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Technology and Software Rundown Week of Oct. 3, 2016

Here’s the rundown on two rugged tablets for the construction jobsite, a mobile forms and reporting solution, a smart building controller and an architect/contractor collaboration platform.

Apps

GoFormz Offers Free Mobile Forms

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GoFormz mobile forms and reporting solution allows construction and field service businesses to fill out forms on mobile devices. Eight newly released free mobile forms specifically for the construction industry include employee timesheets, project proposals, work orders and vacation request forms. Users also can capture GPS data and images, and perform auto-calculations and add required fields and e-signatures.

Products

Smart Buildings Get Smarter with nLight ECLYPSE from Acuity Brands

acuity-nlight-eclypsenLight ECLYPSE™ controller smart building ready controller combines digital lighting and HVAC controls onto one platform. The new controller is built using Acuity Brands, Inc. award-winning ECLYPSE™ platform by Distech Controls® and industry-leading nLight® controls by Acuity Controls. The unified platform gives building managers the power to configure, monitor and control critical building systems through one intuitive interface. The ECLYPSE platform uses the BACnet™/IP communications protocol.

Handheld launches new version of the ALGIZ 10X ultra-rugged tablet

handheld-algizHandheld Group’s newest Algiz 10X has a 10.1-inch HD projective capacitive touchscreen that is ultra-bright and built for outdoor use. The 10-point touchscreen can be used in both glove mode and rain mode, allowing outdoor use. Other features include an optional active capacitive stylus, Enterprise LTSB version of Windows 10, a quad-core Intel N2930 1.83 GHz processor and an expandable 128 GB solid-state drive, 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM and several connectivity options. The Algiz 10X is IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for protection against dust, water, vibrations, drops and extreme temperatures. This compact tablet weighs only 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds) and measures 32 millimeters (1.2 inches) thick.

DT Research Rugged Tablets Withstand Extreme Environments

dt-research-dt395crDT Research’s DT395CR and DT395GS Rugged Tablets are designed to withstand extreme environments, indoors and outdoors, with fully integrated options to eliminate easily broken attachments in mission-critical scenarios and include security, privacy and productivity settings. Features include full HD anti-reflection outdoor viewable displays; IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated to withstand 4-foot drops, broad temperatures (-4°F to 140°F) and resist water, dust and humidity; high-accuracy GNSS module s compatible with existing GIS software for mapping applications and advanced workflow for GIS data capture, accurate positioning and data transmission; u-blox M8 GNSS module capable of concurrent reception of GPS and GLONASS for up to 2-meter accuracy; and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise OS security including Device Guard.

Acquisitions & Partnerships

Kahua and BSD Join Forces to Improve Architect-Contractor Communication

BSD’s automated construction specification-writing software, BSD SpecLink-E, is now integrated with Kahua‘s project management and collaboration platform. This integration streamlines the specifications to submittals process and improves the level of coordination between the architect and the contractor. It is the first collaborative effort in a strategic partnership targeted at helping the real estate and construction industry optimize complex inter-company business processes. Because BSD SpecLink-E employs a sophisticated relational database rather than word processing files, the architect’s submittal requirements are assembled automatically into a Kahua import file that includes the full text of each, organized into work categories. Within the Kahua project management software, the submittals data from SpecLink-E can be expanded to track dates and material selections. Submittals also can be routed via workflow for review and approval.

Video & Cool Stuff

Autodesk Highlights the Future of Making Things for AEC with Excellence Awards Finalists

autodesk-aec-excellence-awardsAutodesk announced the finalists for the 2016 Autodesk AEC Excellence Awards, previously known as the Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition. Categories include first and second place for building, construction and infrastructure projects, along with categories for small or niche projects, such as design and fabrication, communication and collaboration, computational design, small and large building construction projects, and more. A Philanthropic Award will recognize the fields of public interest, social impact, community, humanitarian or sustainable design. Winners will be announced at Autodesk University on Nov. 16.

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