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iPhone 5 in Construction

altFor consumers, the announcement of Apple’s iPhone 5 means a device that is 18% thinner and 20% lighter with a larger 4-inch screen, faster 4G wireless technology, and new Siri features including restaurant recommendations and movie listings. But is the new announcement also geared toward the enterprise environment such as construction—at least to some degree?

Apple, www.apple.com, Cupertino, Calif., undoubtedly faces stiff competition from such companies as Samsung when it comes to devices. But Apple might also experience competition from a familiar company eager to nip at its heels—Microsoft, www.micrsoft.com, Redmond, Wash.

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KPIs and Fleets

altMore often construction companies are turning to fleet-tracking technology to keep an eye on vehicles and monitor KPIs (key performance indicators) and other analytics related to equipment. The technology improves visibility for operations, creating a more efficient, safe, and cost effective business.

This week, a new map overlay capability will now allow construction companies to superimpose infrastructure, GIS (geographic-information systems), or route maps on vehicle location maps. This will help create an integrated view for dispatching and other activities.

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Developing a Strategy for Cloud in Construction

altFor IT professionals in the construction industry, cloud computing is creating a certain level of complexities for doing business. Before diving head first into the cloud, contractors need to carefully consider how such technologies will work within the business, creating a strategy for how to move forward with the cloud.

When it comes to cloud computing, there are several different delivery methods including IaaS (infrastructure as a service), PaaS (platform as a service), SaaS (software as a service), and RaaS (resource as a service), as well as many deployment models, which include public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

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Take Tech to Education Construction Projects

altManaging facilities maintenance and capital improvements at a university requires careful planning and detailed reporting. In order to enable this, many program and facilities managers have implemented technology to help complete the job as efficiently as possible.

Take the recent example of Montclair State University, www.montclair.edu, Montclair, N.J., which is the second largest public institution of higher education in the state of New Jersey. The division of university facilities has a five-year capital improvement plan estimated at more than $650 million.

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Guard Industry and Osmose Sign Exclusive Agreement For Woodguard Products

Construction National compress havenGuard Industry and Osmose.Europe, both leading suppliers of wood preservative technologies, announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Osmose Europe has been granted exclusivity to supply Guard Industry's Woodguard products into the manufacturing sector of the UK. Terms of the agreement are confidential. 

The WoodGuard range of products is a next generation product designed to protect wood against water, stains and dirt, tackling the main causes of deterioration. It is available in clear finish (woodguard) and in a coloured finish (woodguard color) to protect and enhance beauty of wood whilst providing high level protection from UV rays.

Both parties will continue to supply the market with their respective portfolios of preservative products that offer numerous important benefits to consumers, contractors, and builders.

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Better BIM in the Field

altEver since the use of BIM (building information modeling) burst onto the scene in the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) industry, the idea of being able to take a virtual model to the field and interact with it in an efficient manner has been highly sought after. However, it wasn't until the advent of more capable devices could such a concept really begin to takeoff.

Then came devices like tablets and smartphones. These devices have presented the perfect blend of connectivity and portability to allow great things to happen with regard to BIM. We are beginning to see more and more applications designed that allow construction professionals to intelligently interact with a 3D model in the field, without the heavy investment in the technology.

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Industry experts appointed to lead focus on key sectors

Construction National IETEurope’s largest engineers’ body has appointed five industry experts to head up new sector-focused, global communities of engineers.

Recognising that demands on engineers and technicians have changed, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is prioritising five key sectors: Built Environment; Design & Production; Energy; Information & Communications; and Transport.

The sectors provide a focal point for engineers and technicians from all disciplines to find relevant communities, events and information.

IET Head of Sectors and Communities, Steve Perry, said: “The work of engineers and technicians has never been more important, and it’s vital that the IET supports the good work that they do.

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Gather Project Data

altIs construction undergoing a technological revolution due to new methods to collect and share data? Many processes are being altered and streamlined thanks to technology innovations, and it’s not a stretch to imagine many workflows in the construction industry being revolutionized as a result.

A new partnership between BidsList, www.bidslist.com, San Diego, Calif., a company that brokers any service-related projects, and NoteVault, www.notevault.com, San Diego, Calif., which provides voice-to-text software for mobile devices, is a step toward using technology to improve productivity, track progress, and enhance collaboration efforts on the jobsite.

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TSB competition for £4m research project

Construction National TSBThe government is seeking innovative construction companies and property developers for a £4m research project to develop new ways of building.  Technology Strategy Board will invest the cash in a collaborative research and design competition that will fund up to 15 research projects. The projects will explore and test the viability of new ways of working, novel tools, products or contractual arrangements to demonstrate that they improve build consistency, cost-effectiveness, speed and sustainability.

The project is aimed at encouraging the construction industry to collaborate with its supply chain to radically rethink the build process to deliver buildings cost effectively, in volume, at speed, and with very low levels of defects. The competition is targeting contractors, developers and other major procurers of buildings.

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