Congratulations to GPS Insight fleet tracking company for construction, which made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in North America for the seventh consecutive year. There is a host of new products and technologies for construction, from a sensor that sees through walls and a cap that detects fatigue; to cloud solutions that improve project collaboration, payroll reporting and 3-D visualization; to augmented reality paperless plans.
3DRTM Adds SonyTM R10C Professional Grade Camera on Site Scan
3DR, manufacturer of drone technologies for commercial and industrial use, now offers the SonyTM UMC-R10C professional grade camera with Site ScanTM, 3DR’s fully automated flagship aerial analytics platform. The 20MP APS-C size sensor captures 13 times the light of a 1/2.3-inch sensor found in DJI drone cameras for a higher signal-to-noise ratio and higher dynamic range. This, combined with the sharp 20mm Sony SEL20F28 prime lens, dramatically improves image quality and the quality of the maps and models generated by Site Scan. With the new camera, Site Scan achieves an impressive resolution of 0.5cm/pixel.
The WalabotDIY uses Vayyar Imaging’s 3-D sensor technology to “see through” walls. Users simply download the WalabotDIY app from the Google Play Store, connect the accessory to a smartphone USB port and hold it against a wall. The WalabotDIY magnetically attaches to the back of a smartphone to give a visual representation of what’s been detected, its orientation, what it’s made from, and how far away it is, to a depth of about 4 inches. Uses include showing plastic and metal pipes, electrical wires and studs; measuring cement, drywall and tile depth; and detecting movement behind walls.
Smartcap Technology Monitors Driver Fatigue
The SmartCap system for vehicle drivers or heavy vehicle operators provides real-time measurements of fatigue, based on direct physiological measurement of related symptoms. The system uses a Bluetooth wireless connection to transmit data from the SmartCap to an in-cab display, which provides real-time information to the operator and relays visual and audio alarms if specific fatigue criteria are met. The processor card is inserted in a connector on the cap or headband. Drivers keep their own cap with them and insert a card into the dock of their cap once inside the cab.
OEM Data Delivery Offers Support Levels for Off-Highway Equipment Data and Introduces KeyPOD for Fleet Managers
OEM Data Delivery for the off-highway market now offers access to a trio of support service options for the data delivery and management systems outfitted to their equipment and vehicle fleets. With the baseline service, OEM Data Delivery analysts monitor data and communicate with onsite customers regularly. The second tier features routine visits from technicians, providing onsite system audits and training sessions. The third tier is an embedded service, in which an OEM Data Delivery representative will work as an onsite equipment data analyst.
OEM recently announced a partnership with Multiforce Systems Corporation, outsourcing all sales, marketing and support of its fuel management products.
KeyPOD is OEM’s newest product that provides real-time accurate data on equipment use, inspections and conditions to help fleet managers and equipment owners control operator access to off-highway machinery and it improves compliance with safety inspections. KeyPOD connects with EQUIPCHAT and Mobile EQUIPCHAT software to provide reports for analysis and investigation.
Kyocera Duraforce Pro Rugged Smartphone Has Built-In Super Wide View HD Action Camera
Kyocera International Inc. DuraForce PRO military-grade rugged 4G LTE smartphone with a Super Wide View HD (1080p) Action Camera can be used underwater. The DuraForce PRO is equipped with a 5-inch full HD display and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ octa-core processor with X8 LTE and multi-mode for fast connections on global networks. The phone is certified to IP68 (waterproof up to 30 minutes/2 meters deep) and Military Standard 810G for protection against dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, salt, fog, humidity, immersion, temperature shock and icing/freezing rain.
Software & In the Cloud
Newforma Project Center Hybrid Platform Manages Building and Infrastructure Project Information
Newforma® Project Center release 11.7, featuring Newforma® Cloud Services, is an integrated cloud-based extension of the PIM solution. Cloud services frees information from silos created by the use of multiple file sharing solutions, integrating on-premise and cloud storage to support collaboration among dispersed project teams. Newforma Project Center with cloud services bridges data silos for secure, real-time access to the information needed to collaborate effectively, while providing audit trails for compliance, records retention, knowledge mining and dispute resolution. Project teams can communicate and collaborate on existing processes, workflows and data formats, without using multiple platforms to maintain detailed project records.
Trimble and Vermeer Introduce Trimble Ready Factory Program with a GPS Steering Option
Trimble and Vermeer introduced a Trimble Ready® factory option for the new Vermeer T1255III Direct Drive Terrain Leveler® surface excavation machine (SEM) that makes it faster and easier to install a Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System. The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System uses GPS to control cutting head depth and pitch. Operators can cut to the surface plan more precisely and eliminate rapid changes in cutting depth, which can impact productivity. Machine steering coordinates also can be provided by GCS900 to reduce human error for cutting head overlap and maximize the efficiency of the machine.
New LCPtracker Solution for Certified Payroll
LCPtracker, a provider of prevailing wage compliance and workforce reporting, offers a LCPcertified public works, a cloud-based certified payroll solution for construction companies, electricians, plumbers, landscapers or anyone working on public works projects to submit certified payroll reports (CPRs). LCPcertified is available in three packages:
- LCPcertified Basic for small companies to produce certified payroll reports, one state at a time;
- LCPcertified Plus for small to mid-sized companies that enter in their own prevailing wage rates and track them in one complete system along with California wage rate validations and rate sheet features for managing federal and other state wage rate compliance; and
- LCPcertified Professional for larger companies offers a powerful bulk processing for production of hundreds of certified payroll reports with auto-distribution feature.
ebb3 Partners on 3-D Visualization Platform
ebb3, in partnership with Cisco, NVIDIA, NetApp, APC, Microsoft and Citrix, High Performance Virtual Computer (HPVC) is an innovation in virtualization for 3-D software applications. The HPVC offers a cloud-based platform for 3-D software, enabling multiple professionals to collaborate remotely over long distances and on any device. The HPVC makes it possible to deliver 3-D graphics to 4K screens, and to give access to 3-D graphical applications smoothly and seamlessly, wherever there’s an Internet connection.
Acquisitions and Partnerships
Aconex Ltd and Dropbox Join Forces to Ease Project Team Collaboration
Dropbox and Aconex Ltd’s new global partnership provides better data integration between the two platforms. Aconex users can securely move documents, drawings, photos and other files from Dropbox to Aconex with a few simple clicks. Once on the Aconex platform, the files can be shared, distributed, updated, tracked and searched in controlled workflows across many different organizations connected on projects.
Video & Cool Stuff
Augmented Reality Framing with Scope AR
Scope AR teamed up with a Los Angeles drywall company, Martin Bros, to leverage Scope AR’s technology and HoloLens to construct the framing for a room in augmented reality (AR) without the use of plans or documents. Check out a video of the framing process.
Iota Labs Dot
Iota Labs, a team of five Berkeley engineers, is building a hardware product called Dot that uses precise location tracking to make smartphone’s notifications highly intelligent and contextual.
Bluebeam eXtreme Conference Inspires Industry Professionals to “Be a Part of Something Bigger”
Bluebeam, Inc recently brought together a diverse community of more than 1,000 professionals, students and industry leaders for three days of innovation, inspiration, training and networking at the Bluebeam eXtreme Conference in San Diego. The conference featured lectures, training sessions, customer panels and case studies that inspired attendees to push the limits of digital project collaboration. The conference keynote by Richard Lee, Bluebeam president and CEO, focused on the conference theme, “Be a Part of Something Bigger,” as well as the exploration of hardware integration and Bluebeam Revu adoption reaching the 1 million user mark.