This week’s Tech Rundown features two new wearables – one to verify workers’ training qualifications and one wearable sensor that alerts safety personnel to slip, trip and fall incidents. Software releases focus on project management collaboration and linking 2-D drawings and 3-D models. Check out a cool new video on the Archicad 21 Stair Tool. Continue »
Construction Software is the Key for Lean, Efficient and Profitable Projects The benefits of construction estimating and management software are the vast improvements in the areas of cost, speed, accuracy and productivity through mobile devices.
Computer business software has enhanced accounting, tax preparation, purchasing, delivery, marketing communications, and customer service. Everyone knows that.
But did you know that construction estimating and management software linked to laptops, tablets, and smartphones, has revolutionized the business of building contractors? Continue »
There are some exciting new construction technologies in this week’s rundown, including the latest in software for takeoff and estimating, field reporting and project management; a rugged wifi system for construction sites; a tool inventory app; MR platform for instructional content; and a system for crash data analysis. Continue »
Here’s the rundown on a 3-D laser scanner, RFID tags and new software for BIM and CRM. Scroll down to “Cool Stuff” for a report on driverless cities and an interactive tool for aerial lifts. Continue »
Here’s the rundown on new apps for streamlined reporting and printing plans; new fleet tracking technology; the latest software updates for integrated estimating and project cost tracking, workforce management solutions and design; and partnership announcements. Check out the BIM report and guide to CM software. Continue »
Recent innovations in small, unmanned aircraft (more popularly known as “drones”) have given construction contractors the ability to cheaply and efficiently conduct site surveys, inspect otherwise inaccessible areas, monitor progress, aid in the early identification of potential deficiencies and ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget. Continue »
Smart Sensors Can Detect Hazards Employees Can’t Take the guesswork out of potentially dangerous jobsite conditions
The scorching heat was unusual for the month of June. Near triple-digit temperatures enveloped the town of Chesterfield, Missouri for several weeks. Iron worker Thomas “Tommy” Barnes, Jr., 55, was doing some work inside a lift and was headed down to go outside for some fresh air when he collapsed. Continue »
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. Continue »
There are lots of great apps and software for everything from troubleshooting tech issues, digital measurements, fabrication, project execution and project management. Be sure to read all the way down to “Video & Cool Stuff” for news on 3-D printed homes, a video on ancient estimators and how drones benefit a jobsite. Continue »
In today’s ever-crowded construction software market, finding the right fit can be exhausting and overwhelming. How do you choose the right software for your construction business? How do you sort through the hype to find what the software will actually do for your business? And how can you tell which vendor will be with you for the long haul and which will disappear after the sale? These are just some of the burning questions construction companies face when evaluating software solutions. Continue »
In recent years, the construction industry has been bombarded with new software solutions that advertise they are the fastest, greatest, cheapest, most mobile and user-friendly products.
What makes software companies different? Take a look at the company’s history. Construction software should focus on a contractor’s specific business needs, not the current “app buzz of the month.”