The digital age is going three-dimensional. 3-D printers will be popping up in office supply stores in the not-too-distant future, and companies like Autodesk are ramping up their capabilities at a furious pace. On a much smaller scale is the 3Doodler–something its inventors are calling a 3-D printing pen, though that may be a bit of stretch because there’s no computer involved. It will turn freehand or stenciled doodles and drawings into wire figures and structures by acting like a glue gun that uses 3-D printing plastics instead of glue. The plastic sets up quickly enough to allow the user to draw in the air and come out with a solid shape. Continue »
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Textura® Corporation, a leading provider of collaboration solutions for the construction industry, has acquired PlanSwift, the nation’s fastest growing digital takeoff and estimating solution for the construction industry. PlanSwift’s cutting-edge tools will complement Textura’s existing solutions, offering new capabilities to specialty contractors and estimators. Continue »
Portland, Ore. – February 6th, 2013 Viewpoint Construction Software announced today the acquisition of project and BIM (Building Information Modeling) collaboration software provider, 4Projects. The UK-based company has 61 employees who will join the Viewpoint team and over 40,000 unique monthly users employing its award-winning software. 4Project’s product portfolio will become available in Viewpoint’s existing markets in the US, Canada and Australia and provide the opportunity for Viewpoint’s products to reach across software architectures, including on-premise, multi-tenant cloud and mobile to enable delivery of the right functionality on the right platform optimizing the end user experience. Continue »
With increasing security demands from building tenants, sophisticated security systems can be a powerful sales tool. These security measures are less costly and much easier to install and maintain if building owners, architects and engineers plan for them before construction begins.
Every aspect of building design and construction, from placement of LAN closets to provisions for electrical conduit, should be planned with future security systems in mind. Continue »
Mention tracking performance on a construction site and there might be some eye rolling. However, mentioning tracking profitability may elicit a much different response. Perhaps if more contractors saw tracking performance as being positively correlated to tracking profitability, more contractors would do it. Continue »
The harsh environments that frequently accompany construction jobs have always tested the mettle of workers, but the addition of sensitive computing to the necessary equipment roster has required a whole new set of innovations and inventions.
To deal with this challenge, DLI has come out with a new vehicle-mount computer–the DLI 9300 VMC–that is specifically built to operate in the harshest industrial environments. The 8.4-inch industrial-rated resistive LCD touch screen comes with an optional heated screen defroster that allows operators to work in extreme temperatures as low as 22 degrees below zero. Continue »
Safety is an ongoing concern for highway construction workers. According to data collected by WorkZoneSafety.org, a clearinghouse for information on workplace accidents in the transportation construction industry, there were 576 work zone fatalities nationwide in 2010. The numbers for non-fatal injuries are even higher. Continue »
Replacing an old desktop or laptop with a speedier version usually is a thrilling prospect–until it comes time to wrangle Windows 8. The start-up screen is completely foreign and nothing’s where it used to be or “should” be. What’s the best way to get started? Continue »
As technological advancements surge ahead, it can be challenging to comb through all the new tools to unearth what’s really valuable to the AEC industry. On the trail of innovations that are currently available or on the horizon, a few trends are sure to take shape in 2013. Continue »
Millions of small businesses do not accept credit cards because terminals and merchant accounts can be expensive, but new technology can help reduce the financial burden. For construction-related companies that rely on smartphones to conduct business, a mobile credit card reader is a simple, affordable solution that allows payments on the go.
Many construction businesses could benefit from a mobile option but are worried about meeting compliance standards and security needs; however, secure options on the market today can eliminate those concerns. The benefits of mobile credit card acceptance are too numerous to ignore. Continue »