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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 »

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center, dedicated on April 25, began construction on Nov. 6, 2010, and EarthCam webcams documented the process every 15 minutes from then until April 14 of this year. The EarthCam editors sorted through 20,000 hours of imagery and some 156,000 photos to come up with a one-minute, 52-second time-lapse “movie.”  It is the first of its kind for a presidential center.

The time-lapse movie (shown below) was viewed more than 5,000 times the first day, and the center has not even opened to the public yet. It’s scheduled to open May 1.

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Today, technology allows people to work smarter and enjoy a more mobile lifestyle than ever before. The digital age also is responsible for a fundamental shift in construction projects. To meet changing market expectations, construction firms are adopting new project workflows and processes that support this digital way of working. As a result, expect dramatic changes to occur within the construction workforce in 2013 and the future. Continue »

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Choosing an email solution that is right for your company can make a big difference in how business is conducted. It is not a choice that should be made casually and should start with a well-planned and carefully considered discussion that involved key members from IT, finance and business development departments.

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Wearable computing has been around the AEC industry for decades, so why the sudden hype about Google Glass?  Because it’s Google and because it looks cooler than past efforts. Google Glass is a wearable computing device that fits on like a pair of traditional glasses and is activated by voice command. Google Glass uses an automatic connection to the Internet–also known as the cloud–to provide access to enormous amounts of information, data and applications that are superimposed on the left or right lens you are looking through.

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Employee recruitment has changed significantly during the past 10 years. Now technology exists that can make the entire recruitment process much more streamlined and efficient.

Recruiting software allows businesses to save time and money and make better hiring decisions. It’s changing how businesses handle the recruiting process, giving freedom and time back to the company and its current employees. Following are ways recruiting software can improve an organization’s processes.

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Telematics tools help construction business managers locate crews on jobsites, track non-vehicle assets and capture fuel tax rebate information. They also help reduce vehicles’ fuel consumption and maintenance costs by tracking accidents and driver activity.

With added visibility into their day-to-day financials, fleet managers can focus on the growth of their business rather than mundane reconciliation tasks and individual driver safety. Continue »

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With the prevalence of social media, construction companies must be prepared for bad news to be picked up quickly, possibly before the company has even dealt with it. If a death, collapse, legal battle, sudden management change, big financial hit or some other scandal hits, does a presence on social media hurt or help? Continue »

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Distracted driving, texting and driving, road rage … There’s a lot of buzz lately around these topics, and for good reason. Often, the most dangerous part of the day for any employee isn’t the time spent operating machinery or servicing equipment–it’s the time spent behind the wheel of a vehicle.

How can construction company owners or fleet managers ensure their drivers are practicing safe driving habits that keep themselves and others safe on the roads? And how can technology help? Continue »