At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles. New Cat Product Link technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.
Construction Technologies News
Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, announced today that it has secured a strategic investment from Caterpillar Ventures. The investment allows Airware to accelerate programs that enable dealers to offer solutions and services within the construction, mining, and quarrying industries, and highlights Caterpillar’s commitment in leading the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform provider, has announced that it has enhanced the Kespry Drone 2 with higher performance features that deliver significantly greater accuracy and reliability. These enhancements make Kespry Drone 2 even more ideal for a wide range of industrial applications, including those requiring survey-grade precision, such as in mining and the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) markets. The new Drone 2 now achieves four to six times the accuracy of the previous Kespry Drone System.
While the commercial use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has been regulated in Canada since 2007, this burgeoning technology is just beginning to be adopted by the asphalt/aggregate industry. From managing stockpiles more effectively and reducing second party verification costs, to monitoring construction projects and enhancing visual documentation for communications and planning, drones offer enormous benefits in time and cost savings. As the technology becomes more sophisticated and applications expand, companies can expect new and exciting uses for drones to make their operations more efficient for an improved bottom line.
EquipmentShare, a provider of construction technology solutions that help contractors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) better manage equipment and make smarter business decisions, has secured $26 million in funding led by Insight Venture Partners and existing investor Romulus Growth. Y Combinator, another existing investor, also participated in the round. With this capital, EquipmentShare will launch its mixed-fleet telematics solution, ES Track, and open peer-to-peer marketplace locations in eight additional U.S. markets.
CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, has recently announced the availability of the new Vortex Backhoe Loader Training Module, the latest addition to their construction equipment training product line.
Construction software developer HCSS announces the winners of its annual Construction Intern Awards. A total of 17 scholarships worth a combined $50,000 were awarded to students in construction-related fields who held internships of at least two months in duration with construction companies during the 2015-2016 school year or summer of 2016.
Trimble has introduced office software, site positioning and machine control solutions designed for site and utility contractors and owner/operators. These solutions offer small- to mid-sized contractors a reliable, flexible and affordable option to leverage construction technology. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions.
Trimble has introduced its new DPS900 Machine Control System for Dynamic Compaction, a dedicated, 3D system for dynamic compaction applications such as airports, roads and large structures. Using the DPS900 system, contractors can achieve a safer work environment and increase operational efficiency to reduce costs. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions.
Bidding for jobs is one of the most important functions of any construction firm, big or small. Without lining up a steady stream of work, a contractor is unable to plan cash flow, grow the business, or develop a reputation as a reliable company that has a solid track record.
Penton’s EquipmentWatch has launched the new EquipmentWatch Verification mobile app that provides immediate serial number and VIN verification for heavy equipment and on-road trucks in the auction and resale markets. Available for both Android and iOS devices, the new app gives dealers, appraisers and inspectors a trusted resource for verifying the year of manufacture of an asset.
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced that it has been selected to receive a $20 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the SuperTruck II program. The new award is part of a multimillion dollar, multi-year program to increase the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles while decreasing carbon pollution.