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How a robot designed for Disney could extend the lives of bridges by fighting corrosion

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 27, 2014

How a robot designed for Disney could extend the lives of bridges by fighting corrosion

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 ...

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Equipment

What “Moneyball” and telematics have in common: they both turn information into success

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 26, 2014

What “Moneyball” and telematics have in common: they both turn information into success

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 ...

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Equipment

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

AEM survey: Construction firms plan to grow staff and fleet size, but most have no plans to use telematics

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 ...

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Tech

Need to know more about telematics? Learn from the best at AEMP’s 2014 Asset Management Symposium

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 31, 2014

Need to know more about telematics? Learn from the best at AEMP’s 2014 Asset Management Symposium

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 ...

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Equipment

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

Hard hats with augmented reality to ship to construction companies by end of this year; more capable than Google Glass

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 ...

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Tech

FACE THE FUTURE: 5 reasons construction companies need to buy Google Glass right now

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 21, 2014

FACE THE FUTURE: 5 reasons construction companies need to buy Google Glass right now

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 ...

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Innovations

Smart Bricks are full-size, concrete Lego bricks designed for vertical construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 10, 2014

Smart Bricks are full-size, concrete Lego bricks designed for vertical construction

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 ...

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Tech

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1: small, rugged tablets designed for the jobsite

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on July 10, 2014

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1: small, rugged tablets designed for the jobsite

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, ...

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Safety

3 free safety apps you can put to work on the construction jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on July 09, 2014

3 free safety apps you can put to work on the construction jobsite

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 ...

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Tech

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

Trimble demos Google Project Tango apps that can see through walls, make editable 3D maps with the wave of a tablet (VIDEO)

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: ...

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Tech

Minibuilders: Fleet of robots works together as a roving 3D printer of concrete buildings (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 26, 2014

Minibuilders: Fleet of robots works together as a roving 3D printer of concrete buildings (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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 ...

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Telematics

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

Managers of largest heavy equipment fleets in America voice frustrations with telematics: torrents of data, unintuitive software

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 ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar unveils the B15Q: a faster rugged smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2014

Caterpillar unveils the B15Q: a faster rugged smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat (PHOTOS)

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 ...

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Tech

5 reasons the old two-way radio is better than a smartphone for jobsite communication

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on June 13, 2014

5 reasons the old two-way radio is better than a smartphone for jobsite communication

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 ...

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Equipment

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

What the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq, big data, telematics and reverse mentoring can teach you about running a construction company

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 ...

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Equipment

Xbox-like remote control could make operating construction equipment as easy as playing video games (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 05, 2014

Xbox-like remote control could make operating construction equipment as easy as playing video games (PHOTOS)

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 ...

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Equipment

Samsung updates its rugged smartphone with water- and shock-proof Galaxy S5 Active

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 30, 2014

Samsung updates its rugged smartphone with water- and shock-proof Galaxy S5 Active

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 ...

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Telematics

German trade association endorses AEM/AEMP telematics standard

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 20, 2014

German trade association endorses AEM/AEMP telematics standard

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 ...

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Equipment

Volvo CE’s new mobile app puts specs, dealers and other resources just a few taps away

Posted by Amy Materson on May 12, 2014

Volvo CE’s new mobile app puts specs, dealers and other resources just a few taps away

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 ...

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Tech

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

VIDEO: Caterpillar B15 rugged smartphone tested with 35-foot high dive before being crushed by a 277D

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 ...

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Business

.Build website domain names now available to construction companies

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 29, 2014

.Build website domain names now available to construction companies

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 ...

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Equipment

How Caterpillar uses iPads to build 700-ton trucks faster

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 23, 2014

How Caterpillar uses iPads to build 700-ton trucks faster

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 ...

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Tech

The Motion Computing R12 is a rugged Windows tablet designed for construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2014

The Motion Computing R12 is a rugged Windows tablet designed for construction

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 ...

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Business

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

Technology is still not a top priority for most construction firms, but improving economy could change that (INFOGRAPHIC)

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 ...

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Telematics

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

How to save money and protect equipment by creating an anti-idling policy at your construction company

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 ...

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Telematics

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

AEMP-AEM to release beta of new telematics standard in coming weeks; registration open now to OEMs, providers

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 ...

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Business

VIDEO: FieldLens demos Google Glass for construction jobsite collaboration and reporting

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 07, 2014

VIDEO: FieldLens demos Google Glass for construction jobsite collaboration and reporting

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 ...

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Telematics

With PowerSight, John Deere engines will now be offered with telematics

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 07, 2014

With PowerSight, John Deere engines will now be offered with telematics

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 ...

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Telematics

John Deere showcases customizable Ultimate Uptime system, upgrades loaders to Tier 4 Final at ConExpo

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on March 04, 2014

John Deere showcases customizable Ultimate Uptime system, upgrades loaders to Tier 4 Final at ConExpo

“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 ...

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Tech

The Samsung Galaxy S5′s best new feature is that it’s both dust- and waterproof

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5′s best new feature is that it’s both dust- and waterproof

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 ...

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Telematics

AEMP-AEM collaborate on telematics; new data points will revolutionize mixed-fleet equipment management

Posted by Tom Jackson on February 24, 2014

AEMP-AEM collaborate on telematics; new data points will revolutionize mixed-fleet equipment management

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 ...

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Tech

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

Contractors are spending more time with their smartphones: have increased app, social media and tablet use as well

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, ...

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Equipment

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

New app allows Komatsu owners to view Komtrax fleet monitoring data on iPhone, iPad or Android devices

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, ...

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Equipment

The 5 toughest smartphone cases for construction work

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 25, 2013

The 5 toughest smartphone cases for construction work

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 ...

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Tech

Construction firm saves $1.2 million by switching from paper plans to iPads and Apple TV combo

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 22, 2013

Construction firm saves $1.2 million by switching from paper plans to iPads and Apple TV combo

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 ...

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Equipment

Social media aids construction company in recovering stolen excavators

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 11, 2013

Social media aids construction company in recovering stolen excavators

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 ...

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