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[BEIT NEWS] 21 Nov 2018 – Autodesk acquires PlanGrid; The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to embrace digital technologies

Autodesk just announced its big acquisition of PlanGrid for $875 million. PlanGrid, with around 400 staff members, produces Construction Productivity Software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work together throughout the project lifecycle.

The move would enable Autodesk to become a major construction technology giant in design and conceptualisation.

Meanwhile the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the digital planning pioneers Future Cities Catapult (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of digital technologies for town / urban planning or PlanTech, by, among others, exchange of ideas across the industries. Both parties not only admitted that digital technologies had huge potential and opportunities for the profession, but also would change the ways the planners were working fundamentally.

 


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Autodesk to Buy Construction Startup PlanGrid for $875 Million (Keywords: Autodesk; PlanGrid)

Planning profession urged to embrace digital technology (Keywords: Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI); Future Cities Catapult (FCC); PlanTech)

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[BEIT NEWS] 12 Oct 2018 – eNightLog for elderly, digital construction and cyber security at healthcare

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PolyU develops eNightLog System for caring Elderly with Dementia

The non-contact and non-invasive eNightLog system is embedded with event sequence tracking and different kinds of remote sensing and imaging technologies, based on innovative algorithm developed by the BME team of PolyU. This innovative technique has already been patented.

Seventeen systems have been installed and tested in a nursing home for 2 months this year for nighttime monitoring. During this period, 380 incidences of elderly leaving bed alone were recorded, with all them being successfully detected (100%), and only 2 times of false alarm occurred (0.5%). In addition, the system recorded 525 events of caregivers visiting elderly and accompanying the elderly leaving, and accuracy rate is 100%. 

Keywords: eNightLogProf. ZHENG Yongping; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; dementia; Alzheimer’s disease

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Picture: eNightLog – the research team led by Ir Prof. ZHENG Yongping in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


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Imerso offers intelligent technology through 3D capture and BIM

 

Working on Imerso is simple as Users start by loading the software with all the data from the planning stage, which includes BIM, geometry, schedules as well as tolerance parameters and then these data are used as monitoring targets. When, site works continues, users upload 3D data on field. The next step perform by Imerso is to register that 3D data directly to the 3D building information model and displays the result, through this it is easy for the users to compare the current on-site conditions against the original design intent.

Keywords: Imerso; 3D; Building Information Modelling (BIM); digital construction; Frederico VALENTE

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Picture: Imerso’s digital platform for construction.


 

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… by leveraging machine learning, organizations can largely diminish the security concerns that come with Internet of Things (IoT). Machine learning enables data exchanges to be monitored within the organization, and with external parties to detect anomalies that are not considered the norm. Machine learning can also aid in predicting threats, in its ability to analyze historical data from specific trends, which can be evaluated from the big data produced by the algorithms.

Keywords: Healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT); cyber security; machine learning; behavior analytics 

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Source: https://www.sensorsmag.com/iot-wireless/how-to-combat-security-risks-healthcare-iot-security

[BEIT NEWS] 08 Oct 2018 – Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction and digital technologies in architecture

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Immersive pod offers unique aerial views of Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction

 

Seven people at a time can sit in the purpose-built “igloo” at the Aberdeen station concourse, where 360-degree drone footage will be projected onto the walls.

With total immersion in the room, viewers can feel like they are floating high above the tracks as they look on at scenes of the extensive construction work.

The scheme ties into the concept of “digital construction” where projects are mapped out in excruciating detail on computers to test every possibility before shovels hit the ground.

Keywords: Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction; drone; digital construction

Picture: BAM Buttall’s Tweets.


 

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Using Architecture to Create a New Civic Movement: SHoP’s Chris Sharples Speaks

 

From digital models to next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, technology is at the center of the firm’s movement toward an iterative approach that, as Chris Sharples says, “is beginning to blur the line between architecture and manufacturing.”

… the firm’s 180-person staff uses digital models to conceptualize urban architecture projects that engage the public realm and, ultimately, transform cities—New York being high on the list. “Among architects, there’s a lot of focus on form and expression, and not so much on experience,” continues Sharples. “We think it’s really important to think of how architecture can create a new civic moment.”

Keywords: SHoP Architects; Botswana Innovation Hub; digital technologies; architecture and manufacturing

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Picture: Botswana Innovation Hub which SHoP’s used a variety of sustainable techniques, including the “Energy Blanket” roofscape

Innovative products in UK Construction Week – Part 3 of 3

The third part of the innovative products that are exhibited in the UK Construction Week is given here. Readers can refer to Part 1 of 3 and Part 2 of 3 for more companies.

 

SALTO devises a world-class access control system that was simple to use and extremely efficient, giving users the ability to control all their access needs and secure all their doors without complex and expensive wiring. Such solution, e.g. its SVN platform, the first stand-alone, battery-powered electronic locks for access control, are also simple to install and set up, cost-effective, reliable, complete and future-proof. 

With its online and real-time technology, its XS4 platform enhances the usability of virtually every building environment by securing nearly every door and enabling the monitoring and control of every user. SALTO hardware and software can be networked without wires to provide real-time intelligence and instant control, while enabling integration with existing systems to improve manageability and enhance end-user experience.

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Picture: SALTO’s current products.

 


 

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simPRO

simPRO offers IoT solutions incorporating the use of machine learning, proactive action triggering and automation of field service activities. It help businesses doing service, maintenance and projects to streamline everyday processes and help them to work smarter, deliver exceptional service and maximise profitability.

Its services cover field service management, stock management, invoicing, project management, estimating, payment processing, asset management, scheduling and accounting integration.

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Picture (above): simPro helps customers to pay quickly and easily.

 

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Picture: The complete inventory management and tracking solution.


 

The company uses Microsoft Dynamics to help customers achieve their business goals. Its business process improvement delivered through Microsoft Dynamics helps to bring together all the parts of an organisation – so clients can spend their time on the thing that matters most, i.e. growing their business.

Its Dynamics Building Materials gives clients the confidence and information to meet customer and supplier needs quickly and efficiently, to keep tight control on costs, margins and customer service and ultimately help drive fast business decisions from Request for Quotation (RFQ) to product end-of-life.

Picture (above): The benefits of integrated EDI in the Building Materials industry.

 

Picture (above): The benefits of Integrated eCommerce in the Dynamics Building Materials Industry.


 

TLJ designs, manufactures and installs electronic locks and access control for the UK construction industry. The whole process of design and certification, quote and installation, commissioning, handover and aftersales, is designed to make customers lives easier and take away the pain and risk of installing access control.

The company will be launching a new electronic multipoint door lock aimed at the mid- to high-end residential market and previewing our next generation Mobile Key – allowing users to operate door locks using their smartphone.

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Picture (above): TLJ’s keycards locks.

 

Picture: TLJ’s mobile key.


 

vertemax offers products designed to protect people. It puts people first, whether the general public, on-site workers or any of the project team. It is partnering with eviFile who specializes in providing a Digital Evidence Platform that businesses of all sizes and across sectors can use to capture, manage and share unquestionable digital data using every day mobile devices. eviFile is a proven hosted or cloud-based solution that not only provides clients with confidence in their suppliers but also protect the clients from any future claims or disputes.

Picture: eviFile.


 

WorkPal offers software solution for mobile workflow management, reporting, tracking and invoicing. It streamlines entire workflow processes from initial job assignment right through to client invoicing, for a paperless working environment. It also tracks and manages jobs more accurately with detailed reporting. Send completed jobs to head office via the app and invoice faster.

 

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Picture (above): WorkPal’s live job list.

 

 

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Picture: WorkPal allows monitoring and tracking service history and movement of assets


 

Yourkeys is a property platform to offer a full, end to end service, from offer to completion with all stakeholders feeding into the central ecosystem with “live” notifications, timelines and complete oversight. It gives complete control of the sales process to house developers, with live oversight from offer to completion.

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Picture: Tablet screenshot of Yourkeys.

 

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Innovative products in UK Construction Week – Part 2 of 3

The list of companies providing innovative IT products for built environment continues below (the first part, i.e. Part 1 of 3, has been published earlier). These companies will participate in the UK Construction Week.

 

The company provides cost effective and realistic solution to gain access to high level and awkward sections of buildings in order to investigate defects and repairs. It has the state of the art equipment to ensure clients get the best results from its services, including aerial surveys, aerial inspections and promotional imagery. It provides 100% HD video and images of the highest quality.

Source: http://www.kingfisheraps.co.uk/

 

Picture: Project example Tanners Wharf (Photos & Video).


 

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KORE delivers transformative business performance through the Internet of Things (IoT). It is the largest independent provider of secure managed IoT networks, application enablement, and location based services, and focuses on combining our capabilities and expertise into business-centric IoT solutions.

Its provides the most useful and logical solution for the most complex IoT deployment challenge in the construction and real estate industry.

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Source: https://eu.korewireless.com/industries/iot-construction-and-real-estate-solutions


 

Kubla focuses on creating applications for engineering, surveying and construction professionals. It provides easy to use software solutions for volumetric analysis and coastal engineering. 

Its Kubla Cubed is the easy-to-use earthworks cut-and-fill software.

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Picture: Kubla Cubed.



 

myConsole is a cloud based work winning collaboration platform. It uses a cognitive approach to integrate all work winning data, insights and systems into one place, and hence improve pre-construction and work winning capability by delivering profound savings, win rates and profitability.

myConsole collaboration software replicates the work winning process with easy to use templates. Its operations team are on hand to explain this easy to use software, and to support each user with the necessary training programme from the outset. 

Picture: myConsole digital collaboration platform.


 

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Okappy

The company is an B2B communications platform that manage companies’ day-to-day work, e.g. invoicing and general job management. It combines social and market network technology to communicate and collaborate with employees, subcontractors, across different sites and with different B2B clients.

Using the Okappy to streamline processes can make a significant contribution to bottom line profits by reducing paperwork and increasing efficiency.

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Picture (above): Raise invoices.

 

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Picture (above): View schedule.


 

As a construction productivity tool, PlanGrid helps project teams deliver projects on time, every day. They can access all project information (from plans and specifications, through documents, to project photos) from wherever they are.  

Plans and documents that are automatically hyperlinked, versioned in order, and easily searchable with full sheet search can be instantly distributed.

It is also easy to turn over a digital as-built with its accurate data collection for facilities management and operations.

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Source: https://www.plangrid.com/

 

Picture: Project documents – The entire record set linked directly from plans.


 

Procore’s cloud-based platform connects the project team, applications, and devices in one centralized real time hub. It helps construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects safely, on time, and within budget.

It streamlines workflow and is easy to use. The platform support clients so they can see a return on their investment immediately.

Picture: Demonstration of using Procore.


 

iAuditor is an inspection app. Its customisable, easy-to-use smart checklists empower workers to conduct onsite inspections, identify hazards and share reports in real time.

iAuditor provides visibility and insights to help raise safety and quality standards across an organization. The project team can collect consistent data, standardise operations, send reports, identify failed areas and get problems resolved.

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Picture: iAuditor empowers workers to ensure safety

 


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