5 Ways Robotics Are Changing Retail Fulfillment in 2019

RoboticsTomorrow | March 05, 2019

Developed for a multinational commercial catering company, Turbo Clean is claimed to automate one of the least loved jobs in the kitchen. Thousands of images of messy food trays with different combinations of tableware were first used to train an algorithm, eventually allowing the system to recognize new patterns independently. When presented with a tray, machine vision detects the contents, labeling the various glasses, plates, and cutlery. Robotic arms with suction capability then remove the items from the tray and deposit them in their assigned container, ready to be sent to a dishwasher.
It’s widely accepted that AI and robotics will impact almost every business. But it’s vital to understand both what is technically possible and what is commercially viable, to ensure that a business thrives through this time of technological revolution, said Nathan Wrench, commercial director at Cambridge Consultants.

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As revealed in Onvia’s Q1 2016 State, Local and Education Procurement Snapshot the overall SLED contracting market saw a 2.7% rate of increase in competitive bid & RFP opportunities. Out of four major industry groups examined in the report, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) group saw the second largest rate of growth of 3.1% over the same quarter the previous year.

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As revealed in Onvia’s Q1 2016 State, Local and Education Procurement Snapshot the overall SLED contracting market saw a 2.7% rate of increase in competitive bid & RFP opportunities. Out of four major industry groups examined in the report, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) group saw the second largest rate of growth of 3.1% over the same quarter the previous year.

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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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Cadmatic Acquires Italian Engineering Software Company CLA

Cadmatic | October 03, 2022

The acquisition is a further step in fulfilling Cadmatic’s strong growth strategy, which sees the company more than tripling its size in coming years. EPC contractors and plant owner-operators use CLA’s software to manage piping materials and piping supports, construction sites, multidisciplinary engineering data, online tenders, project planning and plant welding. CLA was established in 2001 and employs 22 staff at its office in Piacenza, 70 km south of Milan. “CLA is a perfect strategic fit for us. They have impressive references, especially in the key area of multinational EPC companies and our offerings have no overlapping functionalities. By integrating CLA’s materials and construction management products with Cadmatic’s design, engineering, and information management solutions, we can offer integrated and advanced functionality and a one-stop-shop to benefit our customers from design to construction and beyond. In addition to the products and customer base, we also gain access to the extensive material and construction management knowledge they have developed over the years, When we see a clear customer need, we either develop the functionalities, products and services ourselves or look at acquiring it outside the company” -Jukka Rantala CEO Cadmatic. CLA COO and deputy CEO Tagliaretti also sees the acquisition as a win-win situation. “When you combine Cadmatic and CLA, you get something greater than the sum of its parts. Cadmatic has traditionally been strong in plant, marine and building design, CLA have general engineering data management applications. Together we form a comprehensive package. CLA have developed a very strong market position in Italy-based multinational industrial companies, but Cadmatic’s large global network means that the integrated solution can be more successful internationally, we make the perfect team.” -Gian MarioTagliaretti,COO and deputy CEOCLA. Cadmatic’s growth strategy envisages a strong position in the European and Indian process and power industries, in the global marine business, and in the locally growing building industry. CLA is the fourth significant technology-based acquisition for Cadmatic in recent years. According to Rantala, organic growth and a high level of in-house R&D and competence, as well as mergers and acquisitions will assist the company in creating top value for its existing and new customers. Last year, our Process and Industry segment grew by over 30%. We are growing organically, but strategic mergers and acquisitions, such as with CLA, are also a cornerstone of our strategy. We are continuously looking for companies that are good strategic fits for our offering and customers. Rantala says that the acquisition is strategy-driven and the result of Cadmatic listening to its customers, being good partners, and providing customers with the software functionality they request. About Cadmatic: Cadmatic is a leading developer of digital and intelligent 3D design and information management software solutions for the power, process, marine, and construction industries. It empowers engineers to build a brighter future and a better world by making the design, engineering, construction and operation of ships, industrial plants and buildings better, faster and easier. Cadmatic has over 6000 customer organizations in 60 countries.

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Colliers Engineering & Design Selects Agile Frameworks to Streamline and Standardize Operations Through Automation

Colliers Engineering & Design | November 16, 2022

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