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May 19, 2024

ConTech: Latest Trends and Innovations – No. 58

A look at the world of Construction Technology – by Arnie Gess, publisher of Construction Links Network.


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Welcome to the Construction Links Network’s weekly construction technology blog, your essential guide to the rapidly evolving world of construction tech! Every week, we delve into how technology is reshaping every facet of the construction industry, from innovative design and meticulous planning to efficient project management and on-site execution. This blog series is dedicated to bringing construction professionals the most current updates on emerging tools, techniques, and trends. From exploring the latest in software solutions to groundbreaking building materials and pioneering research, our blog is a comprehensive resource for anyone keen on the technological advancements driving the future of construction. Stay informed and ahead of the curve with our in-depth coverage of all things construction technology.

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A Cure for Hospital Construction Project Inefficiencies

hospital construction ineffciencies - Revizto e-book

Hospital construction projects are considered some of the most uniquely challenging and complex in the industry. In this e-book, Revizto examines some of the key issues involved in delivering vital healthcare facilities and how BIM is helping to overcome these hurdles on schemes around the world. The publication looks at the four key challenges facing hospital and healthcare project teams, from inadequate risk management and a lack of structure and accountability to poor communication and the slow adoption of technology. Learn more and download the e-book.


Thick skin syndrome: women in trades normalize microaggressions to be ‘one of the guys’

Thick skin syndrome - procore

Recently, Lisa Weatherby, dean of academic services of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and Seema Lal, president of Canadian Construction Women, spoke with Stacy Thomas of Canadian HR Reporter on how we need to support work environments for women in trades. Lisa discussed the transformational approach the industry needs to be taking with the culture in these workplaces. Seema said employers have to think about the obstacles that are preventing women from applying for these positions, and offer support to alleviate some of those barriers.



How McKenney’s Uses OpenSpace to Improve Quality and Safety

How McKenneys Uses OpenSpace - webinar

Founded in 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia, McKenney’s is a leading mechanical contractor offering a wide range of services in the commercial, retail, healthcare, government, education, mixed-use, hospitality, industrial, and mission-critical sectors, among others. In this recorded conversation with Shane Shockley, Virtual Construction Operations Manager at McKenney’s, Inc., learn why the company selected OpenSpace reality capture for automated documentation and discover why Shane says the technology is one of the biggest game-changers in construction. Shane shares his perspective on the biggest challenges facing the industry and how reality capture helps address them. He also takes us inside an active healthcare project to show how the company leverages reality capture by sharing several use cases. Learn more and view the webinar.


Inspecting an as-built bridge abutment with PIX4Dcatch

Inspecting an as-built bridge abutment with PIX4Dcatch

How accurate is PIX4Dcatch as a mobile 3D measurement technology for quality control? Is it more efficient than conventional methods? Ai Consultant, based in Tokushima Prefecture, was commissioned by Sasaki Corporation in Awa City to perform control measurements of bridge abutment foundation work (cast-in-place piles). The site was located in an environment where measurements using conventional stationary instruments would be inefficient. An experiment was conducted to see if the problem could be solved with PIX4Dcatch, a mobile measurement technology with excellent mobility. Read the case study.


Understanding the Basics of RFI in Construction

Understanding the Basics of RFI in Construction - Premier Construction Software

Requests for information (RFIs) are essential elements of construction project planning. When a stakeholder wants to improve or clarify a certain aspect of the project, they can file an RFI to gain access to relevant data. In this way, RFI plays a small part in keeping everyone informed and ensuring the project runs smoothly. Here’s everything aspiring professionals need to know about the hows, whys and whens of RFIs in the construction industry. Read the blog.


NSC Releases New Research on Location Geofencing Technology

Despite increased efforts to reduce serious incidents and fatalities, or SIFs, in the workplace over the last few decades, the percentage of worker deaths has only fallen by about 15%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recognizing the severity of this issue, the National Safety Council launched the Work to Zero initiative in 2019, with funding from the McElhattan Foundation, to help reverse this devastating trend through the use of technology. Recently, the NSC Work to Zero initiative released a new white paper, Advancing Workplace Safety with Location Geofencing, to shed light on the transformative potential of this technology and how it can significantly reduce the risk of SIFs in various industries.


National Institute of Building Sciences Announces Digital Technology Council

To better serve the ever-evolving architecture, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) industry, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has renamed the Building Information Management Council to the Digital Technology Council. The Digital Technology Council builds on the work and foundation of building information management and modeling and reflects the rapid expansion of digital technology in the built environment, expanding the focus areas of the council.


BuildClub Launches Innovative Browser Extension to Revolutionize Shopping for Home Improvement Supplies

BuildClub, a leading technology startup dedicated to transforming the home improvement and building materials industry, recently announced the launch of its new browser extension, the BuildClub Price Finder. This groundbreaking tool is set to redefine how homeowners, small and mid-sized contractors shop for building materials, offering unprecedented transparency and cost savings.


VEERUM launches VEERUM 3DVAULT for geospatial data management and governance

VEERUM, a leader in visual asset management, announces the launch of its newest SaaS offering, VEERUM 3DVAULT. This strategic product release supports organizations grappling with the world’s largest, most complex data sets. VEERUM 3DVAULT consolidates the management, transformation, storage, and distribution of all 3D and geospatial data in a single platform. By unifying data in one location, VEERUM 3DVAULT mitigates the risk of data loss, and significantly reduces recapture costs.


SkillCat and HVACRedu.net Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance HVAC Apprenticeship Training Through Mobile Access

SkillCat, a leading provider of online training courses for blue-collar workers, announces a strategic partnership with HVACRedu.net, a pioneer in online HVAC/R education and a US Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Training Provider. This collaboration is set to revolutionize the HVAC/R industry by making the comprehensive HVAC/R Apprenticeship Training Program accessible through SkillCat’s user-friendly mobile app platform.


First City-Level AI-enhanced Digital Twin Platform for Heritage Buildings of Hong Kong Launches

Dr. Zhang Jiaying, a postdoctoral researcher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has pioneered the Hong Kong’s first city-level AI-enhanced Digital Twin platform for heritage buildings. This platform aims to establish an intelligent monitoring and protection system for heritage buildings across Hong Kong’s eighteen districts. By leveraging Generative Artificial Intelligence, specifically the integration of 3D modeling and large language models, this next-generation Digital Twin technology will enhance the overall management and protection efficiency of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage buildings.


ARBT Introduces the Prefab Technology Trade Supply Fund as a New Investment Opportunity

Australia’s Brisbane Leading provider of prefabricated construction technology, ARBT, recently announced the opening of the ARBT Prefab Technology Trade Supply Fund, a cutting-edge investment opportunity. This new project is intended to support ARBT’s mission to transform construction through the use of prefabricated faster construction technologies by providing funding for the purchase of necessary building components. The Prefab Technology Trade Supply Fund has an 18-month duration and a total loan size of $18 million AUD. Investors can contribute anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000. In addition to providing an appealing annual return of 13.8% paid monthly after deducting management fees and expenditures, this investment is critical to the development of high-quality, reasonably priced housing options.


Enhancing Architectural Specifications: The Rytec-Concora Digital Alliance

Concora, the provider of leading digital solution platforms for the building materials industry, announces its strategic partnership with Rytec Corporation, the premier independent manufacturer of high-speed, high-performance doors in North America. This collaboration is designed to streamline and enrich the specification process for Rytec’s innovative door solutions, leveraging Concora’s digital expertise to meet the evolving needs of design professionals.


Firmus Raises New Round of Financing for Pre-Construction AI Risk Management

Firmus, the market leader in pre-construction AI design review and risk analysis, recently announced it closed on several million dollars in additional funding. The capital raised will facilitate Firmus’ commitment to revolutionizing the way the industry approaches pre-construction. Navitas Capital led the round with the participation of Heartland Ventures, PiLabs, and Unorthodox Ventures. This funding will fuel Firmus’ rapid growth in cutting-edge AI-driven bid-ability and constructability review with expanded capabilities, new system integrations, and deeper market penetration.



McCarthy-Led Team Solves Roadblocks on High-Profile TVD Project with Hyper-Collaboration

McCarthy Building Companies and its architect partner, EHDD, in 2019 landed a strategic, three-building corporate headquarters for one of the largest tech companies in the world. Excited by the win, the Design-Build Entity (DBE) quickly got to work on aligning the team’s culture and project objectives with those of its new client. Then the unthinkable happened: COVID-19 hit and the collaborative team had to suddenly go 100% remote. In a newly released case study of the project, key members of the McCarthy team discuss how they leaned heavily on Join to create a “one-team” culture, collaboratively solve big project challenges (i.e., rapidly expiring entitlements), and manage the complex TVD process on the project.


RoboFlat Optimizes Concrete Floor Flatness and Levelness Testing

KCI Technologies Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States, recently announced the launch of RoboFlat™, a high-performance, cloud-based product for concrete floor flatness and levelness testing. Designed to address floor challenges in a variety of robotic-equipped facilities, this product streamlines testing operations, processing large volumes of data and delivering rapid results. With RoboFlat, contractors and building owners can be assured that their floors meet the required flatness specifications. With this innovative software, users can upload point cloud data generated from laser scanners, enabling further analysis and evaluation and automating time-consuming, multi-step processes. RoboFlat supports a range of floor standards that can be tailored to meet specifications.


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