Construction Continues To Boom Across The South

Engineering News-Record | August 06, 2019

Contractors reported revenue growth of $2 billion in 2018 and are optimistic heading into the second half of 2019. The looming threat of a downturn, though, weighs heavy on some industry leaders’ minds as does the constant threat of workforce shortages. A total of 110 construction companies are represented in ENR Texas & Louisiana’s Top Contractors ranking. Combined, these firms reported nearly $45 billion in regional revenue for 2018 across the five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Last year’s top 110 firms reported $42.8 billion in regional revenue, above 2016’s $41.4 billion.

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Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, are being used for different reasons in the construction industry. As a tool that improves communication, safety, and marketing, drones can offer many advantages when used in some applications on a construction project capturing real-time images from the field.

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Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, are being used for different reasons in the construction industry. As a tool that improves communication, safety, and marketing, drones can offer many advantages when used in some applications on a construction project capturing real-time images from the field.

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Assignar | April 12, 2022

Assignar, the leading cloud-based construction operations platform provider, announced the launch of its latest product advancements to help self-perform general and subcontractors increase efficiency, profitability, and innovation. The company developed these platform enhancements in response to the industry's evolving needs and requests. “At Assignar, we’re constantly gathering feedback and ideas from our internal team, customers and the industry to ensure our product roadmap is aligned with the needs and objectives of today’s contractors – this is reflected in our latest product enhancements, We invested in these four innovations to drive the construction industry forward into a new age of digital transformation that helps teams adapt to changing needs and align resources across projects in real time.” Marcel Broekmaat, Chief Product Officer at Assignar Assignar's latest upgrades complement an already robust array of products. They simplify platform use from the start and enable teams to more closely monitor ongoing work and progress through improved data collecting from the field. Progress Tracking This new tool enables contractors to have a better understanding of site development and facilitates productivity analysis, which assists in optimizing resource utilization and adjusting resource allocation depending on progress and budget. It allows users to submit a budgeted amount for a work order and monitor progress against that amount from the field. Daily Log Contractors can now access their allocations, submit numerous timesheets for the day, and track time spent on multiple breaks and assets using the new Daily Log. All of this from a single, easily-understandable interface on their phones. It enables reliable data collection from the field, allowing workers to be paid correctly and subcontractors to bill their clients accurately. This will simplify the process of locating job information and entering time, allowing contractors to concentrate on their jobs. Mobile Scheduling Contractors can effortlessly schedule personnel and equipment from their phone while on the jobsite with Mobile Scheduling. This enables contractors to remain mobile while monitoring task progress and working from numerous locations. They can add and remove resources without contacting the office. Assignar now supports the dynamic work environment in which contractors operate. New Navigation The platform's redesigned navigation structure adheres to Assignar's recommended process, from managing equipment and workers to allocating these resources to work orders and tracking time, quantities, and compliance. It is a significant step forward in the company's transition to a revamped user experience. Assignar's platform and capabilities will continue to expand, helping contractors to increase their efficiency and profitability in an ever-changing sector. Visit www.assignar.com to learn more about these technologies and how Assignar is elevating construction processes.

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Oceaneering to Team with Collins Aerospace, ILC Dover on NASA’s Next-Generation Spacesuit Program

Oceaneering Space Systems | June 13, 2022

Oceaneering International announces that Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS), a division of the Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment, will serve on a team led by Collins Aerospace (Collins), a Raytheon Technologies business selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop next-generation extravehicular spacesuits. NASA is enlisting commercial partners to develop, build, and maintain new spacesuit technology. The Collins team, which also includes ILC Dover, has decades of experience supplying spacesuits to NASA. Collins is one of two companies that received access to a NASA contract for Extravehicular Activity Services (“xEVAS”) worth up to $3.5 billion over 12 years to supply spacesuits for future missions. Next-generation spacesuits require new technologies for missions targeted to begin as early as 2025 through 2034. These new suits are expected to allow astronauts to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars. Additionally, the suits are expected to accommodate nearly every astronaut body type, provide added flexibility to allow for increased mission times, and be adaptable to evolving technology enhancements as required. “These suits will provide a better fit and comfort for the astronauts, increasing their mobility to safely operate on the surface of the moon,” said Carl Walz, former NASA astronaut and longtime Director of Business Development for OSS. We are thrilled to work alongside teammates Collins and ILC Dover on this xEVAS contract to deliver the most capable spacesuit systems possible to get NASA astronauts to the moon and beyond. This award builds upon Oceaneering’s longstanding relationships with Collins, ILC Dover and NASA and its experience in prior spacesuit programs. Oceaneering has proudly enabled successful space missions for NASA alongside our industry partners for over 40 years, delivering thousands of products and mission support for the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and its international partners’ extravehicular activity.” Rod Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer About Oceaneering Space Systems Oceaneering Space Systems is a leader in specialized engineering for harsh environments from sea to space. We complete turnkey design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, testing and sustaining engineering for space-based robotics and automation, satellite servicing tools and equipment, human space flight systems and thermal protection systems. Our diverse engineering experience and precision manufacturing capabilities enable us to deliver product quality and mission assurance while maintaining an uncompromised focus on safety. Oceaneering is a global technology company delivering engineered services and products and robotic solutions to the offshore energy, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment industries.

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Introducing Black Buffalo 3D's Modular Construction Printer: The NEXCON™ 1G the Future of Construction

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation | February 09, 2022

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation (https://www.bb3d.io) launched its new, production-ready NEXCON™ 1G printer at the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS), the premier US home builder's trade show in Orlando, FL. Black Buffalo 3D is a leading global provider of large-scale 3D printers for construction and proprietary concrete-based ink. NEXCON™ 3D printers take the best characteristics of 3D printing and address traditional challenges in the construction industry, granting printer operators the ability to create affordable housing, commercial buildings, infrastructure components and historically pre-cast components on-site and on-demand.The NEXCON™ 1G printer specializes in single to three-story residential and commercial applications, with the ability to print up to three stories depending on roof design. Black Buffalo 3D printing is focused on building a smarter, more sustainable society through education, innovation and availability of its 3D construction printing equipment and materials. Structures printed with the NEXCON™ 1G printer give builders a 70% reduction in materials costs, almost zero waste, and up to an 80% reduction in labor costs and build time. Print the frame of a 1,000 square foot home in under 20 hours. Black Buffalo 3D has successfully run its printer for 16 hours straight and it is so quiet that neighborhoods could literally be printed overnight. "Our NEXCON™ 1G printer is a stronger, more sustainable, and cost-effective way to build affordable housing, infrastructure, and much more, One of the biggest construction sectors we will disrupt is structural precast. Instead of casting infrastructure components off-site and trucking them in piece by piece, we'll give builders the opportunity to print components like retaining walls and utility structures quickly on-site, with enormous reductions in cost and labor. Think of how much more the typical crew will be able to get done in the same amount of time." -Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D Black Buffalo 3D is committed to continually improving new construction sustainability through waste reduction, localization, and materials science investments that leverage renewable resources, further lowering environmental impact and carbon emissions. It's printers and concrete ink are available by speaking with representatives or requesting a meeting on our website. The company is also working on developing a hemp-based structural concrete alternative to further reduce the environmental footprint of the construction industry and work towards a net zero future. Follow the company on social media for updates and progress. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation Black Buffalo 3D Corporation (https://www.bb3d.io) is the NY based, US affiliate of HN Inc. co. Ltd.-formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd.–and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of smart 3D construction printers (3DCP), proprietary construction "ink" and 3D print construction consulting services. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on-demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our projects and development of structural hemp-based concrete alternatives.

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