So you’ve got a pile of dirt or stone on your site, but do you know how much volume you actually have? Not only do you have thousands of dollars of material waiting to be used, but you have potential project delays if you don’t have enough. Hand recording stockpile volume can be extremely time consuming, so someone decided to go ahead and make an app that will do all that work for you.
Through the use of 3d technology, Stockpile Reports can automatically calculate the volume of any stockpile on your job site. Measurements can be pulled directly from video using 3 different methods: iPhone, aerial photos, or drone. Once loaded in the app, the video will be used to calculate the tonnage and volume of the stockpile. It will also create a “site report,” which embeds your stockpiles into Google Maps, so you can track and plan your stockpile movement and usage.
The great thing about this app is that it doesn’t require any special equipment or training, just an iPhone, 2 orange traffic cones and a tape measure. Simply position the cones 25 feet (10m) apart and in front of the stockpile, select the stockpile material in the Stockpiles app, and walk around the pile while taking a video. The iPhone app can be downloaded by clicking here.
Customers of Stockpile Reports can request an aerial flight directly through the company and will receive their stockpile data within hours of the flight. The only other thing the users need to do is tag the stockpile and view the results.
For those contractors that are partaking in the drone craze, you can even use your own drone to take aerial images of your stockpiles, upload them to the program, and get your results.
According to the company website, the accuracy of the data is between 2-4%. More importantly you gain valuable historical data with a few clicks of a button. Pricing for the service is unfortunate unpublished, but you can fill out this form to inquire about pricing for your job site.
Concrete is an extremely strong building material, but has a notoriously weak tensile strength. In order to resist tension, bending, and shear forces, steel rebar or other reinforcement materials are added either prior to the placement or into the mix. Even with reinforcement, concrete is still extremely rigid and prone to cracking. In the event of a major earthquake, the uneven and horizontal forces can cause structures to crack and, in the worst case, cause failure.
Concrete can adapt to any shape its formwork calls for while it’s being placed. While it’s POSSIBLE to make intricate designs with the material, it’s not always easy or practical to do so. Researchers from ETH Zurich have designed a new method of forming and placing an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof system that they plan on installing on a construction project next year.
The immense technological growth the construction industry has seen in the past decade has been a refreshing change, to say the least. Fax machines, large filing cabinets, and redundant work are slowly becoming a thing of the past. More importantly, software developers are actually paying attention to the construction industry, making our lives collectively easier, while giving us more data to make better decisions. Bluebeam, maker of one of the industry’s favorite construction document software, has recently announced a wireless digital sensor specifically for under construction buildings.
In July, we shared an article about a new augmented reality app that would allow iPhone and iPad users to use their devices’s camera as a tape measure. That app, Air Measure, is now available for download after Apple’s iOs 11 release.
As electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular around the world, researchers are trying to find ways to adapt the technology to heavier duty applications. Due to the large size of projects and amount of money in the industry, the mining industry has seen its fair share of technological advancement. Several manufacturers, like Komatsu, have developed and released driverless dump trucks for mining operations in the past few years. A team of companies in Switzerland is now working on a gigantic battery powered dump truck that will be tested for 10 years.
CAT, the name synonymous with heavy construction equipment across the world, has been slowly adding technology to its brand over the past year. Early last year, the company announced it would be releasing a rugged smart phone, which was also the first ever to have a built-in thermal imaging camera. This year, they’re releasing their first step into the world of tablets.
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On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
Falls from height is one of the leading causes of death among construction workers and ladders are a major contributor to that number. According to the CDC, falls from ladders caused 64 fatalities and 11,500 injuries in the construction industry alone in 2011. There are many things ladder users can do to make their work safer, like setting it at proper angles on level ground, checking for damage, and maintaining 3 points of contact, among others. One technology company is trying to take some of the thinking out of ladder set up.
Almost exactly 2 years ago, we shared details about an autonomous, driverless construction work zone vehicle that would be the first to hit US streets of its kind. That vehicle is gearing up to hit US streets as the Colorado Department of Transportation has teamed up with its developers.