AI could transform how we monitor the structural health of civil infrastructure

Tech Xplore | November 18, 2019

The University of Surrey and King's College London have developed a new machine learning algorithm (AI) that could transform the way we monitor major infrastructure—such as dams and bridges. In a paper published by the journal Structural Health Monitoring, researchers from Surrey and Kings detail how they created an AI system named SHMnet to analyze and assess the damage of bolt connections used in metallic structures. Built on the foundations of a modified Alex-Net neural network, the research team set up an impact hammer test under lab conditions and tasked SHMnet with accurately identifying the subtle condition changes of connection bolts on a steel frame under 10 damage scenarios.

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This year, we have created a video featuring NAVFAC Southeast's Chief Engineer, Jack McCarthy, who gives an overview about past, present and future projects that NAVFAC engineers have been involved with.

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This year, we have created a video featuring NAVFAC Southeast's Chief Engineer, Jack McCarthy, who gives an overview about past, present and future projects that NAVFAC engineers have been involved with.

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CHA Consulting, Inc. | November 18, 2022

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CONSTRUCTION

Haskell's Dysruptek Makes Strategic Investment in Rhumbix

The Haskell Company | October 12, 2022

Rhumbix, the leading Construction Time & Resource Management platform helping top Commercial, Government, and Industrial contractors to track time, labor, equipment, and material utilization; announced a strategic investment from Dysruptek, the innovation and technology investment arm of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) firm The Haskell Company. "The construction sector is facing significant headwinds in the form of labor shortages and supply chain volatility, and it's more important than ever to track and manage a company's most critical and costly resources–its labor, equipment, and materials. The Rhumbix platform helps contractors improve how they measure and manage the ROI of their human capital and equipment and material utilization, By focusing on the critical factors that affect jobsite performance, firms can gain better control over their projects and, ultimately, their bottom lines. We are fortunate to partner with innovators like Dysruptek, who share our commitment to advancing the construction and field service industries." -Zach Scheel, Co-Founder and CEO Rhumbix. Dysruptek's investment will be used to continue building out additional features and functionality in the Rhumbix platform, as well as to support the company's future growth. Rhumbix recently released its Data Explorer add-on, a no-code analytics tool that empowers customers with the ability to build and customize reports and dashboards that answer critical business questions with data and insights. "Rhumbix's focus on the field workforce has been evident since their inception, Their field-first approach to construction technology has been a strategic advantage that has paid off in terms of overall adoption and growth where it counts most, at the worker's level." -Cutler Knupp, Managing Director for Dysruptek. Founded in 2014 by Navy veterans with deep experience in the construction industry, Rhumbix's technology is the first to close the gap between the field-level workforce and management in the home office by providing readily accessible performance metrics for all project stakeholders. Rhumbix continues to drive innovation in construction technology through their time and materials management platform, said Hamzah Shanbari, Director of Innovation for The Haskell Company. By measuring current project performance across labor, materials, and equipment utilization, the industry can inform future business decisions to make construction work higher quality, safer, and more efficient. About Rhumbix: Rhumbix Time & Resource Management captures and connects your labor, equipment, and materials time utilization to save time and unlock new insights into productivity. About Dysruptek: Dysruptek identifies strategic investments in early stage technology companies with solutions to address the major challenges facing the AEC industry.

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RedTeam adds powerful new collaboration features to its flagship software solution, now renamed RedTeam Flex

RedTeam | October 19, 2022

RedTeam Software, a leading construction management software platform provider, has added a powerful PDF markup function and Indicated Outcome Report as enhanced features to its flagship software solution, which it has renamed, RedTeam Flex. The RedTeam Flex solution is designed to help mid- to enterprise-level contractors maximize communication, performance and productivity in the field. RedTeam Flex integrates with existing software platforms to offer users a convenient, accessible on-ramp to industry-leading jobsite management. The RedTeam Flex PDF markup feature allows teams to annotate, publish and share drawing files on the web platform, as well as drawings and photos from the mobile application. With RedTeam Flex Indicated Outcome Report (IOR), contractors can aggregate data from construction management at risk (CMAR) projects. The feature enables the contractor to share the financial status of the project with clients in an easy, understandable format, offering full transparency throughout the life of the project. "RedTeam Software continues to provide contractors with solutions that help them communicate changes, so they can minimize disruptions and keep their projects on track, We realize the value of helping teams stay connected, and that's why we are adding enhanced markup capability and the Indicated Outcome Report to the RedTeam Flex platform. We are committed to building great software so construction professionals can build great things." -Betsie Hoyt, VP of Product of RedTeam Software. In August, the company announced a similar PDF markup enhancement to Fieldlens by RedTeam, a dynamic, intuitive jobsite management software solution that keeps issues organized, documented, and appropriately escalated, and empowers effective collaboration among field, office, and trade workers. These updates followed RedTeam Software's recent recapitalization and the acquisition of Paskr, now rebranded RedTeam Go, a commercial construction management solution for small to midsize contractors. About RedTeam Software: RedTeam Software is a growing construction management software company built by contractors who understand construction. The cloud-based software solutions are designed to help contractors face the day-to-day challenges of commercial construction. The company's suite of construction solutions features products ranging from field-management software to enterprise-level workflow, collaboration and construction management solutions. The solutions include: RedTeam Go: Formerly named Paskr, software designed to help simplify, automate and standardize workflow for small to mid-size contractors Fieldlens by RedTeam: Dynamic jobsite collaboration software that facilitates effective, real-time collaboration among field, office, and trade workers, at any time from any location. RedTeam Flex: Highly customizable construction management software that can also be integrated into popular business platforms for optimal, overarching project management.

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