Hey, Dude, Where’s My Truck?

Fleet owners at every level are concerned about theft of their vehicles. Insurance costs, replacement costs, and lost time are making vehicle tracking technology more and more interesting to fleet managers and construction companies of all sizes. Vehicle tracking systems combine tracking the location of a vehicle with a software interface that further displays various vehicle data.

Several factors, such as growing traffic congestion, concerns regarding vehicle safety and security, and the need for higher operational efficiency are anticipated to drive the market growth according to Grand View Research in a new report. The systems are also suitable for several applications in the GPS segment, such as tracking and mapping devices, sea vessel and air navigation, as well as ground vehicle tracking.


Power Overhead

Solar is expanding its presence in new construction at a rate that equals or exceeds retrofitting. Solar roofing systems are known to generate energy and help reduce monthly electric bills which make them an ideal up-sell or incentive in new developments.

One prominent name in roof-integrated solar is GAF Energy. The GAF Energy solar system couples attractive and affordable solar technology with fast, easy installation. Designed to provide a good-looking, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels – which are usually drilled through the roof's shingles–GAF Energy solar integrates directly with the roofing system and requires no penetration of the roofing membrane. GAF Energy uses premium solar panels to optimize power output with a matching color profile to the roof to maximize aesthetic appeal, combined with robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield to reduce the risk of leaks and animal intrusion.


2020 Constructech 50: Companies that Serve Construction

Your construction company has been disrupted. Projects were halted. Workers were furloughed. New safety procedures and processes were required. Companies that recognize this are taking proactive steps to determine what’s next—and how to move forward. Central to this is technology. Digital transformation, AI (artificial intelligence), 5G, the IoT (Internet of Things), biometrics, AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), blockchain, robotics, and more have never been more important than they are today.

Beyond the need for technology due to a change in business, the numbers are also pointing us toward digital transformation. CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Assn.) Emerging Technology Community lists the top three technologies today as AI, 5G, and the IoT, while Grand View Research projects the AI market will reach almost $391 billion by 2025, and ResearchAndMarkets predicts AI and IoT devices market will surpass $105 billion in North America alone. Reports also show that the global cellular IoT market is expected to climb 18.54% from the end of 2019 to 2025. Add in the fact that the pandemic is accelerating the need for digital transformation, and the outcome is going to be ramping up for the IoT on the construction jobsite.


Electrifying Transportation

More than 70% of all goods used in our daily lives—from food to manufactured products—are transported by trucks. As the demand for goods continues to increase, cities are facing an increase in congestion, noise, and air pollution. Among the projects being proposed and implemented to attack these problems is increasing the electrification of transportation.

By 2030, it is estimated that 8% of all trucks on the road in California could be electric. The Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project in Southern California is a step toward making this happen by providing a blueprint to introduce zero-emission battery electric trucks and equipment into the market at scale. The California Air Resources Board is investing $45 million that will be used by Volvo Trucks and 14 others to advance electric transportation and zero-emissions technologies.


Smart Campus

We regularly read about smart homes and smart cities, now comes the smart campus. The University of Notre Dame has contracted with Schneider Electric and its systems integrator Havel to implement a building management system, EcoStruxure Building, across more than 95 buildings on the UND campus. Havel has worked with the University of Notre Dame for more than 50 years.

The University of Notre Dame has grown from a three-building Indiana frontier mission site in 1842 to a world-renowned research university with 132 buildings covering more than 7-million square feet. Ranked as one of “America’s 100 Most Wired Colleges,” the university is regarded as one of the most technologically advanced universities in the country.


Confidence in the Economy

The confidence executives have in the economic future has, naturally, taken a hit from the stay-at-home and lockdown rules following the coronavirus pandemic’s surge in March. Many segments of the market have been surveyed over the past few months to see how companies envision the near future, the confidence they have in the overall economy, and their segment’s special problems.

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s June 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector.


Healthier Buildings

Would healthier buildings have slowed or even stopped the growth of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? We may never know the answer to that question, but we can begin to plan for the next virus or next wave of the current one. As lockdown and stay-at-home orders begin to lift, TCS (The Code Solution), a Los Angeles-based developer, has been highlighting its multi-tiered patented technologies, protocols, and anti-pathogen building designs specifically engineered to prevent pathogenic spread.

Being installed in four pilot projects currently under construction in L.A., the goal is stopping future pandemics before they start. TCS claims it is the only large-scale developer in the US with a comprehensive sanitization and anti-pathogen safety design planned for use in all such future housing projects. This goal will be achieved by using pathogen-resistant materials such as wall paint, flooring, copper alloy railings, HEPA-filtered ventilation, and other methods that make the building resistant to future viral or bacterial outbreaks.


Contactless Construction Check-in

Construction has been considered an essential service in 31 states since April’s extended lockdown period and more are making that declaration as restrictions are loosened. But regardless of the limited or unlimited status of construction, companies in the industry have been taking extra precautions to prevent their workers on the jobsite from succumbing to the coronavirus pandemic. Wearing masks and keeping distance from others whenever possible are common actions while sharing of hand tools and other equipment is frowned upon.