Here are five recent announcements from software vendors and other technology providers about new products or updates to existing products designed to simplify construction for contractors:
Trimble has released its Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, the only construction industry cloud for Microsoft customers.
The platform uses Microsoft Azure services to connect project teams, data, processes and multiple stakeholders across all phases of construction projects. It supports Trimble Construction One, a construction management offering that includes extensive field data, estimation, detailing, project management, finance and human capital management solutions, the company said in a press release.
Non-Trimble Construction One users can independently subscribe to Trimble Construction Cloud as a separate service.
Webcam service provider EarthCam announced its redesigned VR Site Tour app According to the company, this makes it faster, easier and more intuitive for owners and contractors to record and communicate interior design progress.
VR Site Tour was specially developed for quickly and easily capturing reality on small to medium-sized construction sites. The interactive images are captured with a standard 360° camera, combined with EarthCam’s environmental sensor data, and automatically assembled into a virtual project tour, the company said.
It quickly converts a day’s progress into easy-to-share 360° photos and syncs them directly to site plans, CAD drawings or 3D BIM models. All images are geo-tagged to properly match the site map. Immersive images follow quickly indeed Live progress, reducing the need for site visits, avoiding rework and saving time and money for stakeholders.
Built Technologies recently introduced Trade Partner Management, a suite of tools to help project stakeholders in the construction industry identify, assess and review trade partners before, during and after a project.
Trade Partner Management enables Built customers to mitigate the risk associated with non-compliant vendors to keep projects on schedule and on budget, the company said. By integrating key industry risk management data into the context of vendor management tools, the product equips general contractors, developers and owners with the insights they need to identify the right partners for their projects, according to a press release shared with Construction Dive.
Trade Partner Management consolidates data into a single, useful view, from pre-qualification to project delivery, and streamlines the supplier onboarding process. Compliance is ensured by combining the integration of key industry risk management data and trading partner management tools.
StructionSite, a provider of on-ground reality capture for the construction industry, has released the industry’s first reality capture condition analysis tool based on precise project locations. The Sites tool gives users the ability to filter and view images by various parameters such as date range, location, tags and image quality to get a full understanding of what happened at a construction site and when, the company said.
Many construction projects are structured according to a location hierarchy: building, floor, area, room. The location feature in StructionSite conforms to this model, allowing it to integrate with the client’s project management and planning workflows. according to a press release. This allows teams to search a location and view the latest images, RFIs, and work status to make informed decisions.
Locations opens up the possibility of categorizing the thousands of photos taken over the course of a project in a way that makes them easy for a user to find, and then telling the story of what happened in a specific part of the site over time has happened.
Trimble and Hilti
Trimble, along with toolmaker and technology provider Hilti Group, announced that the Hilti ON!Track asset management system will be integrated with Trimble Viewpoint Vista, an enterprise resource planning solution within the Trimble Construction One suite.
The partnership marks Hilti’s first North American integration with an ERP solution and provides a product for unified tool tracking and more accurate, automated job assignment, giving contractors a single source for tracking and managing their tools and equipment, the companies said.
Rather than having to manually search, call, or guess where tools are located or how much to charge based on their usage, contractors can more easily track their tools and equipment in one place and automatically know how much — and where — they’re using so that an accurate amount of device time can be billed, according to a press release. This eliminates the need for office workers to manually enter usage data and even manually track it on-site.