Advancing the 3D Building Lifecycle

Here at Constructech, we have reported on the value of being able to move data through the construction lifecycle of a project—from design, to construction, and ultimately maintenance and management of a facility. Ideally, BIM (building information modeling) data is generated and shared with everyone throughout the entire project. Now, a new cooperation will help enable a 3D building lifecycle.

Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, announced an agreement to streamline the use of reality capture data. The streamlined workflow provides a solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of the building lifecyle, from design to construction, operations, and maintenance.


Project Compliance in an App

The cloud may be the buzzword du jure, but the interface with the data in that cloud is still a PC or, just as often, a smartphone. Tracking the work on a project requires getting and analyzing data from many sources and storing that information for later reference and compliance needs. SkillSmart, a SaaS (software-as-a-service) tech company in Germantown, Md., has developed InSight, a scalable, cloud-based system for capturing both workforce and business data for construction and government project compliance reporting. It allows general contractors and developers to use the same platform, reducing the cost of multiple platforms, removing time consuming duplication of data entry, and increasing the reliability of the data.


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.


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%.


Applications for Infrastructure Contractors

Most heavy construction companies, those involved in infrastructure projects especially, are long-time users of multiple software platforms. Every aspect of the project must be controlled and monitored for government regulation adherence and public liability. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic slowing and even stopping projects, contractors are looking for innovative ways to stay active while protecting their workers and the company’s assets. Two major software companies involved in this segment, Command Alkon and HCSS, are working to help companies to quickly expand safe social distancing capabilities on critical infrastructure jobsites.


Build Better Together

While reports of construction sites being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic downturn, some companies in the industries that support construction are stepping up to help. Software companies that specialize in construction are among those that are helping their clients to smooth out the path to maintaining employee proficiency while working at home or providing companies with software to make the slowdown less tragic to the company success. One company in the latter category is BuildBook. The owner’s family is in the custom home construction field, so it has a front row seat to what this situation is doing to the industry. Given that many states have mandated that small businesses (including construction) stop working and their employees stay indoors, this is an unprecedented disruption.


New Products: From BIM to Apps

Today, construction companies can tap into an arsenal of tools and technologies to help perform work in a way that is productive and safe. Technology companies continue to come to market with new products aimed at improving business processes. Here’s a closer look at some of the new products and platforms on the market today. Modeling Moves Forward BIM (building information modeling) continues to advances, offering construction professionals the ability to use technology to improve business processes. One area in particular that is seeing an infusion of new capabilities is 4D modeling.