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Construction Technologies News
The construction equipment industry is operating below its digital potential. Within the next years, companies need to adapt their organizations, further digitise their machines and operations and promote open innovation along the way. This will be central for the construction industry to remain competitive and will impact its dynamics and the OEM landscape drastically. The issue of construction machinery digitisation was discussed at the Technical Forum, held during the CECE Summit on October 12 in Brussels.
Floating effortlessly and able to be positioned with great accuracy, drones - also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - are becoming an increasingly popular tool in the construction industry.
Meeting schedules, staying on budget, and following design plans are the core principles for companies performing earthwork operations. Having a balance between these three responsibilities is a difficult task and requires the right combination of technologies to be successful. An enterprise aerial intelligence platform with purpose built earthwork analysis tools is giving construction and engineering companies the power to control the success of a project.
B2W Software, a provider of heavy civil construction management software, offers an enhanced Error-check Wizard feature within its flagship B2W Estimate solution for estimating and bidding. The unique and powerful tool checks automatically for red flags and guides users through a step-by-step proofreading process to optimize the speed and accuracy of final bids.
Excavators equipped with 2D or 3D excavator guidance solutions from Leica Geosystems and tilt rotators supported by SVAB Quantum can now use a new functionality, iXE CoPilot, that enables the tilt function on a tilt rotator to be handled automatically. The tilt will automatically be adjusted so it is held parallel to the surface as the operator pulls in the excavator arm.
Viewpoint has announced a partnership with drone mapping software platform DroneDeploy to help construction companies track job progress, save time and reduce risk with drone maps and 3D models. Drone technology is becoming increasingly prevalent on jobsites as an efficient means of collecting aerial data to aid in design, planning and construction management.
John Deere SmartGrade is now available on the 650K crawler dozer, joining the 700K, 750K and 850K models equipped with the technology. The integrated Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System improves job site accuracy and work quality — delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables.
Trimble has begun construction on a second building in Westminster, Colorado. With the capacity to accommodate over 1,100 workers, the Westminster campus will be Trimble's largest employment center and will continue to serve as a central business hub for several of Trimble's core market segments including agriculture, construction and geospatial. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2018.
Measure, a provider of drone services for enterprise customers, has announced an expansion of its drone-powered solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction industries with packages designed to optimize site development, project monitoring/documentation and stockpile/earthwork measurement. The new solutions help drive successful and profitable project completion by providing enhanced visibility into site conditions, construction progress and material availability at a fraction of the cost of traditional survey methods.
Alimak Hek recently installed the largest personnel and material hoist in the world at NYU Langone Kimmel Pavilion hospital in 2016. This $1.2 billion expansion project, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, is a 21 story, 830,000 sq. foot medical facility aimed at providing patients and their families with more efficient and quality healthcare.
Heavy construction has come a long way when it comes to grade control and measurement. Gone are the days when ensuring an excavation was progressing correctly involved a surveyor with a grade rod manually checking slopes throughout the project.
Cansel has been a successful Autodesk Platinum Partner, supporting customers across Canada for all of their software and professional service needs, for over eight years. In 2015, Cansel merged its Ontario Autodesk business unit into SolidCAD. SolidCAD and Cansel have now announced the consolidation of their national operations forming the largest Canadian Autodesk Platinum Partner, newly branded as SolidCAD, a Cansel Company.
Construction software developer HCSS announces the release of its new electronic logging solution to help construction companies meet the December 2017 deadline to become Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliant. This mandate requires drivers who currently use Hours of Service (HOS) paper logbooks to switch to electronic logging with approved electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017.
CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the all-new SiteControl CoPilot powered by Leica Geosystems. Available factory-installed or as a retrofit on select CASE M Series dozers, the CoPilot system bridges the gap between automatic and indicate-only systems and offers a cost-effective entry into 2D and 3D machine control technology.