BIM at Home and in the Cloud

Leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office tools, Bentley’s service extends the reach and accessibility of BIM (building information modeling) and infrastructure engineering data to facilitate collaboration and design review for all project stakeholders. As a cloud service accessed through a web browser, ProjectWise 365 eliminates the need for generic technologies such as PDF. ProjectWise 365 cloud services enables a common BIM collaboration environment that avoids the data silos, coordination delays, and other limitations found with network drives, file-sharing services, and email.


Mapping the Terrain

LiDAR—Light Detection and Ranging—equipment offers significant, detailed aerial mapping capabilities to organizations seeking to visualize large areas. Surveying vast areas for future development, road building, mining or quarrying can be done faster and with greater accuracy using LiDAR and developers are finding this approach valuable. One company offering LiDAR service is Woolpert, Dayton, Ohio. With over a dozen aircraft and four available Leica Geosystems TerrainMappers, a linear-mode aerial lidar sensor, Woolpert collects aerial, terrestrial, and bathymetric data, as well as acoustic data, for projects that range from national and coastal mapping programs to road design to disaster mitigation.


AI and Construction

Artificial intelligence gets a lot of play in the tech world these days but real-world applications are limited. Autonomous vehicles, facial recognition, search engines and a few other advanced uses get the publicity while applications for field like construction are under the RADAR. Technavio has been monitoring the AI use in construction and finds this market is poised to grow by $1.13 billion from 2019 to 2023. Their recent analysis offers three future scenarios (optimistic, probable, and pessimistic) and includes consideration of the COVID-19 impact. Technavio has been monitoring the AI use in construction and finds this market is poised to grow by $1.13 billion from 2019 to 2023. Their recent analysis offers three future scenarios (optimistic, probable, and pessimistic) and includes consideration of the COVID-19 impact.


AI Deals with COVID-19

Construction, accepted by most states as an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, must accept the responsibility for keeping its practitioner safe and healthy. Several approaches to this include the use of AI(artificial intelligence) in various ways. According to Microsoft, 85% of Americans already use AI. Smart assistants in our homes, song recommendations from music streaming services, and even spam filters on email are all powered by AI. At its most basic, AI is a powerful automation tool designed to augment what people can do. To take advantage of this technology, we need a good understanding of its capabilities.


Where is Smart Building Heading?

Smart Homes and Smart Buildings get a lot of press, but are they getting a lot of interest? Will developers and owners find “smart” a selling point in office buildings? Where is corporate smart heading in 2020? Research firm Verdantix’s annual global survey, Global Corporate Survey 2019: Smart Building Technology Budgets, Priorities & Preferences, queried agents across 16 geographies and 18 industries on their firms’ real estate strategic direction, governance, budgets, and priorities in relation to technology decisions.


5 Tips for Reopening Jobsites

Construction companies across the globe are readying to return to work following the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. If you are part of one of those companies, now is the time to begin to put together a strategy for how to reemerge from the quarantine in a way that is productive, safe, and successful for your business. Today forward-thinking companies need to be creative and, in many cases, pivot businesses to tap into new opportunities. For many, the answer comes in the form of leveraging new technologies to continue with work in a way that is safe for teams.


Highly Integrated Digital Systems

throughout the country, additional data throughput is necessary. Organizations large and small benefit from the use of cloud-based computing but integrated systems are still a mainstay for many. The worldwide market for these converged systems increased 1.1% year over year to $4.2 billion during the fourth quarter of 2019 according to IDC. One of the defined areas that is showing corporate interest is the hyperconverged system. Hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their scale-out architecture and their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same x86 server-based resources.


Autonomous Vehicle Service

The growth of advanced autonomous vehicles, including trucks, means a new industry will be quickly forming to handle maintenance and service. While (AVs) autonomous vehicles promise to drastically reduce operating expenses, there have been concerns about the aftermarket for services. Companies are offering myriad services for AVs, employing innovative business models threatening the dominance of OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers) for this segment of the market. A recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan indicates that the autonomous vehicle services market is expected to grow from a mere $1.1 billion in 2019 to $202.5 billion in 2030 at a compound annual growth rate of 60.1%.


Construction, Coronavirus, and Drones

While construction has been labeled an essential operation during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing buildings to be completed and even new construction started, CDC guidelines should be enforced on jobsites. The newly mandated “social distancing” rules are easier to follow by most contractors and subcontractors since construction is rarely a “contact sport.” However, many companies are employing advanced technology to help maintain the guidelines. One of these technologies is the use of small drones, formally known as UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), to do various jobs on and over the jobsite.


Mitigating Claims Against Truck Fleets

With the growing traffic on streets and even rural backroads, truckers are finding they need ways to drive safely, while assuring should an accident occur, they are covered if claims arise due to accidents that are not their fault. A Houston company, Pe Ben USA—a supplier to the pipeline construction segment—has taken to technology to minimize its truckers concern. Pe Ben specializes in stockpiling and stringing large-diameter line pipe and operates a fleet of 192 cargo trucks and their trailers. Hauling oversized truckloads, their drivers must be extra vigilant on the road. On top of their bulky cargo, drivers are also covering more extreme terrain than traditional long-haul trucking fleets. They are operating on a project basis, so they may spend months at a time transporting pipe down roads that are often in remote locations and require highly technical driving skills.