PlanGrid Announces PlanGrid BIM, Their First Autodesk Integration After 2018 Acquisition | ConTech Junkie

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.

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Should Subcontractors Use Their Own Project Management Software?

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.

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In-Depth Look at The CAT S48c Rugged Smartphone | Tool Junkie

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.

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[VIDEO] Here’s a Weird, Creepy Robot Dog That Will Inspect Your Construction Site

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.

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[VIDEO] This Material Lift Makes Objects up to 135 Pounds Virtually Weightless

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.

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Harness Hero is a Free App that Teaches Proper Personal Fall Protection Use

Falls continue to be the number one leading cause of death on construction sites across the country, accounting for around 40% each year. Even if you can convince your construction crew to wear personal fall arrest systems each time they’re required, proper training is required to select the correct type of fall protection and the anchor points, as well as performing proper inspections of the equipment.  An app called Harness Hero is trying to help solve the latter problem.

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How do you use your construction contract as a means to get that precious data you need?

[guest post] Construction project owners are facing a big problem: paper based progress reports and invoices are making it nearly impossible to quickly find and address errors. The tool kit of the past included a magnifying glass, a pencil (and eraser) and a calculator. Armed with endless human resources, project owners would diligently review paper based documentation for discrepancies. This MO is no longer feasible in the modern construction environment.

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JBKnowledge Releases 2018 Construction Technology Report | ConTech Junkie

JBKnowledge, a construction technology and consultancy company, has been producing their annual Construction Technology Report since 2012.  Now in its 7th year, it is far and away the most comprehensive collection of survey results in the construction technology sector.

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Fieldwire Releases Custom Form Builder to Cut Down on Paper | ConTech Junkie

I’m a strong proponent of reducing the amount of pen and paper used on construction jobsites.  Handwriting notes is great for personal use, but as soon as you need to get those notes or reports to someone else, you either spend time duplicating your work on a computer or never get around to communicating, because your notes were misplaced, destroyed, or illegible. Fieldwire, a field software for collaborating on plans, punch lists, and scheduling, among others, has recently announced the release of a custom form building tool to reduce the need for paper on your jobsite.

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