5 construction innovations bridging the labor shortage gap

Construction Dive | February 28, 2020

The USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported in December that 89% of contractors are having at least a moderate level of difficulty finding skilled workers. “As a result, contractors say they are asking skilled labor to do more, the press release notes. As the labor shortage continues to make headlines, doors also open for new opportunities. High-tech advancements have allowed construction technology to boom, and many firms are working diligently to provide the industry with options to help bridge the labor shortage gap. For example, robotics are easing the burden of the labor shortage, improving the quality of the builds and shortening the time to complete a project. Robots, like those of Scaled Robotics, are being introduced to the job site to increase efficiency and reduce risk. These robots navigate autonomously to create detailed maps, process data and compare it to the BIM model to catch errors before they become costly mistakes.

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Japanese infrastructure design firm Pacific Consultants adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for design automation and knowledge sharing, using the Civil Infrastructure Engineering industry solution to connect the dots between design, engineering and infrastructure maintenance as well as improve productivity and reform work styles.

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Japanese infrastructure design firm Pacific Consultants adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for design automation and knowledge sharing, using the Civil Infrastructure Engineering industry solution to connect the dots between design, engineering and infrastructure maintenance as well as improve productivity and reform work styles.

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Trimble and HP Collaborate to Explore the Use of Robotic Technology for Autonomous Indoor Construction Layout

Trimble | November 09, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects. The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including the shortage of skilled workers and productivity. HP and Trimble can address these challenges with an integration of HP SitePrint and the recently introduced Trimble® Ri total station. The integrated solution can deliver an autonomous layout workflow that empowers efficiency and productivity on the job, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods. Augmenting the contractors' work, SitePrint can avoid obstacles and print lines and complex objects with pinpoint accuracy and consistent repeatability. In addition, text printing capabilities bring additional data from the digital model to the construction site to prevent errors. Using optical technology, the precise positioning and navigation of HP SitePrint robot is driven by the Trimble Ri total station. Equipped with automatic level detection, self-calibration, and Trimble VISION™ technology for advanced tracking, the Trimble Ri enables the HP SitePrint robot to achieve autonomous, high-accuracy indoor layout work. "The integration of Trimble Ri and HP SitePrint can transform the layout process on complex construction sites with pinpoint accuracy, and in a fraction of the time, This is an opportunity for layout contractors to improve accuracy and productivity and handle more projects with the same size of team." -Aviad Almagor, vice president of Technology Innovation, Trimble. Technology adoption and increased digitization can help construction firms bridge this productivity gap, said Daniel Martínez, vice president and general manager, HP Large Format Printing. HP has played a key role in bridging digital and physical worlds with print solutions for architects and engineers over the last thirty years. With the integration between HP SitePrint and Trimble Ri, we can make it easier than ever for layout professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while also enabling increased digitization of the construction industry as a whole. About HP: HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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Disperse Launches Impulse to Augment Project Team Performance

Disperse | November 24, 2022

Disperse, a leading provider of building productivity systems in the construction industry, today announced the launch of its new product, Impulse. The innovative product enhances processes commonly used in construction with performance insights that project teams can utilize to inform critical day-to-day decisions. In addition to quantifying work-in-place of over 480 task components, Impulse highlights issues that do not conform to design or that may require rework so that project teams can systematically address them. This requires minimal manual inputs from project teams and is instead derived from 360º image scans captured by Disperse operatives that are accessible to customers through a class-leading visual interface of interactive building schematics. Impulse replaces the previous product for all new engagements and has been well received by Disperse's customers, with 35% having already migrated to the new solution. Impulse visually integrates performance insights into building elevations and surfaces issues that even the most experienced team may not have the bandwidth to identify. Early customers use the work-in-place information displayed over building elevations during coordination meetings to drive more informed discussions with their trades. They also manage issues as broad as ensuring that a ceiling is closed after the rerouting of a pipe, all the way to quantifying outstanding scope to source a new contractor after a particular trade abandoned work on site. Impulse automatically tracks and, when relevant, resolves these issues using photographic documentation obtained through regular site scans, so that project teams can focus on driving productivity. “What makes us stand out in the market is our ability to reliably and consistently extract data from the site images we capture, We have now built on this capability and our new product, Impulse, gives our customers objective data in an intuitive format for use in everyday decisions. With Impulse, we are serving actionable insights to project teams so that they can make better decisions and drive on-site performance.” -Felix Neufeld founder and CEO Disperse. While most construction technology companies rely on project teams to provide status and progress information as well as visuals from their site, Disperse automates this process for project teams by integrating the image scans with project drawings, schedule and, when available, updated BIM model. In essence, Impulse relies on the strengths of artificial intelligence and industry experts working together to extract data from these inputs and generates performance insights that projects can readily use to drive decisions. Disperse customers continue to have access to the comprehensive as-built reports that they lean on for stakeholder communications. Key Features Track what matters with work-in-place insight of over 480 task components across Superstructure, Envelope / Façade, MEP, and Fit-Out. Quickly visualize and validate any work-in-place with new interactive building elevations that filter by trade, task activity, object / component, and location. Identify installations that do not conform to design drawings, that may require rework, or that may cause schedule delays with Spotlights, the early issue detection system, now actionable from within the platform. Spotlights also ensure no unexpected regressions occur by monitoring completed work. Keep project teams focused on driving progress while ensuring stakeholders stay informed with automated executive summary, progress, cost, and earned value reports, as well as with schedule integrations (P6, ASTA, MSP). Automated reports and insights are based on data that Disperse captures through our turn-key solution that integrates the image scans with project drawings, schedule, and when available, BIM model. This ensures project teams have consistent, quality scans that generate comprehensive as-built records once a project is complete. About Disperse.io: Disperse captures the state of construction projects and provides actionable insights in a way that is scalable, accurate, and reliable so that project teams can focus on getting things done. Disperse products combine artificial intelligence and human expertise to empower project teams with insights from data that allows them to make better decisions with an objective project status, minimize risk with reliable as-built records, and improve stakeholder communication.

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Clyde Companies to Modernize Business by Working with SIS

Clyde Companies | January 30, 2023

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