measurement Tools, Markups list, Overlay Pages and Document Navigation.

Trimble’s QuickMark Layout with BuildView  Automates Interior Building Construction

Trimble Spectra Precision® QML800G QuickMark Layout system automates the layout of interior points and walls. The system includes new BuildView software that allows users to select layout points on the included Android tablet directly from architectural files. The QML800G uses highly visible green lasers to locate points in all interior lighting conditions, allowing drywall and interior contractors to quickly and efficiently lay out points for interior building construction. When a point is selected on the tablet, two green beam lasers move to create a bright visible “X” directly on the point in less than five seconds for easy marking. With the BuildView software, architectural files can be loaded directly onto the Android device, eliminating the need to create point files in advance.

Autodesk Unveils 2017 Products for Building and Civil Infrastructure Industries

AutodeskSteel connections synchronization

Autodesk announced several new and enhanced features for strategic 2017 software solutions to help advance the future of making things using a Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. The new or updated versions of Autodesk Revit software, InfraWorks 360, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Navisworks 2017 and Autodesk Structural Fabrication Suite embody improvements designed to help accelerate how the built environment is designed and constructed. 

Video & Cool Stuff

BuildPay Online Banking speeds Construction Funding and Payment

BuildPay graphic

BuildPay, a construction tech startup funded by Marsh McLennan Co (Guy Carpenter LLC), is rolling out an online banking system pilot program in Florida. Construction funding institutions (like insurance companies) can escrow project funds, then link all the service and material providers to that account. The instant work is approved or materials procured, participants are paid direct to their bank account through a closed loop network that does not charge the users a fee. Contractors get an ACH-debit card to purchase materials for the job, again accessing the project funds directly from the Funder’s account. Funders pay the transaction fee.

Flowcrete Americas’ BIM Content Library Supports Industry’s Digital Transition

The new Flowcrete Americas’ BIM Content Library covers the company’s complete portfolio of specialist flooring solutions, including its line of antimicrobial treated cementitious urethanes, chemical resistant epoxy coating systems, fast cure methyl methacrylate finishes and corrosion protection products along with parking deck coatings. Each BIM System offers layers of integral data to support the specification, including the system’s technical properties, color availability, green building properties and installation procedures, and includes embedded product information for flooring materials throughout the life of the building, including cleaning and maintenance instructions. Available in RVT format for Autodesk Redit, the company’s new BIM Content allows Flowcrete Americas’ flooring systems to be easily incorporated into a 3-D building model and its associated component database.

Bridgit Nails Down $1.7 Million Seed Investment

Bridgit, whose technology simplifies construction project management, closed a $1.7 million seed round led by Hyde Park Venture Partners and Vanedge Capital. Bridgit, based in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario, plans to use the funding to hire new engineers and sales people and acquire more customers in the United States. With Bridgit, commercial and residential builders use a mobile app to assign and track tasks. If one piece of work is not completed correctly, the contractor can snap a photo and send it with relevant notes to the subcontractors to make sure it is fixed without holding up other work.

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