2017 Tech Predictions

When Star Trek™ debuted 50 years ago, who would have thought the technology employed on the Starship Enterprise would one day be used on construction jobsites. Read The Full Story »

Maxwell Systems, Inc., a leading provider of construction software solutions, expert services and best practices, announced a free webinar series as part of its partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms.

There will be four educational webinars in the series designed to deliver best practices to help construction business leaders leverage advancements in technology, streamline and standardize management processes, and drive organizational change for success. The first webinar will be hosted Sept. 11, with others following on Nov. 12, Feb. 18 and April 16. Continue »

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Tech providers are in the midst of a shift toward a demand for more open, user-friendly technology solutions due to a progressively more informed user base and forward-thinking providers that understand the benefits of integration. The past 10 years have been about allocating the right corporate technologies to cut operating costs from tight budgets without complicating processes. The next 10 years will be about making sure those technologies fit together to achieve corporate objectives.

As more employees become savvy in technology needs, requests once limited to the IT department are pouring in from all ends of the company. Construction executives have an obligation to shape the corporate IT strategy and choose the right solutions, but technology providers also have an obligation to provide flexible solutions that accommodate the strategy — building a bridge that drives greater efficiency. Continue »

The Aug. 28 edition of Construction Executive’s Tech Trends eNewsletter is a special advertising issue all about the hottest mobile apps for the construction industry.

Advertisers in AUGUST APPS can showcase their company/product name, headline, full-color image, 150 words of text and a web link. Plus, AUGUST APPS will be promoted in the September issue of Construction Executive, driving 137,800+ readers to read the Tech Trends article online.
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BIMMore Like This

With all the recent news about Google Glass, augmented reality (AR) is beginning to take the forefront as a design visualization tool. Architects are using AR to show clients how a building will look on a site model. Engineers are using AR to virtually scan walls for infrastructure with information tied back to the 3-D building information model. And contractors are using AR to communicate details of special assemblies and interfaces to subcontractors.

3-D used to mean a foam-core or bass-wood model. Then came usable 3-D visualization tools. BIM-generated “fly through” experiences were shown on 2-D screens or projected for a larger audience. Now, those same 3-D illustration techniques are being used on tablet computers and smartphones to create images in augmented reality that can be overlaid or superimposed on the design of the physical reality of the project site or model. Continue »

Cloud ServicesMore Like This

Paper may seem like a lightweight solution for field service workers, but it can quickly weigh them down.

When technicians are out in the field, they need to fix the problem fast, order new parts fast and invoice fast. Paper slows everything down. An automated dispatch system with an integrated mobile application is critical in today’s competitive environment. Continue »

Best PracticesMore Like This

When it comes to running a construction business, it’s easy for contractors to look at technology to provide immediate solutions.  That’s what drives so many to rush out and buy that latest and greatest gadget without truly considering how they will benefit from and effectively utilize their fancy new purchase. But here’s the hard truth: Technology does not solve problems; it’s merely a tool that can be used to leverage a company’s strengths. Continue »

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At the World Design Forum held in Singapore in June, a group of innovative global design professionals discussed the latest trends affecting design and construction. Members of the Singapore government were invited to share experiences from an Asian perspective. The discourse was both fascinating and frank, blending real issues with high aspirations for the emerging Asia Pacific market. The AEC industry has much to learn from these provocative discussions on robotics, 3-d printing, BIM, LEED and driverless cars. Continue »