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The state of AI in 2022—and a half decade in review

The results of this year’s McKinsey Global Survey on AI show the expansion of the technology’s use since we began tracking it five years ago, but with a nuanced picture underneath.

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | AI


Is the Net Zero dream possible?

Construction without carbon emissions may be no more than a pipe dream, but modern methods and materials are moving us in the right direction. Mike Hayes reports.

#contech #sustainability #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Preparation key to building tall timber towers: Wood Solutions speaker

While construction times can be shorter with mass timber than concrete and steel, the time savings is lost without a framework of preconstruction, procurement and scheduling laid out ahead of time.

#contech #timberconstruction #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Gates-Backed Terabase Uses Robotic Innovations In Mega Solar Farm Construction

Robotic technology will be Terabase’s primary tool to develop, construct, and operate utility-scale photovoltaic power plants.

#contech #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Automation on Construction Sites: Completing layout surveys with uncrewed ground vehicles

UGVs from Civ Robotics help keep jobsites moving amid worker shortages, and speed up the process of coordinate layouts.

#contech #robotics #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | Industrialized construction


5 ways autonomous robots make jobsites more productive — and profitable

Cutting-edge robotic technology brings key automation to the field for more efficient data collection and smoother workflows.

#contech #robotics #aecbusiness

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December 7, 2022 | Industrialized construction


What Does It Mean to Future-Proof a City, Landscape or Building with AI?

Providing architects with tools that enable them to leverage data for informed decision making will help them design better, more resilient cities and buildings that become part of the solution to mitigate future climate change and stand the test of time.

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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December 6, 2022 | AI


Swapp: the algorithmic assistant

Swapp is a cloud-based application that automatically generates an entire Revit model with all the necessary detail drawings, from a simple space layout and without any indication of where doors or windows should be.

#contech #AI #aecbusiness

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December 5, 2022 | AI


The pillars of Fabrication Integrated Modelling (FIM)

Tal Friedman explores FIM and how a fabrication-centric approach, one where the entire building process is considered holistically, could help impart real change in the construction industry.

#contech #prefab #aecbusiness

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December 3, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Plant Prefab nabs $42M to crank out ‘extremely sustainable’ custom homes

Plant Prefab produces panels with infrastructure built-in and works with architects to prefabricate their designs, because they understand local vernacular, local permitting process, local materials and local needs.

#contech #prefab #aecbusiness

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December 3, 2022 | Industrialized construction


VC firm launches $52M fund for contech, real estate

Max Brickman, managing director of VC firm Heartland Ventures, said contech will ride construction’s unmet demand to become a leading sector in the overall tech space.

#contech #vc #aecbusiness

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December 2, 2022 | Industrialized construction


Varjo Reality Cloud platform now supports Unity and Unreal Engine projects

With initial support for Autodesk VRED only, the Varjo Reality Cloud platform now supports Unity and Unreal Engine projects, making it easy to stream high-fidelity XR/VR content directly to Varjo’s headsets.

#contech #VR #aecbusiness

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December 1, 2022 | Extended reality


Guy Messick: Why Architects Need To Be Thinking About Designing Metaverses

Virtual worlds “are here to stay,” writes Guy Messick, senior director of digital technologies and principal at IA Interior Architects.

#contech #VR #XR #aecbusiness

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December 1, 2022 | Extended reality


SimpleBIM: Taking back control with IFC

Datacubist’s SimpleBIM, a powerful IFC tool, moves the concept of open standards from ‘data exchange’ to being at the heart of project management.

#contech #BIM #aecbusiness

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December 1, 2022 | Smart construction


Contech startup founded by Israeli ex-Reconnaissance Unit officers raises $11 million

Beti, a cloud-based construction site management software specializing in safety, labor management, and quality assurance solutions, announced an $11 million strategic growth investment round.

#contech #startup #aecbusiness

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November 30, 2022 | Smart construction


Information Security: best practice for the construction sector

New information security guidance released for businesses of all sizes planning to take part in joint ventures.

#contech #security #aecbusiness

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November 30, 2022 | Smart construction


Security awareness training needs a revamp

Security awareness training has stagnated, in part, because it is a financially undervalued — and underfunded — piece of the cybersecurity platform.

#contech #aecbusiness

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November 30, 2022 | Smart construction


Tech is advancing exponentially. Keep up or get left behind, says expert.

Contractors need to get more in touch with how tech weaves into their business, from big data to safety and everything in between, says Phillippe Falkner of Dallas-based Ed Bell Construction.

#contech #aecbusiness

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November 30, 2022 | Smart construction


U.S. construction firms lean on technology to manage growth and weather the pandemic

U.S. construction firms lean on technology to become more productive, but are also paying greater attention to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion, says BD+C’s 2022 Contractor Giants Report.

#contech #aecbusiness

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November 29, 2022 | Smart construction


Procore’s Farm System for Startups Aims to Cultivate Connections

At Procore’s Founders Forum, some of the contech giant’s startup partners’ CEOs meet to sample business advisory in an intimate and supportive setting.

#contech #aecbusiness

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November 29, 2022 | Business development


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