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Construction is getting smarter. Hitt Contracting donates $5 million to Virginia Tech’s “intelligent infrastructure” program, Trimble “smartens” excavator systems, a new app finds hail damage, facilities managers are getting smarter about IoT, and SmartBidNet partners with Virtual Plan Room Network.


Inkscreen CAPTOR Secures Mobile Content
Inkscreen CAPTORWith CAPTOR by Inkscreen, contractors can securely capture and manage sensitive business-related content on employee-owned or company-owned devices to control strategic business content (scanned documents, photos, audio, video, etc.). It leverages IT policies, metadata and watermarking to identify, track and manage captured content, prevent files from going to unauthorized cloud repositories and third-party applications and ensures that mobile data complies with industry regulations on file creation, management, storage and deletion.

CertainTeed Roofing and HailStrike™ Hail Reporting Mobile App locates storm-torn roofs
Certainteed OneSiteOneSite Mobile, a mobile app from CertainTeed Roofing partner HailStrike, helps roofing contractors locate storm-torn roofs without needing to piece together information spread throughout several sources. Users input a property address and the app finds all the hail activity for that address since January 2011, including size, duration, storm speed, storm direction and probability of hail activity, and creates a report in less than three minutes. HailStrike trails the heart of the storm and even includes the size of hail.



Trimble Introduces New Excavator Systems
The Trimble Ready® Doosan Infracore DX225LC-5 excavator enables a faster and simplified installation of Trimble® GCS900 2-D or 3-D Grade Control System components with no welding, re-painting, drilling or disassembly required. The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System is a machine control system for earthworks that makes design surfaces, grades and alignments accessible to the operator on a display inside the cab. The system uses GNSS, GPS, laser, sonic or total station technology to accurately position the blade or bucket in real time, significantly reducing material overages and improving the contractor's productivity and efficiency. Trimble and Hyundai Heavy Industries will integrate, engineer and market Trimble Ready® factory fit machine control kits to enable the installation of Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System components. The simplified installation process eliminates the requirement for drilling, welding, re-painting or disassembly when installing either a Trimble GCS900 2-D or GCS900 3-D machine guidance solution, which can reduce machine downtime.

Canon Océ Plotwave 450 Print System Safeguards Data for Document Handling
Canon PW450Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s Océ PlotWave 450 large format monochrome printing system handles large sets of technical documents. The Océ ClearConnect touch screen works like a tablet and the “What You See Is What You Print” preview highlights potential errors before printing. Users can send print jobs from a remote computer or smartphone. The Océ PlotWave 450 system uses a secure login or smart card support to prevent prints from remaining on the printer where unauthorized people could take them. Confidential information is protected with a Windows 8 embedded platform and the Océ POWERsync controller, which supports the latest security features.


IBwave Design Software for In-Building Wireless Network Design
iBwave Solutions (2)iBwave Design software suite for automated network design planning allows for smarter planning, design and deployment of any wireless network project regardless of size, complexity or technology, be it Wi-Fi, DAS, small cells or public safety. The software suite includes iBwave Design, a HetNet ready solution for in-building wireless network design, iBwave Mobile for easy site surveys, iBwave Wi-Fi for smarter Wi-Fi network design and iBwave Unity to centralize in-building projects. The suite streamlines the process of data collection, component selection, cost evaluation, design, validation, documentation, reporting and more, reducing the time spent on manual field work.

Partnerships and Acquisitions

SmartBidNet Construction Bid Software Enters Partnership with Virtual Plan Room Network
SmartBidNet JB KnowledgeJBKnowledge and the Virtual Plan Room Network (VPRN) are partnering to help contractors find, publish and bid more construction projects. The VPRN is a collaboration of builders’ exchanges that provide online plan distribution, construction news and competitive bid reporting services for local contractors. SmartBidNet’s users can seamlessly push public projects to their local Builders Exchange for improved bid coverage and subcontractor selection, can search VPRN’s project list from within SmartBidNet, and have one-click access to view project information or purchase individual project access.

Volvo CE Signs Machine Control Integration Agreement with Trimble
Trimble and Volvo CE are working on a Trimble 3-D machine control solution that will seamlessly integrate with Volvo Dig Assist 2-D machine control on Volvo excavators. Integrating the Trimble 3-D machine control solution on Volvo Excavators will complement the Volvo Dig Assist capability to enable the use of 3-D constructible models, as-built data and other Trimble® Connected Site® technologies.

Video & Cool Stuff

Hitt Contracting Donates $5 million to Virginia Tech 'intelligent infrastructure' program
Hitt Contracting Inc. has donated $5 million to Virginia Tech toward an “intelligent infrastructure” program for engineering, design and business degrees. The $100 million initiative includes a building for smart construction and intelligent design, as well as instruction on smart buildings, construction technology, adaptable materials and intelligent design. A transportation component includes a smart road partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, a smart city partnership with Arlington, Va., and the creation of a 300-acre “smart neighborhood” proving ground for new technologies with bridges, roadways and research facilities.

Rise of IoT Prompts Facility Professionals to Invest in Analytics
According to a new study commissioned by Schneider Electric, facility managers are increasingly adapting their building maintenance strategies in response to the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • 60 percent predict IoT will impact their building and maintenance policies within the next year;
  • 65 percent are planning to increase investment in building capital expenses in 2016, including advanced building technologies that manage and glean insights from new data sets;
  • 70 percent report building management staff is skilled in data analysis;
  • 27 percent utilize data-driven analytics solutions in relation to building management;
  • 26 percent feel building information is adequate for facility maintenance planning; and
  • 15 percent fully utilize predictive maintenance tools to proactively assess and target equipment maintenance.
Barriers include the level of investment required and the lack of internal resources available to interpret data into actionable results.

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