Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 27, 2014
A new robot dubbed C2D2 developed by a team of Swiss researchers is able to move atop, underneath and across any surface, checking structural integrity as it roves, and could ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on August 26, 2014
If you've seen the movie "Moneyball", you understand how information can become a game-changer. And if you have any smarts at all you'll find that what worked in Moneyball can ...
AEM survey: Construction firms plan to grow staff and fleet size, but most have no plans to use telematics
Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 18, 2014
According to a survey released this morning by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, U.S. construction companies are fairly optimistic about the near future as the majority say they plan to ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on July 31, 2014
Telematics is reshaping the way we do construction, but the learning curve is steep and many contractors struggle to master it on their own. Recognizing this, the Association of Equipment Management ...
Hard hats with augmented reality to ship to construction companies by end of this year; more capable than Google Glass
Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 28, 2014
While discussing the reasons construction companies should become early adopters of Google Glass, we mentioned that the much-talked-about device was worth exploring since it is a precursor to much more ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 21, 2014
Despite the excitement around its unveiling more than two years ago—complete with the wearable device shooting a live video during a skydive— Google Glass has come a relatively short way ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 10, 2014
Bricks are a pretty basic element of construction and have been for centuries. But a company called Kite Bricks has developed a Lego-like brick that could make building faster and ...
Posted by Amanda Bayhi on July 10, 2014
Panasonic has introduced its Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 tablets, which are designed to withstand impact, water and other conditions on the jobsite. The FZ-E1 is powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, ...
Posted by Amy Materson on July 09, 2014
Being an effective safety manager means more than just holding your obligatory toolbox talk and annual safety training meetings. Developing a proactive approach to safety is not only vital to ...
Trimble demos Google Project Tango apps that can see through walls, make editable 3D maps with the wave of a tablet (VIDEO)
Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 30, 2014
Glass is by far the most well-known hardware project still in development at Google. But it's another project that likely has more opportunity for meaningful impact on the construction industry: ...
Minibuilders: Fleet of robots works together as a roving 3D printer of concrete buildings (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 26, 2014
Though 3D printing is one of the more exciting emerging technologies in several industries right now, for the construction industry the possibility of one day efficiently printing buildings and other ...
Managers of largest heavy equipment fleets in America voice frustrations with telematics: torrents of data, unintuitive software
Posted by Tom Jackson on June 18, 2014
Last week I attended the Association of Equipment Management Professionals annual retreat and strategy session. As chairman of the AEMP's conference education committee I have a lot of opportunity to ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2014
A little over a year after releasing its first rugged smartphone, the B15, Caterpillar has upgraded the device with a new, more powerful processor, more RAM and the latest version ...
Posted by Amanda Bayhi on June 13, 2014
Is your jobsite one of the many across the country that has embraced smartphones? In many ways, these portable computers have made contractors and construction workers more capable in the ...
What the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq, big data, telematics and reverse mentoring can teach you about running a construction company
Posted by Tom Jackson on June 06, 2014
About a third of the way through retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal's new biography My Share of the Task it becomes apparent that his team's use of big data played a key ...
Xbox-like remote control could make operating construction equipment as easy as playing video games (PHOTOS)
Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 05, 2014
Over the years, advances in controls have greatly improved intuitiveness and thus simplified the operation of construction equipment in many cases. Beyond that, ever-improving GPS technology and machines like Komatsu's intelligent ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 30, 2014
Around this time last year, Samsung released what was at the time likely the sleekest water-, dust- and shock-proof smartphone ever made. The Galaxy S4 Active had an IP67 in ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 20, 2014
Just months after two United States based equipment associations announced a new standard to govern fleet telematics, a German-based trade association has said they like it and want to participate. The ...
Posted by Amy Materson on May 12, 2014
Volvo Construction Equipment has launched a new app for smartphones and tablets that gives customers access to Volvo CE news, product information and special offers. The Volvo CE Insider app enables ...
VIDEO: Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone tested with 35-foot high dive before being crushed by a 277D
Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 06, 2014
Caterpillar today released the second in its series of Built For It videos which submit Cat machines to the ultimate tests. RELATED: Behind the B15: The design process of Caterpillar's rugged ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 29, 2014
Bringing in what the domain calls "the new Internet for the building industry," .Build domain names are available for purchase to U.S. contractors and construction firms beginning today. Announced during the ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 23, 2014
While looking for ways to increase productivity on its assembly line in Decatur, Illinois, Caterpillar saw workers climbing up and down countless times from the massive 797F mining trucks it ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2014
Even though adoption of new software, devices and other technologies have a lot of room to grow when it comes to adoption by the construction industry, mobile tech is one ...
Technology is still not a top priority for most construction firms, but improving economy could change that (INFOGRAPHIC)
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2014
A recent survey indicates that while technology is not a top priority for the majority of construction firms in North America, that may change as the economy and industry continue ...
How to save money and protect equipment by creating an anti-idling policy at your construction company
Posted by Tom Jackson on April 01, 2014
In construction bids, nobody likes to leave money on the table. Yet the biggest controllable expense—fuel cost—is rarely scrutinized for savings. That’s unfortunate, given that the average idle time for heavy ...
AEMP-AEM to release beta of new telematics standard in coming weeks; registration open now to OEMs, providers
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2014
This morning, the Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced that a beta version of their new telematics standard will be released in the "coming ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 07, 2014
At ConExpo this week, we chatted with FieldLens CEO and co-founder Doug Chambers who was kind enough to throw on a pair of the still-in-development and controversial Google Glass. FieldLens ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on March 07, 2014
What do you do for an encore when TIer 4 Final is an established part of of the engine business? For John Deere Power Systems, the answer is telematics. Most big OEMs ...
John Deere showcases customizable Ultimate Uptime system, upgrades loaders to Tier 4 Final at ConExpo
Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on March 04, 2014
“The number one thing our customers ask for is uptime,” says Mark Germain, director of customer and product support, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “If they’re not working, they’re not ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2014
Whether you love your iPhone or can't imagine using a device with a small display, you have to admit that Samsung is taking things in the right direction with the ...
AEMP-AEM collaborate on telematics; new data points will revolutionize mixed-fleet equipment management
Posted by Tom Jackson on February 24, 2014
A historic collaboration between the Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced today will bring about a new set of voluntary standards for telematics data ...
Contractors are spending more time with their smartphones: have increased app, social media and tablet use as well
Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on December 30, 2013
While our 2014 Internet Use and Social Media Survey does not show the dramatic contrasts that our 2013 survey did, there are still bits of intriguing data in its numbers, ...
New app allows Komatsu owners to view Komtrax fleet monitoring data on iPhone, iPad or Android devices
Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2013
Komatsu America has released a new app that gives owners the ability to browse their Komtrax fleet monitoring data on their iPhone, iPad and/or Android tablet or smartphone. Introduced in 2005, ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 25, 2013
A couple of weeks back we ranked the 5 best smartphones available for construction work. Two of the phones on that list come shock-, dust- and waterproof out of the ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 22, 2013
For some people, adopting new technology comes easy. They naturally want whatever is newest and fastest. But for most, the cost needs to be justified—especially when you're buying enough devices ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 11, 2013
We know social media isn't exactly a top priority for most contractors. But, in addition to the ways in which it aids in marketing your company, a social media presence ...