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Here’s the rundown on the latest apps and software, along with free webinars and GPS e-brief, an online big data summit and a survey on construction priorities.



Apps

GRAPHISOFT’S BIMx and BIMx PRO Have Extended Cloud Storage Access
Graphisoft bimxGRAPHISOFT® BIM architectural software developer has introduced cloud storage access for its BIM presentation app, BIMx. The document picker allows users to link popular cloud storage services like iCloud and Dropbox to the app for seamless downloading and opening of BIMx models. New features of BIMx PRO include:

  • Control Per-Element Info, which fuses building element Information into the model. Using Apple’s data detector technology, the information in an info tag is recognized as an email, telephone number, hyperlink or address, providing direct links to the corresponding mobile app.
  • AirPrint for printing 3-D and 2-D contents of BIMx Hyper-models from iOS.
  • Zone Stamps on the floor plans and zone labels in the 3-D model are interactive within the BIMx model.
BIMx is available in the App Store and on Google Play. A BIMx Webinar on July 7 offers a live demonstration of BIMx cloud storage access.

Products

Access Anywhere, Anytime
 ProContractor MobileViewpoint’s ProContractor Mobile gives users access to project information, tracks progress of projects and accounts for all aspects of the job from beginning to end. Users have access to important project documents and data via their iOS, Android or Windows mobile device to transmit daily field report items, photos and attachments.

Software

Project Scheduling Software Showcases New BIM Functionality
Asta Powerproject’s BIM module reads industry-standard IFC4 databases and shows the 3-D model in a window right in the scheduling application. This major upgrade ties the time component of scheduling to the 3-D model, resulting in 4-D. Users can see where the build should be a various stages of the timeline and even adjust the timeline by clicking on an element in the BIM model to bring up its corresponding schedule. The new release also features Site Progress Mobile, which allows construction project managers to update the project schedule via their mobile phone or tablet on the jobsite. The app allows users to record progress and make schedule updates, take photographs and associate them with tasks or build stages, and avoid the need to re-key progress updates when they return to the office.

Penta’s Employee  Portal Empowers Personnel with Information Access
Penta Technologies Inc. has released a new Employee Self-Service Portal to help its customers operate their enterprise-wide businesses more efficiently and profitably. The website that allows customers to provide its personnel with 24/7 secure login access to view employee information. Personnel can view a wide array of employee information including paid time off summary, pay/salary information, withholding information, pay stub information, W2 information, emergency contact information, employee contact information, employee demographics, human resource documents and company news.

Victaulic Mechanical Piping Systems Launches Victaulic Tools For Revit
Equipped with more than 100 Victaulic product families, Victaulic Tools For Revit allow users to design smart models in half the time, modify designs with a single click and create fabrication drawings with the necessary details for bills of material, all without leaving Revit. Creating fully integrated assemblies becomes a seamless process. Loose parts are never omitted and fabrication spools can include labor estimates and manufacturer information. In addition, Victaulic is also offering training courses for contractors and engineers.

Acquisitions & Partnerships

LLR Partners Invests in WennSoft
LLR Partners, a private equity firm investing in middle market growth companies, announced a strategic investment in WennSoft Inc., a field services software provider, to drive a market leadership position in the field service and specialty construction markets worldwide. WennSoft provides end-to-end field services software and solutions, offering tailored vertical solutions based on extensive field services operations expertise and enables customers to manage and streamline the installation, maintenance and repair processes with a strong emphasis in mobility. As part of the investment, John Jazwiec will take over as WennSoft’s CEO. Jazwiec, the former CEO of FiveCubits and RedPrairie, has significant experience leading fast-growth technology companies.

Video & Cool Stuff

Procore Offers Free Webinars
Procore offers free webinars, including “Mobile Device Program: Top 5 Workflows.” Find additional archived webinars or check out the schedule of upcoming ones.

Increase Business Value at Big Data in Motion Summit
Big Data in Motion Summit July 23, 2015, is a multi-vendor online event where top experts will show how they deliver on the promise of the data-driven enterprise. Top executives, architects and data professionals will learn how to increase the business value of their big data projects. Discussions will include analytics, cloud, integration and savvy dashboards.

Help Construction Crews with GPS Tracking
Verizon NetworkfleetVerizon Networkfleet’s short eBrief explains to crews the benefits of GPS tracking, how it helps improve their safety on the road, reduces their paperwork and increases opportunities to be rewarded for driving safely.

 

 

 

ARC Survey Ranks Construction Priorities
A new survey of 1,280 AEC professionals from ARC Document Solutions ranks priorities in construction:

  • rebuilding aging infrastructure (83 percent);
  • building clean power plants (51 percent);
  • expansion of projects aimed at securing water (48 percent);
  • expanding on rail transit in cities (28 percent); and
  • building high-speed regional rail (21 percent).
The study also revealed the surprising impact technology (72 percent) will have on construction projects, far exceeding the expected effect of population increases (45 percent) and global warming (41 percent). A whopping 97 percent acknowledge there can be severe consequences of project derailment, including the skyrocketing of construction costs (59 percent), the destruction of a construction company’s reputation (55 percent), litigation (51 percent), and citizens being left without needed services (34 percent).
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