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Technology and Software Rundown Week of February 20, 2017

This week’s rundown features a boom lift operator safety system, image capture and mapping, new software for accounting and project management, subcontractor management system and inventory tracking software. Welcome to Dexter + Chaney, newest ABC Strategic Partner.

Products

Genie Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm System Provides Secondary Operator Protection

Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm
Genie® Lift Guard™ Contact Alarm is engineered as an electronic secondary guarding system that alerts others when an operator needs help. It’s a standard accessory on most new Genie Z™ (articulated) and S™ (telescopic) boom lifts. The system features an activation cable fitted above the boom lift’s platform control panel. When pressure is applied to the cable, it disconnects and activates the system. When the system is activated, all machine lift and drive functions are stopped to prevent additional movement in the platform. An alarm sounds and beacons flash, notifying everyone near the Genie boom lift that the operator may require assistance.

Yuneec International Improves Commercial sUAS Offering

Yunee H920 Drone
Yuneec International‘s professional H920 sUAS platform captures aerial and ground content safely and precisely. The H920 Plus includes the ST16 Pro Ground Station that operates on an Android platform with an integrated transmitter, flight controls and 7-inch screen display with a HD 720p video downlink for real-time flight footage and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors, command/control centers or broadcast trucks. The refined main control system now allows pilots to save settings and select various mission task modes, such as Orbit Me, Point of Interest, Journey and Curve Cable Cam, as well as waypoints. The H920 Plus maintains Yuneec’s focus on safety with features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Speed Control, Dynamic Return Home and Low-Battery Return Home.

Handheld Group’s Algiz 8X ultra-rugged tablet for field workers

Handheld Algiz 8X

Handheld Group’s Algiz 8X offers communication features such as LTE and dual-band WLAN, an 8-inch projective capacitive touchscreen that is ultra-bright and built for outdoor use and glove or rain mode for operation in changing weather. The chemically strengthened glass survives an impact test in which a 64-gram steel ball is dropped on the screen 10 times from a height of 1.2 meters. The Algiz 8X also comes with an optional active capacitive stylus. The Algiz 8X comes standard with Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB, is IP65-rated for dust and water ingression and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards.

Software & In the Cloud

Dexter + Chaney, Procore Partner on Project Management and Accounting Solution

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Spectrum® Construction Software, and Procore Technologies, Inc., have partnered to provide an integrated project management and accounting solution for the construction industry. Users can now share relevant data between the two systems, while keeping specific processes and operations independent. Project managers can manage their projects the way they want to using Procore’s extensive tools and resources, while Spectrum’s accounting and financial aspects are streamlined to achieve better cash flow and better financial analysis of the construction organization.

Take Control of Material and Equipment Assets with BuildSourced

BuildSourced

BuildSourced is a secure, cost-effective way to track and manage inventory, from small tools and large equipment to temporary materials and client stock. BuildSourced uses the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based technology to deliver industrial asset tracking and analytics. BuildSourced’s online public Marketplace enables members to buy, sell, rent or share their equipment and materials, creating a virtual shared economy for businesses across industries.

Acquisitions and Partnerships

Dexter + Chaney named ABC Strategic Partner

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Dexter + Chaney as an ABC strategic partner. Dexter + Chaney will join ABC’s other strategic partners, CNA, Tradesmen International, Fringe Benefit Group, Autodesk and United Rentals. As a strategic partner, Dexter + Chaney will focus on providing ABC members with technology products and services to help them streamline business practices as they grow and navigate the ever-changing technology landscape. In addition to participating in ABC’s national conferences and events, Dexter + Chaney will be working to bring technology know-how and solutions to members at the local level.

AvidXchange™ and GCPay.com Partner on Automated Subcontract Management

AvidXchange™, provider of accounts payable and payment automation solutions, is partnering with GCPay.com‘s online platform for automating subcontract management processes to deliver clients a best-in-class payment automation solution designed to meet the specific needs of the construction industry. The integrated offering will automate the “lien waiver” management process, as well as the execution of electronic payments to subcontractors.

Video & Cool Stuff

Remote planning, inspection, monitoring and validation is now a reality

From site surveys and the creation of detailed construction plans to validating data and monitoring a project’s progress, Nearmap captures, manages and delivers current location content, allowing businesses to explore their environment easily. The high-resolution, frequently updated aerial imagery is 2.8-inch GSD, better than satellite imagery. Delivered within days of capture, Nearmap shows changes over time. Nearmap is delivered through an easy-to-use interface, MapBrowser, or accessed via Esri® and Autodesk products. Nearmap can be used for preliminary assessment, bid and tender process, project planning, site planning and marketing content.

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