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This tech rundown features the latest and greatest in construction technology, from customized dashboards and project workflows to a cloud-based solution for the construction life cycle and an exhibit on building in hot and cold climates.


FieldLens App Streamlines Collaboration
FieldLens users can view and respond to all of their content right from the app without worrying about onboarding other contractors, design team members or anyone else. Users can also assign or CC FieldLens items to anyone in their address book. Replies from a share notification will remain outside of FieldLens and go to the user’s email inbox instead. FieldLens will be sharing how construction teams in the real world are using FieldLens to eliminate extra steps and wasted time in a series of “fighting the bullshit” articles.


Dexter + Chaney Expands Access to Spectrum With Customizable Dashboard
Dexter+Chaney DashboardDexter + Chaney, providers of Spectrum® Construction Software, announced that companies can give access to the Spectrum Dashboard to any and all employees without purchasing additional licenses. Spectrum Dashboard includes a large number of pre-built apps that users can place on their desktop. The apps tie directly into Spectrum’s database, ensuring that all the information presented is up-to-the-minute accurate. Pre-built dashboard apps include graphical reports of construction job cost, cash flow alerts, job progress, change order notifications, to-do lists and even RSS feeds from relevant online media.

Autodesk Changes Upgrade Policy
Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, Autodesk is simplifying its current upgrade policy and will no longer offer the option to purchase upgrades for all non-current product releases. After this date, only customers with Autodesk Subscription benefits will have access to a reduced price for the most recent software version. Customers who wish to use the latest release after Feb. 1 will have the option to purchase the latest version at the suggested retail price.

Trimble ProjectSight Simplifies Project Information Sharing
Trimble ProjectSightTrimble ProjectSight is designed for contractors and construction managers who want an easy-to-use and cost-effective field management application. Accessible via a web browser or an iPad app, ProjectSight features a simple, intuitive user interface overlaying smart, project-based workflows to keep teams in sync. Access to centralized data provides users with up-to-date information related to material tracking, issues reporting, information requests and critical project drawings, models and documents. ProjectSight is available on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription basis. Sign up for a 30-day free trial or download the free ProjectSight iPad app from the iTunes App Store. 

On Center Software Launches Oasis Cloud Platform Solution
On Center Softwareoasis_cloud_platform_from_on_center_software has launched Oasis, a cloud based end-to-end solution for the entire construction life cycle. The Oasis Platform is the foundation for seamless integration for applications across the construction project life cycle, with robust security and data storage capabilities. The Oasis Platform initially supports several cloud applications: Oasis Takeoff and Oasis FieldCenter are the first two being launched. The first two cloud applications built on the Platform are Oasis Takeoff and Oasis FieldCenter. Learn more about Oasis Cloud Platform.

Procore Launches Procore Drive - Secure File Sharing for Construction
Procore Drive LogoProcore Technologies, Inc. released Procore Drive, a new file storage and synchronization application. Procore Drive allows teams to share and collaborate on large files without the impediments of FTP clients or other cumbersome file sharing solutions. Drive is a fast, simple document management platform with rapid file upload and download, plus drag and drop functionality. Users can select documents directly from their desktop, Outlook or Gmail and drop them into Procore. All files housed in Procore Drive are automatically synced with Procore's cloud-based project management application. Other features include a seamless editing environment for Microsoft Word and Excel; auto save of all changes to the user's desktop, Procore Drive, and synced with Procore's cloud-based application and mobile apps; and management of Microsoft Project and Primavera P6 project schedules.

B2W Announces Comprehensive Cloud Services
b2wcloud.jpgB2W Software, a provider of enterprise-class construction software, services and solutions, announced its comprehensive cloud solution, B2W Cloud. The company has embedded its entire Operational Networked Elements (ONE) platform into the cloud to create an easy-to-use and flexible mobile tool that gives construction professionals anytime, anywhere access to core business data with the highest levels of uptime, security and scalability. In addition, B2W’s cloud offering was recently recognized by the 2014-2015 Cloud Awards Program, within the Best Cloud Hosting Provider category. The ONE offering, which includes its Estimate, Dispatch, Track, and Maintain elements networked in a single, unified platform, gives construction personnel and executives mobile device (tablet and smartphone) access to real-time data on the construction site and beyond.

Acquisitions & Partnerships

Dexter + Chaney Receives Equity Investment from Pamlico Capital
Pamlico Capital and the management team of Dexter & Chaney, Inc. announced today that Pamlico has made a growth equity investment in the company. CEO and Founder John Chaney, along with President Norbert Orth and other executive management team members, will retain significant ownership of Dexter + Chaney and will continue to manage the growth of the company in partnership with Pamlico. Pamlico typically makes growth equity investments of up to $100 million alongside proven management teams in its target industries.

Aconex Connected BIM Supports Pilot Projects and Industry Adoption
Aconex, a cloud collaboration platform for the global construction industry, and the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (REDAS) have agreed on the deployment of Aconex Connected BIM and other collaboration solutions for selected pilot projects of its member developers. The strategic partnership agreement is part of the REDAS Developer-Centric Building Information Modeling (BIM) Initiative to improve collaboration, workflow management and productivity across architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and contractors in the Singapore real estate value chain. The 10 member developers engaged in the initiative(Allgreen, Bukit Sembawang, CapitaLand, CDL, CEL, Far East Organization, Frasers Centrepoint, Guocoland, Keppel Land, and Wing Tai) will each nominate a specific live project to pioneer the Connected BIM approach. The objectives are to detect and avoid design clashes early, reduce rework, accelerate construction schedules, and deliver safer, higher quality and more sustainable built assets.


Sensera Systems Releases MC-60 Streaming Cloud Camera
Sensera Screen ShotSensera Systems® announced the availability of the MultiSense MC-60 Streaming Cloud Camera for Construction Site and Perimeter Security. The MC-60 is the first integrated solar/wireless cloud camera to offer live video streaming and built-in recording functions (DVR) as well as high-resolution stills and time-lapse capabilities. The MC-60 offers 8MP still images for time-lapse, 720p video and 32GB of DVR storage. The MC-60 operates with Sensera Systems’ MultiSensetm Cloud Service and provides a seamless user experience. A remote security camera can be deployed in 20 minutes and accessed from any PC or mobile device. For construction sites, the MC-60 offers a single low-cost solution to provide time-lapse, remote viewing and site security functions.

Cool Stuff & Videos

GRAPHISOFT Sponsors Hot/Cold Exhibit at National Building Museum
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GRAPHISOFT®, a BIM architectural software developer, will sponsor international design firm Bjarke Ingels Group's (BIG) exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Entitled HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, the exhibition demonstrates how BIG’s design solutions exist in and are shaped by the hottest and the coldest parts of planet Earth. The exhibit will be on display Jan. 24 through Aug. 30, 2015.

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