Drones on the Construction Jobsite

Shawn Foret

Drones are more than just the cool toys on the construction jobsite these days, they’re robust assets that many construction companies are leveraging to work safer, more efficient, and to produce better quality work, which leads to high profits in an industry known for low margins.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Bots on the Construction Jobsite

Perryn Olson

The construction industry has been ripe for disruption and bots are one of the biggest catalysts in the Con Tech (Construction Technology) sector. While bots aren’t seen on every construction jobsite yet, and most are still in early beta and prototype stages, they are making their presence known. So far, we’re seeing bots laying bricks, autonomously printing buildings, excavate jobsites, managing and delivering supplies via drones, and now tying rebar.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

How A/E/C Firms Use 3D Printing

Guest Author

One of the latest construction technologies that has moved from bleeding-edge technology to a viable, cost-efficient business solution in the construction industry is 3D printing. However, there are still many misnomers and uncertainty on how A/E/C firms can utilize this powerful technology resource, so we asked an industry expert, Trey Richoux with Entrescan, to help us explain 3D printing and its impact on the construction industry. 

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

3 Biggest Construction Cybersecurity Risks

Michael Erdman

The construction industry is driving technology and innovation on the jobsite to become more efficient, profitable, and to combat the ongoing worker shortage. Today, construction equipment is equipped with on-board computers, sensors, GPS, and more. Crews must work with dozens of companies from the design phase with architects, engineers, and sub-consultants, to the build phase which includes numerous subcontractors, requiring them to share sensitive data in real-time. Yet, with all this technology and data, there is no universal industry best practice for cybersecurity in construction, like how healthcare has HIPAA compliancy. So how do you minimize the cybersecurity risks at your construction company without effecting productivity?

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Construction Tech – Smart Tools

Perryn Olson

Last month we discussed how tech savvy construction jobsites have become over the past few years. Besides having a robust remote office in a temporary jobsite trailer that houses high speed internet, smartboards, and digital blueprints, the tools on the jobsite have become “smart” too. By smart, I mean connected to the network and offer the user detailed information about the job at hand. Yes, we’re way past tools just having digital displays and laser beams. Now those laser beams can automatically measure distances for pinpoint accuracy and in less time than doing the task manually. The era of construction smart tools has already begun.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

The Future of Construction is Technology

Perryn Olson

BIM and digital blueprints on tablets are now commonplace on construction jobsites, and online bid rooms are “old hat”. Buildings are chock full of technology to make them LEED certified, to appeal to Millennials, and to run innovative companies. We’re seeing amazing construction products fueled by technology including permeable concrete to massive brick road laying machines and even self-driving crash trucks for roadwork.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Getting Subs to Use Your Construction Management Software

Shawn Foret

One of the biggest struggles our general contractor (GC) clients, and even our architecture and engineering clients, have is getting subcontractors into the digital age.

Many A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) companies have heavily invested in construction software, infrastructure, and training to go digital, so it is difficult working with any team member that relies on paper plans. Also, because of the rapid speed of change in the construction industry, most paper plans are out of date before they get to the jobsite. That is just one of the many reasons why so many construction companies have moved to construction management applications like Procore, Viewpoint, and Bluebeam.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Empowering A/E/C’s Mobile Workforce

Nicholas LaVerde

By nature, people in the A/E/C (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) industry are not in office because they are building something (a building, bridge, road, retail center, etc.). If they were in their office all the time, they’d be a manufacturer, not in the build industry. Construction’s mobile workforce creates a large technology challenge because the work environment is always in flux.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

9 Best Practices to Securing Your Construction Company’s Online Bid Process

Patrick Leonard

Let’s start with why does a construction company need to secure their company’s online bid process. First off, your data is the “blood” that flows throughout your entire company and many outsiders want it. Some want your data as a competitive advantage because knowing who your subs are on a project or their pricing can allow someone to outbid you since price is always a driving factor for construction proposals. Besides competitors in your industry, hackers want to add viruses, malware, and ransomware to your network, which they can charge you money to remove. At a minimum, a cyber-attack will slow down or potentially completely stop your employees from working.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Don’t Hate Your Printer on Proposal Days

Patrick Leonard

Most A/E/C [Architecture/Engineering/Construction] firms live and die by the proposal, so any impediment to a proposal deadline is painful. The printer not working is one of the worst problems that can arise in the “heat of battle” and could prevent your company from submitting the proposal on-time after spending thousands of dollars preparing it.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

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