Construction Technologies News
Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of the latest edition of its suite of software solutions – MAGNET 5. Packed with new features, the release includes upgrades to the MAGNET Field, Office and Enterprise applications designed for advanced performance, third-party integration, and construction planning and oversight capability.
Hexagon AB has introduced the Leica RTC360, a laser scanner equipped with edge computing technology to enable fast and highly accurate creation of 3D models in the field. It's one of the many innovations on showcase this week at HxGN LIVE 2018, Hexagon's annual digital technology conference.
Triax Technologies, Inc., a provider of technology for the connected jobsite, and Bosch Power Tools announced the integration of the Bosch Bluehound asset tracking solution with Triax's flagship Spot-r system. Now, for the first time, construction firms will be able to collect and monitor real-time worker, equipment and tool location; asset utilization; and safety data.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has been involved in a Swedish research project that demonstrated that by applying the latest technology within communication and automation, underground mines could become more efficient and safer. In the Pilot for Industrial Mobile Communication in Mining (PIMM) project, Volvo CE developed and tested its remotely controlled wheel loader 400 metres underground – while the operator commanded the machine from a comfortable office on the surface. This was made possible with the help of other companies and organizations – including Boliden, Ericsson, Telia, ABB, RISE SICS and LTU – which joined forces on the project to explore what the next generation of mobile communication technology, 5G, could mean for business models and communications in a mine.
Volvo CE held technology presentations in conjunction with the Newport stopover of the 2017–2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, May 17–20, 2018. The Volvo Ocean Race is a gruelling international competition in which sailing teams compete in a race around the world over the course of nine months.
John Deere has added grade guidance technology to the 210G LC excavator and made numerous other customer-inspired updates to improve productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs on the 13 to 47 ton models. The grade guidance system provides operators with information on the bucket's location with respect to a 2D reference or 3D design surface and is ideal for digging trenches for pipe, shaping ditches or slopes, or digging structure foundations. The system was developed in cooperation with Topcon.
PCL Construction and Microsoft are joining forces to fuel joint innovation and development of smart building implementations. Combining PCL's engineering and industry expertise with the technical acumen of Microsoft's engineering and R&D teams, PCL is leveraging advanced Azure capabilities to develop the next generation of Smart Building solutions.
Topcon Positioning Group announces the complete acquisition of Viasys VDC, an innovative infrastructure construction software development company based in Espoo, Finland. The purchase is designed to strengthen Topcon software development expertise and support delivery of advanced Topcon VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) solutions with seamless BIM (Building Information Modeling) interoperability for customers worldwide.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Plaxis, the leading provider of geotechnical software, based in Delft, Netherlands, and the agreement to acquire soil engineering software provider SoilVision, based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The acquisitions, with Bentley's market-leading borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals "going digital." Finally, BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.
At Intermat, Hemisphere GNSS has introduced significant achievements of its GradeMetrix OEM toolkit for high-precision GNSS-based machine control and guidance applications and systems. Hemisphere has expanded its portfolio of hardware offerings, including the recently announced A222 Scalable GNSS Smart Antenna, and made significant strides forward with its next-generation GradeMetrix OEM application software platform. Whether it is grading, mining, excavating, piling and drilling, or compaction applications, heavy equipment manufacturers can rebrand the solution and drive feature requirements to sell as their own.
Trimble and Kobelco have announced the introduction of a Trimble Ready option for select Tier 4 Final Kobelco excavator models. Select excavators that ship from the Kobelco factory are now ready for the installation of the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for excavators, which can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of the installation for the contractor.
It has been a relatively short few years since unmanned aerial vehicles – better known as drones – have moved out of the domain of the military and government, and down to the everyday consumer. In that time, one of the most enthusiastic industries in the adoption of this technology has been construction, which came to an early realization that aerial surveys of everything from buildings to gravel stockpiles could improve the way in which pit operators and contractors managed their businesses.