METALCON TECHNOLOGY SURVEY
TECHNOLOGY TOOLS AND RESOURCES
CONTECH made its debut on the show floor last year at METALCON 2019 and provided an interactive hub that showcased the game-changing technologies shaping the construction industry today and tomorrow.
Since the pandemic crisis started, industries around the globe have been forced to pivot and find new ways to work during the lockdowns. Before we knew it, the use of technology in the construction arena made a quick transition from “good to have” to being a necessity. From mobile technology to aerial photography to video conferencing, the industry is discovering a whole new way to work and while doing so, re-designing the business model. Digital engagement is here to stay!
Technology has been discussed in several of our new weekly METALCONLive! broadcast events so we thought we would provide you with some of the resources and tools mentioned over the past several weeks.
In the second week of the series, guest speaker Heidi J. Ellsworth, partner with RoofersCoﬀeeShop® and owner of HJE Consulting, commented, “Digital media will continue to take a lead and be part of the new norm.” She returned two weeks later and further elaborated on the use of digital tools and said, “We are seeing a gigantic leap forward in the use of technology with roofing contractors. For example, TAMKO is providing a “visualizer” to customers to visually show what a new roof would look like and do a full bid without even stepping into the home and EagleView is able to measure roofs using sophisticated aerial technology.”
If you are just getting started with technology, selecting the right tools is key. RoofersCoﬀeeShop® has an informative “e-book” available for download to help you understand not only the questions to ask but the answers you need to be looking for to build the right technology software platform for your roofing business. Another tool is a FREE awareness guide on selecting the right software for “25 Ways to Grow your Service Department.” If you are in the initial stage, Heidi suggests first focusing on CRMs (Customer Relationship Management System) for contractors, visualizers and imagery products such as Nearmap, along with estimating technology (eg, Estimating Edge).
As you progress, here is a list of Top 10 Construction Technology Trends for 2020 by LetsBuild:
- Augmented reality
- Construction software and data ecosystem
- The growth of BIM
- Increased prefabrication, modularization, and eco-friendliness
- Self-healing concrete
- Cloud and mobile technology
- Advanced uses for GPS
- Wearable technology
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – HERE ARE THE CONTECH COMPANIES THAT EXHIBITED AT METALCON 2019:
FELUX – The fastest growing digital marketplace for steel. Felux is a procurement and sales platform for steel whose member companies buy better, sell more, save time, and save money.
REVIZTO – Revizto is a real-time issue tracking software for Architecture, Engineering and Construction with a focus on collaboration and BIM project coordination. The program unifies BIM intelligence and makes it immediately accessible and actionable for the entire project team. With Revizto’s advanced Issue Tracker project team members can identify and manage model based issues in the 3D space and on 2D sheets, including addressing clash groups from Navisworks. Additionally, Revizto allows users to follow progress or resolve challenges in real time all while on any device and in VR!
ARKTEK3D – One-stop destination for 3D rendering services; the team at Arktek3D delivers Architectural Exterior 3D Renderings, Commercial 3D Renderings, 2D/3D Floor Plans, 3D Video Walkthrough, 3D Animation Services, and more.
TRIMBLE – Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.
HAMMETT TECHNOLOGIES – We act as your entire IT department – working alongside you and your staff members to develop a 3-5 year technology plan that works for your business goals; without the high cost associated with hiring a full-time IT person.
NOTEVAULT – NoteVault is the ONLY construction daily reporting solution to use human transcription. Transcribers convert the audio notes you record into a mobile app into the text pushed in your daily reports. Transcription also provides translation for team members that are non-native English speakers.
VIRTUELE – The future of BIM and Structural Steel Fabrication industry; machine learning and artificial intelligence based tools help you make the right decisions in your projects.
SOLUTION HUDDLE — Cloud Solutions, business intelligence and analytics, cloud infrastructure and services and the internet of things – Tap into the vast amount of data that your organization is generating to identify the data that matters the most, draw up options to convert that data into business insight and figure out the best way to connect, analyze, and consume that information to achieve profitability and market growth.
POINTIVO – Patented technology provides the world’s first and only automated way to identify and extract 3D objects from a scene captured by any camera system. We support imagery captured from UAS (drones), manned aerial (low-flying planes), or even mobile devices and also support a variety of sensor data such as thermal imaging.
DRONEGENUITY – Nationwide drone photography services and provide professional consistency and reliability for your brand. Our scale is large enough to enable fast turnaround times and eliminate any and all travel fees or expenses that could otherwise be borne by clients. The expert drone operators within our network are vetted and proven, and are ready to take on any project you send our way.
THE BLUE BOOK – Digital building and construction network.
360 CONNECT – At 360Connect, it’s our mission to focus on your success. If you are a buyer, expect an extraordinary buying experience so you can make a smart purchase. If you supply products & services, count on us to provide positive sales opportunities that will help your business succeed.
Our next live event is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 pm EST.
METALCONLive! returns next week with business insights from industry experts and the latest in metal construction news. Hear how one company hired over 800 employees during the pandemic and get updates on one of the largest steel mills being built in the state of Texas. You won’t want to miss this.
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