One of the long-standing challenges in the ready-mixed concrete industry is inaccurate manual processes at the batch plant and in the office, which can be costly. The good news is new technology is coming to market to improve accuracy throughout the raw materials receiving process.
The cloud covers just about everything these days but in many cases, it lets the light shine through. For example, Washington State’s Peninsula Light Co., (PenLight) will be updating its power distribution system with Verizon’s Grid Wide Utility Services Intelligent Energy platform. Grid Wide is a managed, cloud-based, IoT (Internet of Things) platform-as-a-service developed by Verizon to help utilities modernize their systems. It allows utilities to remotely configure, monitor, and manage endpoints within their service areas, creating operational efficiencies and improving customer service.
Global spending on blockchain is anticipated to grow significantly this year, as it offer new opportunities for businesses. However, understanding a new technology and recognizing potential use cases and benefits can be challenging for construction companies.
In 1888, San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado was an architectural masterpiece, acclaimed for its modern amenities. With its one-of-a-kind silhouette—once compared to a cross between an ornate wedding cake and well-trimmed ship—the resort was known throughout the country and around the world.
Let’s talk security in construction for a moment—because it impacts every single worker in the construction industry. If you think cybersecurity isn’t your business, you are wrong. It is, and you need to be prepared.
The numbers continue to roll in. AI (artificial intelligence) is one of the hottest technologies of 2019, and not only that, organizations are expecting implementations to skyrocket in the next year. Is your construction company ready for the transformation that is about to take place?
With the rise of the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence), construction companies have big opportunities to leverage emerging technologies, but with it comes the need to keep the data secure. Cybersecurity needs to be continuously measured, reported, and mitigated.
The camera drone—also called a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)—has moved from the toy department to the construction company’s tool supplier. Buzzing about, checking the site and the work, drones are becoming as familiar on the job as hard hats and safety vests. And like those ubiquitous safety equipment staples, drones have a place in protecting workers as well as feeding high-level information to the boss.
Can machines help construction professionals think better? A recently released study by Bentley Systems implies many in the industry do not believe so—or, at the very least, their actions suggest they don’t. Of the 720 construction business professionals surveyed, just shy of half (44.3%) of the respondents in Bentley’s survey say they have limited or no insight into company or project performance. However, 45.2% say they do recognize the importance of collecting project data, they’re just not doing it or making the most of it.
Are the days of standard hard hats and safety glasses behind us? Will they soon be infused with data that help make decisions about projects?