Construction Technologies News
John Deere has added grade guidance technology to the 210G LC excavator and made numerous other customer-inspired updates to improve productivity, uptime and lower daily operating costs on the 13 to 47 ton models. The grade guidance system provides operators with information on the bucket's location with respect to a 2D reference or 3D design surface and is ideal for digging trenches for pipe, shaping ditches or slopes, or digging structure foundations. The system was developed in cooperation with Topcon.
PCL Construction and Microsoft are joining forces to fuel joint innovation and development of smart building implementations. Combining PCL's engineering and industry expertise with the technical acumen of Microsoft's engineering and R&D teams, PCL is leveraging advanced Azure capabilities to develop the next generation of Smart Building solutions.
Topcon Positioning Group announces the complete acquisition of Viasys VDC, an innovative infrastructure construction software development company based in Espoo, Finland. The purchase is designed to strengthen Topcon software development expertise and support delivery of advanced Topcon VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) solutions with seamless BIM (Building Information Modeling) interoperability for customers worldwide.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, announced the acquisition of Plaxis, the leading provider of geotechnical software, based in Delft, Netherlands, and the agreement to acquire soil engineering software provider SoilVision, based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The acquisitions, with Bentley's market-leading borehole reporting and data management software gINT, serve to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals "going digital." Finally, BIM advancements can be extended to the essential subsurface engineering of every infrastructure project.
At Intermat, Hemisphere GNSS has introduced significant achievements of its GradeMetrix OEM toolkit for high-precision GNSS-based machine control and guidance applications and systems. Hemisphere has expanded its portfolio of hardware offerings, including the recently announced A222 Scalable GNSS Smart Antenna, and made significant strides forward with its next-generation GradeMetrix OEM application software platform. Whether it is grading, mining, excavating, piling and drilling, or compaction applications, heavy equipment manufacturers can rebrand the solution and drive feature requirements to sell as their own.
Trimble and Kobelco have announced the introduction of a Trimble Ready option for select Tier 4 Final Kobelco excavator models. Select excavators that ship from the Kobelco factory are now ready for the installation of the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for excavators, which can significantly reduce the cost and complexity of the installation for the contractor.
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.
Operating costs begin as soon as the engine is started, so knowing the combined life cycle costs and equipping machines with the right features is crucial in getting a good return on investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."