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Survey eye in the sky: drone popularity for construction applications takes off

Survey eye in the sky: drone popularity for construction applications takes off

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.

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Are all excavators the same?

Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


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Topcon's new laser series is designed for distance and accuracy in construction projects

Lasers in Topcon's RL-H5 series include options in working range of up to 800 metres and up to 100 hours of battery life.

Topcon Positioning Group has added to its RL-H line of self-levelling rotating lasers. The RL-H5 series is designed for high accuracy and long working range in laser applications for grading, excavating and general construction projects. The new offering includes instruments to support diverse jobsite demands.

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InEight acquires QA Software and TeamBinder document management solution

InEight acquires QA Software and TeamBinder document management solution

InEight, a developer of construction project management software, today announced that it will acquire QA Software. This includes QA Software's flagship product, TeamBinder, the comprehensive document management and collaboration solution for the engineering and construction industry. The acquisition combines InEight's project management solutions with QA Software's comprehensive document management tools, creating world-class solutions for key project stakeholders including contractors, owners and engineers.

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Airware launches new advanced drone analytics capabilities

Airware has announced the launch of enhancements to the Airware Mining and Quarrying solution. Airware's solution is built on the secure and scalable cloud-based Airware platform. This solution leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to help mines and quarries digitize their business and improve operations with visualization, collaboration, analysis and reporting on drone-captured data.

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New HCSS Plans delivers simple uploads, field calculators for project drawings

Featuring Web and mobile applications, the new HCSS Plans digital plan management solution from construction industry software developer, HCSS connects the office to the field to avoid costly mistakes and rework. Built specifically for heavy civil construction, HCSS Plans allows superintendents and project managers to efficiently manage changes and markups to project drawings and plans, ensuring that field superintendents are working with the latest project information.

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Fieldwire partners with Hilti to bring construction management software to field workers

Mobile field management platform Fieldwire has announced a strategic partnership with the Hilti Group, a manufacturer and supplier of construction technology. As part of this partnership, Hilti has made an undisclosed strategic investment into Fieldwire and joins the Fieldwire board. "Fieldwire's approach to jobsite productivity stands out in the construction tech scene and aligns very well with Hilti's mission," said Joerg Kampmeyer, Member of the Executive Board and CFO at Hilti. "We were impressed by Fieldwire's leadership, and our investment in the company is a first step in establishing a long-standing strategic partnership."

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Cat S61 smartphone is packed with integrated tools of the trade

Cat S61 smartphone is packed with integrated tools of the trade

Cat Phones has announced the launch of its new flagship device, the Cat S61. It is the upgrade to the Cat S60 with enhanced FLIR thermal imaging capability, built-in laser assisted distance measuring, and an indoor air quality sensor. The Cat S61 is the most advanced tool yet to help get the job done. The Cat S61 boasts an integrated FLIR thermal imaging camera with enhanced software for greater image contrast, expanded temperature range to 400 degrees Celsius, and an upgrade from VGA to High-Definition detail from the visible camera providing unmatched image optimization using FLIR's MSX technology.  

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Skyjack launches its Elevate solution: more than telematics

David Swan, product manager at Skyjack with the new Elevate app

Skyjack is aiming to disrupt the telematics industry with its newest service: Elevate, a fully customized solution designed specifically for off-highway rental fleets. Launched at The 2018 Rental Show, Skyjack's Elevate solution leaves behind the legacy of on-road telematics and breaks down the barriers to adoption, by providing customers with a product that delivers actionable insights and measurable benefits. 

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New Holland tests autonomous tractor in vineyard applications

New Holland is testing autonomous technology in vineyard applications.

New Holland Agriculture is partnering with E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family owned winery in the world, in a pilot project testing its NHDrive autonomous technology applied to T4.110F vineyard tractors. This collaborative pilot program is focused on gathering agronomic and operator feedback on the use of this technology in everyday vineyard activities, with the ultimate objective of delivering autonomous solutions that are driven by the real-world requirements of winegrowers.

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Bosch laser measure tools deliver realiable distance measuring in bright light

Measurement accuracy of these Bosch laser measure tools is +/- 1/16 inch.

Using a standard laser measure outside is often a hit or miss affair, dependent upon cloud cover, trees and a building roof or overhang that may block the sun. The Bosch BLAZE Outdoor GLM400C Connected Laser Measure with Viewfinder and the Bosch BLAZE Outdoor GLM400CL Connected Laser Measure with Camera rely on a 5.0-megapixel, 8X zoom camera with scratch-proof screen to find the laser target at up to 400 feet in bright conditions, expansive indoor space or against busy backdrops. The easy-to-read colour display illuminates large numbers and provides clear resolution in dark areas. The BLAZE GLM400CL version can take photos and comes with memory for 50 measurements and storage for up to 200 images and has a lithium-ion battery.

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Fixing construction's productivity problem with technology a target for Volvo

The construction industry has had a long-standing issue with productivity that is being addressed by new technology advances.

The construction industry has had a troubled history with productivity. Even the smallest construction projects are multi-disciplined events that involve hundreds of individual actions. When scaled up to mega project size, managing the sequencing of man, machine and material so that the right things are done at the right time and place is a logistical headache that the industry has been grappling with for generations. Construction is improving - but its productivity improvements are far slower than the wider economy.

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Bosch Bluehound takes the worry out of asset tracking on large projects

Bluehound is a broad connectivity solution for large construction companies working on complex projects.

Bosch Bluehound offers an asset-tracking solution that brings transparency to a variety of business-wide information requirements. Software capabilities include user-driven customization, cost accounting, certification tracking, digital information warehousing, safety monitoring, asset delivery tracking and end-of-day asset tracking.

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Trimble acquires e-Builder to expand its construction management solutions

Trimble has acquired privately held e-Builder, an SaaS-based construction program management solution for capital program owners and program management firms. e-Builder extends Trimble's ability to accelerate industry transformation by providing an integrated project delivery solution for owners, program managers and contractors across the design, construct and operate life cycle.

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