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!
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.
Video feeds on a construction site are not only great for timelapse videos, they can potentially help stop intruders who enter your site.
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.