New software and apps focus on project integration and workflow. AR comes to the jobsite for live support in repair or maintenance of heavy equipment. A test program looks at machine learning software for organizing field data such as photography and videos. Drones capture 3-D jobsite updates.
eSUB and PlanGrid Partner on Integrated Mobile and Cloud Construction Apps for Field Data Collection and Document Control
eSUB Construction Software‘s new product integration brings together PlanGrid’s field productivity application for construction professionals with eSUB’s project management and document control platform for a complete mobile solution for construction subcontractors. The secure, scalable solution will help subcontractors:
- get paid for work by allowing the office and field teams to stay connected to the latest files and quickly document work in the field;
- mitigate litigation risks by hosting and preserving all project data in the cloud;
- manage multiple jobs with instant access to information;
- solve problems caused by unexpected conditions;
- remove obstacles to beat production rates; and
- collaborate in real time with general contractors.
Find Tradesmen with Worka
The Worka app connects construction craft professionals looking for jobs and potential employers looking for workers. Users can access a directory of local tradesmen, find connections, get advice and check prices.
Scope AR and Caterpillar Deliver First Augmented Reality-Based Remote Support Platform for Heavy Industry
Scope AR, the creator of augmented reality smart instructions and live support video calling solutions, is partnering with Caterpillar Inc. to provide an augmented reality-based live support video calling platform built specifically for the unique remote assistance needs of industries using heavy machinery. The Caterpillar dealer network can leverage the benefits of augmented reality (AR) for live support in repairing, troubleshooting a problem or conducting maintenance on equipment. The new platform is based on Scope AR’s Remote AR technology, an augmented reality-based remote assistance application that combines augmented reality with live video streaming, voice, live annotation, screen sharing and white-boarding to simulate the effectiveness of an expert to guide users on what to do step by step.
Software and In the Cloud
Identified Technologies Drone as a Service Captures Jobsite Updates
Identified Technologies’ eeDaaS (end-to-end Drone as a Service) subscription saves time and money by securely and automatically capturing 3-D jobsite updates at the push of a button. The integrated hardware and software system provides 3-D aerial mapping updates 60 times faster than traditional methods. The system automatically gathers, processes, stores and measures industrial projects for progress analysis and secure sharing with stakeholders for real-time action and collaboration.
Trimble Introduces Construction Technology Solutions for Small Site and Utility Contractors
TRIMBLE introduced office software, site positioning and machine control solutions for small to mid-sized site and utility contractors. SketchUp Pro for layout and visualization offers an affordable price point and ease of use for contractors without a software specialist on staff. SketchUp files can be exported to Trimble® SCS900 Site Controller Software with Trimble Site Contractor extension for use in site positioning applications. Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software includes EZ Level and BaseAnywhere. EZ Level replaces traditional laser transmitters with GNSS or total stations for easy elevation checking when no design is available. With BaseAnywhere, contractors set up a Trimble SPS585 GNSS Smart Antenna as a base station anywhere onsite, with no survey control necessary. The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System can be installed on many skid steer loader grading attachments from a variety of manufacturers. The installation includes integration to the machine’s joystick controls.
Dexter + Chaney Spectrum Integration Hub for Creating Open API Environment for Spectrum®
Dexter + Chaney’s new Spectrum Integration Hub makes it easy to facilitate seamless communication between Spectrum and other applications, creating an open application program interface (API) environment, based on open technology standards. The Spectrum Integration Hub is powered by several different Spectrum offerings that can be used together or separately—depending on integration needs, including pre-built Integrations that include Salesforce.com, Concur and DataLoade; Spectrum Data Exchange to build bi-directional connectors; and Info Link for pulling large amounts of data in bulk from their Spectrum database to transfer into another application or to spreadsheets where it can be reviewed or manipulated.
Trimble Field Link Construction Layout Includes Task-based Workflows
Trimble® Field Link version 4.0 construction layout software for MEP contractors and general contractors for measuring and creating layout positions for anchor bolts, hangers, cable trays and other common construction layout tasks now includes modular software features and enhanced task-based workflows that work across a range of layout positioning instruments. Trimble Field Link now works with a range of instruments for both interior and exterior layout including Trimble Robotic Total Stations, the Trimble Rapid Positioning System and GNSS receivers. With Trimble Field Link Office, users can review and create layout points without the use of 3-D modeling or CAD programs, enabling project managers and BIM managers to check layout data with the same interface that the field crews use. Users also can create or import data from 2-D plans and 3-D models and check data prior to field layout, without the use of AutoCAD or Revit.
Acquisitions and Partnerships
Skanska USA Building and Smartvid.io Collaborate on machine learning for photo and video content
Smartvid.io, a cloud-based platform for analyzing photos and videos from industrial environments, is collaborating with Skanska USA Building on implementation of computer vision and voice detection for analytics of content from UAVs (drones), site cameras and mobile devices. The business relationship is made possible by the Skanska Innovation Grant Program, which fosters applications of new technology to unlock value for Skanska and its clients. The pilot program will test and deploy machine learning software for organizing field data, such as photography and videos.
Fleetmatics Acquired by Verizon
Verizon Communications Inc. completed a $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group PLC. As a Verizon company, Fleetmatics, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with North American headquarters in Waltham, Mass., will be a part of the Verizon Telematics business, which offers comprehensive wireless, software and hardware solutions to consumers, enterprises, automakers and dealers to power connected-vehicle products around the world.