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Here’s the rundown on the latest in construction technology, including large-format printers, a colorful roofing system,and  shipping and workflow software.

Apps

Oem Data Delivery Releases Mobile App For Fleet Data Tracking
mobile_equipchatMobile Equipchat equipment data tracking app from OEM Data Delivery has customizable electronic forms that allow the user to take equipment pictures, capture signatures and stamp their GPS location. Users can capture equipment data remotely through simple pre-filled templates or capture extensive data for analysis and decision-making. Used in tandem with Equipchat, users can access fleet data on their computers and mobile devices. Mobile Equipchat’s easy-to-use forms, lists and reports enable users to deal with equipment availability, utilization, maintenance, safety and fuel accountability issues via the latest data capture technology using Near Field Communications (NFC), RFID and barcode scanning.

New mobile printing capabilities enhance collaboration
The new HP All-in-One (AiO) Printer Remote is a free mobile application that enables easy, convenient printing and scanning to HP web-enabled printers and MFPs. Built-in mobile printing features, including printer discovery through wireless Internet, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC, as well as email printing to HP ePrint-enabled printers,(8) make printing in the field as easy as printing in the office. The HP AiO Printer Remote application makes mobile scanning and sharing easier, offering a direct connection to online repositories, such as Dropbox, Box and Google Drive.

Products

Plazit-Polygal’s Topgal Translucent Roofing is Flexible and Easy to Install
Plazit Polygal Topgal ColorsTopgal translucent roofing material by Plazit-Polygal is suitable for buildings that require natural light, from sports stadiums and commercial buildings to pool enclosures. Topgal is available in five different colors (clear, bronze, ice, blue and polyshade silver), in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and with different levels of light transmission. Plazit-Polygal also can tailor special colors and solar radiation levels. The system, which consists of the panels and a number of connectors, edge protectors and fasteners, can be installed with a screw driver. The Topgal panels are linked together with easy to fit connectors that create a mechanical lock between the sheets.

HP Inc. Large-Format DesignJet Simplifies Printing for AEC Professionals
HP DesignJetHP Inc.’s five new HP DesignJet technical printers include the HP DesignJet T830 Multifunction Printer (MFP) and the HP DesignJet T730 Printer. Engineered to withstand tough environments, these new devices make large-format printing faster and easier from the office to construction sites. A 36-inch-wide, integrated scanner enables users to modify, scan and share plans in the office or on construction sites from a mobile device, and its intuitive touchscreen offers realistic print preview and document cropping.

Software

Assemble Systems’ Insight With Enhanced BIM Data Management
Assemble SystemsAssemble Systems, provider of model-data management solutions for the construction industry, Assemble Insight now has the capability to federate models and view customer views across multiple models. The addition of powerful data management tools supports how users interact with and manage BIM data. Assemble Insight brings the power of visual variance to the federated model environment so teams can visualize and quantify changes across multiple model iterations. With the addition of an intuitive model tree data structure, entire project teams can easily access, analyze and condition model data.

Freightview Redefines Shipping for Construction Companies
FreightviewFreightview cloud-based software helps small and medium-sized businesses streamline freight quoting, booking, tracking and reporting. Designed for businesses that ship five to 25 less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments per day, the tool enables construction companies to compare their negotiated rates from multiple carriers instantly on a single screen. Freightview turns the hours-long process of booking shipments into a couple of clicks, improving productivity and the bottom line. Freightview also collects and reports shipping analytics to help managers own their data and uncover additional savings by evaluating carriers, rates and routes.

Trimble SketchUp 2016 with Trimble Connect Integration for BIM Collaboration
SketchUp 2016 is Trimble’s latest 3-D modeling software featuring multiple enhancements for driving efficiency and simplifying workflow using the power of Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform that allows teams to access, analyze, manage and share project data from the cloud. Trimble Connect has been integrated directly into SketchUp Pro, allowing teams to more easily access, reference, share and collaborate on projects in the cloud. In addition, SketchUp 2016 offers several enhancements to its core modeling tools, streamlined reporting, increased overall usability and a tighter integration with 3-D Warehouse, Trimble’s online platform for sharing and downloading free 3-D models and materials.

Trimble Field Link Adds GNSS Capabilities MEP Construction Layout
Trimble R8s GNSS receiver for FieldLinkMEPTrimble’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) construction layout software, Trimble® Field Link, can now be used with the Trimble R8s GNSS receiver. MEP contractors can take advantage of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology when performing outdoor construction layout tasks, including utility, open deck or long distance field layout, while using software designed for the MEP construction layout process. The Trimble Field Link software offers an easy-to-use interface for MEP contractors to view and locate their layout points with a robotic total station, a GNSS receiver or both.

Autodesk BIM 360 Docs for Project Collaboration Just Released
Autodesk BIM360Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, the newest addition to the BIM 360 cloud-based construction management portfolio, is a single, connected cloud-based application that gives teams collaborative access to publish, manage, review, markup and approve all project documents in the office or in the field. BIM360 keeps contractors and construction project teams connected and current by:

  • providing industry-specific capabilities for managing all 2-D plans, 3-D models and other project documents;
  • delivering anywhere, anytime collaborative access to the entire project team; and
  • ensuring that all project teams are building from the correct document versions.

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