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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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It’s impossible to overlook the rise of cloud computing in the construction industry given its ties to mobile technology and building information modeling (BIM). Yet, the way a business approaches its cloud strategy impacts its ability to boost productivity and save money. Consider the following data:

  • U.S. smartphone users totaled 115.8 million at the end of 2012, and that number is expected to reach 176.3 million by 2015, according to eMarketer.
  • Tablet devices will generate more web traffic than smartphones by early 2013, according to Adobe Digital Index.
  • BIM adoption is rising steadily, increasing 13 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to a 2012 National Building Specification survey. Continue »
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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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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 »

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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 »

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This week, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) gave three companies a 2013 Innovation Award for their inventive products. Twenty-two companies competed for the awards. Winners were selected by a team of judges that included roadway engineers and safety experts who evaluated the companies’ products or services and visited their exhibits on display during ATSSA’s 43rd Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in San Diego. Since 1969, ATSSA’s Traffic Expo has been the largest roadway safety exposition and convention of its kind in North America, featuring the latest in roadway safety products and services that help save lives. Continue »

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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 »