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Texas DOT crews now measure stockpiles by shooting a quick video with their iPhones

Posted by Equipment World Staff on February 17, 2015

Texas DOT crews now measure stockpiles by shooting a quick video with their iPhones

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun using an iPhone app to get accurate measurements of stockpile volume and tonnage, as well as keep track of locations. Last year, the ...

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Tech

Topcon unveils host of new products and upgrades, announces partnership with GOMACO

Posted by Tom Jackson on February 06, 2015

Topcon unveils host of new products and upgrades, announces partnership with GOMACO

The Topcon press conference at World of Concrete was chock-full of new products and a few interesting corporate developments. On the product front the company showed: The new TP-L5 pipe laser series includes ...

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Tech

Trimble’s new QML800: A tablet and 2 lasers that can mark hundreds of interior points in mere hours (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 06, 2015

Trimble’s new QML800: A tablet and 2 lasers that can mark hundreds of interior points in mere hours (VIDEO)

When it comes to laying out interior points and walls, it's hard work on the knees, sometimes requiring days of kneeling down marking points on the floor with measuring tape ...

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Tech

Trimble’s new lasers have “fingerprints”; can relock to receivers thanks to new HL760 remote control

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 05, 2015

Trimble’s new lasers have “fingerprints”; can relock to receivers thanks to new HL760 remote control

Trimble introduced four new lasers to its Spectra Precision lineup at World of Concrete, each featuring automatic self-leveling and aimed at general construction. Available in mid-February, all of the new lasers, ...

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Equipment

Catch jobsite thieves in real time from your phone with the Eyetrax Ranger Series construction camera

Posted by Tom Jackson on February 04, 2015

Catch jobsite thieves in real time from your phone with the Eyetrax Ranger Series construction camera

Security cameras are cheap and easy to find, but most have shortcomings. The Ranger Series construction camera from Eyetrax solves these problems with three high tech improvements over standard cameras. First, ...

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Tech

“Doom” begets DIRTT: How a classic video game inspired revolutionary construction software (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 21, 2015

“Doom” begets DIRTT: How a classic video game inspired revolutionary construction software (VIDEO)

More than 20 years after its release, it's easy to see how "Doom" was a preview of the future of video games. Just about every top-selling modern video game, be ...

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Tech

Leica DISTO E7500 laser distance meter measures up to 500 feet

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 21, 2015

Leica DISTO E7500 laser distance meter measures up to 500 feet

Tape measures only get you so far, and they're not the fastest way to take measurements, especially when you have a lot of them. Leica Geosystems has introduced it's DISTO ...

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Tech

Bulletproof your smartphones and tablets for the jobsite with a Tech21 Patriot case

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 21, 2015

Bulletproof your smartphones and tablets for the jobsite with a Tech21 Patriot case

Digital devices and the rough and tumble of construction can sometimes be a bad mix. Tech21 recently introduced its Patriot case range to protect your smartphones and tablets. The 360-degree case ...

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Safety

WorkplaceAware Safety reporting app can keep near misses from turning into serious accidents

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 20, 2015

WorkplaceAware Safety reporting app can keep near misses from turning into serious accidents

For every reported fatal workplace accident there are 29 minor injuries and 300 near misses that go unreported. And anybody who knows construction knows why. Guys are afraid to interrupt ...

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Tech

Convert AutoCAD into Topcon construction solutions

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 19, 2015

Convert AutoCAD into Topcon construction solutions

Topcon's eXchange software add on saves time by converting for AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design data into files compatible with Topcon 3D construction solutions as well as the company's ...

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Business

Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Posted by Amy Materson on January 09, 2015

Jobsite Unite’s social platform streamlines construction project information

Crews can streamline communication on the worksite with Jobsite Unite, a new mobile and web-based communication platform that allows superintendents, foremen, project managers and workers to more effectively communicate, boosting ...

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Tech

10th Day of Construction Gifts: Braven BRV-X rugged bluetooth speaker brings tunes to the jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 19, 2014

10th Day of Construction Gifts: Braven BRV-X rugged bluetooth speaker brings tunes to the jobsite

Why should the guys and gals running closed-cab equipment be the only ones who get to enjoy some music while they work? With the Braven BRV-X, tradesmen, construction laborers and ...

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Tech

FAA gives Chicago contractor, Ohio design firm and Trimble permission to fly drones

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2014

FAA gives Chicago contractor, Ohio design firm and Trimble permission to fly drones

Though the Federal Aviation Administration has largely dropped the ball with regard to establishing regulations for commercial drone flights, the agency has at least acknowledged the great potential the technology holds for ...

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Equipment

Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it, control it, get out in front of it…or it will control you

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 15, 2014

Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it, control it, get out in front of it…or it will control you

You've probably heard the hype about the Internet of Things—small sensors, transmitters and computer chips embedded in everything from thermostats to coffee makers to jet engines. Chris Rezendes has heard the ...

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Tech

RFID engine meter from OEM Data Delivery gives telematics information at a fraction of a big-system cost

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 15, 2014

RFID engine meter from OEM Data Delivery gives telematics information at a fraction of a big-system cost

If you're intrigued by telematics-based equipment monitoring but hesitate about the cost, OEM Data Delivery has a RFID system that can record and transmit the most important machine data without ...

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Tech

FAA won’t issue commercial drone regulations until 2017 or later

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 11, 2014

FAA won’t issue commercial drone regulations until 2017 or later

The Federal Aviation Administration is so far behind in creating regulations for commercial drone and unmanned aerial vehicle use that the agency will miss its 2015 deadline for issuing those ...

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Tech

Rugged new Trimble LL300S laser level stands up to jobsite abuse

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 11, 2014

Rugged new Trimble LL300S laser level stands up to jobsite abuse

Sensitive electronics don't mix well with rough jobsite conditions, but the new generation Spectra Precision LL300S laser level was built to take just about anything you can throw at it. With ...

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Equipment

Cat dealer Cashman Equipment installing camera-based system that monitors an operator’s fatigue

Posted by Amy Materson on December 10, 2014

Cat dealer Cashman Equipment installing camera-based system that monitors an operator’s fatigue

Las Vegas-based Caterpillar dealer Cashman Equipment has now made available a fatigue monitoring system for heavy equipment operators. Initially rolled out on Caterpillar mining trucks in 2013, the Seeing Machines Driver ...

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Equipment

John Deere launches GoHaul smartphone app for quick reference on E-Series articulated dump trucks

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 20, 2014

John Deere launches GoHaul smartphone app for quick reference on E-Series articulated dump trucks

For fleet managers and operators getting a bit of help or a few tips on the John Deere E-Series articulated dump trucks in your fleet just got as easy as ...

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Equipment

AEMP’s fall symposium: Telematics finally gets the jump-start it’s been needing

Posted by Tom Jackson on November 18, 2014

AEMP’s fall symposium: Telematics finally gets the jump-start it’s been needing

If you weren't there, I'm sorry to say, but you missed it. What was "it?" It was the feeling of 300 light bulbs going off above 300 people's heads at the Association ...

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Tech

Construction app PlanGrid playing a key role in Apple’s new focus on enterprise

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 12, 2014

Construction app PlanGrid playing a key role in Apple’s new focus on enterprise

When Apple and IBM announced a partnership focused on more efficiently spreading iPads and iPhones throughout the corporate world, many were shocked. This was after all, the company Apple co-founder ...

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Equipment

Two experienced fleet managers tell how telematics data helps make their companies more competitive, explain how to adopt the technology

Posted by Tom Jackson on November 10, 2014

Two experienced fleet managers tell how telematics data helps make their companies more competitive, explain how to adopt the technology

There will come a time in every construction company's life, when a trigger event will make the deployment of telematics not only advisable, but even necessary. And that time is ...

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Equipment

PHOTOS: A tour of Trimble’s connected jobsite: Network of dozers, workers and the office removes chaos from construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2014

PHOTOS: A tour of Trimble’s connected jobsite: Network of dozers, workers and the office removes chaos from construction

When Trimble president and CEO Steve Berglund opened the company's 2014 Dimensions user conference Monday, he mentioned how, from a technology standpoint, not much has changed for the company over ...

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Equipment

Doosan Telematics now available for the company’s full line of heavy equipment

Posted by Amy Materson on October 31, 2014

Doosan Telematics now available for the company’s full line of heavy equipment

Doosan has launched an upgraded telematics package for the company’s full line of heavy equipment. Standard on all machines except for DX63-3 and DX85R-3 compact excavators, Doosan Telematics is in ...

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Tech

Smartphone use increases among construction contractors, as does use of apps, interest in video

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on October 27, 2014

Smartphone use increases among construction contractors, as does use of apps, interest in video

Clear trends have emerged in the past four years as contractors rely more heavily on technology, according to a new Equipment World survey on Internet use and social media. In ...

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Tech

GEAR: Maximize your smartphone’s potential on the jobsite with Ryobi Phone Works connected tools

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 17, 2014

GEAR: Maximize your smartphone’s potential on the jobsite with Ryobi Phone Works connected tools

It's easy to forget now that they've become so commonplace, but the fact that your smartphone is outfitted with a high-resolution display, camera, internet connectivity, GPS and sensors like an ...

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Tech

Face the Nation: How an artist, a construction company and GPS joined forces to sculpt a face atop the National Mall

Posted by Equipment World Staff on October 16, 2014

Face the Nation: How an artist, a construction company and GPS joined forces to sculpt a face atop the National Mall

The intrinsic power of GPS is its effectiveness in so many diverse applications. But while many tout the technology’s ability to pave a runway to millimeter specs, few would cite ...

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Tech

Construction tech conference Trimble Dimensions 2014 is right around the corner and we’ll have full coverage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 16, 2014

Construction tech conference Trimble Dimensions 2014 is right around the corner and we’ll have full coverage

Each year Trimble hosts a big conference in Las Vegas to give both current and future users of its technology first-hand knowledge on how its devices and software can improve ...

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Tech

Drone research report available from IDTechEx

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 15, 2014

Drone research report available from IDTechEx

Last month we introduced you to the world of drones in construction. If you're looking for more information on drones and are prepared to take a deep dive exploration (albeit ...

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Tech

Live from Topcon: Real time video with DS-200i total stations lets you see exactly what you’re measuring

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 14, 2014

Live from Topcon: Real time video with DS-200i total stations lets you see exactly what you’re measuring

Total stations can take snapshots of worksites and survey layouts. Now Topcon has added a video functionality to it's line of direct aiming total stations. The DS-200i provides real time, touch ...

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Tech

This data collector makes telematics easy

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 13, 2014

This data collector makes telematics easy

Telematics can be very complex, or in this case very simple. The ST-575-HWI wireless hour meter from OEM Data Delivery can be installed on any make or model of equipment. With ...

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Tech

Brinno’s BCC 100 time-lapse camera records your construction project from the ground up with no fuss

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 10, 2014

Brinno’s BCC 100 time-lapse camera records your construction project from the ground up with no fuss

If you've ever wondered how they take time lapse photos and videos of big construction projects going up, the answer is the Brinno BCC 100 Time Lapse Video Construction Camera. The ...

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Tech

Daqri’s Smart Helmet is a hard hat that fills a worker’s vision with useful data based on surroundings

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 09, 2014

Daqri’s Smart Helmet is a hard hat that fills a worker’s vision with useful data based on surroundings

The photo above is not a still from the next Tron movie. It's a hard hat equipped with Google Glass-like augmented reality features that a company called Daqri hopes construction firms and ...

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Equipment

Mack partners with Telogis to launch scalable telematics package for truck fleets

Posted by Jack Roberts on September 29, 2014

Mack partners with Telogis to launch scalable telematics package for truck fleets

Mack announced a major expansion package to its GuardDog Connect fleet telematics system today. The company’s new Mack Fleet Management Services is a suite of software and technology offerings made ...

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Tech

This construction firm plans to build an elevator to space. Why it’s not just science fiction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 22, 2014

This construction firm plans to build an elevator to space. Why it’s not just science fiction

While companies like Space X and Virgin Galactic rush to pioneer the privatized the space travel industry, one of Japan's largest construction companies has plans to bypass rockets and other ...

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Tech

New “bridge in a backpack” construction method saves Vermont town time and money

Posted by Equipment World Staff on September 16, 2014

New “bridge in a backpack” construction method saves Vermont town time and money

Those who have driven in the Fairfield, Vermont, area recently may have wondered what construction crews were doing placing hollow tubing over Wanzer Brook. Don’t worry, the crews weren’t going ...

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