6 ways the coronavirus outbreak will affect construction

Construction Dive | March 13, 2020

Three words stand out to construction attorney Steve Lesser when thinking about how U.S. contractors should react to the negative effects of the global coronavirus pandemic: Wait and see. Lesser, the chair of Becker’s construction law practice, said he thinks the best thing for contractors to do is nothing at all, as the fallout from the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. is far from complete and no one can predict its full impact. The smart money rests on the principle that full speed ahead with a planned construction project does not make business sense, he said. Take a breath, slow down and know that every day may bring more information, and the more information we have the better we can predict what to do. A sense of panic in affected areas is nearly as debilitating as the health effects themselves, said Lesser, a past chairman of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law. Until people feel more secure it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride, he said.

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LIRA-SAPR program provides an open platform for the modern design technology. It is based on Building Information Modelling and has a number of advantages at all stages of the life cycle of various structures, such as bridges, TV towers, mobile communication facilities, silos, bunkers, large-span stadiums and shopping centres, high-rise buildings.

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LIRA-SAPR program provides an open platform for the modern design technology. It is based on Building Information Modelling and has a number of advantages at all stages of the life cycle of various structures, such as bridges, TV towers, mobile communication facilities, silos, bunkers, large-span stadiums and shopping centres, high-rise buildings.

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Texas First Rentals, a Division of HOLT, Acquires Rental One, a Construction Equipment Rental Company

Texas First Rentals | December 13, 2022

Texas First Rentals®, a division of HOLT, announced today that it has acquired Rental One, a full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a complete line of construction equipment and supplies in 15 locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Central Texas regions. Texas First Rentals, a construction equipment rental company, offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment. The equipment Texas First Rentals provides includes boom lifts, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. “Rental One is an excellent strategic and cultural fit that complements our existing products and services, More importantly, Rental One is a multi-generational, family-owned Texas company. As a family-owned business ourselves, we know the value of such an organization and what that means to our customers.” -Peter J. Holt, CEO and General Manager of HOLT. Rental One, founded in 2004 in Colleyville, Texas, with equipment rental roots going back to the 1950s, is a family-owned, full-service equipment and storage container rental company offering a full line of well-maintained, quality construction equipment and concrete, safety, erosion control and construction supplies throughout its locations. “Our team has worked to build a successful business with meaningful relationships that span three generations, Our customers will benefit from a broader range of products and combined expertise as we join the Texas First Rentals team. We continue to be committed to providing customers with the best equipment and reliable service they have grown to know. I’m confident joining a values-based organization is a positive move for us all. We look forward to collaborating with the Texas First Rentals team to build upon our mutual success.” -Rental One President Mike O’Neal. With this acquisition, the 300 current Rental One employees, including the leadership team, will become employees of Texas First Rentals and will continue to operate from current Rental One locations. About Texas First Rentals: Texas First Rentals® is a leading construction equipment rental company and a division of HOLT, serving 118 Texas counties spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande™. Texas First Rentals offers rental solutions through its full line of aerial, dirt and portable power equipment such as booms, scissor lifts, excavators, generators, pumps and trench safety equipment. Products available for rent include Caterpillar®, Genie®, JLG®, Sullair® and others. Daily, weekly and long-term equipment rental options are available.

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CONSTRUCTION

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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GlobalLogic Acquires Fortech, a Leading Digital Engineering Company Based in Romania

GlobalLogic | November 21, 2022

GlobalLogic Inc., a Hitachi Group company and Digital Engineering leader, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Fortech, a leading software engineering services company based in Romania. Headquartered in Cluj-Napoca, Fortech has applied its deep technical capabilities to hundreds of clients and more than 1,000 digital projects throughout nearly two decades of operation—a track record that has ultimately positioned the company as one of Romania’s largest leading independent digital engineering firms. With 1,100+ people, Fortech operates out of four cities in Romania to support top-tier clients across a wide range of industries. These achievements and capabilities will help GlobalLogic further expand its customer and talent base, as it aims to address the robust global demand for digital transformation (DX). Additionally, Fortech’s seasoned leaders will bring valuable technical and domain experience along with strong relationships across European markets and marquee clients. “Fortech is a leading firm with proven track record and specialization in technology that is needed for digital evolution, This acquisition will further enhance GlobalLogic’s presence in Europe, and accelerate our access to the rich technical talent in Romania; it will arm Fortech with the resources and strong backing of GlobalLogic and Hitachi. We are excited to welcome Fortech and their talented people to the GlobalLogic family.” -Nitesh Banga, President and CEO, GlobalLogic. Founded in 2003, Fortech delivers full-spectrum digital engineering services including Architecture Design, Software Development, DevOps, Quality Assurance, and Data Analytics. The company has successfully architected, built, and maintained products for clients across numerous industries with a focused specialization in Cloud, IOT, and SaaS. Fortech holds deep domain experience in six key high growth verticals: Automotive, Banking/Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Professional Services, and Technology/Media/Telecom. Fortech’s coverage of key industries and technologies is an incredible match for GlobalLogic. Fortech’s successes have led to it being recognized as one of the 2022 Best Managed Companies in Romania in the first edition of Deloitte’s Romania program. “We’re proud of our legacy, which is based on helping companies realize the power of transformative digital solutions, Joining forces with GlobalLogic, backed by Hitachi, takes our reach to a whole new level. Additionally, finding a partner that shares our cultural values with a strong emphasis on people, customers, and societal benefit is extremely gratifying.” -Calin Vaduva, CEO, Fortech. GlobalLogic’s investment in Fortech is part of a multi-year strategy designed to establish a wider European footprint while enabling it to better serve its customers worldwide from a delivery perspective. This acquisition will further enable GlobalLogic to augment Hitachi's strengths in Information Technology (IT), Operating Technology (OT), and Products, and accelerate its growth helping expand the Lumada business. About Fortech: Fortech (www.fortech.ro) is a software services company headquartered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It also holds engineering hubs in Oradea, Iasi, and Brasov. With a workforce of 1,100+ people, Fortech’s technical expertise spans a variety of sectors, from automotive and financial to healthcare and more. Fortech covers the end-to-end software lifecycle development to deliver the innovation, scalability, quality, and speed needed by its clients. The company’s approach to software engineering combines strong technology and process know-how, Agile delivery methods, and a blend of code quality practices and metrics refined throughout two decades of operation. Since 2003, more than two hundred brands have chosen Fortech as their software engineering partner. About GlobalLogic: GlobalLogic is a leader in digital engineering. We help brands across the globe design and build innovative products, platforms, and digital experiences for the modern world. By integrating experience design, complex engineering, and data expertise – we help our clients imagine what’s possible and accelerate their transition into tomorrow’s digital businesses. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, GlobalLogic operates design studios and engineering centers around the world, extending our deep expertise to customers in the automotive, communications, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, semiconductor, and technology industries. GlobalLogic is a Hitachi Group Company operating under Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), which contributes to a sustainable society with a higher quality of life by driving innovation through data and technology as the Social Innovation Business.

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