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.


Nureva Inc. , an innovator in advanced audio conferencing solutions, announced the formation of Nialli Inc. , a wholly owned subsidiary focused on enabling the digital transformation of processes used by collaborative teams. The company has assigned staff and resources to Nialli (pronounced NY-ALL-EE) that will bring a suite of collaboration applications to market.

Nialli Inc. , an SaaS collaboration company, announced its first product, Nialli Visual Planner, a cloud-based application that makes it easy to digitally transform the paper-based planning processes used in lean construction. Nialli Visual Planner is modeled after the Lean Construction Institute's Last Planner System (LPS), a production control system that follows principles such as just-in-time delivery, value stream mapping and pull planning.

Volvo Construction Equipment is making its Load Assist machine control applications compatible on a wider range of Volvo CE wheel loaders, from the L60H to the L350H, and is introducing several new Load Assist applications. Furthermore, Volvo is launching several productivity and serviceability enhancements to those same machines.

After developing steadily, step-by-careful-step, for more than 100 years, the automotive world is currently in the grip of a two-sided revolution: on the one side under pressure to reduce emissions by going electric, and on the other, striving to reach the Holy Grail of transport — the vehicle/machine that doesn't need an operator.

Bobcat Company is constantly exploring ways to use new technologies to help its customers accomplish more. Now, the company is launching its newest intelligent, digital solution: Features On Demand. Features On Demand gives customers the flexibility to enable additional features on their R-Series compact loaders as their needs change.

Manitowoc has updated its free diagnostic app to include Crane Control System (CCS)-equipped Potain tower cranes, helping operators to interpret diagnostic codes generated by on-board control systems and reduce machine downtime. The app already supports many Grove, Manitowoc and National Crane cranes.

To address customer needs for a drone with more payload options, RDO Integrated Controls partnered with Vision Aerial in Bozeman, Mont., to develop a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) primarily for construction and earthmoving companies. Effective immediately, the new RDR series drones are available on www.rdomarketplace.com and RDO Integrated Controls will support the drones through its Solutions Center and Fleet Shield Services program.

Trimble announced that SITECH Technology Dealers have been established to serve civil construction contractors. In southern Illinois, southern Missouri and portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, SITECH Mid-America joins the network of SITECH dealerships — a fully-dedicated global distribution network offering a comprehensive portfolio of construction technology systems available to the civil contractor.

Autodesk Inc. has completed the acquisition of Pype and its portfolio of cloud-based software solutions for the construction industry. This acquisition and resulting product integrations will provide additional value for Autodesk Construction Cloud users, allowing general contractors, subcontractors and owners to automate workflows such as submittals and project closeout to increase overall productivity and reduce risk throughout the project lifecycle, according to the company.

Communication facilitates business. But even though people have been communicating for thousands of years, we are by no means perfect at the artform. That is especially true in the heavy construction industry where there are many moving pieces, changes are fluid and costs can quickly add up.

Volvo CE has unveiled a new project that furthers its efforts in "Building Tomorrow." The company has partnered with professional futurists to gather their forecasts for the industries that Volvo CE's customers work in, including construction, agriculture, mining and infrastructure.