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June 18, 2023

ConTech Trends and Innovations – No. 12

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


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Technology is transforming every aspect of the construction industry, from design and planning to project management and execution. As new tools and techniques continue to emerge, it’s more important than ever for professionals in the field to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations. This blog series offers in-depth coverage of the most important developments in construction technology. Whether you’re interested in the latest software platforms, the newest building materials, or the cutting-edge research shaping the future of the industry, you’ll find it all here.

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[Virtual Premiere] Unveiling the Results of How We Build Now Canada

A brand new research report is coming to the industry, and Procore Technologies and the Canadian Construction Association are ready to bring it to you on July 13. Save your seat to catch all the intel. Join us as we unveil brand new data on the industry and technology trends shaping Canadian construction. How We Build Now Canada is the second edition of our industry benchmarking report, full of insights from your peers on the current and future state of construction, and how technology is impacting your work. We’ll be premiering this new research live for a limited audience. All live attendees will receive full access to the report.


advancing construction site security - Truelook

Jobsite security is a crucial aspect of any construction project, whether it’s a small renovation or a large-scale commercial development. Construction sites are inherently vulnerable to security breaches due to their open and accessible nature. Construction sites are vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and accidents, which can result in substantial financial losses and reputational harm for the project and those involved. Equipment theft remains a significant problem for builders and contractors, with losses estimated by the National Equipment Register to be between $300 million and $1 billion annually. Fortunately, new technologies are also on the rise to solve and mitigate security risks. To assist you in maintaining security within your organization and safeguarding both your assets and personnel, TrueLook Construction Cameras invites you to read this blog to learn more about the top security trends to monitor and watch for in 2023.


SoftwareONE - Member Profile

SoftwareOne is the global distribution and service delivery partner for the MTWO construction cloud platform, an end-to-end construction enterprise solution that connects all project stakeholders, processes, and data in one integrated platform. The robust solution is highly configurable with 100+ modules that address every phase of the building lifecycle and an open API that seamlessly integrates with other business-critical solutions. MTWO delivers full project control, cost transparency, real-time intelligent data, and unparalleled collaboration and efficiency. Construction Links Network is looking forward to sharing SoftwareOne’s content. See their member profile here.


Improving Safety on the Job Site with Construction Software

Improving Safety blog - Premier

It’s a long-standing motto that safety is everyone’s responsibility on a construction project. Projects require inspections, reports, safety gear, training, and protocols to keep everyone safe and heading home to their families at the end of the day. However, accidents do still happen, and while they may be difficult to avoid completely, the industry should do its best to hedge its bets. And now it can. Rather than leaving the safety of a job site up to just the folks who work on it, what if the industry added another layer of protection by implementing construction software that also takes safety seriously? This blog by Premier Construction Software discusses some of the ways that construction software can improve job site safety.


Driveroo Releases First Side By Side Image Comparison For Vehicle Inspections

Driveroo, powered by ROO.AI, recently announced a breakthrough enhancement to the easiest to use digital fleet management solution. Now with Driveroo Media Center, fleet managers can easily and quickly compare images between inspections over time, and rental and leasing companies will have an accurate visual record of their equipment pre and post return. Media Center is included in Driveroo Fleet PRO and is immediately available to new and existing customers. Driveroo’s easy equipment and vehicle inspections show operators exactly where to check using a breakthrough visualization technology that matches the specific vehicle or piece of equipment. Issues can be quickly identified and comments, videos and pictures easily added to provide maintenance teams with the information they need to triage response and ensure rapid, first-time fix for the most critical issues.


3D Construction Printing Market Will Generate Massive Revenue in Future and Future Growth Forecast till 2028

The current report on the 3D Construction Printing Market provides a comprehensive assessment of the business vertical and offers a comprehensive overview of the industry along with its key segments. The study includes an accurate estimate of the current industry scenario along with the market size, market volume, and revenue garnered by the industry. The report delivers radical data about the competitive landscape of the 3D Construction Printing industry and a thorough bifurcation of the regions where the 3D Construction Printing market has established a significant footing.


Digital-Twin Project Green-Lights Traffic Congestion Improvements

Drivers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are experiencing smoother commutes thanks to the Chattanooga Digital Twin Project that wrapped up at the end of this past year. The four-year project, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which led the initiative, aimed to reduce transportation-based energy emissions and commuting delays in the city using advanced computing. The project, funded through DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, has resulted in numerous advancements, including the creation of an effective, transferrable traffic mitigation framework that is capable of powering efforts to reduce traffic congestion nationwide.


Robot dog pack could help in Dounreay clean-up

A pack of robotic “dogs” could help in Scotland’s largest nuclear clean-up and demolition project. Dounreay on the north Caithness coast, near Thurso, is in the process of being decommissioned and shut down. The site is working with Cumbria-headquartered Createc on trials of a robotic quadruped called Spot for possible use in hazardous areas. The tests could eventually lead to the deployment of more of the robots at the nuclear power complex.


30th anniversary of the PDF and how it has transformed construction

Adobe released Acrobat 1.0, a groundbreaking achievement, 30 years ago. This software allowed for consistent document exchange across platforms, ensuring accurate display and print. In the construction industry, PDFs revolutionized workflows by digitizing construction drawings and enabling electronic markups. However, challenges arose as PDFs couldn’t inherently understand drawing elements. Inertia’s Intelligent Construction Drawings (ICDs) address this issue. ICDs resemble PDF drawings but are interactive and self-aware. By selecting elements, users can view related information, markups, inspections, and more. ICDs provide real-time updates, simplify collaboration, and improve project efficiency. Inertia ICDs celebrate the 30th anniversary of PDFs and offer enhanced construction workflows for the future.


Evotix Named a Leader in Inaugural 2023 EHS Software Mid-Market Green Quadrant Outtake

Evotix has been recognized as a leading EHS software vendor in Verdantix’s inaugural 2023 EHS Software Mid-Market Green Quadrant (GQ) Outtake. This assessment evaluated 23 vendors, and Evotix was featured as a “Specialist” in the original “EHS Green Quadrant Software 2023” report. It is the third consecutive GQ in which Evotix has been featured for its EHS solution and mobile application. The Green Quadrant is a comprehensive benchmarking of EHS platforms, evaluating technical, functional, and market momentum categories. Evotix’s Assure platform, including the AssureGO+ mobile app, offers a range of functionality for incident logging, inspections, audits, risk management, and more. SAI360, which acquired Evotix, was also named a Leader in the combined 2023 Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software Leaders’ Quadrant.


FieldBin Wins Bronze in the 18th Annual 2023 Globee® Awards for Information Technology

FieldBin has been awarded the Bronze Globee Award in the 18th Annual 2023 Globee® Awards for Information Technology. The award recognizes FieldBin’s achievement in the category of Startup Achievement of the Year, specifically for its efforts in helping field service professionals grow their businesses. FieldBin’s field service software solution has proven to be highly beneficial for trade professionals in industries such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and contracting, enabling them to streamline their work, increase profitability, and overcome challenges such as worker shortages and rising material costs.


Jobber Unveils Job Costing Feature to Help Service Pros Maximize Profitability

Jobber, a leading provider of operations management software for home service businesses, has recently introduced a new job costing feature. This feature is designed to assist businesses in various industries, including contracting, construction, landscaping, tree care, painting, HVAC, and roofing, in accurately tracking and understanding job costs and profit margins. By providing increased insight into labor, material, and miscellaneous expenses associated with a job, the feature enables service professionals to better comprehend job profitability and ensure they earn optimal profit margins.


SCSA selects AuditSoft for COR Auditing and Data Analytics Solutions

AuditSoft, the leading Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) auditing software, has been chosen by the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) for its Certificate of Recognition (COR®) auditing and data analytics capabilities. The SCSA, which serves around 14,000 member companies in the construction industry, aims to enhance its COR® auditing processes and improve member services. AuditSoft’s user-friendly solutions will streamline the COR® auditing process, reduce auditing time for safety professionals, bring efficiencies to the Quality Assurance process, and provide new audit insights for SCSA member firms. The collaboration aims to eliminate manual auditing tasks, enhance safety performance, and enable data-driven decision-making.


New Study Shows Significant Benefits for General Contractors Utilizing Technology to Manage Subcontractors

A new study conducted by Dodge Construction Network in collaboration with GCPay reveals that only 34% of general contractors currently automate less than half of their subcontractor management processes. The study emphasizes the benefits of increased automation and digital transformation for general contractors, including enhanced productivity, profitability, and cost performance. Subcontractor management is crucial for the success of most general contractors, and while many are familiar with digital tools, the study highlights the challenge of integrating data across processes due to the reliance on older solutions. The research suggests that adopting purpose-built commercial solutions and automating a majority of processes can yield greater benefits, such as improved productivity (91%), cost performance (81%), and profitability (79%).


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