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In a world where construction is desperately seeking young people to fill the gaps of an aging workforce, it seems pretty obvious that someone should have come up with a way to incorporate video games into the construction process. Well, thanks to Buildfore’s CtrlWiz, someone finally has, and it allows users to manipulate 3D models within Navisworks with an Xbox controller.
The Xbox One controller is able to connect to nearly every PC available on the market today, making it an obvious fit for a construction industry still dominated by Windows-based computers. Gaming manufacturers have spent decades perfecting controllers to fit the human hand and they have proven to be very effective over that time.
Conventional ways of navigating through 3D models involve a clunky combination of a keyboard and mouse, which isn’t natural for many. Using a popular gaming controller makes moving around your computerized jobsite second nature, especially the developers took navigation cues from first-person style gaming.
It’s also had a surprisingly strong effect on the more seasoned field staff, many of whom aren’t normally so quick to adapt to new technologies, the company said. Several companies using the plugin say that their superintendents have had much more success with the Xbox controller than they had previously with the keyboard and mouse.
With its initial release, CtrlWiz allows users to move and look with ease through the 3D models, but their development team is not finished yet. Feedback and functionality requests will be collected by from the community and the plugin will be regularly updated. Support for Navisworks 2020 is already on the top of the list of updates.
The CtrlWiz/Xbox Controller add-in is currently available on Autodesk’s App store for $29.99 and is compatible with both Navisworks Manage and Simulate. Add-ins are disabled on all of Autodesk’s free viewers, so it is not available on Navisworks Freedom.
Check out the video below of CtrlWiz in action!
After a round of nominations, the stage has been set for the 5th annual Best Construction Podcast Competition presented by Construction Junkie. This year we have several familiar faces, as well as a couple new ones.
Even with the comprehensive collaborative environment that project management software, like Procore, provide, email is still a necessary evil for even the most technologically advanced contractor. Recently Procore announced new integrations with one of the biggest email providers, Microsoft Outlook, to help reduce redundancies and get all your information into one place.
[sponsored] In a world where construction is desperately seeking young people to fill the gaps of an aging workforce, it seems pretty obvious that someone should have come up with a way to incorporate video games into the construction process. Well, thanks to Buildfore’s CtrlWiz, someone finally has, and it allows users to manipulate 3D models within Navisworks with an Xbox controller.
Augmented Reality (AR) is often thought of as an interesting new twist on video games, but, in reality, it has some great potential for solving some common problems in construction. BigRentz, a construction equipment rental company, recently shared an infographic of 6 applications of AR in construction.
It’s that time again to begin Construction Junkie’s annual search for the best construction podcast! Now in our 4th year of the competition, it’s very clear that construction podcasts are gaining in popularity.
In November of 2018, Autodesk announced that it had acquired field productivity software, PlanGrid, for $875 Million. It was huge news for an industry that is finally starting to warm up to the use of technology on the jobsite. This morning, PlanGrid officially released their first integration into the Autodesk platform: PlanGrid BIM.
As smartphones and tablets are slowly becoming one of the most prominent and powerful tools on construction site, construction technology companies are still largely focusing on construction management firms and general contractors. What’s lost on many is the fact that there are dozens of subcontractors on every jobsite that also need to manage their projects.
Late last year, CAT Phones released their first ever smartphone on a US carrier network, the S48c. The phone is currently available on both the Sprint and Verizon Networks and I was recently able to test out the phone to get some better insight into how it operates. Overall, it offers the toughness to hold up to a jobsite at a reasonable price, but continue reading to hear about all of the details.
Tracking progress on any construction progress is an extremely vital step. Artificial intelligence is gaining popularity in the industry, as it can make sense of thousands of images or videos and place them into context. Before the AI can work its magic, though, all of those pictures and videos must be collected. That’s where robotics masters Boston Dynamics thinks they can step in with a robot they’ve been developing for years.
Fatigue on the jobsite is real, so much so that many technology companies have developed products to reduce fatigue and also sense when a worker is experiencing fatigue. There are other wearable devices, like exoskeletons, that can enhance a workers strength and stamina, but when you need to add more than a little punch, Construction Robotic’s MULE 135 may do the trick.