The impact drone technology may have on the construction industry

PBC Today | September 21, 2020

Jack Bird from Postage Supermarket discusses how an upcoming technological advancement, drone deliveries, may mix things up for the construction industry. He thinks that the focus is on ‘evolution’ not ‘revolution’ – which has always been the case for the industry, right? Long gone is the time when drone technology was seen as something from an action movie, or a development to be afraid of. Drones aren’t simply for the super-elite anymore, and they’re becoming items that hold an everyday function. From their popularity with the general public to the developments for use in business, this high-flying tech is becoming something that is changing the world for better, not for worse. Across a number of industries, drone technology is being seen as a way to drag decision-making and procedures into the 21st century. Whilst drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have been around since way before World War 2, their use rose in popularity in the early 00s, when the technology became cheaper and more readily available to businesses and the general public alike. In the same way that computers moved from Government machinery and toys for the super-rich to household items, drones can now be picked up on the high street and easily online. And that’s lead to the development of use in industry.

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Cleveland Construction Inc.'s Public Safety Orientation video outlines: Who is The Public? Our Responsibility to Public Safety. Best Practices to Protect The Public. Construction sites can be dangerous places. Often, they are home to large pieces of machinery, heavy objects, and moving vehicles. Those who work on construction sites must receive sufficient training to work in this environment and, as a site manager, it’s your responsibility to reduce the risks so far as is reasonably practicable.


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ABC’s Contractor Confidence Rebounds; Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in August

ABC | September 14, 2022

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DC Capital Announces Launch of Akela Engineering and Consulting

Akela Engineering and Consulting | December 06, 2022

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TELUS and Adera complete new Smart Building in North Vancouver

Adera Development | December 01, 2022

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Electrical Contractor Houle to Manage Hybrid Workplaces and Distributed Teams with Procore

Procore | November 16, 2022

Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced that Houle Electric Ltd. has selected Procore Technologies as its construction management platform. Based in Burnaby, B.C., Houle delivers diverse construction services to industrial, commercial, institutional and residential customers, including construction management, design-build/design-assist and installation and retrofitting services. Its services include electrical construction, security and network systems, building automation, healthcare technology and integration. The company’s project portfolio includes hospitals, universities, shopping malls and industrial facilities. The Procore construction management platform will empower Houle to provide a centralized source of information for its project and administration teams, which enjoys a hybrid work environment at its offices in British Columbia with staff distributed across BC, Alberta and internationally. As construction becomes more complex, multi-trade collaboration has become more important. The platform will enhance Houle’s ability to communicate and collaborate with external partners, ensuring all project stakeholders have the most current information. With Procore it will be possible to assign tasks and track the contributions of staff and consultants, all in one place. “There’s a lot of complexity in managing distributed and hybrid teams, The volume of projects and information we’re working with has grown beyond the capabilities of manual tools. The Procore platform will enable us to keep everyone on the same page, wherever they are and whether they’re on our team or a partner. Our team appreciates the hybrid workplace we offer and this will make the experience even better.” -Keith Parsonage, President and CEO, Houle. Houle is committed to attracting the best talent in western Canada, and digitizing processes with Procore will also help Houle attract talent during the construction industry’s ongoing labour shortage. They can now double down on the quality of work they deliver to clients through a more standardized operation using Procore, said Jas Saraw, Vice President, Canada at Procore. This is exactly the kind of forward thinking we want to enable and enhance with our platform. Houle will enjoy rich information upon which to base its decision making, which will pay dividends for years to come. About Houle Electric: Since 1944, Houle’s been bringing communities to life. From airports, shipping terminals, and water treatment facilities, to hospitals, universities, and shopping centres, they deliver integrated electrical solutions for our industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential customers. While they are leaders in electrical construction, they also specialize in a wide range of in-house technology solutions, including building automation, healthcare technology, structured cabling, and security. As a certified Great Place to Work, and one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, they take pride in their talented people and collaborative culture that bring their client's vision to life. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices in the United States, Canada and around the globe.

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