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Predicting The Future Impact of Robotics In Construction

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 14:02 PM

The titans of the tech industry have been warning the public of their growing concern of robotic intelligence, i.e. machine learning. They say these systems will become so sophisticated that they could phase humans out of labor industries. Intelligent machines are becoming more reactive to a wide range of variables on the job site and reducing project costs to the extent that the role of field personnel is changing. Some speculate the blue-collar worker is at risk while others predict that their role will change.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Robotics

Why We Love Smart Buildings [And You Should Too!]

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 14:01 PM

Today’s building systems are dynamic. They functionally integrate to minimize energy consumption, decrease water usage, increase indoor air quality, reduce operational costs, and minimize environmental impact. Buildings are being designed to deliver services to make occupants more productive (e.g. lighting, comfortable climate, indoor air quality, physical security, sanitation, etc.) at the lowest cost over it’s lifetime. There's a lot to love about their intelligence.

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Topics: Building Performance, smart buildings

5 Ways Immersive Technologies Are Changing Team Engagement

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 14:01 PM

When it comes to collaboration, are you a big fan of the white-board? What if we were to tell you that your well-loved whiteboard will eventually take residence next to your dusty cassette tape player? Would you believe it? Technologies in the form of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are becoming a game-changer for team collaboration, enabling a spatial environment for effective decision-making. Immersive collaboration allows users to communicate in real-time, effectively working together from remote locations as if they were walking a project site together. This posts highlights the five ways immersive technologies are transforming project team engagement.

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Topics: Wearable Technology, virtual building, Immersive Technologies

10 Quick Tips For Implementing A New Construction Technology

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 13:12 PM

A solid foundation for implementation will yield companywide results.

At a time of fierce competition, the distance between technical promise and genuine achievement is a matter of special concern. Faced with their regular duties, Managers experience great difficulty in closing this gap. The key challenges for managers responsible for implementing new technology include: an inescapable dual role, the range of technologies that need to be supported, resistance to change, the right degree of incentives, and the need for one person to take overall responsibility. This post offers up 10 Quick Tips For Implementing a New Construction Technology.

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Topics: Construction Technology

Building for Performance with Low Voltage Systems

Posted by Patrick McAlpin on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

Connectivity is a vital part of our daily lives, particularly in structures where we work. As a result, building powerloads are increasing, mostly from wireless accesspoints, in-building wireless antennas, Internet Protocol (IP), LED lighting and environmental controllers. The ability to effectively and efficiently power these devices is a growing challenge.   This post discusses the critical role of low voltage systems to optimize building performance.

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Topics: Building Performance, Low Voltage Systems

Who Needs Collisions? Rock Your Next MEP Effort with BIM

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 15:04 PM

If you read BuildingTech INSIDER consistently, you know builders are applying virtual design and construction (VDC) practices for building information modeling (BIM). Major disciplines leveraging the many benefits of BIM are mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), as well as fire protection. MEP is a critical discipline for systems decision-making – these decisions are sometimes made by a facility’s management and operations team. Using BIM practices to gain additional perspective on MEP is tremendously powerful. This post discusses how to rock your next MEP effort with BIM.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Virtual Mock-ups and Prefabrication

From Start to Finish, Drones Are Changing Project Delivery

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

The drones are coming! Yes, they are making their way to your jobsite if they have not already arrived. Why? They provide invaluable perspective. These unmanned aircraft systems allow builders to more effectively study jobsite conditions enabling time and money savings. More importantly, the drone can operate with various degrees of autonomy to capture jobsite viewpoints previously inaccessible. The presence of jobsite drones is a game changer.

Drones can outperform humans in number of ways. First and foremost, they can fly. Beyond that very fundamental fact, drones capture invaluable information for project manager dissemination, allowing for a greater level of oversight. Rather than comparing the drones to humans, the following discusses how the drones can effectively serve a project from start to finish.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Drones

2017 Job Site Tech Trends That Are Here to Stay

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 06:02 AM

Everyone seems to have a 2017 Hot Tech List. I thought it would be great to follow up with on our own take on what will be top-of-mind this year. First, let’s consider the big industry picture, there are A LOT of construction technologies allowing builders to communicate in real time with project stakeholders. Communication is not just through a phone call; it can be through image-sharing, document-sharing or quick text messages via smart phone or tablet. Builders no longer have to wait to report activity at the end of the day or until they have the next team meeting to report updates. There is a tremendous shift taking place.

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Topics: Business, Construction Technology

High-Tech Solutions to Mitigate Theft On the Jobsite

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 13:02 PM

The other day, I read an article from Construction Dive reporting data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau stating “…the construction industry loses up to $1 billion annually in heavy equipment theft…that does not even account for smaller tools stolen from job sites every day.” When I think about the amount of people, materials, and equipment moving in and out of any one given project, I cannot help but think there are technology solutions to this problem.

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Topics: Business, Construction Technology, Security

Solving Project Challenges with Laser Scanning on the Job Site

Posted by Brian Entman on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 16:01 PM

Most of our readers will agree, virtual design and construction (VDC) is revolutionizing construction practices. Add laser scanning to your toolbox and you have a job site game changer. This post discusss how you can solve project’s challenges by utilizing laser scanning on the job site.

What is laser scanning? Laser scanning is controlled deflection of laser beams in an existing space. It captures almost every visible component of a space - every wall, every door, every window, and every nook and cranny is measured in a space. Whatever you can see, the scanner discovers it, measures it, and transfers the information into a virtual model with precision. The information provides a reliable foundation for modeling and can serve as an as-built model for an active or completed project.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Laser Scanning