Constructech & the Digital Future of the Construction Industry

ArchDaily | May 07, 2019

As users of ArchDaily demonstrate certain affinities and greater interest in particular subjects, these topics emerge as trends. In recent years, the architecture and construction industry have incorporated digitalization into their processes. This has led to a considerable increase in the search for keywords related to innovation and new technologies within the infrastructure area. Below, we've provided trends that relate to an emerging concept in the construction industry: Constructech, how to take advantage of new technologies to optimize processes.

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In recent years, Enterprise automation had moved to next phase which offers the comfort of flexibility and ease of use where it allowed businesses to go beyond managing simple IT tasks and shift focus to carrying out high-end complex operations. According to a recent statement by McKinsey and Company on emerging and disruptive technologies, it is predicted that automation technologies, such as RPA, will have an economic impact of about $6.7 trillion by 2025.

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In recent years, Enterprise automation had moved to next phase which offers the comfort of flexibility and ease of use where it allowed businesses to go beyond managing simple IT tasks and shift focus to carrying out high-end complex operations. According to a recent statement by McKinsey and Company on emerging and disruptive technologies, it is predicted that automation technologies, such as RPA, will have an economic impact of about $6.7 trillion by 2025.

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MATERIALS

The Shaw Group Acquires Chemex Global to Create Premier Modular Engineering and Fabrication Business

The Shaw Group | December 24, 2021

The Shaw Group is pleased to announce the completed acquisition of Chemex Global Inc., a premier engineering, procurement, fabrication and project management company specialized in modular and conventional refinery and energy projects. This acquisition represents a strategic combination of complementary capabilities and significantly expands The Shaw Group's credentials in modular engineering and fabrication. The combined organization is one of the only North American fabrication businesses capable of simultaneously serving multiple modular projects from development to fruition. The full-service fabrication company boasts a global footprint of 2.2 million square feet of fabrication and manufacturing capacity and world-class engineering solutions. Chemex Global has a 40-year legacy in modular process unit design and fabrication. Most recently, Chemex has been the premier choice for clients as they retrofit industrial facilities to support the energy transition. The company will operate as a subsidiary of The Shaw Group and will be rebranded as Chemex Global, a Shaw Group company. "We are extremely excited about what the combination of The Shaw Group and Chemex Global means for our clients,Together as one team, our businesses can now provide a leading full-service end-to-end fabrication experience for our clients. We are positioned to serve a wide variety of industrial fabrication needs from high-tech manufacturing to those leading the energy transition in our country and globally." -Mike Childers, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Shaw Group. Doran N. Oancia, who will remain Chief Executive Officer of Chemex Global, stated, "Chemex Global has built an impressive resume of modular engineering and fabrication solutions and we're thrilled to continue to serve our clients as part of The Shaw Group. Our access to Shaw's 2.2 million square feet of fabrication space will better facilitate the needs of our clients." About Shaw Shaw is an industry leader of pipe and module engineering and fabrication. The company is recognized for having the resources to deliver complex fabrication solutions to a variety of industries including oil and gas, heavy construction, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, technology, food and beverage and wastewater. Shaw's facilities around the world are equipped with the latest manufacturing technology and production management systems to ensure project success for heavy industrial clients. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Shaw employs approximately 700 people across its offices and operations in North America and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.theshawgrp.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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PRODUCTS

Cupix Announces Site Insights to Digitally Track As-Built Construction Progress

Cupix | November 17, 2021

Cupix, the high-growth pioneer of cutting-edge 3D digital twin solutions for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries and facility owners, announced the launch of Site Insights, a powerful new feature of its CupixWorks 3D digital twin technology platform, to track progress seamlessly and stay one step ahead of changes. The end result is that projects run more smoothly, making it easier for owners to stay informed, and helping builders stay on time, on track and on budget. One of the many unique key features of CupixWorks is the platform’s ability to combine information capture, ingestion, data analysis and context into a single system for tracking and managing construction progress. Site Insights expands the power of the CupixWorks platform by quantifying job-site context and progress data users can ingest and analyze to make actionable, data-driven decisions faster than ever before. Site Insights will enable CupixWorks customers to leapfrog current visual project tracking by delivering on the widest range of quantifiable insights that ensure that projects remain on schedule and on budget. For example, Site Insights reveals the proper time to generate subcontractor invoices based on the percentage of completed work. Also, Site Insights can capture, quantify, and share percentage metrics on deviations that building elements experience between the original Building Information Management (BIM) file and as-built progress. This reduces errors and rework, and it provides a crucial metric that saves owners and project managers significant time and expenses. “Job sites change daily, and general contractors and building owners need to extract high-value insights from progress tracking quickly and easily,Site Insights delivers that in a whole new way.” -Simon Bae, CEO and founder of Cupix The new feature will provide several innovative capabilities that are already in high demand, including: As-Built Updating. On-site updating of BIM files is typically ignored or happens, at best, on a quarterly basis. With Site Insights, BIM managers and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) specialists have a system to streamline and share as-built updates. Error Identification & Rework Prevention. Critical errors are often missed or overlooked on-site. By having an intelligent system that can analyze data captured on site alongside BIM files, Site Insights can reduce deviation and site misses on a consistent basis. Payment Reconciliation. By creating a single system and source of truth that tracks percentage completion of various project elements, owners, project managers and supervisors know when to generate invoices accordingly for general contractors and sub-contractors, preventing delays and removing friction from the payment process. Progress & Schedule Updates. With better access to progress data on a regular basis, project managers can better schedule the flow of goods and services and prevent late deliveries. About Site Insights: Site Insights works seamlessly with the CupixWorks platform, the industry’s most advanced 3D digital twin platform, enabling facility owners, general contractors and project managers to build smarter, transforming any construction site into an easy-to-manage project, creating value across the entire life cycle of a property. No longer just available to only large organizations, CupixWorks is democratizing 3D digital twin technologies to become the de facto standard in the industry for its ability to make construction projects more efficient and profitable, especially when working remotely. Site Insights is currently available via an invitation-only pilot program for AEC firms and building owners. It is already being deployed in construction sites around the world, where customers are finding new innovative ways to put it to good use. The pilot program aims to reveal use cases and capabilities that will complement the current feature before becoming generally available in the first half of 2022. For more information or to receive a demo of the CupixWorks platform, please click here. About Cupix: Cupix's mission is to empower contractors and owners everywhere to build smart. It offers the industry’s most flexible and easiest-to-deploy 3D digital twin platform for general contractors, owners and property managers. Whether for basic residential and commercial buildings, complex and highly technical facilities, or even roads and infrastructure projects, Cupix's solutions save time and money, eliminate surprises and empower secure collaboration across the entire lifecycle of any property.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Nexteer Automotive Raises the Bar for Software Engineering Organization

Nexteer | April 30, 2021

As cars becoming more software-enabled, cloud-connected devices, global OEMs' demand for software-enabled steering features and other software-centric motion control applications grows exponentially. As a result, Nexteer Automotive is extending its global Software Engineering organization to satisfy the ever-increasing software requirements of its global OEM customers. Software Organizational Enhancement Nexteer's latest operational enhancement establishes a single strategic software team spanning four national Nexteer sites, including the Global Technical Center in Saginaw, MI, Regional Technical Centers in Tychy, Poland and Suzhou, China, and a Software Center in Bengaluru, India. Previously, software engineering knowledge was spread throughout the Company and recorded independently across product lines and R&D. The recently created team reports directly to the chief technology officer of the company. Nexteer's unified software team will support Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems and the advancement of specialized steering features. Furthermore, the new structure would facilitate software-related projects, such as software solutions that may be cloud-based or exist within a centralized chassis domain controller. Software R&D Collaborations Nexteer's latest software engineering structure aligns with R&D partnerships with CNXMotion and Tactile Mobility on two fronts. Nexteer is working on motion control systems with CNXMotion, a joint partnership with Continental. In addition, Nexteer is collaborating with Tactile Mobility, a leading tactile virtual sensing, and data firm headquartered in Israel, to examine advanced steering safety features such as real-time road surface detection. About Nexteer Nexteer Automotive (HK 1316), a world leader in intuitive motion control, is a multibillion-dollar global steering and driveline company that provides electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems, as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and automated driving enabling technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company operates 27 assembly facilities, four technical and software centers, and 13 customer support centers throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. BMW, Ford, GM, Stellantis, Toyota, and VW, as well as automakers in India and China, are among the company's more than 60 customers in every major region of the world.

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