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Here’s the rundown on the latest in construction technology, including rugged phones, software updates, tech-friendly business cards, tech survey results and time-lapse construction site videos.

Products

Cat® Phones Launches Cat S40 for U.S. Market
Cat phones' new Cat® S40 rugged smartphone is a durable Android device that can withstand drops up to 5.9 feet onto concrete and is IP68 water, dust and shock proof. It features a large capacity battery; Corning® Gorilla® glass 4; glove-on working technology; wet-finger tracking technology; waterproof warning sensors; and dedicated app store featuring the latest apps relevant to outdoor working and lifestyles.

Mergers, Partnerships and Acquisitions

Jonas Construction Software Integrates with Contigo Systems
Jonas Construction Software has integrated with Contigo Systems, enhancing Jonas Dispatch Scheduler. Service-based industries can better manage their fleet and improve productivity. With GPS routing technology, the nearest technician to the next service job can be scheduled, enhancing the efficiency of back office staff and field technicians. With an industry-leading GPS dashboard and real-time tracking capabilities, service-based construction companies can operate a more streamlined and optimized business, effectively enhancing efficiencies and producing greater results.

Software

Assemble Systems Platform Available on AWS GovCloud (US)
Assemble Systems Model-Data Management solutions software is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud is an isolated environment designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud. AWS GovCloud customers can now access and manage BIM data in a highly secure environment that meets federal government security requirements to realize the added efficiencies of model data management across multiple scenarios.

Tekla Structural Designer for Steel and Concrete Building Analysis
The latest version of Tekla® Structural Designer software enables structural engineers to analyze and design steel and concrete buildings efficiently by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process. Enhancements include expanded seismic analysis and design features; automation of tedious and complex tasks such as wind loading calculations, floor vibration checks and floor loading; expanded beam design options; and integration with cellular beam provider ASD Westok and its proprietary Cellbeam software for simplified and quick comparisons of different floor beam systems.

Trimble Enhances Tekla Tedds 2015 to Streamline Calculations for Structural Engineers
Tekla® Tedds 2015 software for structural engineers automates repetitive civil and structural calculations. New features allow engineers to better analyze and design concrete beams and masonry bearings to Eurocode—the harmonized technical rules for structural design in the European Union, as well as steel beams to AISC standards, set by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Arc SKYSITE 2.0 Adds Document and Information Distribution Tools
ARC Document Solutions, Inc. SKYSITE® 2.0, a cloud-based application for construction communication, features RFI administration, photo management, and punch lists for managing and distributing construction documents and information via the cloud and mobile devices. New features include tools for managing additional document types and tasks.

Green Badger LEED Documentation Software Gets Upgrades
Green Badger latest software release includes functionality for LEED v4, the latest green building system update from the USGBC. Additional functionality includes credit-specific documentation guidance, activity tracking by project, report customization and enhanced site inspection capabilities. Green Badger’s web and mobile platform (iOS and Android) allow project teams to seamlessly collaborate in the field, at the office or around the world.

Newforma LeanPlanner Software facilitates lean construction methodology
Newforma LeanPlannerNewforma® LeanPlanner provides visual production planning software for design and construction companies utilizing lean methods of project delivery with technology that improves production schedule reliability for more predictable project outcomes. Powered by LeanKit, an enterprise lean process and work management software, project team members can identify near-term constraints and track progress of work from “to do” to “doing” to “done,” anytime, anywhere. LeanPlanner’s advanced analytics and reporting capabilities accelerate the lean journey and promote continuous improvement through deep understanding and insights, including plan percent complete (PPC) and at-risk milestones.

Video and Cool Stuff

Business Cards of the Future Have NFC Technology
Moo Business cards with NFC Technology are embedded with a nearly invisible NFC chip that can be programmed to link straight to a website, social media channels and contact details. Simply apply Actions via Moo’s online platform, then tap against an NFC-enabled device for smarter, faster business connections.

Hartman Technology Survey Shows most businesses don't have an it leader
Hartman Executive Advisors 2015 Technology Survey of middle market executives probed the correlation between an organization’s level of technology dependence and ability to achieve successful business outcomes, the top challenges facing this group and how technology plays in solving business challenges and strategic planning. Outcomes included:

  • Despite the fact that 97 percent of executives indicated a dependency on technology for success in their organizations, 83 percent indicated they are without an IT Leader or have an IT leader who is not focused on strategy.
  • 94 percent indicate that technology should play a role in addressing their top challenge, with financial issues cited most often in an open-end question as the middle market’s leading business challenge.
  • Only 8 percent cited technology strategy as an area of expert knowledge, with a full 29 percent admitting to requiring assistance of identifying that they are not at all comfortable with technology strategy.
  • 75 percent expressed that information technology should be more involved in the strategic planning process.
The survey included responses from banking, construction, distribution, education, health care, manufacturing, nonprofit/association, professional services, real estate and retail executives.

SupplyHog: Send Quotes, Capture Leads
SupplyHog, a one-stop online construction marketplace to change the way business is done in the building materials industry, has launched a redesigned site with new features based on feedback from industry professionals to continue their mission to making buying building and selling materials more efficient so people can “Get Ship Done.”

EarthCam Showcases Innovative Construction Camera at CMAA
EarthCam premiered its new Mobile StreamCam 4K solution at the Construction Management Association of America's trade show in Orlando. Check out the video of Orlando City SC’s future stadium and Daytona International Speedway.
High Rise Wood Construction: Back to the Future
A recent Suffolk Construction blog features the use of mass timber at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The university received a variance to the state building code to build the 86,000-square-foot, $52 million Design Building, the first of its size in the United States to feature an innovative wood system known as cross-laminated timber (CLTs), which are used as part of a composite wood-concrete floor assembly.

Feds Miss Drone Deadline
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) missed its deadline from Congress for legalizing the use of nonmilitary drones in the United States. The regulations for a widespread expansion of drones were due Sept. 30. On Oct. 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government and other stakeholders, and will advise the department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS. The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators. Secretary Foxx directed the group to deliver its report by Nov. 20.
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