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Technology and Software Rundown Week of April 24, 2017

Integration is the word of the week with partnerships between SmartBid and Procore, Kahua and PlanGrid and PointGrab and Serraview. New software and enhancements include Procore Construction OS, DEWALT HangerWorks plug-in for Autodesk Revit, PlanIt Impact, Budget4Cast, Aconex Connected Cost and Hangar Jobsite.

Apps

Raken Joins Facebook Start Accelerate Track for Startups

The Raken App for construction compliance and reporting will participate in Facebook’s Start Accelerate program. The Facebook Start Accelerate Track is for startups that are thriving but are now looking to scale. Raken will work closely with Facebook product managers and engineers, receiving “hands-on” guidance on how to best incorporate existing and upcoming Facebook products into their application offering.

CoreLogic SkyMeasure Mobile App for Roofing Data

CoreLogic SkyMeasure

CoreLogic® SkyMeasure™ is a residential and commercial aerial roof measurement mobile app that uses the same advanced geocoding technology as the desktop version, while increasing access for roofing and insurance professionals to ParcelPoint®, the CoreLogic proprietary property parcel database. With the app, users access roofing data on a real-time basis, such as property measurement reports and status updates as well as historical property measurement data.

 

 

 

Products

Mobelisk Mobile Enterprise Solution Makes Smartphones Even Smarter

Mobelisk Chimera2Mobelisk has partnered with HP on MoGo for Windows (previously available on Android), which turns an off-the-shelf HP smartphone into a durable and affordable mobility solution. It features built-in environmental sensors that can measure shock, temperature, vibration and barometric pressure, alerting users to an issue before a critical failure at the point of service. The Mobelisk Chimera Smartcase can be custom-tailored for companies who want to deploy tablets to their field forces. Chimera transforms off-the-shelf hardware into enterprise solutions that can be integrated with proprietary applications with Mobelisk SDK – complete with easily programmable LED buttons. Modules include barcode scanners, magnetic card readers, RFID scanners, secondary long-life rechargeable batteries and quick-connect vehicle mounts.

 

Software and In the Cloud

Procore’s Construction OS Connects People, Applications and Devices

Procore’s Construction OS cohesive platform connects people, applications and devices to create a frictionless construction process. Construction OS includes new reporting and visualization tools; access to approximately 100 apps in the App Marketplace; a newly launched developer portal; the ability to securely integrate, store and manage projects within one platform; and Procore Sync, which enables users to save and sync files to Procore from outside apps. Procore also launched two new powerful, mobile-optimized solutions—Procore Construction Financials and Procore Quality & Safety. This unified platform includes Procore Project Management.

Hangerworks Automates Placement and Design for MEP Hangers

Dewalt Revit Plugin

DEWALT HangerWorks plug-in for Autodesk Revit automates the placement and design of hangers and seismic bracing for MEP systems such as pipe, duct, conduit and cable trays. Complex built-in engineering calculations enable the tool to size concrete anchors, inserts and hanger assemblies based on the weights of the MEP system including contents (water, wire, air) and determine hanger and bracing locations based on building code requirements and user-defined project standards. Engineering tools such as point-load calculations, concrete anchor optimization and seismic brace forces are automatically generated from the model.

SmartBid Integrates with Procore

SmartBid Procore

SmartBid users can now seamlessly transition their projects, subs and documents from the preconstruction phase to the building phase to keep projects running smoothly from bid to completion. With the Procore integration, SmartBid users can integrate data from the bid process into their project management dashboard, sync project info and docs for awarded companies and contacts, centralize project docs throughout construction and integrate estimating and takeoff.

PlanIT Impact’s Cloud-based Building Sustainability Scoring Tool for Architects, Engineers and Builders

PlanIT Impact’s cloud-based 3-D planning tool and the PlanIT Impact Score™ enable architects and builders to collaborate with multiple teams, gather data inputs in real time and more accurately model material costs and the impact of physical attributes of the land/geo-location and structure based on federal and commercial data sources. PlanIT Impact incorporates projected energy use and cost, stormwater run-off, water use and transportation access with Walk score. The PlanIT Impact Energy Module scores translate to Energy Optimization points for LEED and makes data-driven decisions that track to LEED projects. PlanIT Impact supports leading software tools, including SketchUp, Rhino and Revit.

Budget4cast for Project Owners Tracks Project Budgets

budget4cast

budget4cast is a cloud-based project management application for project owners to plan, track and forecast project budgets. Key features include customized one-click reporting via PDF or CSV files; ability to upload contracts or purchase agreements; create custom budget fields via the budget development and monitoring table; incorporate forecasted costs and monitor them as they convert to committed costs; reallocation between budget lines to make managing contingency or adjustments simple; and viewer, editor and administrator user roles for easy collaboration.

Aconex Brings Project Controls and Information Together

AconexAconex Connected Cost integrated solution brings together project controls and project information on a single cloud-based construction management platform that provides a complete view of cost information across individual projects and project portfolios. Users can budget, forecast, track progress and performance, manage entire programs, manage contracts and process claims and payments. Project participants are connected on a single platform and follow a consistent set of processes. The solution can be configured for specific industry processes and integrates with ERP and scheduling systems.

Drones Enable Digitization with Hangar JobSight

Aerial intelligence from Hangar’s Jobsite platform allows users to access, process and analyze information before, during or after a project and make course corrections in real time as the entire team works off of the same data points. JobSight keeps a visual archive of construction projects for improved project management, communication and processes. Users can view aerial data such as photos, 360 images, videos and high-resolution orthomosaic maps over the life of a project. They can also annotate, share, measure and export that data for integration into their workflows. Hangar Jobsite integrates with ProCore construction project management software.

Partnerships and Acquisitions

Kahua Partners with PlanGrid to Increase Productivity in Real Estate, Design and Construction

Kahua cloud-based project management and collaboration platform has integrated with PlanGrid provide cloud-based collaborative project management solutions that improve productivity for the real estate, design and construction industries. Project teams can communicate and execute more efficiently, synchronizing drawings and markups so everyone on the project has access to the most up-to-date information.

PointGrab Partners with Serraview for Smart Office Solutions

PointGrab CogniPoint Sensor

PointGrab, developer of the CogniPointTM edge-analytics smart sensing solution, partnered with Serraview, workplace management and optimization software, to integrate CogniPoint with Serraview’s cloud-based space planning software to deliver real-time space utilization intelligence. The integration allows organizations to collect data crucial to tracking and understanding how their employees work best, such as occupants’ presence, count and position in the workspace. By utilizing advanced deep-learning neural networks technology, CogniPoint delivers the actionable analytics necessary to optimize space management, energy savings and business intelligence.

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