Procore Announces Release of Design Coordination Product for Virtual Design and Construction Teams

This week, Procore held their annual construction technology conference called Groundbreak in Austin, TX.  Through a series of keynote speeches and breakout sessions, Procore announced their latest releases and plans for the future.  I was in attendance this week and I’ll have a full recap of the event coming soon.  One of the company’s biggest announcements at this year’s Groundbreak was the release of a new product called Design Coordination, for Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) teams.

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CAT Releases Newest Ultra-Rigged Smartphone on the Sprint Network

CAT phones has made our headlines in recent years by matching their rugged design with a suite of features that no other phone can match, like the built-in thermal imaging, laser measure, and humidity and VOC sensors that the Cat S61 has.  Those past phones have been unlocked and compatible with certain networks of the user’s choosing, but their latest release is starting out only available on the Sprint Network.

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PlanGrid Updates Submittals Platform with Added Features

Tracking your construction project’s submittals and their approval status can be a tedious and frustrating process, but thankfully several project management applications are helping solve that issue with technology. At the beginning of this year, PlanGrid announced the release of an automatic submittal log creator tool, which scans through your project’s specification book and creates a trackable log of each submittal.  The company has recently added several new features to make the Submittal platform, which allows users to manipulate the submittal log, even more useful.

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NoteVault Now Integrates with Autodesk BIM 360

I’ve mentioned this several times before, but the single greatest thing technology companies can do for the construction industry is to allow cross-platform integration.  That’s essentially what construction is at its core, anyway, a bunch of different entities working together for a common goal. Autodesk’s BIM 360, which already integrates 60+ different softwares into its platform, has recently added NoteVault to its list.

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[VIDEO] Awkward Human-like Robot Installs Drywall by Itself

When we’ve talked about construction robotics in the past, it’s mostly been about really large machines working on exterior structures, like this brick-laying robot, or this self-driving track loader. A technology institute in Japan is busy working towards bringing robotics to the interior finish side of the construction world with the development of a drywall installing robot.

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PlanGrid’s Field Reports are Now Available on Windows

PlanGrid users may have noticed, or been frustrated with that fact, that some features that are available on the program’s Android and iOS apps are not available on the Windows app.  Windows’ Surface tablets have become a popular option for construction teams in recent years, so those users will be happy to hear that the Field Reports function is now available on PlanGrid for Windows.

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Bricklaying Robot Being Used on 3-Story Nevada Building

One of the very first articles I wrote over 3 years ago was about SAM, the Semi-Automated Mason, which is a bricklaying robot. Since that time, SAM, which is made by Construction Robotics, has seen several jobsites, according to their portfolio page. Their most recent project at the University of Nevada has put the technology back in the headlines.

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Tech Company, Oracle, Opens Construction Innovation Lab to Test Promising Technology

We’ve heard a lot of promising developments on construction technologies in the past few years, many of which will not only make the industry more efficient, but create a much higher quality product. Testing this technology inside of a controlled facility, however, doesn’t quite paint an entire picture for how the product will perform on a constantly evolving jobsite.

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