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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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Equipment

“Scoop” excavator game now available for Android devices

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

“Scoop” excavator game now available for Android devices

A couple of weeks ago, we profiled an awesome new game for the iPad and iPhone called "Scoop," which allows everyone to get the feel for operating an excavator. And ...

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Tech

No. 5: Google Nexus 5

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

No. 5: Google Nexus 5

Phones from Google's Nexus program have always had the advantage of being officially supported by the company. That means Google not only had a say in the design of the ...

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Tech

No. 3: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

No. 3: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Active makes rugged look good. The S4 active packs a quick 1.9 gigahertz, quad-core processor, but is a little behind on Android releases, running version 4.2 though ...

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Tech

No. 1: Apple iPhone 5S

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

No. 1: Apple iPhone 5S

Some of you might be wondering what the iPhone is doing at the top of our list. It's not the cheapest, it doesn't have a big screen and it's definitely ...

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Tech

The 5 best smartphones for construction work

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

The 5 best smartphones for construction work

Team communication and connectivity are two of the most important aspects of any successful business and the smartphone has done a lot in the past six years to make both ...

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Tech

No. 2: Caterpillar B15

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

No. 2: Caterpillar B15

While the Galaxy S4 Active went for rugged and sleek, the Caterpillar B15—the company's first smartphone— goes for rugged with attitude. The device is military spec with an IP67 rating. That ...

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Tech

No. 4: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Posted by Wayne Grayson on November 06, 2013

No. 4: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Make no bones about it: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a giant phone. With a 5.7-inch display, it makes even 5-inch phones like the Nexus 5 look small, not ...

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Tech

Google’s secret construction software platform could cut construction costs, planning time in half

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 25, 2013

Google’s secret construction software platform could cut construction costs, planning time in half

The same folks that gave us Google Glass and are working to make driverless cars a reality are hard at work on an online software platform that could cut construction ...

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Equipment

Inside “Scoop”: The iPad excavator game bringing the thrill of equipment operation to the masses (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 23, 2013

Inside “Scoop”: The iPad excavator game bringing the thrill of equipment operation to the masses (VIDEO)

Editor's Note: Since this article was posted, "Scoop" has also become available for Android devices. Anyone who climbs behind the sticks of an excavator for the first time is more than a ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar granted early access to Google Glass, working on ways to improve interaction with equipment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 09, 2013

Caterpillar granted early access to Google Glass, working on ways to improve interaction with equipment

While we're pretty sure Google Glass isn't ready for primetime on jobsites just yet, Caterpillar is working to figure out how best to use the wearable technology in manufacturing and ...

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Equipment

Boise State construction management students required to use iPads as tablets become more commonplace on jobsites

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 06, 2013

Boise State construction management students required to use iPads as tablets become more commonplace on jobsites

Casey Cline, a professor at Boise State University who teaches construction management, calls iPads "essential" to "the new way" of managing projects on the jobsite these days. That's why, according to ...

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Telematics

Why most contractors don’t use telematics and how AEMP and AEM are trying to change that

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 25, 2013

Why most contractors don’t use telematics and how AEMP and AEM are trying to change that

One of the biggest and most confounding challenges in the heavy equipment industry is how to get more construction companies to use telematics to monitor and manage their fleets. The technology ...

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Equipment

Toughen up your iPhone with this concrete skin

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2013

Toughen up your iPhone with this concrete skin

The iPhone is an impressive device. But, as beautiful as its design is, it's still rather delicate. Now you can make your iPhone as tough as the stuff you build with ...

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Equipment

John Deere launches mobile-optimized version of its helpful parts website

Posted by Brittany Johnson on July 19, 2013

John Deere launches mobile-optimized version of its helpful parts website

John Deere has established a mobile version of its parts website which allows customers to manage their operations more efficiently. The new site allows customers to view critical equipment parts information ...

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Telematics

Topcon launches rugged SL-100 modem for connecting Sitelink3D network

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 16, 2013

Topcon launches rugged SL-100 modem for connecting Sitelink3D network

Topcon’s Sitelink3D is a pretty amazing thing to see in action. The Web portal provides real time jobsite management, data control and system support and during our coverage of Komatsu’s ...

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Software

VIDEO: Watch Manhattan’s 165-year growth into a sprawling metropolis in one minute

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 15, 2013

VIDEO: Watch Manhattan’s 165-year growth into a sprawling metropolis in one minute

Cube Cities, a city visualization engine for the real estate industry, has put together a really cool video illustrating the power of its software by plotting the growth of Midtown ...

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Equipment

Aiming to transform surveying, Drone makers and pilots wait for FAA approval

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 11, 2013

Aiming to transform surveying, Drone makers and pilots wait for FAA approval

Crain's Detroit Business has an interesting read on the state of the burgeoning drone industry, outlining the ways it could make surveying faster and cheaper while pointing out the hurdles ...

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Tech

OSHA launches heat advisory app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 21, 2013

OSHA launches heat advisory app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry

Summer is in full swing with temperatures inching closer to triple digits each day and heat indexes in many areas already there. Each year, between 5 million and 10 million workers ...

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Tech

BIM and iPad use quickly gaining traction in construction industry thanks to productivity boosts

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 05, 2013

BIM and iPad use quickly gaining traction in construction industry thanks to productivity boosts

Using an iPad or another of the myriad tablets on the market today to view plans and blueprints on the jobsite is not a new concept to the construction industry. ...

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Tech

Google Glass won’t revolutionize the construction industry. Not yet anyway.

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 14, 2013

Google Glass won’t revolutionize the construction industry. Not yet anyway.

If you put aside all the coverage of Apple's stock price and the company's "uncertain future," the biggest tech story going right now is Google Glass. Just in case you're unfamiliar ...

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Telematics

VIDEO: Volvo remote technology chief discusses how telematics have changed the service call

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 26, 2013

VIDEO: Volvo remote technology chief discusses how telematics have changed the service call

During  the unveiling of Volvo Construction Equipment’s expanded Shippensburg, Pennsylvania plant, I got to visit Volvo’s CareTrack center -- the hub of its telematics operation. There I met Bill Sauber, ...

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Tech

Better Roads: 3 challenges to Google’s self-driving car

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 27, 2013

Better Roads: 3 challenges to Google’s self-driving car

John Latta, editor of our sister publication Better Roads, has put down some thoughts on the self-driving car Google has been working on. In California, Google' cars have safely logged 500,000 ...

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Software

Bluebeam Software’s Revu 11 simplifies project document collaboration

Posted by Amy Materson on March 21, 2013

Bluebeam Software’s Revu 11 simplifies project document collaboration

Collaborate on project documents and digitize technical reviews with Revu 11 from Bluebeam Software, which allows editing files from the cloud and annotating with an enhanced set of PDF markup ...

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