Is the construction industry prepared to work from home?

PBC Today | March 18, 2020

UK construction and civil engineering is one of the least prepared industries to work from home, figures released by Leesman show. Leesman has surveyed more than 700,000 employees worldwide. Of the 19,906 of those working in the UK construction and civil engineering space within its index, 49% have no home working experience, compared with 52% of overall respondents globally. Many British businesses have released Covid-19 contingency plans including compulsory home working policies, and some have begun to close sites and ban external visitors. As the UK government now asks even mildly sick people to stay home, leading researchers have suggested British workers who can work from home should be advised to do so, regardless of whether they are symptomatic, to reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus and fuelling the outbreak by spreading it to others.

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Construction projects are known for their perplexity, as they involve a vast number of tasks and stakeholders. The various project parties come together with the ultimate goal of delivering results both on time and on budget. It goes without saying that the more agents involved the tougher it gets for everybody to stay on the same page.


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CONSTRUCTION

BuildOps Delivers Advanced End-to-End Service and Project Management Solution for Joint Sage Intacct Customers

BuildOps | May 04, 2022

BuildOps announced a vital new partnership with Sage, the leader in accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology for small and mid-sized businesses. As part of this new relationship, BuildOps has integrated with Sage Intacct and Sage Intacct Construction, Sage's cloud financial management solutions designed to meet the unique needs of many firms, including construction companies. Used together, BuildOps and Sage Intacct will streamline and integrate Service Management, Project Management, Dispatching, Time Capture, and core financial management activities – from initial quote to final closeout. "Connected cloud solutions are the future of construction-, service-, and project-based technology, By ensuring a seamless transition of service and project data from BuildOps to any one of the Sage Intacct versions, firms can expect significant improvements in workflow efficiency, information accuracy, and cost savings." BuildOps' Head of Growth, Glen West Both BuildOps and Sage Intacct are designed to eliminate the need for paper-based processes, improve data access, and enable collaboration among teams; a hallmark of cloud-based software solutions. "In many ways, BuildOps and Sage share the same vision for technology and meeting the needs of our customers," said Melody Williams, Head of Business Development for Sage Intacct. "As technology providers, we have both seen the positive impacts of our cloud platforms, and we look forward to the many benefits this new integration will deliver for our joint customers." About BuildOps BuildOps is an all-in-one cloud-based software solution that empowers commercial HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors to efficiently and effectively manage operations and field service on a single platform while maximizing efficiency and driving profitability. Founded in 2018, BuildOps has gone on to transform the lives of commercial contractors across the industry.

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DESIGN

Wilkus Architects Selects Unanet for ERP to Help Manage Growth

Wilkus Architects | January 27, 2022

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, announced that Wilkus Architects, a leading architecture firm with projects throughout North America, has selected Unanet ERP AE to help it better manage invoicing, employee time, forecast staffing needs, and financial decisions. Wilkus Architects is a family-owned company founded in 1990 that specializes in retail, commercial, restaurant, and hospitality design and has quickly grown from approximately 30 to 50 employees over the last two years with more than 400 projects a year. This growth and a review of their current invoicing and projection systems exposed the need for a more streamlined, less cumbersome ERP system, especially for accounting, financial management, and forecasting of labor and projects. "We received excellent referrals for Unanet from engineering and architect firms that gave us confidence in Unanet's capabilities and customer service, As we continue to grow, we are excited about Unanet's ability to provide us with clear and smart business reporting and forecasting across a multitude of variables that we look at to help us forecast and scale effectively." -Lindsey Wilkus, Wilkus Architects' Chief Financial Officer. Once implemented, Unanet will give Wilkus Architects a variety of benefits it needs to succeed in growing its business including: Simplifying time and data entry Elimination of cumbersome and duplicative invoicing practices across the business and across projects in different states Specialized reporting and views of business volume by project, state and client. More than 1,800 architecture, engineering and construction companies like Wilkus Architects select Unanet ERP AE because it has the right mix of functionality and accessibility, while also offering the ability to scale and grow seamlessly. To learn more about Unanet ERP AE please visit https://unanet.com/erp-for-a-e/erp-for-a-e-overview/. About Unanet Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,400 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials. For more information, visit www.unanet.com. About Wilkus Architects Wilkus Architects located in Hopkins, Minn. was established in 1990. The firm has completed projects in 49 states, Canada, and the Middle East. The firm specializes in retail, commercial, restaurant and hospitality design. The firm has experienced continuous growth and currently specializes in client interactive projects. As the firm has expanded, its formed relationships with other professionals, and developed expertise to address the myriad planning, design, and construction concerns faced by growing municipalities and corporations. We deliver comprehensive services through project teams created according to your specific needs as a client. In doing so, we offer the stability and state-of-the-art resources of a larger firm, plus the creative atmosphere and personal attention of a small office. http://www.wilkusarch.com.

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H3 Dynamics & ELID Partner on Fully Autonomous Building Facade Maintenance, Link-up AXIOBOT Robotic Gondolas to H3 Zoom Façade Inspection Software

H3 Dynamics | April 11, 2022

Singapore industrial AI & robotics companies, H3 Dynamics and ELID Technology, have entered a commercial and technical partnership that ties H3 Dynamics’ AI-enabled façade assessments to ELID’s robotic façade repair gondolas. The combined technologies create the first end to end automation solution covering both inspection and remediation activities on tall buildings. This increases worker safety, while scaling up much needed maintenance in large-scale cities with aging populations and thousands of aging structures. Launched 3 years ago, H3 Dynamics’ H3 Zoom platform applies AI and workflow automation to help digitize health assessments of various structures and sites, with a first solution aimed at modernizing dangerous façade inspection work. This year Singapore enacted the Periodic Façade Inspection regime, making it compulsory to inspect buildings over 13 meters high and over 20 years of age every 7 years. Anticipating this development, Singapore’s JTC Corporation partnered with H3 Dynamics to develop an all-digital façade inspection solution as part of a national innovation initiative, now seen as the most advanced solution of its kind. The AI-enabled solution has been applied to over 900 buildings so far in Singapore alone. So far H3 Dynamics relied mainly on drone cameras to feed its cloud-based report generation system with HD and thermal images. But in the last 2 years its platform expanded to “non-drone" data workflows, connecting to body worn cameras, fixed cameras, and various robots – including AXIOBOTS robotic façade gondolas from ELID. “H3 Zoom is an agnostic site or asset intelligence platform - we purposely separated our software platform from our hardware developments so that we can open ourselves to new possibilities,” says Shaun Koo, CTO and co-Founder of H3 Dynamics’ H3 Zoom business. “Robotic gondolas can operate autonomously where drones cannot, especially in tight urban environments.” Following recent developments with CapitaLand, one of South-East Asia’s leading real estate companies – H3 Dynamics’ H3 Zoom platform capabilities have expanded to automated repair cost estimates, vendor management as well as repair project tracking. The platform links seamlessly to third party enterprise software, such as SAP’s work order management systems, or BIM tools from Autodesk, and has now partnered with HP Enterprise and Oracle to reach even more clients. The company’s system is open, agnostic, and can flow easily from assets anywhere in the field to clients’ operations. ELID’s AXIOBOTS robotic gondolas bring façade maintenance automation to the next level: they can paint, grout, clean, check for waterproofing and provide visual inspection. Combining AXIOBOTS with H3 Zoom AI-enabled platform fully automates the physical inspection and remediation process, linking precise positioning and qualification of defects with automated NDT physical checks and repair. “Our partnership with ELID exemplifies a powerful end to end innovation, where robots are not just capable of acquiring data, but also execute repair tasks identified by our AI analytics platform. This will make smart cities even smarter - bringing building automation to the next level,” stated Taras Wankewycz, CEO of H3 Dynamics. “We are proud to have H3 Dynamics’ market leading 'Facade Inspector' solution tied to AXIOBOTS facade robots. This provides clients with an easy all-in-one-solution for their façade maintenance needs,” Kenneth Wong, CEO of ELID Technology International H3 Dynamics and ELID are expected to begin trials of the combined solution in Singapore with JTC Corporation and Frasers Property Singapore, as a springboard to other megacities and countries with dense urban city-centers. About H3 Zoom by H3 Dynamics: Seeing digitization as the main driver for autonomous robotics and drone operations, H3 Dynamics created the H3 Zoom platform in 2015. H3 Zoom is a cloud-based and sensor agnostic autonomous analytics services platform that aggregates and transforms raw image and video files into cloud-based analytical insights. H3 Zoom’s broad array of expert services help accelerate maintenance and compliance decision-making for site or structure owners, facilities managers, and construction companies. The platform was launched commercially in 2019 and has since become a market leader for remote analytics as a service in Southeast Asia, with expansion now taking place globally through several partnerships including SAP, Oracle, and HP Enterprise. About ELID Technology: ELID Technology has been a renowned manufacturer of Access Control solutions since 1993 and started the development of AXIOBOTS in 2015. AXIOBOTS ’ autonomous painting system was completed in 2017 while its cleaning, visual inspection, and water-tightness testing capability was launched in 2019—making AXIOBOTS the world’s 1st automated 4-in-1 robotic façade solution, and a market leader in its field. AXIOBOTS has patents granted in 7 countries including Singapore and United States while 6 other countries pending grant. Deployable in any mode of access such as suspended platform, boom lifts and BMUs, and with a growing number of projects in Singapore, ELID is setting its sight on global expansion.

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CONSTRUCTION

Buildots Announces Scheduling Integrations With Planning Platforms for Advanced Progress Tracking

Buildots | April 28, 2022

Buildots, which uses AI and computer vision to modernize construction management, announced scheduling integrations that will feed data directly from construction sites to planning platforms, automating the process by which teams update and understand progress. Construction teams depend on project planning platforms like Oracle Primavera P6, Asta Powerproject and Microsoft Project, which require manual input to update progress and schedules. This means that site teams regularly and manually compile progress reports - a laborious and time-consuming process. Beyond gathering information from unaligned sources, it often requires referring back to building sites to double and triple check gathered information. Buildots provides a single source of truth for construction site activities. By collecting data with hardhat-mounted 360° cameras and processing this data with AI, its solution enables teams to keep construction on schedule and flag mistakes in real time. Buildots' new integrations create a direct sync between on-site activities and project planning platforms. This provides teams with coherent information in real time, enabling them to understand progress and better predict when projects will end. By feeding data directly to planning platforms, these integrations automate real-time progress into scheduling, enabling schedule owners to allocate more time to decision-making instead of organizing and sifting through data collected from sites. "After seeing our clients manually updating their schedules based on the data provided by our platform, we immediately saw the potential for freeing up managers' precious time on site, The highly accurate data that is now automatically fed into schedules will help planners provide better estimates and respond more quickly to developments affecting their projects." Roy Danon, co-founder and CEO of Buildots About Buildots Buildots is a Tel Aviv and London-based startup leveraging the power of AI and computer vision to modernize the construction management industry. Buildots uses hardhat-mounted cameras to capture imaging of every detail of an ongoing project during regular site walks. The data is then analyzed using AI models to transform random visual data into highly accurate, actionable insights that are correlated with the project's designs and schedule.

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Construction projects are known for their perplexity, as they involve a vast number of tasks and stakeholders. The various project parties come together with the ultimate goal of delivering results both on time and on budget. It goes without saying that the more agents involved the tougher it gets for everybody to stay on the same page.

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