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Technology - a tradie's best friend as more go mobile

Technology – a tradie’s best friend as more go mobile

New data shows small businesses are using smartphones more than desktop computers to run their business. Recently released data from global online accounting company Xero, has revealed that construction workers, wholesale trade workers and real estate agents, all often depicted as technological laggards, are more tech savvy than they’re given credit for. An independent survey …

New UAV saves 75% of time gathering data

New UAV saves 75% of time gathering data

Identified Technologies is a company focused on increasing project visibility and team productivity with drones for the construction industry and others. It’s just upgraded its Boomerang UAV solution to significantly reduce time spent on data gathering. The company’s CEO Dick Zhang spoke to Inside Construction about the software program SiteIQ, combined with its Boomerang drone, as being …

Intel insight: data is the new oil

Intel insight: data is the new oil

In giant letters the words ‘data is the new oil’ flashed above Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s head shortly after he took the stage at the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas last week. The phrase is integral for understanding not only Intel’s new role as a drone company, but also why construction companies …

Building health: why do we wait until it is too late to ask for help?

Building health: why do we wait until it is too late to ask for help?

Why do we wait until it is too late to ask for help? This was the problem statement I was asked to deliver as part of the inaugural University of New England (UNE) Smart Region Incubator Augmentation (Hackathon) event held recently at the UNE Smart Farm near Armidale. A hackathon is a design sprint-like event …

An investment in next gen crushing tech boosts safety and efficiency

An investment in next gen crushing tech boosts safety and efficiency

Located in the Adelaide suburb of Seacliff Park, Boral’s Linwood quarry is positioned within one of South Australia’s most important sources of hard rock. Quarrying started here more than 130 years ago, when in 1882 the quarry was first operated to supply limestone to the nearby Brighton Cement works. Boral, Australia’s largest building and construction …

Driving the drone economy

Driving the drone economy

In February, Japanese technology company Terra Drone Corporation launched its Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) solution in Australia and the company has announced Australia as its location of choice to base its Asia Pacific operations. Speaking exclusively to Inside Construction (IC)  Terra Drone founder and CEO Toru Tokushige, who will also be presenting at the 2017 World of …

Spectur technology in fight against theft

Spectur technology in fight against theft

Research into the cost of equipment theft in the construction industry indicates that it may be as high as $50 million a year across the country. Industry groups understand that organised crime is attracted to theft of heavy equipment because it consists of high-value products that can be sold relatively easily. One stolen excavator will …

Unprecedented demand draws Procore to Australia

Unprecedented demand draws Procore to Australia

In April, California-based construction technology provider, Procore, opened its first office in the Asia Pacific, settling on Sydney as its base for the region. At the time, the company said “significant demand across Australia and New Zealand” had attracted the team to this part of the world. In this exclusive interview, Inside Construction (IC) caught up with …

Port of the future

Port of the future

Some of the key challenges that Singapore faces include an ageing workforce and low birth rate, making growth of the city-state’s workforce almost non-existent. But the Southeast Asian nation has the world’s second busiest container port and in order to remain competitive, Singapore has embraced the application of big data and predictive analytics alongside full …

The airbnb of equipment rental

The airbnb of equipment rental

Willy Schlacks is the president and co-founder of US-based Equipmentshare, a peer-to peer airbnb-type equipment rental marketplace that also offers telematics and equipment utilization services. In an exclusive interview with Inside Construction, Schlacks discusses the slow uptake of technology across the sector and how important telematics is in order to keep track of the fleet. IC: …

     

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