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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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EYES IN THE SKY: How drones and UAVs are already affecting construction jobsites

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 15, 2014

EYES IN THE SKY: How drones and UAVs are already affecting construction jobsites

Despite the public’s concerns, many in the construction industry are finding drones can play a vital role in their work. Whether they’re used for surveying, to show clients and potential ...

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A crash course in telematics: AEMP Asset Management Symposium will have answers to questions everybody is asking

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 15, 2014

A crash course in telematics: AEMP Asset Management Symposium will have answers to questions everybody is asking

If you have a lot of questions about telematics and how you can make this technology work in your construction business, you're not alone. Telematics is reshaping the way we ...

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Use GPS accuracy, productivity to set pilings with Trimble’s DPS900 Piling System

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 12, 2014

Use GPS accuracy, productivity to set pilings with Trimble’s DPS900 Piling System

Machine control is for more than just moving dirt. This summer Trimble launched its DPS900 Piling System, which is a dedicated, land-based 3D machine control system for use in locating ...

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ThumbDogs let you keep your gloves on when working on tablets and smartphones

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 12, 2014

ThumbDogs let you keep your gloves on when working on tablets and smartphones

With winter getting closer, the gloves will soon come out, but that doesn't mean you have to take them off to operate your tablet or smartphone in the field. ThumbDogs ($15) ...

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Topcon FC-500 data collector lets you map projects and share data instantly with the cloud

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 11, 2014

Topcon FC-500 data collector lets you map projects and share data instantly with the cloud

Mapping GIS databases on electric utilities, gas pipelines, disaster management survey points, water and wastewater operations, forestry, highway maintenance markers and construction projects can require massive amounts of information. The Topcon ...

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Employee and subcontractor software speeds up billing, approval and payment processes

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 11, 2014

Employee and subcontractor software speeds up billing, approval and payment processes

Dexter + Chaney has expanded the capabilities of its Spectrum Software with the release of two new "kiosks." The Employee Kiosk and Subcontract Kiosk allow authorized employees and subcontractors of companies ...

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AEM/AEMP draft telematics standard released; will enable unified reporting of mixed fleet systems, including 19 data points

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 04, 2014

AEM/AEMP draft telematics standard released; will enable unified reporting of mixed fleet systems, including 19 data points

If you're looking for a telematics program that can enable you to gather all your information into one unified database, regardless of how many different brands of equipment you're running, ...

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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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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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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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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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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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