6 innovations to watch in construction

Construction News | December 16, 2019

Bam’s live demonstration of its 3D concrete printer was a major attraction at the Autodesk expo, producing a range of shapes including chairs and mini bridges. The technology, which the contractor says will contribute to solving the industry’s waste problem by creating precise replicas of digital designs, is being deployed on a larger scale in the contractor’s 3D printing facility in the Netherlands. Bam is now working on a 29 m 3D-printed bridge, the world’s longest, for the Dutch  city of Nijmegen. It might resemble the sinister dog-like robots depicted in the Netflix series Black Mirror, but this robot, designed by tech company Boston Dynamics, is designed to help humans. The robot dog named Spot, can also carry up to 14kg and stand back up if knocked over. The four-legged robots are autonomous, and are sturdy enough to tackle the rough terrain of construction sites, where they can be deployed to create BIM models.

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Granite Brought in for Preconstruction Services on Albion River Bridge CMGC Project

Granite | November 22, 2022

Granite (NYSE:GVA) announced today that it has been selected as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the Albion River Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation project. Located near Albion, California, the project will be delivered using the CM/GC method, which includes the contractor early in the design process to incorporate the contractor’s perspective in the planning process. This method provides more opportunities for innovation and efficiency than traditional project delivery methods. The construction portion of the project is anticipated to be valued in a range of $50 million to $85 million and awarded in 2026. The current Albion River Bridge is a wooden-deck truss bridge that carries Highway 1 across the Albion River near the coast in Mendocino County, California. Built in 1944, wood was used for large portions of the bridge because of WWII steel and concrete shortages. At 26 feet wide, the 970-foot span does not meet modern safety standards for width and the steel truss across the center section has become significantly corroded and does not meet safety standards for critical components. Despite the functional limitations of the existing bridge, it is a beloved local landmark and unique for being the only remaining wooden truss bridge on Highway 1. There are many alternatives, including rehabilitation and a “no build” alternative, that need to be studied and obtaining local community engagement is critical to identifying the most sustainable solution. Granite’s team will support the Caltrans Delivery Team with additional expertise, creating an integrated project delivery team to deliver a successful project. “The selection of Granite for this CMGC project demonstrates that clients appreciate our ability to work shoulder to shoulder with planning, environmental, and design experts to deliver the best solution for a community, Our team used local knowledge, innovations from around the company, and nationwide CMGC experience to deliver an exceptional proposal to provide maximum value to Caltrans at every stage of the project.” -Bill McGowan, Alternative Delivery Project Manager and Vice President Granite. About Granite: Granite is America’s Infrastructure Company™. Incorporated since 1922, Granite (NYSE:GVA) is one of the largest diversified construction and construction materials companies in the United States as well as a full-suite civil construction provider. Granite’s Code of Conduct and strong Core Values guide the Company and its employees to uphold the highest ethical standards. Granite is an industry leader in safety and an award-winning firm in quality and sustainability.

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CONSTRUCTION

PermitFlow Announces their Construction Permit Software Integration on Procore’s Marketplace

Procore | October 21, 2022

PermitFlow, a construction permit application and management software for builders and owners, today announced a new embedded experience integration for use with Procore Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software. PermitFlow’s purpose-built software allows builders and owners the ability to easily prepare and submit permit applications, respond to municipal comments, and receive approvals all in one platform. Rather than juggling through the unique processes of municipalities, builders can use PermitFlow’s standardized, nationwide permit application workflow. By surfacing municipal requirements and digitizing the permit process, PermitFlow saves applicants’ time, minimizes errors, and shortens municipal review cycles — resulting in a faster time to permit. The PermitFlow Embedded App Experience enables Procore’s users to manage the entire construction and building permit process conveniently within Procore. Unwieldy spreadsheets and document trackers can be replaced with PermitFlow’s in-app permit log and management platform. Construction teams can easily stay up to date with automated reminders, follow-ups, and permit expiration alerts to avoid any surprises. “Our mission at PermitFlow is to make permitting faster and more reliable, America is facing a housing and infrastructure crisis and yet municipalities struggle with staffing shortages and are backlogged with work. It’s imperative that we streamline the process for applicants who grapple with the differences and complexities of each municipality. In many jurisdictions, permitting continues to be one of the top causes of construction delays.” -Francis Thumpasery, CEO at PermitFlow. Managing the permitting process is challenging, said Doug Gibson, Senior Business Development Manager at Procore. PermitFlow’s launch on the Procore marketplace will provide a dedicated solution for construction permitting within the Procore platform. Their solution will help construction teams simplify the entire permitting process and stay focused on the project at hand. “PermitFlow’s Embedded Experience is simple and easy to install and access through Procore’s App Marketplace, Procore users have eagerly waited for this launch, as the ability to digitize and automate many of their existing permit processes has been especially attractive. The efficiency gains that we can offer to both builders and AHJs will help to accelerate the overall building process in the United States.” -Samuel Lam, CTO at PermitFlow. About PermitFlow: PermitFlow is the first construction permit application and management platform for builders and owners. We are on a mission to streamline and simplify construction permitting in the United States, unlocking more value in the $1.6 trillion construction market. Our software reduces time to permit while standardizing municipalities’ building permit submittal process in a single platform. We support permitting end-to-end including permit research, application preparation, submission, and monitoring. With our nationwide coverage and deep, local municipal expertise, PermitFlow helps builders permit whether in a single municipality or across multiple states. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions we've built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, CONSTRUCTION

Trimble Ventures Invests in Civ Robotics--A Construction Tech Startup Focused on Autonomous Surveying Solutions

Trimble | September 22, 2022

Trimble Ventures, Trimble's (NASDAQ: TRMB) corporate venture capital fund, announced today its investment in Civ Robotics, a San Francisco-based construction tech startup focusing on transforming surveying layout for civil engineering and infrastructure projects. This investment supports Trimble Ventures' mission to invest in early and growth-stage companies that are accelerating innovation, digital transformation and sustainability in the industries Trimble serves—such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation. The investment terms were not disclosed. The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including shortage of skilled workers, safety and productivity. Civ Robotics addresses these challenges with CivDot, a new autonomous surveying solution that empowers efficiency, productivity and safety on the job. CivDot is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed for civil engineering and infrastructure projects such as solar farms, roadways, data centers, power plants and more. Augmenting the surveyors work, CivDot marks thousands of coordinates per day precisely and efficiently, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods. "We are focused on investing in companies that are seeking to address important challenges in markets that align with Trimble's mission of transforming the way the world works. Civ Robotics technology supports surveyors and field workers and helps remove the burden of repetitive and risky work, Civ Robotics uses Trimble's high-precision GNSS positioning technology and surveying software to improve productivity and increase safety. This is an exciting opportunity to help accelerate innovation in autonomy, surveying and construction." -Aviad Almagor, vice president, technology innovation at Trimble and technology advisor for Trimble Ventures. Trimble and our vision are in lockstep towards construction automation with a sharp focus on the highest standards of safety and quality, said Tom Yeshurun, co-founder and CEO, Civ Robotics, which announced its $5 million seed funding round this morning. Through Trimble's latest GNSS technology in our autonomous surveying products, our customers can benefit from an end-to-end workflow. About Civ Robotics: Civ Robotics is an autonomous surveying solution for civil engineering and infrastructure projects. The company's flagship product, CivDot, is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) which marks thousands of coordinates per day precisely and efficiently for large construction projects, while empowering workforces faced with labor shortages and subsequent delays. Through the press of a button and in a fraction of the time, Civ Robotics autonomous systems are revolutionizing projects, including solar farms, roadways, data centers, power plants, industrial development and large infrastructure. About Trimble Ventures: Launched in 2021, Trimble Ventures is a corporate venture capital fund focused on investing in early and growth-stage companies that align with Trimble's mission of transforming work in the agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation industries. The fund deploys strategic capital to accelerate the growth of innovative companies and partners that complement Trimble's products, technology platforms and support its customer's work. Trimble Ventures targets investing in companies with technologies and solutions related to hardware and software applications; artificial intelligence; augmented, virtual and mixed reality; autonomy and robotics; blockchain; the Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics; and sustainability. 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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