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Here’s the rundown on the latest in construction technology, including ropeless elevators, drone boot camp and software updates to make construction easier and efficient.

Products

Thyssenkrupp Premieres MULTI, World's First Ropeless Elevator System
ThyssenKrupp MULIT ElevatorThyssenKrupp’s fully functional 1:3 scale model of the MULTI elevator technology was demonstrated at its Innovation Center in Gijón, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems. MULTI elevator technology increases transport capacities and efficiency while reducing the elevator footprint and peak loads from the power supply in buildings. The MULTI system scale model, with two 10 meter shafts and four cabs, applies linear motor technology based on the magnetic levitation train Transrapid. The MULTI design can incorporate various self-propelled elevator cabins per shaft running in a loop, increasing the shaft transport capacity by up to 50 percent and making it possible to reduce the elevator footprint in buildings by half. MULTI runs on a multi-level brake system and inductive power which transfers from shaft to cabin. Tech Trends covered the MULTI in Elevator Technologies: The Key to New Heights in Buildings.

Software

Viewpoint Extends Collaborative Capabilities in ProContractor
Viewpoint Construction Software® just released an all-in-one solution for estimating, project management and accounting, ProContractor by Viewpoint, built specifically for small to mid-sized contractors. The Construction Project Management (CPM) module has a new online plan room that extends the collaborative capabilities to include drawings, bid packages and the management of construction documents. These capabilities allow contractors to create private online plan rooms, tag various documents and drawings, and invite subcontractors and vendors to collaborate. Subcontractors benefit from the new online plan room by receiving notifications when documents are updated or new documents are posted. They also can browse bid packages and bid documents to identify work to bid on even across different projects.

Corecon V7 Construction Software Suite Updated
Corecon Technologies, Inc., a provider of cloud-based construction estimating, project management and job cost software, updated the user interface on its CoreconLink for QuickBooks Desktop and Sage 50 Canada accounting software. All five CoreconLink accounting utilities, including CoreconLink for QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Sage 50 Canada, SAP Business One and Xero, now have a unified interface and integration process allowing for all-inclusive construction project management and accounting functions in one software suite. New features include a sync wizard that identifies all data to be updated or exported, and enhanced payment functions.

Bluebeam Software Launches Studio Prime
Bluebeam® Software’s new release, Bluebeam Studio™ Prime, is a cloud-based subscription solution for digital collaboration. Studio Prime includes all the powerful collaboration features of Bluebeam Studio, with the additional ability for administrators to globally control user access to managed Projects and Sessions, as well as the ability to download in-depth reports documenting all Projects and Sessions activity. Studio Prime provides access to the Bluebeam Studio API, which supports integrations with third-party systems. Studio Prime’s focus on administrative control meets the demand for additional organizational oversight of cloud-hosted content. With Studio Insights, administrators can generate in-depth, exportable reports on Project and Session activity, providing greater visibility into Studio usage and easy audits of user access to managed content.

Dexter + Chaney Partners With Fieldconnect on a Complete Field Service Solution
Dexter+ChaneyField ConnectDexter + Chaney, providers of Spectrum® Construction Software, has partnered with Irvine, Calif.-based FieldConnect, Inc. to empower a mobile, service management workforce. Fully integrated with Spectrum and fully functional online or offline, FieldConnect’s mobile solutions expand work order, dispatch and service management capabilities for service contractors in the field. From their tablet devices, technicians can see their work orders; read client or job-related notes; access maps and directions; upload jobsite photos; collect electronic signatures; manage parts, materials and inventory; and email work orders and other forms and documents. Technicians can also clock in and out of jobs from the field. Service customers can log in, see the status of service work, request new service, and add notes and attach images related to their service sites.

Mergers & Acquisitions

CMD and iSqFt to Showcase Next Generation Offering
CMD and iSqFt recently merged to provide customers with comprehensive planning, bidding and post-bid information in the construction industry. CMD and iSqFt unveiled a next generation offering that marries CMD’s powerful Insight platform and iSqFt’s proprietary network and software. The merger will enable the company to provide detailed views of construction activity and powerful market analysis and search tools; market leading information about commercial construction projects; better analyze and respond to data; attack potential sales process deficits more strategically than in the past; access a newly combined network of industry professionals; and create dedicated “customer success teams” that provide customized training solutions.

BuildingConnected Raises $8.5 Million to Modernize Construction Communication
BuildingConnectedBuildingConnected, the new kind of bid management solution, recently closed $8.5 million in Series A funding to bring the construction industry the tools to save time and money during the bidding process. With the $8.5 million investment by CrossLink Capital, BuildingConnected has raised $10.7 million. BuildingConnected is now Turner Construction Company’s go-to bid management tool, joining more than 250 general contractors that use BuildingConnected to collectively bid out more than $10 billion in construction services every month. New premium features give contractors visibility into their entire organization with aggregate data on performance, vendors and project costs for analysis across offices and geographies, including performance analytics, historical cost data, relationship tracking, prequalifications, integrated cloud storage, and NDAs and sealed bids.

Video and Cool Stuff

Bernstein Shur’s Drone Law Boot Camp Provides Expert Guidance on Legal Implications
Bernstein Shur’s Drone Law Team recently launched a drone law boot camp to address the myriad legal implications of increasing drone use. The Boot Camp sessions will address:

  • the use of drones in the construction and real estate arenas;
  • municipal ordinances regulating drones;
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulation;
  • the use of drones in law enforcement;
  • insurance policies covering drones; and
  • potential privacy issues and more.
Sessions currently available include:

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