The tech rundown features hot new apps and software for messaging, weather, fleet management, prequalification, jobsite security and estimating. In “Cool Stuff,” ImmersaCAD’s immersive 3-D CAD visualization users “fly” through 3-D CAD models in “first person” virtual reality. Autodesk LIVE visualization service turns designs into fully interactive 3-D models to tell the design story, video game style.
Avaamo Mobile App Simplifies Communication and Collaboration
For contractors needing tight collaboration between offices and job sites, the Avaamo mobile app works across desktop and mobile devices to deliver structured, flexible messaging among individuals, projects and teams, keeping communication among project managers, contractors and subcontractors tracked and searchable. Avaamo connects contacts and calendars for scheduling shifts, client meetings or site walk-throughs and broadcasts content such as safety training materials or announcements. Teams can save manpower hours with time tracking, punchlists and optional location tracking and connect accounting, file sharing or other software.
Monitor Weather, Receive Alerts about Changing Conditions with My AcuRite
The AcuRite® weather monitoring and forecasting technology weather environment system helps construction professionals measure local conditions and receive notifications of changing conditions. My AcuRite is built upon a powerful cloud-based platform that delivers AcuRite’s environmental measurement technologies to a consumer’s laptop, tablet or smartphone. An intuitive, easy-to-navigate, data-packed app and web interface connects serious builders with actionable information about their specific location. My AcuRite can be expanded to deliver a variety of indoor environmental monitoring functions and customizable notifications, such as detecting water leaks and frozen pipes.
Gorilla Safety Mobile App Enhances GPS Functionality
Gorilla Safety’s fleet and safety management mobile app, Gorilla Trax, tracks trucks and trailers with a Gorilla Trax device attached to the vehicle or asset. It communicates with its mobile app when a driver is in proximity to determine the specific location of the vehicle or asset and whether the driver is actually working when and where indicated. The Gorilla Safety technology identifies the type of equipment involved, the cargo being hauled and potential severity. Other updates to its mobile app technology platform and web-based offering include International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reporting; vehicle tracking inspections; company policies and procedures automation; remote delivery of safety documentation; and issuance of alerts relating to procedural violations.
WPL Publishing Drone Services Directory Identifies Drone Services
WPL Publishing Co., publisher of ConstructionPro Week, offers the new Drone Services and Equipment Directory for the construction and related industries, which identifies FAA333 exemption holders by state, industry type and drone type that can provide specific drone services, including mapping, surveying, data collection for BIM, inspection, FLIR/infrared services, environmental monitoring and aerial photography/videos.
FileGenius Unlimited Storage Options for AEC Industry
FileGenius unlimited storage and unlimited user accounts option rivals Dropbox, Box, Sharefile and Egnyte to offer unlimited storage and unlimited users. The cloud-based secure file transfer and management system includes unlimited email and phone support and free online training with no installation or IT management required.
Build Custom Prequalification Forms in SmartBidNet with Prequal App
General contractors can now add Prequal Pro module to their SmartBidNet accounts at no additional cost. This module gives SmartBidNet users the ability to build custom prequalification forms in order to identify the qualifications and level of risk for each subcontractor before inviting them to bid. With Prequal Pro, send on-demand files or scheduled prequal requests, renewal notifications and file access; handle prequal, bid management, plan room and sub database management needs.
ECAMSECURE Combines Live Jobsite Viewing, Project Time-Lapsing and Security Recording
ECAMSECURE, manufacturer of state-of-the-art, self-contained mobile units for video surveillance and thermal imaging, offers an easy to use time-lapse video software to capture a project from beginning to end with a high-definition, project time-lapse video. Users can split images from any stage of the project, look up activity for any given date and watch live streaming video from a computer or mobile device. Jobsite cameras or MSU are monitored remotely by ECAMSECURE’s command center to deter and detect theft, vandalism or robbery and can trigger a response or intervention in real time by virtual guard personnel.
Efficiency in Estimating with Trimble GCEstimator Software Suite
Trimble GCEstimator Suite provides a single takeoff solution for both 3-D BIM models and 2-D plans. Users have the flexibility to use BIM models for 3-D quantity extraction as well as perform a digitized takeoff from 2-D PDF files. Trimble GCEstimator Suite incorporates best-of-breed estimating and takeoff solutions designed to increase efficiencies, win more work and maximize the profitability of projects before, during and after construction.
Partnerships & Acquisitions
Dexter + Chaney and TopBuilder Solutions Integrate ERP and CRM Programs
Dexter + Chaney and Texas-based TopBuilder Solutions are partnering on integration of TopBuilder’s customer relationship management (CRM) solution with Spectrum® Construction Software. TopBuilder complements Spectrum by providing the ability to create, track and close opportunities with existing clients and develop new leads from prospects with its cloud-based CRM solution. Contractors will have a 360-degree view of their clients—from bid history to real-time views of their accounts and financials. With bi-directional integration, contractors can transfer customer information from Spectrum back into TopBuilder and automatically send satisfaction surveys, referral campaigns and warranty follow-ups for a complete sales delivery and customer retention cycle.
Verizon Acquiring Fleetmatics
Verizon Communications Inc. will acquire Fleetmatics Group, a provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions. Fleetmatics’ Web-based solutions provide fleet operators with visibility into vehicle location, fuel usage, speed, mileage and other insights into their mobile workforce to reduce operating costs and increase revenue. Verizon Telematics, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, operates in more than 40 markets worldwide and offers comprehensive wireless, software and hardware solutions to consumers, enterprises, automakers and dealers to power connected-vehicle products around the world. In July, Verizon Telematics acquired Telogis, Inc., a global, cloud-based mobile enterprise management software company based in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Video & Cool Stuff
Fly Through 3-D Models with ImmersaCAD
ImmersaCAD‘s system for immersive visualization of 3-D CAD allows designers and customers to experience and navigate 3-D CAD models in immersive, “first person” virtual reality. The patent-pending, One-touch NavigationTM allows the user to “fly” through the 3-D CAD model for a new perspective for designer and customer alike.
Autodesk LIVE Brings Interactive Storytelling to Life
Autodesk, Inc. launched Autodesk LIVE, a new interactive visualization service which offers Revit users in the AEC industries the ability to transform their designs into fully interactive 3-D models. Previously known as “Project Expo,” the Autodesk LIVE experience draws viewers into the story of an architectural design much like a video game. With one click in Revit, Autodesk LIVE seamlessly and invisibly converts a project visualization into an interactive model in the cloud. Architects, engineers and construction professionals may customize and more easily share the experience with clients to explore on their own, enhancing communication of a digital design before a project ever breaks ground.
zlien Raises $5 Million to Make Mechanics Lien Rights Easy
zlien just raised $5 million in growth equity in a round led by Altos Ventures to expand its cloud-based platform for managing mechanics lien rights. zlien’s app brings together all project stakeholders, from contractors and suppliers to developers and lenders, to exchange lien waivers, construction notices and information. The investment allows zlien to expand its sales and marketing teams and to continue building its software and innovating around the complex construction payment process. zlien enables parties to collaborate and easily manage lien security by facilitating preliminary notice and lien waiver exchanges.