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Construction Technology Trends: Best of Breed Apps

Raken, 5/28/2019

From the dawn of time (or at least whenever marketing was invented), there have been products out there claiming to be the cure-all, silver bullet solution. They offer answers to all problems, and when advertised, you see phrases like, "never buy another in your life!" or "the last product you will ever need!" but in reality, the majority of these all-in-one solutions will likely give a weak amount of assistance to a variety of issues. For the construction industry, all-in-one software is everywhere you look. The big names in construction tech all offer an all-inclusive solution, and most contractors have tried at least one of them. The issue is, once purchased these all-in-one solutions rarely deliver on their lofty claims. You bought a miracle cure, and ended up getting a decent swig of something that, while it doesn't necessarily hurt, doesn't come close to curing all those diseases listed on the bottle.

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Tech an increased focus of ENR Top 400 firms

Construction Dive, 5/29/2019

Many of the leading firms on the newly released ENR Top 400 Contractors list are using construction technology to make workers safer and more productive. 

For instance, several of the largest constructors in the country are employing artificial intelligence tool Smartvid.io, which uses jobsite photos, videos and other sources to identify and label risks such as standing water or missing personal protective equipment like hard hats, safety glasses, gloves and more. The nature of machine learning means that the more data is fed into the tool, the more the algorithm, dubbed “Vinnie,” can advance in its accuracy.

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ENR 2019 Top 400 Contractors: The market keeps growing

ENR, 5/23/2019

The construction market has been growing steadily for nearly 10 years, with no signs of stopping. Industry veterans know the market can’t sustain this pace forever, but they are focused on the opportunities in front of them.

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How computer vision is changing insurance

Digital Insurance, 5/22/2019

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recently created the Innovation and Technology Task Force to “explore the technological developments in the insurance sector.” It cited the rise of artificial intelligence as one of the key issues that the task force would address, citing the technology’s “potential to transform the insurance industry in a number of ways.” The message is being received loud and clear: adapt or be left behind.

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Where safety innovation fits in the heads-down construction environment

Construction Dive, 5/20/2019

In the construction industry, the most threatening risks are the ones that go undetected for too long — design flaws that are spotted well into construction, bad habits that could get a craft worker hurt or a hazard that escapes a manager's attention.

Underlying most contractors’ safety programs is a group effort at vigilance on site to make sure workers are operating safely and are alerted to dangers before an incident takes place. Technology can add another layer to this effort by facilitating safety-related reporting and conversations or by detecting hazards in real time across multiple areas of the site, compared to a superintendent or safety manager who can only see what is before him.

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By predicting risk, AI tool shapes top firms' safety conversations

Construction Dive, 5/15/2019

Safety leaders at construction firms often promote vigilance on projects, encouraging workers to be a set of eyes for their fellow coworkers. But there are limits to the observations that employees can make as they go about their tasks for the day.

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Sights on Safety: StructionSite + Smartvid.io

StructionSite, 5/9/2019

As an industry that focuses on the health and wellbeing of its employee’s, laborers, tradesmen and women, this week brings to light the areas where we can all work together to form a better, safer working environment.

To commemorate Safety Week 2019, we are honored to announce our partnership with Smartvid.io. We’ve been working together to create integrations to make dual use of photos taken by StructionSite, pushed into Smartvid.io to streamline monitoring risk and jobsite incidents. Through these efforts, project teams can take the same set of images they used to capture progress with StructionSite and pull them into Smartvid.io, creating a streamlined way to monitor areas of risk. One walk in the field now results in photo and video data that serves two purposes – progress documentation and AI-powered safety analysis!

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Shawmut Design and Construction Spearheads Safety Program

Boston Real Estate Times, 5/1/2019

Shawmut Design and Construction announced a new leadership role and unveils state-of-the art safety innovations in a strategic move to enhance its world-class safety program.

The company has promoted Shaun Carvalho to vice president of safety, adding safety representation at the executive leadership level. Carvalho, previously the firm’s safety director, will lead Shawmut in piloting and implementing programs and technologies, ultimately advancing the firm’s commitment to creating a safer industry for all. This announcement comes as Shawmut prepares for the upcoming Safety Week, the annual industry event where the company educates staff to train and manage safety techniques and protocols.

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Procore Partner Summit to bring together industry leaders focused on building connected solutions for everyone in construction

Procore, 4/24/2019

Procore Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of construction management software, today announced it will host the first Procore Partner Summit bringing together leading technology companies that serve the construction industry to work together to foster innovation and further expand the ecosystem of solutions that integrate with the Procore platform to provide more choice to the industry.

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Smartvid.io Joins Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab

Oracle Construction and Engineering Blog, 4/24/2019

Construction is one of the most documented industries. Traditionally, much of that documentation goes to waste: jobsite photos are leveraged for a single purpose, then left to collect digital dust. Although this is a standard practice, it’s long overdue for a change.

Today, Smartvid.io is joining the Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab to help accelerate this change. Oracle Construction and Engineering customers can now detect and reduce project risk using Smartvid.io’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform through an integration with Oracle Aconex.

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