Last May, Construction Junkie wrote about the impending release of Microsoft’s holographic headset, coined the HoloLens. Their partnership with Trimble, a construction technology manufacturer, made the technology of more specific interest to the construction industry.
Due to the lack of technology in centuries past, the construction industry has been trying to force three-dimensional building structures into a drawing on a flat piece of paper. This not only made it difficult to detect clashes of building systems, it made it even harder for clients to imagine what their end product would look like. The latter, as we all know, leads to many costly changes to projects, as the building starts to develop.
The Microsoft HoloLens is looking to make a splash in many different industries, but are clearly making a strong push in construction. Their partnership with Trimble will allow them to incorporate Trimble’s cloud platform, the very popular Sketchup, and the V10 Imaging Rover for 360 degree pictures for measurements and visual documentation. More info regarding HoloLens’ impact on the construction industry can be found on our previous post by clicking here.
Starting now, pre-orders for the HoloLens’ Development edition can be submitted by going to www.hololens.com/developmentedition. The units will ship to the US and Canada on March 30th. By releasing the Development edition, Microsoft is hoping to inspire software developers to create compatible versions of existing software or new software that will bring excitement to the device before full release. It will be interesting to see which construction software developers can figure out how to make their applications work. My immediate hope would be for the major players in project management and construction document markup software take the technology seriously.
What do you think? Is there a place for the HoloLens in your construction office or job site? Tell us in the comment section below!
SketchUp is an extremely accessible and generally considered an easy-to-use 3D modeling program. It’s become a very popular tool for woodworkers, designers, and construction professionals, especially when 2D drawings don’t paint a detailed enough picture.
SketchPad for SketchUp is a sleekly designed Bluetooth keypad containing 34 of the most commonly used functions of the tool.
Punchlists are a necessary evil in the construction industry. Efficiently managing that process helps close out the project on-time. The problem, though, is that the processes of the past are time consuming and difficult to track. An app called Buildup believes they can help make your punchlist process much easier.
With construction documents going digital on many jobsites throughout the country, project managers, superintendents, foremen, and office staff need an efficient way to look at their drawings. There’s no better way to do that than a touchscreen that’s the size of a full-size set of drawings.
Every construction project has a lot of people and companies involved with it, which is why many companies employ a CRM software to help manage those relationships more efficiently.
Back in June, Milwaukee hosted its annual New Product Symposium (NPS), a media event featuring hundreds of new products that they planned to release throughout the year and Construction Junkie was in attendance. Just when we thought we were done seeing all of the new tools after several hours of presentations and hands-on time, Milwaukee threw a curveball at us.
Chances are, if you’ve ever had a smartphone, you’ve heard of Otterbox. It was one of the original rugged phone protection cases on the market and they’re available in retailers throughout the country. What you may not know, however, is that Otterbox has a case system for business solutions, which makes your phone even more useful with a host of different accessories.
Placing, bending, and tying rebar can be an extremely labor intensive process. It can also be very repetitive, which makes it a candidate for robotic automation. A relatively new construction technology startup is hoping to break into the space after raising some substantial seed funding.
For the past 5 years, construction technology company, Procore, has hosted their customers and tech enthusiasts at a multi-day conference called Groundbreak. There’s been significant growth since the events humble beginnings, not only in just attendees, but in the conference’s offerings.
This was my second time attending Groundbreak and, in case you couldn’t make it, here are the highlights of the items you missed:
If you want your construction company to be best-in-class, you need to be able to objectively measure yourself against them. To help assist with that difficult task, Autodesk has announced the release of a new self-assessment tool to measure where your company stands against your competitors based upon 7 different key performance indicators (KPIs).
Just days ahead of their annual Groundbreak conference, Procore has announced a new feature upgrade to their platform called Embedded Experience.