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How Zipline Became a $1.2 Billion Drone Company HOW ZIPLINE BECAME A $1.2 BILLION DRONE COMPANY

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May 21, 2019

Last week, drone delivery service Zipline announced $190 million in new financing, bringing the company’s valuation to $1.2 billion dollars.  In the world of commercial drones – or any startup – that’s a big number, and a big achievement. With drone delivery not yet full...

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US Warns That Chinese-Made Drones Could Steal Data for China US WARNS THAT CHINESE-MADE DRONES COULD STEAL DATA FOR CHINA

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May 21, 2019

The US government is warning that Chinese-made consumer drones could pose a data theft threat, sending data back to company headquarters in China that could then be accessed by the Chinese government. CNN reports that the warning came in an alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security on M...

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Competence in Construction COMPETENCE IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 20, 2019

With the construction industry in need of a widespread culture change and a chain of responsibility, who will have responsibility for delivering standards of performance throughout the lifecycle of a building writes Dr Gavin Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Association of Building Engi...

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Drone Food Delivery in Helsinki to Start Summer 2019 DRONE FOOD DELIVERY IN HELSINKI TO START SUMMER 2019

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May 20, 2019

Google’s parent company Alphabet will soon service Helsinki with flying robotic couriers. Alphabet announced that in the coming weeks, residents of the city will be able to order food items by phone, to have them dropped off by Wing drones and Wing’s blog post outlined a detailed road-ma...

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Drones Can Now Dodge Balls DRONES CAN NOW DODGE BALLS

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May 20, 2019

If you aren’t afraid of drone attacks on humans in the near future, you should be. And if your plan was to simply knock them out of the sky, well, forget that. Drones can now dodge balls that are thrown at them. So, they will probably be very good at dodgeball – and also can not be taken...

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Drone Flights Over People - The FAA is too Resrictive DRONE FLIGHTS OVER PEOPLE - THE FAA IS TOO RESRICTIVE

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May 20, 2019

In general, the commercial drone industry agrees on several points: The proposed rules for flights over people is too conservative. The FAA is using a risk profile that doesn’t accurately reflect the risks posed by drones. The FAA should provide clarity and adopt a new framework as soon as pos...

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NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier NIMBYISM IS THE BIGGEST MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION BARRIER

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May 17, 2019

NIMBYism is the biggest multifamily construction barrier, according to a National Apartment Association report on apartment construction barriers. A survey of government entities, as well as private developers and owners, found that most respondents say that citizen opposition to growth NIMBYism is ...

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8 Common Construction Estimating Mistakes 8 COMMON CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING MISTAKES

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May 17, 2019

Estimating is one of the most difficult jobs in construction. It is also one of the most important. Profits are typically won or lost based on how accurate your estimates are and how closely they match up to your final project costs. So, how accurate are your estimates?

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The Endless Opportunities of Drones With Thermal Sensors THE ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES OF DRONES WITH THERMAL SENSORS

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May 14, 2019

Last month, we announced that FLIR Systems made a strategic investment in DroneBase. This agreement establishes FLIR as the exclusive provider of thermal technology for our inspection services and training for our Pilot Network through the FLIR Infrared Training Center. We’re extremely proud o...

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Summer Construction Season Is Coming–Are Your Projects Prepared? SUMMER CONSTRUCTION SEASON IS COMING–ARE YOUR PROJECTS PREPARED?

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May 14, 2019

The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and there’s the steady sound of hammers banging, cranes lifting and diggers digging everywhere. Yes, it’s summer–the busy season when it comes to construction work. But while summer is the season where construction productivity reach...

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Undervalued Software Engineering Skills: Writing Well UNDERVALUED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SKILLS: WRITING WELL

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May 14, 2019

I have been coaching several experienced software engineers to further grow professionally, since transitioning to being an engineering manager. I have noticed a few skills that people often underestimate the importance of developing. Skills that add a significant boost to the impact of any develope...

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Is Aerial Drone Photography Right for My Commercial Building? IS AERIAL DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY RIGHT FOR MY COMMERCIAL BUILDING?

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May 13, 2019

There has been a lot of buzz about the drone service industry and the many applications of drone technology in business. Perhaps more than any other industry, commercial real estate professionals have embraced drones as a regular part of their business. Aerial imagery isn't brand new in CRE, but...

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Majority of engineers prioritise work and money over a social/love life MAJORITY OF ENGINEERS PRIORITISE WORK AND MONEY OVER A SOCIAL/LOVE LIFE

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May 13, 2019

New research from CV-Library, the UK independent job board, reveals that the majority of engineers (55.6%) feel work is the most important thing in their life right now, with only 17.8% prioritising their social life and 10% their love life. The study surveyed 1,200 working professionals and found t...

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Inside Look at 7 of the Top Construction Scheduling Methods INSIDE LOOK AT 7 OF THE TOP CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING METHODS

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May 13, 2019

We would bet that very few construction professionals agree with the above quote from Bob Dylan. Nonetheless, chaos is a way of life for many of us on a jobsite, particularly when it comes to construction project scheduling. As hard as we try to stay organized, construction scheduling will always po...

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4 Ways Technology Innovation Plays a Key Role in the Future of the Construction Industry 4 WAYS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN THE FUTURE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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May 13, 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we launched Acumatica Construction Edition. The construction industry got its first look at our modern business solution during the NAHB International Builders Show in January 2018, and we officially launched it in March 2018.

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5 ways Controller Hardware in the Loop and Model-based Engineering are Reducing Risk 5 WAYS CONTROLLER HARDWARE IN THE LOOP AND MODEL-BASED ENGINEERING ARE REDUCING RISK

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May 10, 2019

Industry 4.0 is dawning, and digitalization, decarbonization, and decentralization are fueling the electric grid revolution.  D3, in turn, creates opportunities for immense value creation, but invokes new technologies and design concepts, and change brings risk.

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How to stay on top of your plan in construction HOW TO STAY ON TOP OF YOUR PLAN IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 10, 2019

Construction is a very perplexing business where many different stakeholders, tools and equipment are involved in every step along the way. In that sense, it comes as no surprise that the industry is continuously struggling with low productivity, budget overruns and costly delays. The emergence of d...

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U.S. Put-In-Place Construction Spending Hits a Soft Spot U.S. PUT-IN-PLACE CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HITS A SOFT SPOT

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May 09, 2019

Total U.S. put-in-place construction spending, after increasing steadily (although slowly) for seven years, from 2011 through 2017, has lost upwards momentum over the past year and a bit. The cause of the overall weakness has been a retreating residential sector. Nonresidential has continued to exhi...

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When Engineers Become Whistleblowers WHEN ENGINEERS BECOME WHISTLEBLOWERS

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May 09, 2019

Fundamental Canon No. 1 of the American Society of Engineers states that Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. Most engineering societies have this principle in their codes of ethics. This duty frames the decades of struggles by conscientious engineers-whether...

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How to Hack Your Way to Being a Super Productive Engineer Tips and Tools HOW TO HACK YOUR WAY TO BEING A SUPER PRODUCTIVE ENGINEER TIPS AND TOOLS

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May 08, 2019

From product development to other aspects of the business, engineers are the key players of an organization. The success of a project highly depends on their energy and productivity. It’s understandable why it’s important to have productive engineers in the team if you want to drive exce...

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Engineering professionals react to market boom and snap up bigger pay packets ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS REACT TO MARKET BOOM AND SNAP UP BIGGER PAY PACKETS

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May 08, 2019

New data from CV-Library, the UK independent job board, reveals that engineering professionals are reacting positively to the country’s latest job market boom, with applications for new engineering jobs rising by an astounding 16.5% in April 2019.

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Finding the engineers of tomorrow FINDING THE ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW

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May 08, 2019

Simon Biggs explains how businesses and education can collaborate to increase engagement in engineering. According to EngineeringUK, we need to employ 203,000 engineers every year until 2024 to meet demand. One way businesses may can help to close this skills gap is by engaging with students at a yo...

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University of Warwick to host International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists in 2020 UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS IN 2020

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May 07, 2019

The University of Warwick has won the bid to plan, organise and host the 18th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES18) for 2020. Previously held at Warwick (ICWES9) in 1991, ICWES18 returns at Warwick on 11th-14th September 2020.

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10 of the Safest Construction Companies in the Industry 10 OF THE SAFEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN THE INDUSTRY

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May 07, 2019

Ask yourself the following question: At the end of a long construction workday, what’s the most important thing? While it’s easy to think about productivity or work progress as a top of mind answers, you’d be wrong. The real answer? Getting everyone on the job home safely.

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STEM program taps into kids natural curiosity to inspire interest in engineering STEM PROGRAM TAPS INTO KIDS NATURAL CURIOSITY TO INSPIRE INTEREST IN ENGINEERING

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May 07, 2019

Over the next three years, primary school teachers across the country will have access to workshops and resources to get their students up to speed on engineering skills. The 2019-20 Federal Budget includes $6.2 million for Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, to roll...

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Robotic Process Automation Proving Fruitful for Early Adopters ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION PROVING FRUITFUL FOR EARLY ADOPTERS

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May 06, 2019

Robotic process automation (RPA) is here and companies at the forefront of the adoption of this technology are reaping a variety of benefits. RPA offers a multitude of benefits, from speed and scalability of process execution to cost savings, to freeing up employees to focus on aspects of their jobs...

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Robots Have an Increasingly Important Role in Construction ROBOTS HAVE AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN CONSTRUCTION

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May 01, 2019

Imagine if the entire population of Oakland, Calif., suddenly needed a new place to live. You’d have to find a way to build housing and infrastructure for nearly half a million people. As dramatic as this scenario might seem, something comparable is happening daily. According to the United Nat...

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Drones vs. Delta: Who do you think won the first round? DRONES VS. DELTA: WHO DO YOU THINK WON THE FIRST ROUND?

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May 01, 2019

It was 1994 when my Delta Troop and I were training in the desert in preparation to deploy to the Mid-Eastern theater where there was much misbehaving going on. We spent a particular day primarily calling in anti-armor attacks from MH-60 Blackhawk Hawkers helicopters toting the venerable and extraor...

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Robotic Tanks Guarded Marines in First-Time British War Game ROBOTIC TANKS GUARDED MARINES IN FIRST-TIME BRITISH WAR GAME

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Apr 29, 2019

Robots in the air, on the ocean surface and on the ground guarded British Royal Marines as they stormed a beach during an important April 2019 war game. The ground robot, in particular, is a new capability for the Royal Marines. The gun- and rocket-armed, tank-like unmanned ground vehicle could boos...

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Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in a legend of ancient India ROBOTS GUARDED BUDDHA’S RELICS IN A LEGEND OF ANCIENT INDIA

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Apr 28, 2019

As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C., engineers in Hellenistic Alexandria, in Egypt, were building real mechanical robots and machines. And such science fictions and historical technologies we...

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Will One Small Step for AI Be One Giant Leap for Robotics? WILL ONE SMALL STEP FOR AI BE ONE GIANT LEAP FOR ROBOTICS?

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Apr 24, 2019

Have you ever wondered how human-like a robot can become? Researchers are one step closer, literally, to machines having more human-like capabilities. A cross-disciplinary research team from the University of Southern California (USC) departments of engineering biomedical, electrical, aerospace and ...

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Artificial Intelligence in Medical Robotics - Current Applications and Possibilities ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL ROBOTICS - CURRENT APPLICATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES

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Apr 24, 2019

AI applications in healthcare are becoming more common for white-collar automation and diagnostics. However, medical robotics is an area that may be marginally underdeveloped. This is likely because of regulations concerning automated surgery. In this article, we cover how AI software is finding its...

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Cohuna Solar Farm Construction Commences COHUNA SOLAR FARM CONSTRUCTION COMMENCES

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Apr 24, 2019

Enel Green Power Australia announced last week it had started construction of Victoria’s 34 MW Cohuna Solar Farm. The project is situated approximately 8 kilometres south of the town of Cohuna and around 25km east of Kerang in the Shire of Gannawarra in northern Victoria. Cohuna was one of 6 s...

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Debunking 3 common construction myths DEBUNKING 3 COMMON CONSTRUCTION MYTHS

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Apr 19, 2019

For many, the thought of a construction project brings to mind an unorganized job site being run by a contractor who’s behind schedule and over budget. This common misconception often leaves owners fearful when building a new space or renovating a current one. However, by debunking a few commo...

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A new robotic arm design for future home robots that do our chores A NEW ROBOTIC ARM DESIGN FOR FUTURE HOME ROBOTS THAT DO OUR CHORES

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Apr 19, 2019

Remember UC Berkeley researcher Pieter Abbeel's fantastic towel-folding robot? Now, Abbeel and his team have prototyped a new kind of robot arm design meant for the home and other human environments. Compared to robot arms common in factories, this manipulator, called Blue, is less expensive <...

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A creative program is helping kids discover the wonderful world of engineering A CREATIVE PROGRAM IS HELPING KIDS DISCOVER THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ENGINEERING

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Apr 18, 2019

Simil Raghavan is attracting more young people to engineering with an innovative program that puts women at the centre of the profession. What do you want to be when you grow up? It can be a tough question, particularly when a good answer might be obscured by a host of misconceptions. That was the c...

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Litter-Robot III Open Air - About The Hall Effect Sensor LITTER-ROBOT III OPEN AIR - ABOUT THE HALL EFFECT SENSOR

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Apr 17, 2019

Most of you are here because there are 3 lights blinking on the control panel of your Litter-Robot. Sometimes, this problem is caused by a faulty power supply or the motor itself. If even after verifying the set screw on the motor and checking the voltage on the power supply with a multimeter, the l...

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The Benefits of CNC Machine Tending With Collaborative Robots THE BENEFITS OF CNC MACHINE TENDING WITH COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Apr 16, 2019

Machine tending is the process of loading and unloading parts into a computer numerical control machine. Traditionally, this process has been completed manually by a human worker. Over time, machine tending has proven to be repetitive and potentially dangerous for workers, and manufacturers are havi...

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Will Machine Automation Ever Hold Off In Construction? WILL MACHINE AUTOMATION EVER HOLD OFF IN CONSTRUCTION?

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Apr 12, 2019

Expanding automation is met with excitement and dread in equivalent measure. Be that as it may, the potential advantages of self-governance are colossal, says Professor Paul Newman, co-founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor based at Oxford University in the UK.

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Today’s Technological Innovations in Collaborative Robots TODAY’S TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Apr 11, 2019

Collaborative robots have changed dramatically since the first installation of a collaborative robotic arm just over a decade ago. Initially, an innovative robotic technology, collaborative robots have continued to improve in their safety features, the number, and diversity of tasks they can automat...

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The construction industry has a problem, and women are going to solve it THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS A PROBLEM, AND WOMEN ARE GOING TO SOLVE IT

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Apr 11, 2019

The $8 trillion construction industry has a major problem. Simply put, we do not have enough people to meet construction demands worldwide. A recent study by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America found that 80% of contractors are having a difficult time finding skilled labor.

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New cement products could kickstart the construction industry’s circular economy NEW CEMENT PRODUCTS COULD KICKSTART THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY’S CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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Apr 10, 2019

Some members of the building industry have begun developing products that not only reuse and recycle waste, they eliminate it entirely. Associate Professor Ali Abbas, lead researcher in the Waste Transformation Research Hub at the University of Sydney, is developing one such product - a cement blend...

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The Future is Here: How the Military Uses Robots THE FUTURE IS HERE: HOW THE MILITARY USES ROBOTS

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Apr 10, 2019

The most notable use of robots in the military over the past few decades is also the first thing that will spring to mind for most: the usage of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, more commonly called drones. These drones have been deployed in combat situations throughout the Middle East. Piloted by...

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Automated out of existence: Are there any robot-proof jobs left? AUTOMATED OUT OF EXISTENCE: ARE THERE ANY ROBOT-PROOF JOBS LEFT?

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Apr 10, 2019

I recently had a rather long conversation with an old friend who took me to task over something that I had written way back in 2001. Although I can’t seem to find a copy of the article, the statement that I had made was that an IT pro’s job is to make themselves obsolete. My line of thin...

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Women in Engineering: A Review of the 2018 Literature WOMEN IN ENGINEERING: A REVIEW OF THE 2018 LITERATURE

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Apr 09, 2019

SWE’s annual review of the literature summarizing scientific research on women in engineering is intended to promote a greater understanding among engineers of the challenges facing female engineers in what continues to be a male-dominated occupation. Each year, we review the most important re...

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3 essential technologies for a successful project 3 ESSENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

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Apr 09, 2019

Technology is changing how construction projects are delivered. From utilizing virtual reality to create immersive owner experiences, to capturing and tracking real-time data, technology plays a vital role in delivering consistently successful projects. With what seems like endless options, knowing ...

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Robotics in Food Manufacturing and Food Processing ROBOTICS IN FOOD MANUFACTURING AND FOOD PROCESSING

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Apr 09, 2019

Industrial and collaborative robots in the food industry are increasingly being deployed in primary processing and secondary processing applications. Robotic automation has pervaded an incredibly diverse range of industries all over the globe – the food processing industry is one of the final ...

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Factory-based construction with no siloes starts with a single source of truth FACTORY-BASED CONSTRUCTION WITH NO SILOES STARTS WITH A SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH

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Apr 08, 2019

What you see is not always what you get in the design and construction industry. This lack of transparency can be especially true when it comes to taking a development project from plans to groundbreaking. Architect’s renderings and 3D models are just the beginning. The designs are then transl...

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Machine Learning in Your Industrial Robotics Application MACHINE LEARNING IN YOUR INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS APPLICATION

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Apr 04, 2019

Machines that are coded with Artificial Intelligence mimic human actions and think like humans. Machine learning and AI capabilities have been quickly emerging in industrial robotics technology. In their journey to boost productivity, manufacturers intend to improve the rigid skills of traditional i...

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How Professional Service Robots Will Change in the Future HOW PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE

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Apr 04, 2019

Robots have historically been used in the factory environment. Professional service robots automate tasks in highly variable, unstructured environments outside of the factory. A number of advanced technologies have enabled their existence, and as their capabilities progress, the market for professio...

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Top 10 YouTube Channels for Learning Robotics, Electronics and Programming TOP 10 YOUTUBE CHANNELS FOR LEARNING ROBOTICS, ELECTRONICS AND PROGRAMMING

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Apr 03, 2019

YouTube is revolutionizing the way we consume audiovisual material! It's like the new television of the 21st century, a new educational destination online. Believe it or not, you can learn almost anything you want on YouTube. It can be a big time waster but don’t get me wrong, it can be a ...

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What are Collaborative Robots Used For? WHAT ARE COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS USED FOR?

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Apr 02, 2019

Collaborative robots are a form of robotic automation built to work collaboratively alongside humans. Unlike industrial robots, which operate behind cages and a number of different types of safety equipment, collaborative robots work without any form of external safety equipment.

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Advanced Factories 2019: Autonomous mobile robots for logistics and stock control ADVANCED FACTORIES 2019: AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS FOR LOGISTICS AND STOCK CONTROL

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Apr 02, 2019

Start automating your industrial facility today with autonomous mobile robots! PAL Robotics will be at Advanced Factories (AF2019, 9-11th April, CCIB Barcelona), one of the main fairs in industrial automation and robotics, with the autonomous robots that take care of stock-taking and logistics tasks...

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Humanoids state-of-the-art, Autonomous Mobile Robots, and TIAGo robot teleoperated HUMANOIDS STATE-OF-THE-ART, AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS, AND TIAGO ROBOT TELEOPERATED

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Apr 01, 2019

The European Robotics Forum, one of the most influential events in robotics, was a success again on its 10th edition! PAL Robotics could show how service robots can help in different areas, both through our hands-on demos, that attendees could enjoy at our stand and through the workshops in which we...

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Robotics for More Than Just Automation: Robots to Help Patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s ROBOTICS FOR MORE THAN JUST AUTOMATION: ROBOTS TO HELP PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S

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Mar 30, 2019

Helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s has been a long time goal for many roboticists. We see robots simplifying work and processes for humans every day. Robots have managed to assist surgeons, create and manage assembly lines in factories, do inventory, and so on. Finally, there have be...

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Amazon, Google Robotics Hints at Possibility and Danger AMAZON, GOOGLE ROBOTICS HINTS AT POSSIBILITY AND DANGER

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Mar 29, 2019

Amazon has offered a few hints that it plans on cycling up its consumer-facing robotics work. Rohit Prasad, a scientist in Amazon’s Alexa division, told the audience at the MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital AI conference that the only way to make smart assistants really smart is to ...

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Agricultural Robots: How They Ease Farm Labor AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS: HOW THEY EASE FARM LABOR

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Mar 28, 2019

Planting, managing, and harvesting agricultural products require a lot of work. Unfortunately, farmers throughout the United States find it increasingly difficult to find enough workers for their fields. Some experts blame the multi-year decline in the number of immigrants coming to the U.S. for sea...

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Agricultural Robots: Understanding Professional Service Robots in Agriculture AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS: UNDERSTANDING PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS IN AGRICULTURE

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Mar 28, 2019

Farmers in today’s agricultural market need to remain globally competitive while achieving strict quality and traceability standards. Global legislation concerning environmental sustainability and eco-friendly farming practices further pressure those in the agricultural industry at a time when...

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Engineering startup uses AI to keep pipes watertight ENGINEERING STARTUP USES AI TO KEEP PIPES WATERTIGHT

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Mar 27, 2019

Two engineering graduates have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) solution to find cracks and leaks in pipes more quickly and accurately - saving time, money and precious water resources. Civil engineer Amanda Siqueira and mechatronic engineer Michelle Aguilar co-founded tech startup VAPAR a y...

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How Innovation is Bridging the Gap Between the Construction Industry and Academia HOW INNOVATION IS BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA

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Mar 27, 2019

Given my background in construction and technology research and development at Reconstruct, I lead and help with some of the day-to-day administration and operation aspects of the business, ranging from strategic planning, partnerships, and customer success management to technology and product devel...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Investing in Robotic Automation 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE INVESTING IN ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

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Mar 26, 2019

Investing in robotic automation, especially for the first time, requires careful consideration and planning before a robot is ever installed on your factory floor. Your processes and your business need to be prepared for the throughput and cost-savings of robotic automation. In order to find the rig...

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Sustainable water management challenges make engineers essential, says expert SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES MAKE ENGINEERS ESSENTIAL, SAYS EXPERT

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Mar 25, 2019

Water recycling and the water-energy nexus are two major challenges for Australia’s water engineers. But they also provide opportunities to put their skills to good use. Faced with a more variable climate, a growing economy and increasing population density, it will no longer be possible for A...

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How UAVs are Changing the Oil and Gas Industry HOW UAVS ARE CHANGING THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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Mar 25, 2019

As of 2019, UAVs have seen widespread adoption throughout the commercial survey industry. Faster, cheaper, and safer than nearly all other traditional forms of aerial and ground surveying, UAVs are quickly becoming the go-to method for most survey projects. No industry sees these benefits as clearly...

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5 ways designers and builders can use business intelligence with data they already have 5 WAYS DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS CAN USE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE WITH DATA THEY ALREADY HAVE

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Mar 24, 2019

Business intelligence - technologies used for data analysis and reporting - has been a trending topic in our recent work. Nearly all areas of our consulting service make use of one form of BI or another and Nate’s previous blog post highlights a few of these uses. Organizations are seeking ins...

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Is automated bin picking finally real? IS AUTOMATED BIN PICKING FINALLY REAL?

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Mar 22, 2019

With the lowest unemployment in nearly 50 years, the need for automated bin picking is urgent. In the US, where 38% of the manufacturing labor force moves parts between bins and manufacturing machines, 500,000 jobs remain unfilled. The automation industry is trying to meet that need: every automatio...

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Construction Industry Trends You Must Know For 2019 CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS YOU MUST KNOW FOR 2019

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Mar 22, 2019

The latest construction industry statistics show a booming and sustainable sector. Yet, rising construction costs and labor challenges in addition to new regulations are reducing the margin for error and waste. For an industry that remains slower to innovation and adopting trends, the same construct...

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66 Massachusetts Contractors Cited and Fined $1.23 million for Wage Theft 66 MASSACHUSETTS CONTRACTORS CITED AND FINED $1.23 MILLION FOR WAGE THEFT

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Mar 21, 2019

Construction is hard work and those working hard for your company should be paid in full and on-time for all hours worked.  Cash flow can certainly complicate things for contractors, as pay draws can be delayed for various reasons, but cheating workers out of money is not only unscrupulous but ...

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Robots are Changing the World: Should You Fear Them? ROBOTS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD: SHOULD YOU FEAR THEM?

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Mar 21, 2019

Ultron sought the annihilation of humanity. Most robots in the Terminator franchise have been evil. Humanoid robots in iRobot plotted to take over humans. The war of Autobot and Predacon robots have brought massive destruction on Earth. With all the pop culture depiction of advanced robotics, it&rsq...

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Safety Is a Priority When Designing Collaborative Robots SAFETY IS A PRIORITY WHEN DESIGNING COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Mar 20, 2019

Safety is paramount when it comes to the addition of collaborative robots, or cobots, in the workplace. From testing new designs and technologies to doubling-down on employee safety training, learning to live and work alongside robots is the new norm. Part of the challenge involves making older indu...

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The Top States to Work in Construction, Ranked THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION, RANKED

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Mar 20, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the Top States to Work in Construction. Now that all 50 states have been ranked, this post will serve as the complete recap for all states in the countdown.

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Watch 7 Years of Construction of New York’s 2 Newest Supertall Skyscrapers WATCH 7 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION OF NEW YORK’S 2 NEWEST SUPERTALL SKYSCRAPERS

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Mar 19, 2019

Almost 7 years ago, construction began on the west side of Manhattan’s $20 billion mixed-use development. On March 15, 2019, Hudson Yards, as the development is known, has officially opened. The Hudson Yards development was so massive that it didn’t just include 1 supertall building at l...

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6 Different Excavator Types & Their Uses on the Construction Site 6 DIFFERENT EXCAVATOR TYPES & THEIR USES ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

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Mar 19, 2019

When you need to lift heavy amounts of soil, an excavator is a must on your job site. Excavators are popular earthmoving vehicles that feature a bucket, arm, rotating cab, and movable tracks. These components provide superior digging power and mobility, allowing this heavy equipment to perform a var...

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Green innovation in the construction industry GREEN INNOVATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Mar 19, 2019

As concern for climate change and dwindling natural resources increases, there has been a global shift in the construction industry. Sustainable design is being applied to save energy and conserve finite resources while protecting air and water quality. Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings is at the foref...

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What are Professional Service Robots and How Do They Benefit End Users? WHAT ARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ROBOTS AND HOW DO THEY BENEFIT END USERS?

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Mar 19, 2019

Professional service robots are a type of robot deployed outside of the traditional factory floor environment within a professional setting. Like industrial robots, they’re often used in dangerous, strenuous, menial or repetitive tasks where automation technology excels over manual labor. Unli...

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MOREbot Uses 3D Printed Parts to Introduce Robotics to Children MOREBOT USES 3D PRINTED PARTS TO INTRODUCE ROBOTICS TO CHILDREN

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Mar 19, 2019

A week ago, MORE Technologies launched a campaign on Kickstarter that would be used to develop an open source robot ecosystem. The campaign would need to raise USD 20,000 for it to be a success. MORE Technologies says that the company will fund the project if the goal is reached by the 21st of April...

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How to Work with an Industrial Robot Integrator HOW TO WORK WITH AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INTEGRATOR

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Mar 15, 2019

Whenever a manual process becomes automated or new mechanical systems are replacing older equipment, robot integrators are needed. Robot integrators provide specialized experience and expertise in maintaining and installing robotic equipment. They play a vital part in the longevity of your robots. O...

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Robotics In Schools: Vertigoal 2019 ROBOTICS IN SCHOOLS: VERTIGOAL 2019

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Mar 14, 2019

Robots are gaining in popularity and we see more and more of them in schools. I’m not talking about robot teachers or janitors but about students being introduced and showing a growing interest in robotics. That's what I had the chance to see at the CRC Robotics event. This year I had the ...

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4 Extreme Application Environments Today’s Industrial Robots are Automating 4 EXTREME APPLICATION ENVIRONMENTS TODAY’S INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS ARE AUTOMATING

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Mar 14, 2019

Industrial robots are notorious for their ability to tackle tough, dirty, and dangerous applications. In the early days of automation, these were some of the most profitable tasks for robotic automation. Since then, they’ve made their way into a wide range of applications inside and outside of...

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Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction WHY GOOD RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOOD BUSINESS IN COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 14, 2019

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, bricks and sticks industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #1 Illinois THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #1 ILLINOIS

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Mar 13, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states.

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3M Releases Construction Safety Virtual Reality Programs for Hands-on Learning 3M RELEASES CONSTRUCTION SAFETY VIRTUAL REALITY PROGRAMS FOR HANDS-ON LEARNING

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Mar 12, 2019

Traditional safety training for construction workers includes OSHA 10-hour or 30-hour courses, toolbox talks, and safety inspections. Those training techniques are all important and necessary, but construction workers are an extremely hands-on group of individuals and putting them in real life situa...

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What Does the Future of Collaborative Robots Hold? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS HOLD?

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Mar 12, 2019

The future of collaborative robots is bright. The market is projected to grow rapidly in the short-term, driven by the fact that collaborative robots can quickly and cost effectively address manufacturers most pressing problems. In addition to this robust market growth, collaborative robot technolog...

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Acing the Agreement: How to Avoid Major Risks Involved in Subcontractor Contracts ACING THE AGREEMENT: HOW TO AVOID MAJOR RISKS INVOLVED IN SUBCONTRACTOR CONTRACTS

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Mar 12, 2019

Spending that hour or two putting together an ironclad agreement with your subcontractor and keeping it on hand using construction software is always worth the effort. Nightmare scenarios crop up when general contractors don’t have a good agreement in place, as there are major risks involved i...

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Counter-Productive Robotics: Artists Use UR10 robot to Accomplish the impossible COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE ROBOTICS: ARTISTS USE UR10 ROBOT TO ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE

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Mar 11, 2019

What happens when art and robots meet? That question is why Andrea Anner and her husband and business partner, Thibault Brevet, started their collaborative practice – aptly named AATB – last year. Both graduates from the prestigious ECAL Art School in Switzerland – she with an MA i...

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How the ACE Mentor Program is Getting High Schoolers Interested in the Construction Industry HOW THE ACE MENTOR PROGRAM IS GETTING HIGH SCHOOLERS INTERESTED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Mar 11, 2019

Everyone in the construction has heard over and over again how young people just aren’t interested in joining the construction industry. What you don’t hear a lot about are the groups and organizations who are actively working to change that. The ACE Mentor Program is one of those organi...

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Contractor Behind Miami Bridge Collapse Has Filed for Bankruptcy CONTRACTOR BEHIND MIAMI BRIDGE COLLAPSE HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY

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Mar 08, 2019

The biggest story in the construction industry last year was a shocking pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 and injured many others on FIU’s campus in Miami, Florida. Since the collapse, there have been many civil lawsuits filed, a closed OSHA investigation, and an ongoing NTSB investigat...

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International Women’s Day - 8M: Calling for more women in STEM! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY - 8M: CALLING FOR MORE WOMEN IN STEM!

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Mar 08, 2019

If we zoom into the STEM occupations those which relate to science, technology, engineering, and math, we see that women are still underrepresented in some of them. According to data from the Pew Research Center, only 14% of engineering workers are women, 25% in computer jobs. This means there&rsquo...

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Clear A Path to Bring More Women Into Construction CLEAR A PATH TO BRING MORE WOMEN INTO CONSTRUCTION

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Mar 07, 2019

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and National Association of Home Builders analysis, the number of open construction sector jobs hit a cycle high of 382,000 in December 2018. With Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction a...

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5 Common Applications of Automotive Robots 5 COMMON APPLICATIONS OF AUTOMOTIVE ROBOTS

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Mar 07, 2019

The automotive industry has long been a trailblazer in robotic technology. The first ever industrial robot, the Unimate, was installed in a General Motors factory in 1959. Since then, the automotive industry has been the biggest buyer of robotic automation equipment. After several decades of increas...

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Celebrating Women in Construction Week! CELEBRATING WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK!

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Mar 07, 2019

Our colleagues at Convergence Training spoke with Hannah Curtis, a Research Coordinator with the University of Washington School of Public Health, to examine both the positive and negative things women face in construction trade roles. Hannah also provides resources and tips for how to make construc...

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Ways the UK construction industry is adapting WAYS THE UK CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS ADAPTING

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Mar 07, 2019

The last few years have been difficult for many industries, but for the construction industry, it’s been particularly trying. Since the 2016 referendum, ongoing uncertainty within the sector has meant construction businesses have had to deal with the world’s hesitation to tie themselves ...

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Nanobots - Robots Inside Us NANOBOTS - ROBOTS INSIDE US

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Mar 06, 2019

The emerging field of nanorobotics may still be in its nascent stages, but increasing investments in this technology show promise for the future. Considering all the potential of continued research and development of nanobots, here are a few considerations to take into account for the state of nanor...

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Why the industry needs the constructible process WHY THE INDUSTRY NEEDS THE CONSTRUCTIBLE PROCESS

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Mar 06, 2019

According to the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC). The global construction output is forecast to rise to the US $12.7 trillion by 2022, up from the US $10.7 trillion in 2017. That’s massive growth. But how will you handle it? Put the Constructible Process to work for you.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #2 Missouri THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #2 MISSOURI

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Mar 06, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states.

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New Robot Standards in Development for Industrial Mobile Robots NEW ROBOT STANDARDS IN DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL MOBILE ROBOTS

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Mar 05, 2019

Industrial mobile robots are becoming increasingly common on factory floors around the world. IMRs are essentially the combination of a robotic arm and a mobile platform. By definition, they are ground-based vehicles with some degree of autonomy that operate in semi-structured or structured industri...

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Roboticists in Europe, to come together in Bucharest! ROBOTICISTS IN EUROPE, TO COME TOGETHER IN BUCHAREST!

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Mar 05, 2019

Meet us at the European Robotics Forum! Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is getting ready to host the European robotics flagship forum from the 20th to the 22nd of March. As usual, multiple conferences and tracks will take place to discuss the state-of-art of robotics and how Europe is leading suc...

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More robots, more problems MORE ROBOTS, MORE PROBLEMS

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Mar 04, 2019

Relax; count backwards from ten, the robot will see you now; these are hardly the reassuring words you need to hear while in the operating theatre. The surge in surgical robots is coming, but with more robots comes more problems. Harmonics and electromagnetic interference are just two factors that a...

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Let LET'S CELEBRATE THE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 28, 2019

In my role as a journalist, there is no shortage of women in the workforce. Even within the construction industry media, there are a lot of women present. However, the same cannot be said about women working directly in the construction industry. That's partly why Women in Construction Week is c...

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Powering Construction Project and Program Success with Data Insights POWERING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AND PROGRAM SUCCESS WITH DATA INSIGHTS

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Feb 28, 2019

E&C organizations generate a lot of data across multiple complex projects - from work practices and schedules to materials inventory and expenses. But as McKinsey has noted, companies are data rich but insight poor. Recognizing this challenge, leading organizations are working to harness their d...

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Campaign to tackle plastics and packaging in construction launched CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PLASTICS AND PACKAGING IN CONSTRUCTION LAUNCHED

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Feb 28, 2019

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its industry-wide campaign Spotlight on plastics and packaging to raise awareness and showcase best practice in how the construction industry can reduce, reuse and recycle plastics and packaging. The launch of the campaign - which features on the indu...

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Digital Transformation in Construction: Three Promising Technology Trends DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN CONSTRUCTION: THREE PROMISING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

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Feb 27, 2019

Multi-trade prefabrication that’s assisted by digital technology. Multi-trade prefab has a direct impact on improving quality and reducing time spent at the worksite. We’re also paying a lot of attention to machine learning and artificial intelligence, including pattern matching or patte...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #3 Minnesota THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #3 MINNESOTA

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Feb 27, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states. We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data wit...

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Robotics, AI and Connectivity, the perfect mix ROBOTICS, AI AND CONNECTIVITY, THE PERFECT MIX

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Feb 26, 2019

The future of mobile and connectivity landed in Barcelona this week with the Mobile World Congress and the 4YFN! The MWC Four Years From Now (4YFN) explores the trends that shape how the world will look like in a few years from now, one of which is clearly robotics. Robotics, AI, and connectivity ar...

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A Brief History of Collaborative Robots A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS

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Feb 26, 2019

Collaborative robots in their current form have emerged relatively recently, and the market is expected to experience robust growth for many years to come. Collaborative robots offer a number of advantages over their industrial counterparts. With the ability to work safely alongside humans, collabor...

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Attracting Next-gen Construction Workers Calls for Change of Minds ATTRACTING NEXT-GEN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CALLS FOR CHANGE OF MINDS

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Feb 25, 2019

The technological advancements the construction industry has seen in recent years, and will continue to experience, represent a microcosm of what’s occurring across industries globally. Yet, the changes in this mature and often slow to adapt industry have far-reaching implications for U.S. com...

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Multiple States Eyeing Gas Tax Increase as Construction Season Looms MULTIPLE STATES EYEING GAS TAX INCREASE AS CONSTRUCTION SEASON LOOMS

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Feb 25, 2019

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that the needs of the nation's failing infrastructure exceed over $2 trillion. Even if President Trump gets the historic $1 trillion infrastructure package he promised the country in 2016, we are still going to need more money to rebuild our crumbling roads, bri...

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Tips to Improve Construction Site Safety TIPS TO IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY

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Feb 25, 2019

Construction projects can be a chaotic mess full of bureaucratic problems and lots of stalling. Managing a construction site can be an especially stressful ordeal. No matter what’s going on behind the scenes, safety should remain the number one priority. The machinery you use is heavy enough t...

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The most exciting construction projects in pro sports THE MOST EXCITING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN PRO SPORTS

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Feb 25, 2019

These days, every new stadium, arena, and ballpark is bigger and better than the last - making it unsurprising that pro sports construction has become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Between dramatic increases in square footage, premium amenities, and state-of-the-art finishes, these projects are s...

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These Engineers Are Everyday Amazing: RedVector Crowns Winners During National Engineer Week THESE ENGINEERS ARE EVERYDAY AMAZING: REDVECTOR CROWNS WINNERS DURING NATIONAL ENGINEER WEEK

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Feb 22, 2019

During National Engineers Week, we paused to celebrate just how much engineers do to improve and shape our lives each day. We were delighted by those who told us about the projects they took pride in – from designing transit lines and substations to Air Force aircraft and wind-resistant homes....

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How do you use your construction contract as a means to get that precious data you need? HOW DO YOU USE YOUR CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AS A MEANS TO GET THAT PRECIOUS DATA YOU NEED?

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Feb 22, 2019

Construction project owners are facing a big problem: paper-based progress reports and invoices are making it nearly impossible to quickly find and address errors. The tool kit of the past included a magnifying glass, a pencil, and eraser and a calculator. Armed with endless human resources, project...

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How Cobots are Levelling the Manufacturing Playing Field HOW COBOTS ARE LEVELLING THE MANUFACTURING PLAYING FIELD

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Feb 22, 2019

Worldwide conglomerates and huge corporations headquartered in major industrialized countries have an inherent edge in the global marketplace. Their ability to take advantage of economies of scale, their access to lucrative local and international markets, their ability to acquire the latest technol...

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Robots in Space: Past, Present, and Future ROBOTS IN SPACE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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Feb 21, 2019

Once upon a time, space robots were science fiction. They appeared in comic books and Hollywood movies, floating through the universe and flying to strange new worlds. Today, space robots are a reality, and they help scientists and aerospace engineers explore the Solar System - something humans just...

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Benefits of Drones In Construction BENEFITS OF DRONES IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 20, 2019

The construction industry has been around for many many years, however, the tools we use have changed the way we’re able to do construction. Some design principles for buildings have stayed the same for millennia, but the process has evolved. One of the biggest game changers to the constructio...

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #4 Washington THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #4 WASHINGTON

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Feb 20, 2019

We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data with the cost of living index of the states to determine how the pay construction workers in each state were counterbalanced by the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and other miscellaneous costs. All cost of living adjust...

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How to Control Informal Work Packages with the Last Planner System HOW TO CONTROL INFORMAL WORK PACKAGES WITH THE LAST PLANNER SYSTEM

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Feb 20, 2019

Recent research in Brazil identified that informal packages are executed frequently on construction sites, the exploratory studies estimate that about 30% to 35% of the tasks realized during the week were not planned and this percentage may have been higher if the Last Planner System was not impleme...

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What the Construction Industry Can Learn from Software Development WHAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CAN LEARN FROM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

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Feb 20, 2019

Well, we in the software industry need to own that. We don’t always get things perfectly right. But of course, there’s a lot we do well. Considering the construction industry’s reputation as a late-comer to technology adoption, there are practices and processes that may offer value...

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First Approval Granted for Possible Tallest Mass Timber Building in North America FIRST APPROVAL GRANTED FOR POSSIBLE TALLEST MASS TIMBER BUILDING IN NORTH AMERICA

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Feb 19, 2019

A new 21-story apartment building proposed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin has received unanimous approval from the City Plan Commission. If built, the new tower could possibly be North America’s tallest mass timber building. Although the total height of the 21 story tower, called Ascend, reaches 238...

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Robotics 101: An Overview of Robots in Industry for Beginners ROBOTICS 101: AN OVERVIEW OF ROBOTS IN INDUSTRY FOR BEGINNERS

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Feb 19, 2019

Robots have advanced dramatically over the past few decades since their initial use in the automotive industry. Over the years, they’ve come to be a reliable way to automate difficult, dirty and dangerous tasks that require excessive physical exertion for human workers or even put them in harm...

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The Top 10 US States for LEED Certified Construction in 2018 THE TOP 10 US STATES FOR LEED CERTIFIED CONSTRUCTION IN 2018

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Feb 15, 2019

The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings. Over the past 25 years, the...

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What is the next evolution of Process Robotics? WHAT IS THE NEXT EVOLUTION OF PROCESS ROBOTICS?

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Feb 15, 2019

The use of software-based robotics and automation to carry out common tasks that make up the plethora of business processes is what we’ve been doing in one form or another at Redwood for 25 years. But the nature of RPA is not one that is static, it’s one of continual evolution. For RPA u...

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Top 50 construction influencers TOP 50 CONSTRUCTION INFLUENCERS

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Feb 15, 2019

Construction is in the midst of a transformation, and these 50 influencers are the ones determining where it’s headed. They shape trends and the overall pulse of the industry; they’re responsible for designing, building, and manufacturing projects around the world. They include executive...

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The epic rise of industrialized construction THE EPIC RISE OF INDUSTRIALIZED CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 14, 2019

The construction industry is facing colliding forces that render our current trajectory wasteful, inefficient, and unsustainable. These include a widespread skilled labor shortage and industry productivity rates that continually fail to improve. This is the burning platform that this relatively undi...

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Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Robotic Surgery WEIGHING THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ROBOTIC SURGERY

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Feb 13, 2019

Surgery is something that, until the 2000s, was considered the purview of medical specialists. If you went to the hospital for a surgical procedure, you could expect to be attended by a human surgeon - until robots entered the operating room. Since then, several companies, such as Intuitive Surgical...

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Wall-Funding Scramble Keeps Trump Construction Promise in Question WALL-FUNDING SCRAMBLE KEEPS TRUMP CONSTRUCTION PROMISE IN QUESTION

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Feb 13, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump is likely to sign the border-security deal lawmakers reached this week that would keep the government open past Friday, according to people familiar with his plans, marking a potential concession by the president on his demands for border-wall fun...

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The 3 Parts of a Perfect Construction Subcontractor Management Plan THE 3 PARTS OF A PERFECT CONSTRUCTION SUBCONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT PLAN

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Feb 13, 2019

In 1995, a Massachusetts woman returned home to find that all of her furniture was covered with dust. Only it wasn’t dust: it was asbestos. What happened? She hired a contractor to place a new floor over her old floor. But that contractor then hired a subcontractor, who proceeded to pull up th...

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Futureproof Your Small Business: Use Chatbots for Construction Automation FUTUREPROOF YOUR SMALL BUSINESS: USE CHATBOTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AUTOMATION

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Feb 13, 2019

The future is definitely digital. If your small construction business is doing things manually, you’re already a dinosaur. In a Software Advice construction industry trends survey, we found that most firms wanted to leverage technology for automating various construction operations. So when yo...

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What are the 4 Types of Collaborative Robots? WHAT ARE THE 4 TYPES OF COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS?

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Feb 12, 2019

Collaborative robots are a relatively new invention in the robotics industry, but already, there are several different kinds. Their instant success in a wide range of industries has spurred rapid product innovation, resulting in four major types of collaborative robots. The different types of collab...

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Introducing the Robot & Tutorial of the Month Contest INTRODUCING THE ROBOT & TUTORIAL OF THE MONTH CONTEST

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Feb 12, 2019

Are you passionate about robotics? What if you could get rewarded for sharing your knowledge or projects with others? Well, here is your chance! With our new Robot of the Month and Tutorial of the Month contest, starting on March 1st, share your knowledge or showcase your robotic projects and get th...

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The future of Social Robotics at JSSR 2019 THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL ROBOTICS AT JSSR 2019

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Feb 12, 2019

When we look at the future, we envision robots that cooperate with us, assist us at home or collaborate in an industrial workspace. Human-Robot Interaction is a must, and this implies robots to get social. That is what the 4th Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics was about: to look into the state ...

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Delivering Predictable Construction Project Outcomes with Innovative Technology DELIVERING PREDICTABLE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OUTCOMES WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

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Feb 11, 2019

A group is responsible for preconstruction, operations, scheduling, virtual design and construction, and construction technology. We handle innovation efforts, including managing to fund innovative project ideas and implementing various pilots-whether they’re technology or otherwise-on our pro...

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Almost 80% of Construction Firms Plan to Add Headcount in 2019 ALMOST 80% OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS PLAN TO ADD HEADCOUNT IN 2019

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Feb 08, 2019

The construction industry is still booming in most of the country, which is turning into a double-edged sword for many contractors. On the one hand, more work equals more money. On the other, more work means the need to find more qualified workers to actually build the projects, which has proven to ...

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Using the Whole Body Control online planner with TIAGo robot USING THE WHOLE BODY CONTROL ONLINE PLANNER WITH TIAGO ROBOT

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Feb 07, 2019

Planning high-level tasks online and forgetting about controlling or commanding each and every motor: this is what enables our customization of the Whole Body Control concept developed by N. Mansard, O. Stasse, P. Evrard, and A. Kheddar when coding robot applications. We are sure Whole Body Control ...

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Construction buyers report slow start to 2019 CONSTRUCTION BUYERS REPORT SLOW START TO 2019

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Feb 07, 2019

The latest IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index dropped to 50.6 in January, from 52.8 in December. Residential work was the strongest performing area, although the latest expansion was only modest and the slowest seen since March 2018. Civil engineering activity increased marginally,...

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Construction Starts in the Biggest Cities in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 CONSTRUCTION STARTS IN THE BIGGEST CITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA IN 2018

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Feb 07, 2019

In the U.S., there are 51 metropolitan statistical areas with populations of 1 million or more each.  The 2017 and 2018 values of construction start in those 51 cities are set out in accompanying Tables 1 and 2. Table 1 ranks the cities according to 2018 dollar-volume levels; Table 2 ranks them...

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Ensuring Construction Worker Safety in Extreme Cold ENSURING CONSTRUCTION WORKER SAFETY IN EXTREME COLD

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Feb 06, 2019

In light of last week’s polar vortex in the US, worker safety concerns have come to the forefront. In the construction industry, where deadlines are strict and the demand is high, extreme weather conditions may not phase some project managers. While working in the -70ºF temperatures that ...

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How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed HOW EARTHQUAKE-PROOF BUILDINGS ARE DESIGNED

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Feb 06, 2019

Throughout history, we’ve built impressive structures and cities only for them to encounter the forces of nature. Earthquakes are one of the Earth’s most destructive forces - the seismic waves throughout the ground can destroy buildings, take lives, and costs tremendous amounts of money ...

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Robotics as a Service is Gaining Popularity in the Industrial Sector ROBOTICS AS A SERVICE IS GAINING POPULARITY IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR

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Feb 05, 2019

Robotics as a Service is a new way for manufacturers to leverage the benefits of industrial and collaborative robots in their facility. In this model, manufacturers essentially rent a robot from a vendor and pay for the hours the robot is in operation. RaaS emerged in 2013 but has only recently gain...

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Construction careers: Earning a degree vs. completing an apprenticeship CONSTRUCTION CAREERS: EARNING A DEGREE VS. COMPLETING AN APPRENTICESHIP

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Feb 05, 2019

With the skilled labor shortage, it’s never been a better or more lucrative time to take up a trade. Many people exploring a career in construction now find themselves conflicted between earning a college degree or entering an apprenticeship. Engineers, architects, estimators, and project mana...

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Ensure ROI from your AI Investments with Cognitive IQ Bot for Procure-to-Pay Automation ENSURE ROI FROM YOUR AI INVESTMENTS WITH COGNITIVE IQ BOT FOR PROCURE-TO-PAY AUTOMATION

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Feb 04, 2019

AP departments rarely have enough resources and are pressed to do more with less. This is especially challenging since the flow of incoming invoices decreases processing efficiency, measured by the number of invoices per FTE (full-time equivalent), which is equivalent to an AP clerk working 8-hours ...

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OSHA Releases 7 Videos To Help Prevent Falls in Construction OSHA RELEASES 7 VIDEOS TO HELP PREVENT FALLS IN CONSTRUCTION

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Feb 04, 2019

Falls have long been the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, accounting for nearly 40% on an annual basis. Unsurprisingly, OSHA also issues the most citations for falls, and 2 different fall protection standards were on their top 10 most frequently cited violations list of 2018...

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Giving memories to robots for a better motion generation GIVING MEMORIES TO ROBOTS FOR A BETTER MOTION GENERATION

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Feb 01, 2019

Avoiding obstacles or interacting with a dynamic environment can still be a challenge for robots, especially for those which are complex, like legged humanoids. PAL Robotics is part of an ambitious EU-funded project called MEMMO that aims to solve this challenge by creating a new way of generating m...

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U.S. Construction Spending Increased 0.8% in November 2018 U.S. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASED 0.8% IN NOVEMBER 2018

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Feb 01, 2019

After being delayed a month due to the recent government shutdown, the U.S. Census Bureau just released the latest construction spending numbers for November 2018. Construction spending rose 0.8% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,299.9 billion. October’s estimate was revis...

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Top-Recommended PlanGrid Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PLANGRID COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 31, 2019

The vast differences in software functionality and pricing make it tough for small construction businesses to select the right software. When purchasing construction management software, failing to ask the right questions about functionality, pricing and support will get you the wrong solution. To e...

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A Bot for Your ChatBot? A BOT FOR YOUR CHATBOT?

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Jan 31, 2019

Robotic Processing Automation (RPA) and bots help humans work smarter, faster, and more efficiently. But what if bots could help chatbots become more useful as well? We use digital assistants for many of our daily tasks like checking the weather, sports scores, the temperature of our house, etc.

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Momentum grows for international regulation of robots MOMENTUM GROWS FOR INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF ROBOTS

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Jan 31, 2019

New guidelines on AI and data protection published this week state that protection of human rights should be an essential prerequisite when developing or adopting AI applications, in particular when they are used in decision-making processes. AI developers, manufacturers and service providers should...

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Top 5 robotics startups to keep your eye on in 2019 TOP 5 ROBOTICS STARTUPS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

Right from the moment artificial intelligence got off the ground, robotics startups were making significant strides in the tech industry. Now, robots are more than just about assembling parts and handling mundane tasks. Technological advancements in machine learning and machine vision have enabled r...

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Engineers Program Marine Robots To Take Calculated Risks ENGINEERS PROGRAM MARINE ROBOTS TO TAKE CALCULATED RISKS

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Jan 30, 2019

We know far less about the Earth’s oceans than we do about the surface of the moon or Mars. The sea floor is carved with expansive canyons, towering seamounts, deep trenches, and sheer cliffs, most of which are considered too dangerous or inaccessible for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) t...

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Are Human Robots the Future of Construction? ARE HUMAN ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION?

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Jan 30, 2019

Autonomous vehicles, bricklaying robots human robots? Ok, so it's not exactly a human robot, but it is forward thinking the technology that uses robotics tag-teaming with a human worker to improve productivity and reduce worker fatigue. That's how I would describe the Sarcos Guardian XO and ...

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Engineering Students Make a Splash with Unique Pirate Ship Robot ENGINEERING STUDENTS MAKE A SPLASH WITH UNIQUE PIRATE SHIP ROBOT

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Jan 30, 2019

For a mechatronics class, Skyler Iafrate 19, a mechanical engineering major, had to build a robot that could follow a task and interact with sensors. Although he and his group didn’t initially set out to build a pirate ship, they were soon hooked on the idea. “We found some Pirates of th...

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12 Best Construction Project Management Software Solutions in 2019 12 BEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

New construction technology has been disrupting the construction industry for some time now, so it makes sense the industry would want to leverage the benefits of tools. Project management software breaks down the complexity of a project via smaller projects and tasks. This encourages communication ...

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The Psychology Behind Building and City Design THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND BUILDING AND CITY DESIGN

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Jan 30, 2019

Humans are the product of their genes and their environment. While we often consider the genetic side of the equation, what about the buildings we reside in or waltz by on a daily basis? It turns out that architectural design can have various effects on the way we think, feel and behave.

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Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS: THREE HEADLINES THAT WON’T DIE IN 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat more to come on our blog’s 10th anniversary later this year, we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, ...

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Medical Robots Make Their Way into the Operating Room MEDICAL ROBOTS MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE OPERATING ROOM

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Jan 29, 2019

Robotic technology has proved transformational in the industrial sector, automating dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks for substantially higher productivity levels. They’ve brought an entirely new level of efficiency, quality and safety to industrial processes. Because of this, they continue to ...

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Extra Considerations to Make When Designing a High Rise Building EXTRA CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE WHEN DESIGNING A HIGH RISE BUILDING

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Jan 29, 2019

High rise buildings are increasingly common because of the demand for high-density development. They allow people to live and work in close proximity to amenities. However, there are extra considerations to make when designing a high rise building that one doesn’t have to deal with when design...

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8 low-cost ways to make your onsite crew feel appreciated 8 LOW-COST WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ONSITE CREW FEEL APPRECIATED

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Jan 29, 2019

With the labor shortage and steep competition for quality tradespeople, it’s more crucial than ever for contractors to build lasting bonds with their onsite crew. Thankfully, one of the best ways to foster long-term loyalty is through simple acts of gratitude. Affective commitment is an employ...

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Ancient civilizations fascination with AI, robots, and synthetic life ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS FASCINATION WITH AI, ROBOTS, AND SYNTHETIC LIFE

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Jan 29, 2019

Stanford folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor has a fascinating-sounding new book out, titled Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology. It's a survey of how ancient Greeks, Romans, Indian, and Chinese myths imagined and grappled with visions of synthetic life...

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How one engineer transformed five shipping containers into a water treatment plant HOW ONE ENGINEER TRANSFORMED FIVE SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO A WATER TREATMENT PLANT

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Jan 28, 2019

Building a water treatment plant for one of Australia’s most remote communities poses a unique set of challenges. But this innovative engineer thought inside the box. Borroloola, a remote town on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, was in need of a new water treatment plant afte...

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Owners and Developers Gain Control of Construction Payment Management OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS GAIN CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION PAYMENT MANAGEMENT

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Jan 28, 2019

How can property owners and developers increase efficiency, visibility, and control in subcontractor payment processes? Three executives representing the public sector, a real estate investment trust, and a nonprofit healthcare organization shared their insights during a panel discussion at the Orac...

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Russia RUSSIA'S ROBOT TANK IS TERRIBLE, BUT ITS MILITARY IS ADOPTING IT ANYWAY

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Jan 26, 2019

It's official: the Russian military has adopted the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle developed by weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov Concern despite a reportedly dismal performance during combat testing in Syria, Russian state media reported on Thursday.

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Cranes Behaving Badly: Hackers Can Easily Take Control of Construction Cranes CRANES BEHAVING BADLY: HACKERS CAN EASILY TAKE CONTROL OF CONSTRUCTION CRANES

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Jan 25, 2019

Early last week, cybersecurity firm Trend Micro released a report based on a two-year research project exploiting vulnerabilities they found in radio frequency (RF) remote controllers used to operate construction equipment like cranes and excavators. So, how easy was it for Trend Micro’s resea...

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2019 predictions from construction industry leaders 2019 PREDICTIONS FROM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERS

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Jan 24, 2019

What can you expect for the construction industry in 2019? To find out, we asked some of the experts at top general contractors and subcontractors to make their best predictions for the year to come. These are the top four predictions we gathered, plus why we think they’re right on the nose.

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5 safety considerations for your construction site in winter 5 SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR CONSTRUCTION SITE IN WINTER

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Jan 24, 2019

Construction sites can be hazardous places at the best of times, but when the temperature plummets and ice and snow become issues, work gets even riskier. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce this level of risk by providing your staff with the right equipment and facilities to stay safe, warm, and ...

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Specialist contractor Aarsleff expands its ground engineering operations SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR AARSLEFF EXPANDS ITS GROUND ENGINEERING OPERATIONS

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Jan 24, 2019

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has expanded its portfolio of specialist retaining wall solutions to now offer VDW, Secant and Contiguous pile walls. The expansion into new techniques, alongside the investment of a new rig, will allow the company to take on more challenging work and enter into previousl...

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Amazon launches autonomous Scout delivery robot AMAZON LAUNCHES AUTONOMOUS SCOUT DELIVERY ROBOT

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Jan 24, 2019

Amazon has launched an autonomous delivery robot called Amazon Scout and will begin testing the device near its headquarters in Seattle. Six of the Amazon Scout robots will be delivering goods to Amazon shoppers in Snohomish County in Washington over the coming weeks during daylight hours.

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Robots readied to enter nuclear no-go zones ROBOTS READIED TO ENTER NUCLEAR NO-GO ZONES

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Jan 24, 2019

Robust, intelligent robots that react to their surroundings are being developed to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans, such as cleaning up Europe’s decades-old radioactive waste or helping during a nuclear emergency. When Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster struck in 201...

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5 Common Mistakes Implementing and Using a Digital Last Planner System and How to Avoid Them 5 COMMON MISTAKES IMPLEMENTING AND USING A DIGITAL LAST PLANNER SYSTEM AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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Jan 24, 2019

The Last Planner System is a process used to develop a collaborative production planning that is based on the team experience in order to achieve efficient and effective design and construction processes. A digitized system and its visualization have shown advantages due to its independence of time ...

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The U.S. Navy Wants Robotic Warships THE U.S. NAVY WANTS ROBOTIC WARSHIPS

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Jan 23, 2019

The U.S. Navy is considering developing robotic warships. Cheaper to build than today ship's and expendable, the unmanned vessels could help the Navy quickly to grow - and could allow the fleet to develop new tactics for battling a high-tech foe. The Navy has done a lot of work over the last six...

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Drones Shown To Make Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster And More Accurate DRONES SHOWN TO MAKE TRAFFIC CRASH SITE ASSESSMENTS SAFER, FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE

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Jan 23, 2019

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers. It is one of the most vulnerable times for secondary accidents, which often can be worse than an original source of the slowdown, according to the U...

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OhmniLabs Uses Robots to Make Telepresence a Reality OHMNILABS USES ROBOTS TO MAKE TELEPRESENCE A REALITY

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Jan 22, 2019

Although video chat has been a key form of long-distance communication for many years, it can be cumbersome and feel artificial. OhmniLabs uses robots to transform simple video chat into telepresence, a more natural and immersive form of communication.

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Australia’s water security issues require engineering interventions AUSTRALIA’S WATER SECURITY ISSUES REQUIRE ENGINEERING INTERVENTIONS

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Jan 22, 2019

Last year, South Africa faced the prospect of one of its largest cities, Cape Town, running out of the water. Australia is in the grip of one of the most crippling droughts in recent history. As Australia’s population hits 25 million, there is a need for increased and improved infrastructure t...

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An Update on Vision Guided Robot Technology AN UPDATE ON VISION GUIDED ROBOT TECHNOLOGY

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Jan 22, 2019

Over the past few decades, automation technology has advanced dramatically. Robots have become faster, more accurate and more capable of automating a wider range of tasks. Vision technology has become cheaper, faster and more intelligent over the years too. Recently, the two automation technologies ...

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Change Lives of Elderlies One Robotic Pet at a Time CHANGE LIVES OF ELDERLIES ONE ROBOTIC PET AT A TIME

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Jan 22, 2019

To help alleviate the stress on senior care workers, many experts believe that socially assistive robot technology could take some of the new roles. This doesn’t just mean smart technology, but physical robots, as well. Recently the use of companion robot animals, both dogs and cats, is someth...

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How cutting-edge robotics technology can be advantageous to manufacturing industry? HOW CUTTING-EDGE ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY CAN BE ADVANTAGEOUS TO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?

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Jan 21, 2019

In the case of Attl A Spol, a company producing stainless steel tubes for a Volkswagen supplier, automated robots allowed them to perform monotonous manual labor with heightened precision and 20 hours a day, 6 days a week without any required downtime or service outages.

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Construction forecasters bet on delayed soft Brexit CONSTRUCTION FORECASTERS BET ON DELAYED SOFT BREXIT

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Jan 18, 2019

Forecasters predict construction will just avoid an output decline this year if a soft Brexit is finally delivered. But economists for Experian warn that their forecast of sluggish growth would have to be ripped up if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal. The latest forecast for the...

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State of the Construction Labor Market: What Firms Need To Know STATE OF THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR MARKET: WHAT FIRMS NEED TO KNOW

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is in a weird place right now: Spending on construction projects has surpassed a trillion dollars in recent years, and the construction software market is expected to reach $1.8 billion in 2022. Yet, despite these statistics showing promising growth, the construction labor ...

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How Accurate Budgeting With Construction Software Can Boost Profits HOW ACCURATE BUDGETING WITH CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE CAN BOOST PROFITS

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Jan 18, 2019

Here’s a sobering fact: Only the top 19 percent of contractors and subcontractors set specific overhead, profit and sales targets for the year, and then track their progress monthly. That means 4 out of 5 contractors are just winging it. How on earth do you think you’re going to stay on ...

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Essential Cost Estimating Construction Management Features ESSENTIAL COST ESTIMATING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES

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Jan 18, 2019

Securing a construction contract usually depends on the accuracy of your cost estimation report that you submit along with your bid proposal. A simple clerical mistake or oversight can result in huge losses and forgoing of contracts to the tune of millions. If you’ve never made such a mistake,...

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Top general contractors on the challenges facing the construction industry TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS ON THE CHALLENGES FACING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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Jan 18, 2019

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve. According to the 2019 Dodge Construction Outlook, total construction starts will rise to $808.3 billion, up from $806.8 billion in 2018. At the same time, it’s in the midst of increased technology adoption. Achieving this level of gro...

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6 Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail 6 REASONS WHY CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FAIL

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Jan 18, 2019

Running a successful construction company isn’t easy. The industry is full of risks can challenges that can lead to failure. According to data from BizMiner, of the 1,021,350 building, heavy/highway, and specialty trade contractors operating in 2014, only 722,281 were still operating in 2016. ...

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Collaborative Robots and Mobile Robots Will Unlock New Levels of Productivity COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS AND MOBILE ROBOTS WILL UNLOCK NEW LEVELS OF PRODUCTIVITY

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Jan 18, 2019

Collaborative robots on mobile platforms, or mobile cobots, will be highly productive automated systems for the right applications. Many of the major robot manufacturers have had prototypes in development for years and the need for these systems exists – soon they will be a more common sight i...

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How technology is attracting new preconstruction talent HOW TECHNOLOGY IS ATTRACTING NEW PRECONSTRUCTION TALENT

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Jan 17, 2019

With an aging workforce and shortage of new labor entering the industry, contractors find themselves in a stiff competition for the best and the brightest new employees. In 2018 - and for the third consecutive year - the #1 concern among contractors was recruiting and retaining employees, according ...

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20 Major Upcoming Library and Museum Construction Projects 20 MAJOR UPCOMING LIBRARY AND MUSEUM CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 17, 2019

The accompanying tables show 20 of the largest upcoming library and museum construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations. Shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, medical buildings, educational b...

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Essential Construction Management Features for General Contractors ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FEATURES FOR GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Jan 17, 2019

Choosing the right construction management tool can be daunting because of the sheer number of features and applications offered in these tools. The industry you serve matters as well. For example, the ideal software for specialty contractors fishing contractors, utility contractors or heavy/highway...

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This Robot Skeleton is Helping Scientists Learn How Prehistoric Animals Moved THIS ROBOT SKELETON IS HELPING SCIENTISTS LEARN HOW PREHISTORIC ANIMALS MOVED

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Jan 17, 2019

A robot mimicking a prehistoric fossil suggests the ancestors of reptiles, birds, and mammals might have walked more efficiently on land than previously thought. Nowadays, the most widespread tetrapods, or four-limbed animals, are the amniotes - creatures that lay eggs on land or give birth to live ...

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Engineering Students Reflect on Building Small Car Powered by a Chemical Reaction ENGINEERING STUDENTS REFLECT ON BUILDING SMALL CAR POWERED BY A CHEMICAL REACTION

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Jan 17, 2019

The days stretched into nights as the 10 engineering students discovered a deep-rooted electrical inefficiency in the battery of the small car they’d designed and were building for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual Chem-E-Car competition. They had just a couple of wee...

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This Robot Dog Teaches Itself New Tricks THIS ROBOT DOG TEACHES ITSELF NEW TRICKS

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Jan 16, 2019

According to a paper today in Science Robotics, an international team of engineers created a way for legged robots - inspired by and physically similar to quadrupedal canines - to use machine learning techniques to learn better ways to move around and adapt to a given environment. As proof, you can ...

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Mind These 9 Finance & Accounting Gaps with Robotic Process Automation MIND THESE 9 FINANCE & ACCOUNTING GAPS WITH ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Jan 16, 2019

Did you know 50-90% of financial processes can be automated by capture and workflow automation software? If you are still searching, transferring, copying, pasting, sorting and filing information, chances are you are mired in paper and manual processes. Fortunately, there’s a way to transform ...

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UK, Other European Space Agencies Test Mars Robot Technologies In Morocco UK, OTHER EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCIES TEST MARS ROBOT TECHNOLOGIES IN MOROCCO

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Jan 15, 2019

As far as we know, Mars is the only planet populated entirely by robots! Due to the time taken for commands to travel to Mars (eight minutes each way), hand guided robots are limited to traveling only a few dozen meters a day. New software developed in the UK will change this, enabling future Mars r...

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Ahold Delhaize Orders Up Nearly 500 Floor Roaming Robots AHOLD DELHAIZE ORDERS UP NEARLY 500 FLOOR ROAMING ROBOTS

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Jan 14, 2019

Dubbed Marty, the Badger Technologies robot has been in tests at GIANT locations where, according to the press release, the robots were easily recognized by customers in stores by their friendly appearance where they were tested and used to identify hazards, such as liquid, powder and bulk food item...

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LEGO Engineers of the Future celebrated at Parliament LEGO ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE CELEBRATED AT PARLIAMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Last year LEGO Education joined forces with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to give more children around the country the opportunity to meet engineering role-models and to take part in engaging STEM activities, as part of th...

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Use a Bot to Get Organized and Work Smarter USE A BOT TO GET ORGANIZED AND WORK SMARTER

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Jan 14, 2019

Did you know that January 14th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day? It’s a day to take time to clear your desk and start the new year off with an uncluttered, clean, and organized workspace. But what to do with the stacks of paper and overflowing inbox? This is where bots can help.

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Top-Recommended Procore Competitors for Construction Management TOP-RECOMMENDED PROCORE COMPETITORS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

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Jan 14, 2019

Finding the right construction management software can raise a lot of questions: Do you need a solution that helps only with construction project management, or do you need cost estimation features as well? Should the construction software you buy also integrate with bid management systems and takeo...

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The most in-demand preconstruction jobs - and how much they pay THE MOST IN-DEMAND PRECONSTRUCTION JOBS - AND HOW MUCH THEY PAY

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Jan 14, 2019

It’s no secret that the construction job market is booming. Hiring surged in 2018 with 38,000 new construction jobs created in December alone, and 2019 is expected to be another strong year for job creation. If you’re considering a new career in preconstruction, the options abound - but ...

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How IoT and Connected Tools Are Helping Accelerate Construction Jobsite Productivity HOW IOT AND CONNECTED TOOLS ARE HELPING ACCELERATE CONSTRUCTION JOBSITE PRODUCTIVITY

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Jan 14, 2019

Burcin Kaplanoglu, executive director, innovation officer for Oracle Construction and Engineering, recently spoke with Bosch about how their company is helping drive digital transformation in the ever-evolving and dynamic E&C landscape. As an Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab te...

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Artificial Intelligence identifies international construction projects ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IDENTIFIES INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Jan 13, 2019

Every day many companies in the construction industry are looking for relevant construction projects with high personal and time expense. They are manually searching in newspapers, magazines, and blogs for the right project. This is not innovative, and also bears the danger of missing out important ...

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Ukraine is Developing Remote-Control Killer Robots to Wage War in Eastern Ukraine UKRAINE IS DEVELOPING REMOTE-CONTROL KILLER ROBOTS TO WAGE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE

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Jan 13, 2019

For several years, Ukrainian troops have been locked in a frozen conflict with Russian-backed separatists for control of the Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The maneuver warfare and urban/airport siege phase of the conflict ended in 2015. Now the opposing forces glare at each other across no man&r...

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Self-Driving Tesla And AI Robot Collide And Cause Accident SELF-DRIVING TESLA AND AI ROBOT COLLIDE AND CAUSE ACCIDENT

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Jan 11, 2019

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for this year showcased a number of unusual products, from a prototype drone taxi to Hyundai’s walking car. However, one of the most irregular events associated with the show was the apparent maiming of a robot by a Tesla Model S. This car was in autonomous ...

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5 Commercial Construction Trends to Watch in 2019 5 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2019

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Jan 11, 2019

All in all, 2018 was a good year for the commercial construction industry. Construction spending was up and there were 280,000 jobs added last year. The latest report on workplace fatalities with data from 2017 shows that construction worker deaths declined for the first time since 2011. 2018 was al...

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The 7 Coolest Construction Projects of 2018 THE 7 COOLEST CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS OF 2018

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Jan 11, 2019

Coolest, in its very essence, is a very subjective term, but I tried my best to cover construction projects throughout the world that set themselves apart, through either design, construction method, or situation. If you have a project that you thought should have been included in 2018 or one that y...

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The 13 Most Interesting Advances in Construction Technology of 2018 THE 13 MOST INTERESTING ADVANCES IN CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY OF 2018

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Jan 10, 2019

When we first began talking about construction technology in 2015, there were a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas.  Many products had financial backing, but no legitimate proof of concept or path to a commercial market.  Fast forward just 3 years and many of those same products are starting to h...

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Augmented Reality in Construction: 6 Applications in 2019 AUGMENTED REALITY IN CONSTRUCTION: 6 APPLICATIONS IN 2019

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Jan 10, 2019

The construction job site is changing. Paper drawings, sketches, and design plans are giving way to drones, 3D models, and a new interactive experience called augmented reality. Augmented reality, or AR for short, is one of the most talked about technology trends in construction. Using an advanced c...

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6 Real World Use Cases for Robotic Process Automation in Healthcare 6 REAL WORLD USE CASES FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION IN HEALTHCARE

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Jan 10, 2019

We’ve discussed several use cases and implementation tips for finance, insurance, law, utilities and mining. Let’s turn our attention towards the healthcare industry: many manual processes here are simple, rule-based and high volume - precisely the process features that call for automati...

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5 Considerations When Choosing an RPA Solution 5 CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING AN RPA SOLUTION

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Jan 10, 2019

As the market for RPA solutions continues to grow and evolve at a hyperbolic rate, several themes emerge. We’ve included 5 simple ones here, of relevance to all customers whether initially embarking upon the enterprise automation journey, or scaling an existing RPA solution.

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Succeeding as a woman in biomedical engineering SUCCEEDING AS A WOMAN IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

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Jan 09, 2019

As a scientist and a professor, my typical day is focused on teaching the younger generation of engineering students and expanding on my own research. I teach both undergraduate and graduate students in bioengineering as well as guide the students at my lab, aiming to help them improve their researc...

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15 Best Cities for STEM Careers and Quality of Life 15 BEST CITIES FOR STEM CAREERS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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Jan 09, 2019

It’s a good time to work in STEM field-many companies are hungry for engineers, developers, and mathematicians. But not every metro area is a good one for STEM careers; for example, many have lots of job opportunities, but a stratospheric cost of living, while others simply lack jobs.

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Industry leaders on what it’s like being a woman in construction INDUSTRY LEADERS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING A WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 09, 2019

As of December 2016, approximately 939,000 women were working in construction in the United States. That’s only 9.1 percent of the construction workforce. As an industry, we still have a long way to go, but organizations and initiatives like the National Association of Women in Construction (N...

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How a Construction Communication Plan Can Help You Win Bids HOW A CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATION PLAN CAN HELP YOU WIN BIDS

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Jan 09, 2019

Sometimes the simplest communication mistakes lead to catastrophic consequences. Take the Mars Climate Orbiter, which NASA sunk more than $300 million into by the time it launched in the late 1990s. The spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere too low and, poof, it was gone.

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The Top States to Work in Construction: #10 Indiana THE TOP STATES TO WORK IN CONSTRUCTION: #10 INDIANA

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Jan 09, 2019

For the past year, Construction Junkie has been analyzing hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 25 different construction related professions. The goal was to highlight how workers were compensated in each of the U.S. 50 states. We also counterbalanced the raw hourly wage data wit...

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The 13 Craziest Construction Videos of 2018 THE 13 CRAZIEST CONSTRUCTION VIDEOS OF 2018

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Jan 08, 2019

Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the job site, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business. Either way, the internet exists and it wil...

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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is and Who Gets It STEM INSTRUCTION: HOW MUCH THERE IS AND WHO GETS IT

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Jan 08, 2019

Despite a push for greater STEM instruction, students and teachers continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources, according to a new survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers. This nationally representative study is the sixth in a series of surveys on K-12 STEM edu...

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6 Women in Hawai‘i with Careers in STEM Share Their Stories 6 WOMEN IN HAWAI‘I WITH CAREERS IN STEM SHARE THEIR STORIES

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Jan 08, 2019

Hawai‘i’s volcanic origin and isolation in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth naturally lend itself to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM-from ocean depths to outer space and everything in between. Many of these fast-growing careers require the ve...

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4 Key Design Elements For A Flourishing Financial Building 4 KEY DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR A FLOURISHING FINANCIAL BUILDING

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Jan 07, 2019

In financial districts all across the globe, successful companies symbolize their status at the top of the game in steel and glass. But what goes into the design of these famous buildings, and how can businesses harness this in their own building projects? There are numerous considerations that arch...

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Five Fearless Trailblazers Modernizing Construction and Engineering FIVE FEARLESS TRAILBLAZERS MODERNIZING CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING

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Jan 07, 2019

It’s clear that engineering and construction are in a new era, with technology rapidly changing how companies design, plan, and execute projects. E&C spends an impressive $10 trillion on construction-related goods and services each year and is ripe for and capable of transformation.

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Pepsi and Segway Enter the Increasingly Crowded Delivery Robot Space PEPSI AND SEGWAY ENTER THE INCREASINGLY CROWDED DELIVERY ROBOT SPACE

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Jan 04, 2019

One potential benefit of a city filled with people looking down at their phones is that they might be better able to see all the little delivery robots scurrying around on the ground. The sidewalks will be getting even more crowded as both Pepsi and Ninebot, Segway’s parent company, have annou...

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Top 25 Successful Chatbots TOP 25 SUCCESSFUL CHATBOTS

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Jan 04, 2019

Though hype about chatbots is increasing, chatbot failure stories continue to get more visibility as well. From Microsoft to Communist Party of China, we have listed examples showing that no one is immune to suffering from chatbot failures. However, success stories are rare and ambitious conversatio...

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3 reasons top general contractors chose a career in construction 3 REASONS TOP GENERAL CONTRACTORS CHOSE A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

Almost a million people work in the construction industry in the United States, which is made up of vendors, laborers, subcontractors, general contractors, and everything in between. They’re all working towards a common goal of constructing beautiful, structurally sound buildings and infrastru...

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Shifts in Office Jobs and Implications for Commercial Tower Construction SHIFTS IN OFFICE JOBS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL TOWER CONSTRUCTION

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Jan 03, 2019

A key metric for new commercial tower construction is a city’s office vacancy rate, the lower the better. In turn, what drives office vacancy rates down is greater worker occupancy. There are disruptors throughout the economy and the office space market is no exception.

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Is a Vacuum Gripper Right for Your Collaborative Robot Application? IS A VACUUM GRIPPER RIGHT FOR YOUR COLLABORATIVE ROBOT APPLICATION?

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Jan 03, 2019

Vacuum grippers, or suction cup grippers, can be a highly effective and simple gripping solution in a wide range of applications. With the right type of part and the right integration, vacuum grippers can provide powerful, safe grips in collaborative robot applications. However, there are several ot...

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Stock-Taking Robots for a smart Inventory Management STOCK-TAKING ROBOTS FOR A SMART INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

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Jan 03, 2019

As 2019 begins, new retail trends make it to the retailers’ ears, and robotics in retail is surely the one with the clearest applications that can be implemented right away. Robotics in retail can solve problems that required too many resources to tackle properly up to now, the most relevant b...

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Top 12 Benefits of Chatbots TOP 12 BENEFITS OF CHATBOTS

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Jan 01, 2019

No one can know the benefits of chatbots better than potential users of chatbots. So that’s where we started, the above list is based on Drift’s 2018 State of Chatbots Report. We added a few more points to categorize benefits of chatbots clearly.

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Top chatbot testing techniques and frameworks TOP CHATBOT TESTING TECHNIQUES AND FRAMEWORKS

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Jan 01, 2019

Chatbots are indeed revolutionizing the interaction between organizations and individuals, but one thing still lacks, the industry still hasn’t been able to achieve is standardizing the chatbot testing. We rather observe the performances indirectly.

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4 RPA alternatives to consider before RPA investment in 2019 4 RPA ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER BEFORE RPA INVESTMENT IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Robotic Process Automation is a great technology and we have written extensively about its benefits, however, it is not without alternatives. There are 3 major alternatives to RPA and new developments that transform RPA. CxOs need to make smart trade-offs to find the optimal path for their companies...

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No Code RPA companies enabling easier, faster RPA in 2019 NO CODE RPA COMPANIES ENABLING EASIER, FASTER RPA IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

No code RPA is an emerging technology but there are already strong companies with commercial space emerging in this space. We see 2 major types of vendors in the space: 1st generation RPA companies expanding their offering with low/no-code solutions, 2nd generation RPA companies offering only no cod...

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7 Steps to improving your chatbot with A/B testing 7 STEPS TO IMPROVING YOUR CHATBOT WITH A/B TESTING

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Jan 01, 2019

Even though it has been used for ages in other fields of marketing. Currently, there are not many A/B testing alternatives available for chatbots. Basically, it is a way to experiment distinct characteristics of the chatbots, through randomized trials, companies can collect data and decide on which ...

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15 Key Metrics for Chatbot Conversational Analytics in 2019 15 KEY METRICS FOR CHATBOT CONVERSATIONAL ANALYTICS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

Web-focused metrics do not calculate misunderstood requests or message delays. Chatbots require new metrics. If you are already familiar with web metrics, jump to chatbot specific metrics: Message metrics, Bot metrics. A metric is a quantifiable measure that is used to track and assess the status of...

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Top 20 Chatbot Usecases / Applications in Business in 2019 TOP 20 CHATBOT USECASES / APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS IN 2019

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Jan 01, 2019

While we were writing about major chatbot failures and top chatbots, we started noticing and documenting the areas where chatbots really add value to businesses. Now we are ready to explain how businesses in different industries can use chatbots. And do not imagine this as a company having 20 chatbo...

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12 step Best Practice RPA Implementation Guide 12 STEP BEST PRACTICE RPA IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

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Jan 01, 2019

RPA implementation is pretty straightforward if you have a clear and detailed roadmap. As you can see above, most RPA deployments including the time required to configure, test, and launch automation into production take less than 2 months. Workfusion provides 4 steps to identify the right processes...

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14 RPA Pitfalls & the Checklist for Avoiding Them 14 RPA PITFALLS & THE CHECKLIST FOR AVOIDING THEM

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is gaining acceptance, especially in the finance and telecom industries however we have spoken to a number of executives and there are plenty of RPA failure stories, too. A recent survey showed that >40% of RPA projects fail to deliver expectations in terms of imp...

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RPA:What is RPA, How It Works, Top RPA Tools RPA:WHAT IS RPA, HOW IT WORKS, TOP RPA TOOLS

blog article

Dec 31, 2018

If you notice yourself or your team working on activities that require jumping from application to application, completing tasks that require little thinking, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software can help. RPA is a quick yet effective automation tool.

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What is RPA? WHAT IS RPA?

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Dec 31, 2018

Robotic process automation (or RPA or RPAAI) is an emerging form of clerical process automation technology based on the notion of software robots or artificial intelligence (AI) workers. Though most people are looking forward to seeing intelligent humanoid robotic companions, they are still years aw...

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Engineer Anastasia Volkova is getting the agtech industry airborne ENGINEER ANASTASIA VOLKOVA IS GETTING THE AGTECH INDUSTRY AIRBORNE

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Dec 31, 2018

Australia’s well-established agricultural reputation and strong trade relationships with emerging markets puts it in the box seat to help feed the world with the help of agtech entrepreneurs like Anastasia Volkova. To make a meaningful difference in the world, Anastasia Volkova knew she’...

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YouTuber Builds A Robot To Shock Him Into Correctly Practicing the Guitar YOUTUBER BUILDS A ROBOT TO SHOCK HIM INTO CORRECTLY PRACTICING THE GUITAR

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Dec 29, 2018

To acquire any skill set is a long hard process. Especially if you are trying to teach yourself an instrument. You don't have a teacher to guide you through the difficult hurdles and give you essential feedback in order to improve. YouTuber Ethan David had a creative way to approach this by atta...

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Sound the alarm: A sustainable future requires engineers to act now SOUND THE ALARM: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE REQUIRES ENGINEERS TO ACT NOW

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Dec 28, 2018

The fate of human society depends on a sustainable future. Engineers must be part of the solution, writes Graham Davies. Can our society last in its current form for 10,000 years? One thousand years? When asked this question, most people answer no to even 100 years. People feel intuitively that our ...

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What will 5G bring to industrial robotics? WHAT WILL 5G BRING TO INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS?

blog article

Dec 28, 2018

If you ever have the chance to enter a factory shop floor and see a robot in action, this is a must-do. The combination of strength, speed, and extreme precision is nothing else than impressive. In the last years, they became general-purpose tools for automating production processes.

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How Building Design Has Evolved in the Wake of Increased Natural Disasters HOW BUILDING DESIGN HAS EVOLVED IN THE WAKE OF INCREASED NATURAL DISASTERS

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Dec 28, 2018

Every time you turn on the news, it seems like another natural disaster has struck in some part of the world. From major floods and hurricanes to earthquakes and tornadoes, natural disasters of all types are becoming increasingly common around the globe-including right here in the United States.

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3D Printed Homes: Everything You Need to Know 3D PRINTED HOMES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Dec 27, 2018

In the past, the idea of printing an entire home sounded like a far-fetched novelty. However, 3D printing is quickly becoming the construction’s most promising solution. In recent years, construction companies have made great strides in 3D printed homes. The revolutionary technology allows com...

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Autodesk Acquires Pre-Construction Software Building Connected for $275 Million AUTODESK ACQUIRES PRE-CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE BUILDING CONNECTED FOR $275 MILLION

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Dec 27, 2018

Autodesk, the software company synonymous with architectural and engineering design, has gobbled up yet another construction related software just a few weeks after its massive acquisition of PlanGrid. It’s a most recent acquisition, BuildingConnected will help bolster Autodesk’s growing...

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What to Expect for Public Sector Construction in 2019 WHAT TO EXPECT FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CONSTRUCTION IN 2019

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Dec 26, 2018

Looking back, 2018 brought both turmoil and innovation to government contracting. A string of cyber attacks, such as the ransomware attack on Atlanta, left public officials focused on increasing cybersecurity. Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and fires in California brought resilience and climat...

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Robotic Desktop Automation: What is RDA, Top RDA Tools ROBOTIC DESKTOP AUTOMATION: WHAT IS RDA, TOP RDA TOOLS

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Dec 26, 2018

RDA also called attended RPA, is Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for the masses. RPA includes: Attended RPA which enables most knowledge workers to automate their work. Unattended RPA which runs in the background, completing tasks in batches. Hybrid: A combination of attended and unattended RPA tas...

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RPA marketplaces: App Markets that Simplify RPA development RPA MARKETPLACES: APP MARKETS THAT SIMPLIFY RPA DEVELOPMENT

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Dec 24, 2018

Rpa is possibly the most flexible automation platform and as a result, rolling out RPA solutions require significant programming and customizations. Since RPA companies cannot possibly build a solution for every process or task that will be automated, they rely on vendors to provide customized solut...

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Leveraging RPA in Insurance beyond Operational Efficiency LEVERAGING RPA IN INSURANCE BEYOND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

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Dec 24, 2018

Call it adopting to Robotic process automation or settling for it, RPA is here to stay. According to a report put forth by Transparency market research, the IT-enabled Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market has been growing rapidly at a CAGR of 60.5% from 2014 and is expected to reach US$5 billion ...

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Every one of the Sustainable Development Goals needs engineers, says expert EVERY ONE OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS NEEDS ENGINEERS, SAYS EXPERT

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Dec 24, 2018

If the world is to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, it must turn to engineers for help, writes Adrian Piani. When the United Nations replaced its Millennium Development Goals of 2000-2015 with the Sustainable Development Goals, the list of outcomes grew from eight to 17....

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RPA Ecosystem: Companies that enable / speed up RPA RPA ECOSYSTEM: COMPANIES THAT ENABLE / SPEED UP RPA

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Dec 22, 2018

RPA development in most cases still takes months and requires costly maintenance. To improve this situation, RPA tech providers are building an RPA ecosystem: They develop the RPA software, build the marketplaces to attract developers who extend capabilities of RPA and sign partnerships with consult...

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South Korea’s Woowa Bros. Gets $320M Investment to Build More Robots SOUTH KOREA’S WOOWA BROS. GETS $320M INVESTMENT TO BUILD MORE ROBOTS

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Dec 21, 2018

South Korean company Woowa Bros., which runs the Baedal Minjok food delivery app, announced yesterday that it has received a $320 million from Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia Capital, and GIC. This brings the total amount raised by Woowa to $482.8 million.

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Using Technology to Turn the Tide on Construction Productivity USING TECHNOLOGY TO TURN THE TIDE ON CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY

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Dec 21, 2018

If the construction industry is anything-it’s consistent. For roughly 20 straight years, the industry has racked up the least improved award for having the lowest annual productivity gains globally of any industry. This means construction is still way less productive now than it was in 1995, a...

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Spyce Gets a Patent for its Robot Restaurant SPYCE GETS A PATENT FOR ITS ROBOT RESTAURANT

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Dec 20, 2018

Spyce received a patent this week for its robot-run restaurant. Patent number US 10,154,762 B was awarded to Spyce on December 18 for “Automated Meal Production System and Apparatus.” The patent is filled with the requisite mechanical drawings and legalese, but there were a couple of thi...

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12 Days of Construction Equipment 2018 - Makita Fan Jackets 12 DAYS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 2018 - MAKITA FAN JACKETS

blog article

Dec 20, 2018

It may be December now, and cold in most parts of the country, but that doesn't mean you can't start planning for those long, hot summer construction days. Makita has recently released a new line of cordless fan jackets designed to help keep workers cool in hot conditions.

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Medtronic finalizes $1.7B Mazor Robotics acquisition MEDTRONIC FINALIZES $1.7B MAZOR ROBOTICS ACQUISITION

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Dec 19, 2018

Medtronic has closed the $1.7 billion acquisition of Mazor Robotics and its robot-assisted surgery platform. Medtronic capped the buyout with the announcement that its first jointly produced product won an FDA nod. Last month Caesarea, Israel-based Mazor said its shareholders voted to approve the $5...

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12 Days of Construction Christmas 2018 - Valuable Experience 12 DAYS OF CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS 2018 - VALUABLE EXPERIENCE

blog article

Dec 19, 2018

Sometimes the best gifts aren't physical items. This holiday season, consider giving your workers something else, like extra vacation or send them to a trade show. I'm not suggesting all-expenses paid trips. Maybe this year you could give all your workers one extra day of paid vacation. What...

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The World’s Most Innovative Mega Construction Projects THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE MEGA CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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Dec 19, 2018

The history of our infrastructure has been marked by influential megaprojects. From ancient structures like the Pyramids and Great Wall to modern marvels like the Eiffel Tower, these megaprojects not only embody human achievement, but they have also impact our society.

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Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS: REFLECTING ON THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2018

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Dec 19, 2018

After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business - including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole ...

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4 People You Need on Your RPA Champion Team 4 PEOPLE YOU NEED ON YOUR RPA CHAMPION TEAM

blog article

Dec 18, 2018

There’s a saying in business that companies don’t sell to companies; rather people sell to people. That’s also true when you’re doing a little internal selling-trying to get people within your own organization on board with your pet proposal, project or technology.

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15 of the most inspiring quotes about construction 15 OF THE MOST INSPIRING QUOTES ABOUT CONSTRUCTION

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Dec 18, 2018

Even as the industry continues to evolve, the things that drew us to construction in the first place remain the same. As you start your day, awaken your mind with positive thought and a healthy dose of inspiration from these quotes on the power, beauty, and impact of construction on the world.

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The Benefits of Mobile Construction Technology THE BENEFITS OF MOBILE CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

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Dec 14, 2018

Walk onto any construction site today and you’re bound to see mobile technology being used. Whether it’s workers clocking in with mobile time cards, a foreman filing daily reports with his smartphone, or a project manager reviewing plans and specs on a tablet during a site visit, mobile ...

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Struggling with Business Justification for Small RPA Projects STRUGGLING WITH BUSINESS JUSTIFICATION FOR SMALL RPA PROJECTS

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Dec 14, 2018

As RPA becomes more mature and powerful, businesses of all sizes are looking to take advantage of its potential to increase productivity and grow the business without adding headcount. However, there is a significant amount of confusion around RPA, what it can actually do and the perceived complexit...

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12 Days of Construction Christmas 2018 - Heated Gloves 12 DAYS OF CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS 2018 - HEATED GLOVES

blog article

Dec 14, 2018

Milwaukee Tool has released the first heated gloves powered by rechargeable REDLITHIUM battery technology. The USB Rechargeable Heated Gloves heat on-demand for up to six hours on low. The gloves were also built with additional features to help improve overall dexterity and mobility.

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Our Python-programmable secondary school robots OUR PYTHON-PROGRAMMABLE SECONDARY SCHOOL ROBOTS

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Dec 14, 2018

In 2018, the French Higher Committee on Curricula decided to make Python the official computer language for programming classes in secondary schools. The Ministry of Education has provided more information about these new programmes on the CSP publications page of its website in French. Python will ...

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12 Days of Construction Christmas 2018 - Fiskars Pro Utility Knives 12 DAYS OF CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS 2018 - FISKARS PRO UTILITY KNIVES

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Dec 13, 2018

A utility knife is a handy tool for the construction jobsite. Fiskars has created a new line of utility knives designed specifically for professionals. The knives feature a blade with CarbonMax coating to keep them sharper 24 times longer than competitive blades, according to Fiskars.

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5 Ways to Measure the ROI of Your Robotic Process Automation Deployment 5 WAYS TO MEASURE THE ROI OF YOUR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION DEPLOYMENT

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Dec 13, 2018

The changes brought about by robotic process automation generated reactions and fears similar in some ways to the Industrial Revolution. It’s natural for people to be-be afraid of emergent entities that seem ready to accomplish the same objectives that they do. This kind of thinking gives voic...

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How to Prevent Hearing Loss on Noisy Construction Sites HOW TO PREVENT HEARING LOSS ON NOISY CONSTRUCTION SITES

blog article

Dec 12, 2018

According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), more people than ever are choosing to work in the construction industry. In fact, the AGC has found that construction employment is at a 10-year high, with more than 280,000 new jobs added in the past year alone.

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How Virtual Reality is revolutionizing Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s workspace HOW VIRTUAL REALITY IS REVOLUTIONIZING AARSLEFF GROUND ENGINEERING’S WORKSPACE

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Dec 12, 2018

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has invested in a state-of-the-art virtual reality room to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of its estimators and engineers. With technology already transforming how people interact and live their lives, Aarsleff Ground Engineering is taking the virtual realit...

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Robotiq Gets a Can$31M Energy Boost from Battery Ventures ROBOTIQ GETS A CAN$31M ENERGY BOOST FROM BATTERY VENTURES

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Dec 11, 2018

Maybe it's because I have had training in physics but to me, money is energy. The more you have, the more you can make things move. Now Robotiq has much more and we will move bigger things even faster! That extra boost comes from Battery Ventures, who just invested $31M in Robotiq.

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Why chatbots fail and why natural languages are hard WHY CHATBOTS FAIL AND WHY NATURAL LANGUAGES ARE HARD

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Dec 11, 2018

It is important to define the natural language concept as we begin. Natural languages are the product of thousands of years of speech patterns, evolved to fit the needs of a particular community at a particular time. They are very fluid, as there can be a lot of change over time (think Victorian Eng...

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Why publicly trained chatbots are not always a good idea WHY PUBLICLY TRAINED CHATBOTS ARE NOT ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

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Dec 11, 2018

Chatbots used to be, as described by our previous posts, hand-coded FAQ services, presented in a conversational way. They were highly rigid in terms of what they could understand and what they could achieve. However, due to their simplicity, they would only say what you deemed appropriate. They woul...

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Kofax Intelligent Automation (IA) COE Presents 2019 RPA Top Ten Predictions KOFAX INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION (IA) COE PRESENTS 2019 RPA TOP TEN PREDICTIONS

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Dec 10, 2018

The RPA market will continue to undergo dramatic and rapid maturation in 2019, but RPA companies are finding themselves at a tipping point: They will either grow into their lofty market valuations or we will start to hear the hissing of a deflating bubble and warning signs of a ‘hype cycle&rsq...

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Attended & Unattended RPA - Are you Missing Half the Story and Half the Gains? ATTENDED & UNATTENDED RPA - ARE YOU MISSING HALF THE STORY AND HALF THE GAINS?

blog article

Dec 10, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been dramatically reshaping business, helping to improve productivity and driving innovation. However, some organizations are missing an important side of RPA. Many think of RPA as fully automated bots in major enterprise deployments working independently of huma...

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How collaborative robots will usher in the era of Industry 5.0 HOW COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS WILL USHER IN THE ERA OF INDUSTRY 5.0

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Dec 10, 2018

No sooner than the concept of Industry 4.0 becomes established in common parlance along comes its bigger and better sibling, writes Lee Hibbert. There’s a contradiction at the heart of manufacturing. On the one hand, we are told that increasing automation will lead to higher production rates a...

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What WHAT'S NEW IN ROBOTICS?

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Dec 07, 2018

People throughout the cobot sector (the fastest growing segment of the industrial robotics market) are asking themselves 'Where does the time go?' with the news that cobot giant Universal Robots is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its very first cobot sale (a UR5).

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Take a look at this clean drone! TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CLEAN DRONE!

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Dec 07, 2018

Washing windows on a skyscraper is a difficult job. Hanging off the side of a building can also be incredibly dangerous.  To avoid more disasters as the one happened in Grenfell Tower,  researchers in the UK have come up with this drone which will help in avoiding such accidents in the nea...

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Common Web Design Mistakes That Hurt Your Construction Business COMMON WEB DESIGN MISTAKES THAT HURT YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

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Dec 07, 2018

Unfortunately, I see it more often in the construction industry because many still mistakenly believe that it doesn’t matter. Sure, you can get by with an ineffective website, but the fact is that an effective one gives you a powerful advantage over competitors. It puts you in front of a large...

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Robotic skin turns objects into robots! ROBOTIC SKIN TURNS OBJECTS INTO ROBOTS!

blog article

Dec 06, 2018

What if there was some kind of flexible, stretchy material that you could wrap around just about any random object and turn it into a robot? It sounds like a gadget that might belong to a superhero, but a team of researchers has developed just that. This robot is called OmniSkins.

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A Less Practical More Aesthetic Use for Robots A LESS PRACTICAL MORE AESTHETIC USE FOR ROBOTS

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Dec 06, 2018

Are all robots devoid of aesthetic debts? And if not, could we expect the future Guernica to be created by artificial intelligence (AI)? What are the less practical uses for robots, and do they include fine arts? Andrew Conru, the founder of RobotArt with a Stanford Ph.D. in mechanical engineering f...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Cloud Applications ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) FOR CLOUD APPLICATIONS

blog article

Dec 06, 2018

In order to tackle the question regarding the use of robotic process automation for cloud applications, we should start with a few words about the Cloud. Cloud-based services in the global era we live in are starting to be the default in the world of business. Information, resources, software, all t...

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How AI Chatbot Is Transforming Customer Care industry HOW AI CHATBOT IS TRANSFORMING CUSTOMER CARE INDUSTRY

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Dec 06, 2018

The success of any business lies in its Customer relationship management strategies. With the advancement of cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence, chatbot, natural language processing (NLP), intelligent automation of customer care services has become a priority for businesses. AI h...

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in Banking Industry ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) IN BANKING INDUSTRY

blog article

Dec 06, 2018

RPA is growing exponentially. Recent RPA trends and forecasts report shows that by 2021, RPA will be $29 billion industry. That’s a huge increase from $250 million in 2016. In order to remain competitive in an increasingly saturated market - especially with the more widespread adoption of virt...

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How RPA is Impacting Today’s Enterprise Workplace HOW RPA IS IMPACTING TODAY’S ENTERPRISE WORKPLACE

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Dec 06, 2018

Today, companies of all sizes understand the need and value of automating the basic and core business processes that were unacceptable to be automated, but our future workforce would want all possible integration and automation at an enterprise level. As all the companies are becoming more and more ...

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4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019 4 COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRENDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

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Dec 06, 2018

It has been another successful year for Englewood Construction, and with the calendar flipping over to December we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring. Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and...

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IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human IHMC TEACHES ATLAS TO WALK LIKE A HUMAN

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Dec 05, 2018

Humanoid robots have a very distinctive walk. Knees bent, torso as stationary as possible. Even Boston Dynamics own Atlas uses this crouching sort of squat-walk to get around because those perpetually bent legs are how it keeps from falling over. This sort of gait is so common with humanoid robots t...

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Three Expectations for Robotic Automation THREE EXPECTATIONS FOR ROBOTIC AUTOMATION

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Dec 05, 2018

Robotics has advanced to the point in which CNC machine shops expectations might outnumber questions about practical applications. In fact, many successful shops are already benefiting from machine-tending robots or have researched various robot offerings with an eye toward adding them.

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How Technology Is Reshaping the Construction Industry HOW TECHNOLOGY IS RESHAPING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

blog article

Dec 05, 2018

What do a pickup truck, a nail gun, a portable circular saw, a cement mixer truck, and a modern hydraulic excavator all have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all tools and equipment commonly found on construction sites today. Another correct answer would be that they are all pieces of ...

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Among Four Most Populous States, Texas Best at Construction Jobs Creation AMONG FOUR MOST POPULOUS STATES, TEXAS BEST AT CONSTRUCTION JOBS CREATION

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Dec 05, 2018

The four states in America with the largest populations are California (40 million), Texas (28 million), Florida (21 million) and New York (20 million). Combined, they account for 110 million people and one-third of the U.S. total resident count.

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Industry leaders share how they made the case for construction technology INDUSTRY LEADERS SHARE HOW THEY MADE THE CASE FOR CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

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Dec 05, 2018

Today, the need for technology in construction has become more tangible than ever: at just 1 percent, productivity growth in construction lags significantly behind the economic average of 2.8 percent. That means that though construction is one of the world’s largest industries, it’s also...

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Introduction to Industrial Robot Path Planning INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL ROBOT PATH PLANNING

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Dec 04, 2018

Path planning for industrial robots is an essential aspect of the overall performance of automation systems. Industrial robot path planning is comprised of various algorithms, often created before the robot is even installed, that dictate its motion.

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This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot THIS PLANT IS DRIVING ITS OWN ROBOT

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Dec 04, 2018

Cybernetics usually refers to humans enhancing themselves with robotic parts. Sometimes, we heard about animal-robot cyborgs or insect-robot cyborgs. It’s not all that often that we hear about plant-robot cyborgs, because what’s a plant going to do with a robot, right? But you could argu...

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Build an Autonomous Car with Robotic Arm Inside BUILD AN AUTONOMOUS CAR WITH ROBOTIC ARM INSIDE

blog article

Dec 04, 2018

The car, called Lotte, is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a robotic arm to place the packages in a pickup locker. Soon, it will be able to deliver packages to mailboxes and pickup towers as well.

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Mobile Collaborative Robots: The Next Big Thing MOBILE COLLABORATIVE ROBOTS: THE NEXT BIG THING

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Dec 04, 2018

What will be the next big thing in collaborative robotics? Now that cobots are a mature technology, it looks like mobile cobots will be the next wave. It's fair to say that collaborative robots have arrived. Over the last 10 years, cobots have grown in popularity - as we discussed this time last...

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Construction Jobs Regionally by Level and Change, U.S. and Canada CONSTRUCTION JOBS REGIONALLY BY LEVEL AND CHANGE, U.S. AND CANADA

blog article

Dec 04, 2018

Tables 1 through 3 accompanying this article detail the latest (October 2018) statistics on construction employment regionally in the U.S. and Canada. Table 1 is a ranking of states, D.C. and Puerto Rico for the U.S. and provinces and territories for Canada by construction employment levels.

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This Calculator Will Show You How to Reduce Rework in Construction THIS CALCULATOR WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO REDUCE REWORK IN CONSTRUCTION

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Dec 04, 2018

Rework can kill a construction firm’s profitability. It is especially toxic to your bottom line because it’s like paying for something three times over: You pay for the first job, then the rework, and then for lost productivity because you’ve got people doing the rework when they c...

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3 qualities general contractors look for in their subcontractors 3 QUALITIES GENERAL CONTRACTORS LOOK FOR IN THEIR SUBCONTRACTORS

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Dec 04, 2018

There are millions of subcontractors in North America. In order to stand out to general contractors and get invited to bid on the jobs they want, subcontractors need to find every advantage they can to stay ahead of the competition. Here are three qualities that general contractors look for in subco...

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18 New Building Materials That Will Revolutionize Construction 18 NEW BUILDING MATERIALS THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCTION

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Dec 04, 2018

Throughout the ages, we’ve seen the construction industry undergo a series of building material innovations. From durable concrete used in ancient structures to the production of steel for bridges and skyscrapers, these materials shaped the way we build today and influenced some of the greates...

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Meet one engineer transforming plastic waste into the filament of the future MEET ONE ENGINEER TRANSFORMING PLASTIC WASTE INTO THE FILAMENT OF THE FUTURE

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Dec 04, 2018

Perth-based mechanical engineer Darren Lomman is working to stop plastic waste ending up in our oceans by converting it into 3D printer filament. In December 2016, Darren Lomman was watching television in his lounge room when he saw an advertisement that changed the course of his career. The ad was ...

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How to Avoid Rework Cost Overages With Construction Software HOW TO AVOID REWORK COST OVERAGES WITH CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE

blog article

Dec 03, 2018

We’ve all been there. You’re hard at work on a project, making great progress, and then you find out that a load-bearing wall that took three days to complete has to be totally redone. It’s enough to make you throw your hands up in despair when you consider how much you’ll ne...

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Georgia Best and New Jersey Worst for Construction Jobs Growth GEORGIA BEST AND NEW JERSEY WORST FOR CONSTRUCTION JOBS GROWTH

blog article

Dec 03, 2018

The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records that the U.S. construction sector’s unemployment rate in October was 3.6%, lower than the national headline rate of 3.7% for all jobs in the economy. Since 3.7% as the national jobless level was a nearly 5...

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Why You’re Not a Construction Company Anymore WHY YOU’RE NOT A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY ANYMORE

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Nov 30, 2018

Netflix and Apple are not media companies. Tesla isn’t known as a manufacturer. They are tech companies. They use technology to deliver pieces of technology. Walk onto any commercial construction site, and you will see project managers reviewing plans on tablets.

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How construction gives back: Spotlight on SC Builders HOW CONSTRUCTION GIVES BACK: SPOTLIGHT ON SC BUILDERS

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Nov 30, 2018

As an industry, it’s important that we stay reminded of a greater purpose beyond the bricks and mortar of construction: creating the kind of world we want to live in. So in keeping with the season, we wanted to shine some light on one of BuildingConnected’s customers that truly embodies ...

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Increasing transparency, the rise of construction technologists, and the future of preconstruction INCREASING TRANSPARENCY, THE RISE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGISTS, AND THE FUTURE OF PRECONSTRUCTION

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Nov 30, 2018

The 4th annual Procore Groundbreak Conference was a success, with over 3,000 industry leaders and experts gathered to learn, share, and connect, highlighting the growth and exciting future of construction technology. There’s a lot to recap from the 80+ educational and thought-provoking session...

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Top 5 Robotics Startups in 2018 TOP 5 ROBOTICS STARTUPS IN 2018

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Nov 29, 2018

Technological advances in the robotics industry are becoming more innovative and sophisticated, slowly creeping their way into our everyday lives. Various concepts from our favorite science fiction movies have become a reality, paving the way into a very bright and exciting future.

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Want to play Table Tennis with Robot? WANT TO PLAY TABLE TENNIS WITH ROBOT?

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Nov 29, 2018

Forpheus uses a robotic arm that is controlled by the AI through a 5-axis motor system to swing the paddle. The motion controller, or the brain, tell the machine how to hit the ball, advising it on timing and direction within a 1,000th of a second.

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5 Ways Chatbot Improves Customer Experience 5 WAYS CHATBOT IMPROVES CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

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Nov 29, 2018

The long debate of man v/s technology has existed since its advent. But instead of fretting that it would replace humans, it should be seen as an assistance which would just elevate user experience. The chatbot buzz is very strong in 2017 and with the kind of experience it offers to the customers, i...

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Chatbots in the Banking & Financial industry CHATBOTS IN THE BANKING & FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

blog article

Nov 28, 2018

What are chatbots? Chatbots are software programs, which back in 2013-2014 sounded like fantasy. These software programs leverage Natural Language Processing and respond to voice commands or specific text instructions. They are set up to look for pieces of information shared by a user.

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3 Top-Rated General Contractor Bidding Software 3 TOP-RATED GENERAL CONTRACTOR BIDDING SOFTWARE

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Nov 28, 2018

Juggling between client emails, phone calls, and faxes, general contractors have a tough time managing construction bids manually on Excel spreadsheets. What’s more, largely relying on a manual process means your bidding process is likely full of inefficiencies and avoidable errors.

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Engineering sector’s astonishing gender pay gap ENGINEERING SECTOR’S ASTONISHING GENDER PAY GAP

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Nov 28, 2018

Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles. Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants have analyzed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures.

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TALOS: The Robot of the Week at the IEEE Robots Guide! TALOS: THE ROBOT OF THE WEEK AT THE IEEE ROBOTS GUIDE!

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Nov 28, 2018

The high-performance robot TALOS is featured at the IEEE Robots Guide homepage, which highlights some of its most relevant capabilities: torque-controlled locomotion and balancing, powerful sensing, and advanced manipulation skills. TALOS’ page at the Guide summarizes its main technical specif...

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Understanding Offline Programming of Industrial Robots UNDERSTANDING OFFLINE PROGRAMMING OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS

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Nov 27, 2018

Offline programming (OLP) has been an important technological advancement for industrial robots, allowing for quicker deployment at a lower initial cost. OLP has become an essential part of a planning and designing an industrial robot system to eliminate the time it takes to program a robot point by...

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North Sea Deployment Shows How Quadruped Robots Can Be Commercially Useful NORTH SEA DEPLOYMENT SHOWS HOW QUADRUPED ROBOTS CAN BE COMMERCIALLY USEFUL

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Nov 27, 2018

As much as we like writing about quadrupedal robots, it’s always been a little bit tricky to see how they might be commercially useful in the near term outside of specialized circumstances like disaster response. We’ve seen some hints of what might be possible from Boston Dynamics, which...

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How Robot Co-Workers in Future Will Gain Our Trust HOW ROBOT CO-WORKERS IN FUTURE WILL GAIN OUR TRUST

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Nov 27, 2018

Would you trust a co-worker who had proved themselves to be unreliable? It's a problem which we will almost certainly face with our robot co-workers in the near future. Let's face it. Collaborative robots are not yet truly collaborative.

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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for Education Industry ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) FOR EDUCATION INDUSTRY

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Nov 27, 2018

In today’s modern education system, technology is playing a vital role in automating tasks, which are rule-based, repetitive, time-consuming and frustrating. Eliminate paperwork and manual processes using automated education systems the software can be used for admission, attendance, schedulin...

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10 RPA Use Cases for IT, HR, Finance & Accounting and More 10 RPA USE CASES FOR IT, HR, FINANCE & ACCOUNTING AND MORE

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Nov 27, 2018

Truly valuable enterprise software does exactly what it promises, working across the business to solve numerously and often completely different challenges. When the Director of Finance & Accounting laments his department’s manual process for retrieving invoices from portals and emails and...

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The Common Engineering Trends Forming the Basis of Future THE COMMON ENGINEERING TRENDS FORMING THE BASIS OF FUTURE

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Nov 26, 2018

Every time you talk about advancement in technology, you are indirectly referring to engineers doing their jobs well. Engineers are everywhere even if you don’t notice them. They are a part of almost every major industry of the world and they contribute directly to the advancement of technolog...

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Can We Avoid the Potential Dangers of AI, Robots and Big Tech Companies? CAN WE AVOID THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF AI, ROBOTS AND BIG TECH COMPANIES?

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Nov 26, 2018

If you plan to live another 10 years, you should expect to live in a world with machines doing things you don't like doing today. Shooting for another 20? Even more, will be done without your lifting the proverbial finger. It’s not only menial tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and dishes. H...

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MIT Engineers Fly First-Ever Plane With No Moving Parts MIT ENGINEERS FLY FIRST-EVER PLANE WITH NO MOVING PARTS

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Nov 26, 2018

Since the first airplane took flight over 100 years ago, virtually every aircraft in the sky has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, or fans that produce a persistent, whining buzz. Now MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts.

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Understanding the future of robotics at the ERW2018 Central Event in Augbsurg UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS AT THE ERW2018 CENTRAL EVENT IN AUGBSURG

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Nov 26, 2018

There are many situations in which robots will be able to help us in the future – or even today! At the ERW2018 Central Event in Bavaria, we invited citizens to directly interact with our robots to comprehend such technology and envision some of the applications that robots can have.

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Teaching robotics with ROS TEACHING ROBOTICS WITH ROS

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Nov 24, 2018

A couple of months ago I interviewed Joel Esposito about the state of robotics education for the ROS Developers Podcast #21. On that podcast, Joel talks about his research on how robotics is taught around the world. He identifies a set of common robotics subjects that need to be explained in order t...

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Have you ever thought of building 32-legged Robot? HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF BUILDING 32-LEGGED ROBOT?

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Nov 23, 2018

Researchers made a 32-legged robot that moves like an amoeba. A 32-legged robot called Mochibot. A 32-legged robot called Mochibot, the spherical robot moves by sliding its individual legs. This Bot's legs are composed of three sliding rails. These can extend to a maximum of 1.6 feet in length o...

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Feed your friend with the third hand by building an Autonomous Robotic Arm FEED YOUR FRIEND WITH THE THIRD HAND BY BUILDING AN AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC ARM

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Nov 22, 2018

We all love tasty mouth-watering food, Isn't it?? But some are lazy eaters, some carve for food like no one, some just eat for their tummy to get full. I guess those were the three categories of basic food lovers. Here is what RMIT University in Australia has invented Arm-a dine, Which uses the ...

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Ever wondered to build a Robot which automates the Milking System! EVER WONDERED TO BUILD A ROBOT WHICH AUTOMATES THE MILKING SYSTEM!

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Nov 22, 2018

This Robot can milk a cow. First, the cow walks into the milking unit, where the cow's favorite feed is waiting for them. The Cow's exact position is followed by a sensor and a robot scans an identification tag. Gates close around her. Robotic arms spring into action.

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4 Reasons You Still Need to Watch for Human Error When Working With Robotics 4 REASONS YOU STILL NEED TO WATCH FOR HUMAN ERROR WHEN WORKING WITH ROBOTICS

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Nov 22, 2018

It's increasingly common for companies to invest heavily in robotics and use innovative machinery to reach targets faster and with fewer errors than humans alone could. High-quality robotic equipment can achieve high accuracy and repeatability without becoming fatigued as people do.

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World Robot Summit with TIAGo robot: from cleaning toilets to interacting with customers WORLD ROBOT SUMMIT WITH TIAGO ROBOT: FROM CLEANING TOILETS TO INTERACTING WITH CUSTOMERS

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Nov 22, 2018

TIAGo robot keeps increasing its multitasking skills more and more! This time, Team Homer  participated in the World Robot Summit Future Convenience Store Challenge in Japan with a TIAGo. The WRS differs from other competitions they usually take part in, such as ERL or the RoboCup. Still, Team ...

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7 Ways to Find Out if Your Company is Ready for Robotic Process Automation 7 WAYS TO FIND OUT IF YOUR COMPANY IS READY FOR ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION

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Nov 22, 2018

So perhaps you ought to seriously consider whether RPA is right for your company, or if the company is indeed ready for robotic process automation. We define RPA as a useful tool (i.e., including software and services) for maximally efficient use of a company’s available resources. Software ro...

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RPA - Why you should think Autopilot rather than Robot RPA - WHY YOU SHOULD THINK AUTOPILOT RATHER THAN ROBOT

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Nov 22, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has become an accepted term to describe a nascent industry that is literally taking off. Yet at the same time, the term RPA causes confusion largely because there are no robots (only software automation tools) and a single mention of a robot is enough to send everyon...

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Just Go on and Build A Smart Robot For Your Pet! JUST GO ON AND BUILD A SMART ROBOT FOR YOUR PET!

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Nov 21, 2018

Many pets are left at home for extended periods during the day when their master is at work or school. Pets staying long hours home alone are at risk of depression and around 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are classified as clinically overweight.

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Build your own personal robot today! BUILD YOUR OWN PERSONAL ROBOT TODAY!

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Nov 20, 2018

Now here comes Temi, world's first, truly intelligent, mobile, personal robot for your home. Temi places you at the center of your technology, including smart home devices, online content and video communications with just the power of your voice.

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Tips for Working with an Industrial Robot Integrator TIPS FOR WORKING WITH AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT INTEGRATOR

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Nov 20, 2018

Nearly every time a manual process is automated, or when older robotic systems are being replaced, a robot integrator is needed. Robot integrators offer specialized expertise and experience in installing and maintaining robotic systems. They play an important role in the ongoing productivity of your...

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Artel Video Systems Awarded Second Technology And Engineering Emmy Award ARTEL VIDEO SYSTEMS AWARDED SECOND TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EMMY AWARD

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Nov 20, 2018

Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced that The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Artel a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for Pioneering Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution ...

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3 Innovative Robotic Assembly Challenges from 2018 3 INNOVATIVE ROBOTIC ASSEMBLY CHALLENGES FROM 2018

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Nov 20, 2018

Robotic assembly is challenging, but it's hard to innovate when we're always looking for reliability. The solution to this challenge? More challenges! Assembly is a classic application, both for collaborative robots and for traditional industrial robots. But, although robotic assembly is pop...

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Using electricity and water, a new kind of motor can slide microrobots into motion USING ELECTRICITY AND WATER, A NEW KIND OF MOTOR CAN SLIDE MICROROBOTS INTO MOTION

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Nov 19, 2018

Look around and you’ll likely see something that runs on an electric motor. Powerful and efficient, they keep much of our world moving, everything from our computers to refrigerators to the automatic windows in our cars. But these qualities change for the worse when such motors are shrunk down...

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Feed Your Friends With Autonomous Chest-Mounted Robot Arms FEED YOUR FRIENDS WITH AUTONOMOUS CHEST-MOUNTED ROBOT ARMS

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Nov 19, 2018

Eating food is an experience that tends to be about taste and texture and how the food looks and smells. Our focus goes from what’s going on on the plate to what’s going on in our mouths, without a lot of concern about what happens in between. Eating as a process doesn’t get all th...

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Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs MARYLAND TEST CONFIRMS DRONES CAN SAFELY DELIVER HUMAN ORGANS

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Nov 19, 2018

When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is removed from a donor and when it is placed into a recipient is associated with poorer organ function following transplantation. To maximize the chances of s...

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AI + RPA Equals Smarter Onboarding for Insurers AI + RPA EQUALS SMARTER ONBOARDING FOR INSURERS

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Nov 19, 2018

Although the technology necessary to drive a better onboarding experience has changed over time, the goal itself remains unchanged: make the process as intuitive and easy as possible. And whether its new agents, books of business or clients, onboarding is still the make-or-break opportunity for insu...

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Mobile Apps vs Websites vs Chatbots - which should you opt for MOBILE APPS VS WEBSITES VS CHATBOTS - WHICH SHOULD YOU OPT FOR

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Nov 17, 2018

Till some time back, a question we often got from clients was whether they should opt for a mobile app or a responsive website for customer engagement. But the dynamics have changed in the past couple of years. Now the question we get is whether they should be looking for a chatbot instead.

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Ever wondered to build a Robot which can plant trees!! EVER WONDERED TO BUILD A ROBOT WHICH CAN PLANT TREES!!

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Nov 16, 2018

TreeRover is a robot that autonomously plant trees in areas suffer from deforestation. TreeRover is autonomous and plants trees without the help of human interaction. It's still in its beginning stages with hopes of adding all-terrain tires and improved navigation. This Robot was developed by tw...

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Isn ISN'T IT AMAZING TO BUILD A HEADLESS ROBOTIC CAT?

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Nov 15, 2018

The company created a headless pet robot (basically a pillow with a tail) that they call a therapeutic robot in the form of a cushion to bring joy and healing to those who can’t have an animal of their own. Like a loving pet, the Fraken-pillow responds to your touch, wagging its lone when you ...

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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom ROBOTS FINALLY LEARNING TO CLEAN THE BATHROOM

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Nov 15, 2018

A useful general home robot, as far as I’m concerned, needs to be able to do three things: fold laundry, wash dishes, and clean toilets. That’s all it would take to make me happy. We’ve seen some attempts at both laundry folding and washing dishes, but not a lot of bathroom cleanin...

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5 Ways Robotics is Changing the Manufacturing Industry 5 WAYS ROBOTICS IS CHANGING THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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Nov 15, 2018

The advancement of robotics is something that’s affecting almost every industry, with manufacturing at the fore. When we incorporate robotics into manufacturing processes and factory operation, we could see an improvement in output. This is the result of better efficiency and leads to an incre...

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How to Choose the Best Robotic Process Automation Tool for Your Company HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION TOOL FOR YOUR COMPANY

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Nov 15, 2018

Robotic process automation is a key factor in transforming your organisation, making it attuned to state-of-the art technological development, ready to gain a significant competitive advantage in today’s ever evolving market. How does RPA do that?

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Want to automate the car parking system, build like the robot that parks your car!! WANT TO AUTOMATE THE CAR PARKING SYSTEM, BUILD LIKE THE ROBOT THAT PARKS YOUR CAR!!

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Nov 14, 2018

The first outdoor valet parking robot created by Stanley Robotics. The self-driving parking robot is fully powered by electricity and ensures zero-emission car storage. Stan is stepping in to give us a stress-free parking experience. Stanley Robotics also provides a smart parking management system t...

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Power Your SAP Investment with CDA and RPA POWER YOUR SAP INVESTMENT WITH CDA AND RPA

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Nov 14, 2018

The goal for finance and accounting teams is to reduce costs and improve efficiency throughout the financial process. And investment in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is critical for managing the key business functions of your organization, but you will still find some productivity gaps in m...

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3 Ways to Stay Safe Around Heavy Equipment 3 WAYS TO STAY SAFE AROUND HEAVY EQUIPMENT

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Nov 14, 2018

Approaching the topic of workplace safety around heavy equipment might feel tiring to you if you’ve spent any number of years working in the construction field or any related line of work where equipment is present. Safety reminders are many and some stories of life-altering injury seem like t...

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You can also build and own a Robotic Cat!! YOU CAN ALSO BUILD AND OWN A ROBOTIC CAT!!

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Nov 13, 2018

Just this spring, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will become commercially available in 2019. But with the advent of home-robotics tools like Arduino chips and Raspberry Pi computers, the amateur engineer no longer requires an MIT affiliation to build a robot pet in their own living room.

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Robots Getting a Grip on General Manipulation ROBOTS GETTING A GRIP ON GENERAL MANIPULATION

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Nov 13, 2018

While robots have prepared entire breakfasts since 1961, general manipulation in the real world is arguably an even more complex problem than autonomous driving. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why, though. Closely watching the 1961 video suggests that a two-finger parallel gripper is good enoug...

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Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love ZUME, THE ROBOTIC PIZZA COMPANY, MAKES PIES ONLY A ROBOT COULD LOVE

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Nov 13, 2018

Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than the US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds-$375 million-came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at th...

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The Latest Robotic Bin Picking Technologies Pushing this Application into the Future THE LATEST ROBOTIC BIN PICKING TECHNOLOGIES PUSHING THIS APPLICATION INTO THE FUTURE

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Nov 13, 2018

Robotic bin picking is the holy grail in industrial automation. Looking, selecting, picking, and placing randomly oriented objects is the ultimate challenge in robotic automation. Since this application has existed, it has been one of the most difficult tasks for industrial robot systems to reliably...

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What is ROS, and Can it Create a Universal Standard? WHAT IS ROS, AND CAN IT CREATE A UNIVERSAL STANDARD?

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Nov 13, 2018

The biggest problem with robotics research is that everyone is working towards an individual goal. Industrial robotics is such a competitive field that numerous countries and companies prefer to keep their research a secret. As a result, advancements rarely make their way to the factory floor.

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Intuitive Turtlebot Teleoperation using an Android phone INTUITIVE TURTLEBOT TELEOPERATION USING AN ANDROID PHONE

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Nov 13, 2018

In this tutorial we will use the inertial measurement unit of a standard Android phone to control a ROS compatible robot. We have chosen a classical ROS robot, the Turtlebot3 Burger, to be our test platform. As we are not reinventing the wheel, we are goint to use a specific app, that is already ava...

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Would you be Interested to build like transforming robot to overcome Obstacles!! WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED TO BUILD LIKE TRANSFORMING ROBOT TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES!!

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Nov 09, 2018

For the builders of a class of robots called modular self-reconfigurable robots (MSRR), shape-shifting is the first step toward endowing robots with an animal-like adaptability to unknown situations. Penn’s ModLab explores how robots can adapt to their surroundings and solve problems for which...

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The race for robot clairvoyance THE RACE FOR ROBOT CLAIRVOYANCE

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Nov 09, 2018

This week a Harvard Business School student challenged me to name a startup capable of producing an intelligent robot - TODAY! At first, I did not understand the question, as artificial intelligence (AI) is an implement like any other in a roboticist’s toolbox. The student persisted, she deman...

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4 Reasons to Use Graphs to Optimize Machine Learning Data Engineering 4 REASONS TO USE GRAPHS TO OPTIMIZE MACHINE LEARNING DATA ENGINEERING

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Nov 09, 2018

One of the innate benefits of using a semantic approach to construct a data fabric is the ability to harmonize all data into an enterprise knowledge graph (predicated on business meaning) that's perfect for machine learning data engineering. Traditionally, data preparation was a data science and...

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Robotiq Improves the World’s Best-Selling Grippers ROBOTIQ IMPROVES THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING GRIPPERS

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Nov 08, 2018

Robotiq has released the next generation of the world’s best-selling grippers for collaborative robots: the 2F-85 and 2F-140. Both models feature many new updates, while retaining the same key benefits that have inspired thousands of manufacturers to choose them since their launch 6 years ago....

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Let LET'S FILL THE CONSTRUCTION LABOR SHORTAGE WITH WOMEN

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Nov 08, 2018

There is a labor shortage in construction. And there's also a lack of diversity in the construction workforce in many areas. Recently, I've seen a few stories pop up about women in construction - specifically the lack there of. Yes, for a lot of women, the construction industry is not their ...

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6 Ways to Reduce Construction Employee Turnover for Small Contractors 6 WAYS TO REDUCE CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYEE TURNOVER FOR SMALL CONTRACTORS

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Nov 08, 2018

Over the past few years, it has been abundantly clear that many contractors have their choice of work and not enough resources to handle all of the opportunities. That abundance commonly leads to the labor field being able to bounce between companies for quick wage increases, leaving company owners ...

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Approaching Construction With An Environmental Mind APPROACHING CONSTRUCTION WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL MIND

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Nov 08, 2018

Construction is a very environmentally intensive process, and when it’s done without the prerequisite oversight, it can lead to serious damage to the surrounding area. This post will explore the ways in which construction companies can improve their best practices to help the environment &ndas...

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Strategies for Crafting Winning Construction Bid Proposals STRATEGIES FOR CRAFTING WINNING CONSTRUCTION BID PROPOSALS

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Nov 08, 2018

None of the work that goes into a construction project-the sweat and the dirt and the sunburns and, finally, the gleaming new structure-ever happens unless you get past the very first phase: the bid. Here, you’re not a construction manager. You’re a salesperson. This is where you make th...

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Build and play with your own Robotic Puppet Arms!! BUILD AND PLAY WITH YOUR OWN ROBOTIC PUPPET ARMS!!

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Nov 07, 2018

Disney has developed a new method to remotely control puppets without the use of motors. The pair of robot arms are connected only by flexible pneumatic tubing (tubing that uses compressed air). There are no pumps, valves, sensors, motors, or electronic controllers used.

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Robot Control through Virtual Reality ROBOT CONTROL THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY

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Nov 07, 2018

The media and entertainment aren't the only applications demonstrated by Virtual Reality (VR) technology. It can also be used for controlling real-world devices; primarily, robots. Already there has been plenty of demonstrations of VR technology being used. Now let us take a look at this robotic...

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Remembering the fallen engineers REMEMBERING THE FALLEN ENGINEERS

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Nov 07, 2018

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, bringing an additional poignancy to this year’s act of remembrance on November 11th. There have been conflicts before and since but we have to look back to 1918 to find the roots of our annual shared moment of observance and reflectio...

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The 4 Major Challenges Facing Robot Users and Integrators THE 4 MAJOR CHALLENGES FACING ROBOT USERS AND INTEGRATORS

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Nov 06, 2018

The aerospace industry has always been an innovator in terms of automation in the production process. Over the years, the industry has relied more and more heavily on automation to create new sources of efficiency and fend off fierce competition.

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15 Mistakes People Make With Cobot Safety 15 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WITH COBOT SAFETY

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Nov 06, 2018

Even collaborative robots can have safety problems, but only if you make a mistake. Here are 15 common mistakes that people make with cobot safety. Safety around robots: you need to get it right. When safety procedures aren't followed, people have been known to die.

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Why RPA + Capture/Intelligent OCR Add Up to Better Business WHY RPA + CAPTURE/INTELLIGENT OCR ADD UP TO BETTER BUSINESS

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Nov 06, 2018

In recent years, the software robot revolution has shown how robotic process automation (RPA) unlocks the value of electronic data previously trapped in internal and external systems to make it easily accessible, manageable and useable. It has also proven to be a valuable digital coworker to human e...

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Build a companion robot Learning Your Lifestyle! BUILD A COMPANION ROBOT LEARNING YOUR LIFESTYLE!

blog article

Nov 05, 2018

Gain a friend and an assistant in one with this AI robot companion. It gives you helpful updates on weather conditions when you are headed out, and can play music when asked to set the mood or help you relax. As a roommate, friend, and daily partner, this robot will stay faithfully by your side and ...

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RPA and BPM: Intelligent Automation Starts Here RPA AND BPM: INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION STARTS HERE

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Nov 05, 2018

Business Process Management (BPM) or Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-which to choose? The right choice depends on the challenge you need to overcome, and surprisingly, the right answer is often both. This is particularly true as digital business transformation increasingly moves toward embracing th...

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RPA for Anti-money Laundering RPA FOR ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING

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Nov 05, 2018

RBI has made mandatory to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and should implement Anti-Money Laundering (AML) rules. The purpose of the AML rules is to help detect and report suspicious activities including the predicate offenses to money laundering such as securities fraud, market manipulation, etc.

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Construction Industry Groups Unite to Reduce Suicide Rate Among Construction Workers CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY GROUPS UNITE TO REDUCE SUICIDE RATE AMONG CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

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Nov 05, 2018

The construction industry ranks first in total suicides and second in suicide rate compared to all other industries in the United States, according to a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control. This sad fact led more than 75 industry groups to form an alliance to combat the epidemic in 2016. So...

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The state of art of biped robots, at Humanoids 2018 THE STATE OF ART OF BIPED ROBOTS, AT HUMANOIDS 2018

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Nov 05, 2018

This workshop will analyze how humanoid robotics can go out of the lab to start accomplishing diverse kinds of tasks. How are the humanoid developers facing these challenges? How to build reliable and safe humanoid robots? Which are the challenges left to face to speed up the integration of humanoid...

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5 Most Common Causes of Construction Project Delays 5 MOST COMMON CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DELAYS

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Nov 02, 2018

Delays on your construction project can cause all kinds of problems for your business and it doesn’t just affect the project that’s been delayed. With limited resources in labor and equipment, a delay on one project can lead to delays on other current or future projects. To help contract...

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