Technology

With advancements in technology coming faster than ever, no industry can afford to miss out on the latest trends. Read about the breaking news in construction technology as it happens, and learn how you can make the latest tech work for you and your business.


Canvas, a construction robotics startup that is building the future in bold new ways, announced its public launch and disclosed its participation in a number of high-profile projects as part of multi-year partnerships with leading construction developers, as well as its local painters union.

One of Germany's premier flying taxi startups just gained a foothold in the United States. Lilium, the five-year-old venture-backed startup from Munich, announced earlier in November that it will build a 56,000-sq.-ft. transportation hub for its aerial taxi service in Orlando, Fla.

iBUILT, a new design-build-operate company powered by modern technology, officially launched Nov. 18 to transform the world's largest industry —construction. The new company is focused on solving the developer's pain points in the development process.

Volvo Construction Equipment has updated its Dig Assist machine control application for excavators with new features that make it even faster and easier to create plans and put more information at operators' fingertips. "It's simple by design. If you use a smartphone, the Dig Assist app on the co-pilot display is a very similar experience — it quickly becomes second nature for operators," said Matthew McLean, product manager, excavators, Volvo CE.

Bluebeam Inc. , a developer of solutions and services that set the standard for architecture, engineering and construction professionals worldwide, announced the continuing expansion of its global Studio data infrastructure, providing customers faster and more secure access to their cloud-based projects while meeting strict local data residency requirements.

Caterpillar has entered into an agreement with Seeing Machines Pty Ltd to deliver and support light vehicle and on-highway driver fatigue and distraction monitoring technology through Cat dealers. Seeing Machines' Guardian 2 system is an advanced, non-intrusive system that senses operator movements and analyzes them for symptoms of fatigue or distraction in light vehicle applications.

Serious Labs, a leader in virtual reality (VR) solutions for training and operations of heavy equipment, announced that for the first time an internationally accredited course in commercial heavy equipment training can be completed via simulator. Operators may now receive their PAL+ operator training, an extension of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Powered Access License (PAL), through Serious Labs' VR Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) simulator.

Hitachi Industrial Equipment (Hitachi IE) has selected Syncron Inventory, a core solutions of the Syncron Service Cloud, to optimize the company's global service parts inventory. Hitachi IE, a manufacturer and maintenance services provider of industrial equipment and solutions, is undergoing an evolution in optimizing its service parts inventory management processes to meet the changing need of its customer base.

Tenna, the construction technology platform that revolutionizes equipment fleet operations, has announced its expanded integration functionality that connects its equipment management platform with various external leading construction software products, platforms and systems.

Managers of large construction projects now have a new technological tool in their arsenal to help them work more efficiently and economically, according to Komatsu. Komatsu announced the North American launch of its Smart Construction Remote application, which allows users to send new design data to machines in the field and remotely support operators without traveling to the job site.

As part of the renewal of a railroad overpass in Goslar, Germany, Mammoet was contracted by the construction company Echterhoff to install a 4,409 ton bridge. Due to the size and characteristics of the structure, the movement of the bridge was required to be very smooth and precise, and Mammoet's digital solution was chosen for the project.