Infrastructure Policy Watch: impact of Covid-19 behaviour change and Australian Budget boost

CHRIS RICHARDS | May 18, 2021 | 109 views

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published a new assessment of how behaviour change brought by Covid-19 will impact infrastructure networks as part of its prep work ahead of the second National Infrastructure Assessment.

The NIC’s findings are that it's too early to assume that Covid-19 behaviour change will lead to completely different patterns of infrastructure use, even if these changes remain in place. The commission recommends using realistic scenarios and planning responses to the range of possibilities these scenarios present to manage uncertainty. They also suggest a more ‘adaptive’ approach to longer-term project commitments and using data to understand how changes are unfolding.

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EDM set to lead skills development in new £10 million digital engineering centre

Article | June 16, 2021

UWE Bristol will play a central role in a new £10 million digital engineering centre for the region. The Centre for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation is a research, innovation and skills initiative created to develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors, to ultimately benefit future generations of engineers and engineering products, and to help tackle global challenges.

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Service Tech Mobile Unveiled at AHR

Article | May 4, 2021

The recent AHR Expo 2020 was a showcase of the very latest - and coolest - technologies for service contractors. From cutting-edge air and water purification systems to virtual reality headsets to advanced sensors and alert systems to enhance safety, one thing is clear: service contractors today have a lot more tools at their disposal than they have in years past.

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The Future of Construction from a Leader in SLAM-Based Laser Scanning

Article | May 17, 2021

Since the early days of the personal computer the construction industry has been slow to adopt digital technology. As a result, increases in construction productivity have lagged virtually every other major industry, such as automotive and aircraft manufacturing. It’s true that every construction project is different, unlike automobiles and planes, but we can do more to improve the future of construction.

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Financial Engineering: How To Make SAP Shareholders Happy

Article | February 10, 2020

SAP is tweaking and twisting everything it can to make everybody happy. The efforts of Mucic, Morgan and Klein are remarkable. The three musketeers strike again: SAP co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein as well as CFO Luka Mucic want to make everyone in the SAP community happy, and they want to make everyone happy all at once. To make that happen, they are moving large sums of money around – only through legal, albeit a little questionable, methods, primarily financial engineering.

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Microdesk Extends Sustainability Capabilities with One Click LCA Partnership

Microdesk | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software. Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries. Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way." (Source – PR Newswire) The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards. About Microdesk Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.

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Hilti Launches New Digital Layout Tool to Boost Productivity

Hilti | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, Hilti North America, a provider of innovative tools, software, technology, and services for the commercial construction industry, introduced the PLT 400, a digital layout tool created to help increase the productivity of jobsite layout crews. Single-operator tools like the PLT 400 are vital due to continued labor shortages and jobsite restrictions. This tool improves accuracy and layout speed, features advanced prism tracking and auto-calibration, and requires minimal training. Improved technology, faster layout, and fewer labor hours contribute to a cost-saving and productivity-boosting solution for jobsites. The PLT 400 can lay out digital BIM (Building Information Modeling) designed plans without the time-consuming step of creating points on the plans first. It can also help keep your BIM model up to date during the construction process, contributing to an optimized end-to-end workflow. The company's digital construction software is also compatible with AutoCAD, Revit, and other specialized layout platforms. The layout tool works in tandem with Hilti's entire solutions ecosystem, including ON!Track and the Fleet program. Aside from access to high-performance tools and cutting-edge technology, Fleet customers also receive free verification of tool accuracy, complying with manufacturer specifications and theft coverage to reduce unexpected expenses and financial risk. In addition, the PLT 400 comes with an industry-leading Tool Warranty and is available in the United States and Canada. Michael Haugtvedt, Product Manager at Hilti North America, shared, "We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400." He added, "This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on." (Source – PR Newswire) About Hilti North America Based in Plano, Texas, Hilti provides technology to make construction more efficient, sustainable, and safer. The company's products, systems, and services provide construction professionals with innovative solutions with exceptional added value. Its product line includes cordless tools, grinders, drills, saws, fasteners, anchors, and design/layout software and services. With more than 3,800 team members in North America, Hilti is committed to providing exceptional customer service and engagement.

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Construction Safety Solution, eMOD, Integrated with Procore’s Platform

Procore | January 19, 2023

eMOD, a leading construction safety software platform, recently announced its integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a prominent global provider of construction management software. This integration will enable Procore users to have access and streamline processes with one of the market's leading construction safety management solutions. The integration allows data migration between Procore and eMOD apps, which helps reduce the amount of time spent filling out daily documentation manually. This makes it easier for users to setup, coordinate, and manage safety responsibilities collectively. CEO of eMOD, Kaitlin Frank stated, "Our mission is to increase field engagement around safety and help significantly reduce construction site injuries." He further added, "After a successful beta integration, over 2 million Procore users can now migrate data between both platforms to better manage safety on every project quickly and easily as long as they have an eMOD account." (Source – Business Wire) Users can now utilize the integration to import newly developed Procore projects into eMOD with the few clicks, and without the need to recreate the project. Users can also submit a PTP in eMOD, and the data will automatically generate a Procore Daily Log in the same project. In addition, customers can monitor compliance and analyze documents, through eMOD's online interface or the Procore Platform to accurately know the situation at the project site. About Procore Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore is a global construction management software provider. The construction platform connects people, applications, and gadgets in one centralized hub. Procore's platform has supported over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion in construction volume. With an open and extendable platform, it facilitates connection to hundreds of popular construction apps to streamline and complete of projects. . The new features, like customizable workflows and embedded applications, create a customized experience for its clients.

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Microdesk Extends Sustainability Capabilities with One Click LCA Partnership

Microdesk | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software. Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries. Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way." (Source – PR Newswire) The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards. About Microdesk Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.

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Hilti Launches New Digital Layout Tool to Boost Productivity

Hilti | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, Hilti North America, a provider of innovative tools, software, technology, and services for the commercial construction industry, introduced the PLT 400, a digital layout tool created to help increase the productivity of jobsite layout crews. Single-operator tools like the PLT 400 are vital due to continued labor shortages and jobsite restrictions. This tool improves accuracy and layout speed, features advanced prism tracking and auto-calibration, and requires minimal training. Improved technology, faster layout, and fewer labor hours contribute to a cost-saving and productivity-boosting solution for jobsites. The PLT 400 can lay out digital BIM (Building Information Modeling) designed plans without the time-consuming step of creating points on the plans first. It can also help keep your BIM model up to date during the construction process, contributing to an optimized end-to-end workflow. The company's digital construction software is also compatible with AutoCAD, Revit, and other specialized layout platforms. The layout tool works in tandem with Hilti's entire solutions ecosystem, including ON!Track and the Fleet program. Aside from access to high-performance tools and cutting-edge technology, Fleet customers also receive free verification of tool accuracy, complying with manufacturer specifications and theft coverage to reduce unexpected expenses and financial risk. In addition, the PLT 400 comes with an industry-leading Tool Warranty and is available in the United States and Canada. Michael Haugtvedt, Product Manager at Hilti North America, shared, "We took customer feedback on our previous total stations and addressed those pain points with the launch of the PLT 400." He added, "This camera-based tool has enhanced prism tracking and upgraded communications making sure you stay connected and increase layout productivity on the jobsite, while a built-in calibration module helps ensure your layout is within spec every time you turn the tool on." (Source – PR Newswire) About Hilti North America Based in Plano, Texas, Hilti provides technology to make construction more efficient, sustainable, and safer. The company's products, systems, and services provide construction professionals with innovative solutions with exceptional added value. Its product line includes cordless tools, grinders, drills, saws, fasteners, anchors, and design/layout software and services. With more than 3,800 team members in North America, Hilti is committed to providing exceptional customer service and engagement.

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Construction Safety Solution, eMOD, Integrated with Procore’s Platform

Procore | January 19, 2023

eMOD, a leading construction safety software platform, recently announced its integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a prominent global provider of construction management software. This integration will enable Procore users to have access and streamline processes with one of the market's leading construction safety management solutions. The integration allows data migration between Procore and eMOD apps, which helps reduce the amount of time spent filling out daily documentation manually. This makes it easier for users to setup, coordinate, and manage safety responsibilities collectively. CEO of eMOD, Kaitlin Frank stated, "Our mission is to increase field engagement around safety and help significantly reduce construction site injuries." He further added, "After a successful beta integration, over 2 million Procore users can now migrate data between both platforms to better manage safety on every project quickly and easily as long as they have an eMOD account." (Source – Business Wire) Users can now utilize the integration to import newly developed Procore projects into eMOD with the few clicks, and without the need to recreate the project. Users can also submit a PTP in eMOD, and the data will automatically generate a Procore Daily Log in the same project. In addition, customers can monitor compliance and analyze documents, through eMOD's online interface or the Procore Platform to accurately know the situation at the project site. About Procore Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore is a global construction management software provider. The construction platform connects people, applications, and gadgets in one centralized hub. Procore's platform has supported over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion in construction volume. With an open and extendable platform, it facilitates connection to hundreds of popular construction apps to streamline and complete of projects. . The new features, like customizable workflows and embedded applications, create a customized experience for its clients.

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