Hilti Unveils Semi-Autonomous Overhead Drilling Robot, Called Jaibot

courtesy of Hilti

Hilti, known for its wide selection of power tools and fastening applications for the commercial construction industry, recently took a step outside the box when they announced the release of an exoskeleton to help relieve the bodily toll overhead work takes on workers.  Yesterday, however, Hilti took that overhead work solution to the next level, by introducing their first robot, a semi-autonomous overhead drilling solution called Jaibot.

The Hilti Jaibot is a completely cordless overhead drilling solution that can automatically locate and drill holes for overhead MEP anchors based upon a BIM or CAD

Procore Releases Two New Features for BIM Users : Dynamic Wall Elevations & Follow Me

via Procore

Groundbreak, Procore’s annual construction technology conference, officially started today and, while it’s in a virtual capacity instead of in-person like usual, there’s no shortage of Procore news and updates. At Groundbreak 2 years ago, the company announced Procore BIM and, this year, their adding two new features to make even more user friendly in the field: Dynamic Wall Elevations and Follow Me.

“We invested in BIM to protect our customers’ investment in BIM,” said Dave McCool, Senior Product Manager, Procore. “Procore users spend so much time coordinating models that we want to make sure those

7 of the Spookiest Things Found on Construction Sites

Construction work can unearth some pretty interesting items.  Think about it, many project begin with a piece of previously undeveloped land or land that hasn’t been touched for decades.  Sometimes the discoveries can be pretty awesome, like 1300 pounds of Ancient Roman Coins, but other times, the discoveries can be downright SPOOKY.  Since today is Halloween, the spookiest of all the days, we’re going to take you through 7 spooky things found on a construction jobsite.

1. Human Bones

A crew at a Hillsdale, Missouri construction site made a startling discovery after one of their trucks got stuck in a

Construction Companies Can Now Monitor 3rd Party App Usage with Procore

courtesy of Procore

Chances are, if your construction company is using any sort of technology, you’re using more than one different application. That’s true for many Procore customers, as well, as over 40% of them use at least two other apps that are integrated into the Procore platform. In order to help contractors manage these 3rd party apps, Procore has recently released App Management Metrics to all of their customers.

By using App Management Metrics, Procore customers can see how often 3rd party apps are used, which projects they’re used on, and exactly who uses them. This

Sage Intacct Construction Brings Financial Management to the Cloud

This article is part of Construction Junkie’s coverage of Groundbreak 2020, Procore’s annual technology conference. Sage will be in attendance in the virtual exhibitor hall. More details can be found below.

There’s no doubt that one of the most important aspects of managing a construction project is being able to quickly and easily analyze your financials.  There are a ton of moving parts on each project, from the estimate, to ordering materials and equipment, to billing, and having that information where and when you need it can make all the difference.

The rise of emerging technologies and the realization that

Milwaukee Tool Continues to Enhance ONE-KEY Platform for Inventory Management and Tool Customization

ONE-KEY™ Asset ID Tags, courtesy of Milwaukee Tool

This article is part of Construction Junkie’s coverage of Groundbreak 2020, Procore’s annual technology conference. Milwaukee Tool will be in attendance in the virtual exhibitor hall. More details can be found below.

In 2015, Milwaukee Tool, the company famous for their large selection of red power tools, announced the release of ONE-KEY™, a web-based mobile tool management solution. While the systems 3 core pillars (Inventory Management, Tool Tracking, and Smart Tool Technology) remain unchanged today, the company has continued to develop and enhance the capabilities of the system in

StructionSite Harnesses AI for Automated Progress Tracking on the Jobsite

courtesy of StructionSite

This article is part of Construction Junkie’s coverage of Groundbreak 2020, Procore’s annual technology conference. StructionSite will be in attendance in the virtual exhibitor hall. More details can be found below.

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say – but, when that same picture has a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) software behind it, it also yields millions of valuable data points. StructionSite, a 360 degree photo documentation software, has recently developed a product to automatically track progress made on your jobsite using only photos and AI.

StructionSIte

For those previously unfamiliar with StructionSite,

Bridgit Bench Helps You Optimize Construction Workforce Management in the Cloud

This article is part of Construction Junkie’s coverage of Groundbreak 2020, Procore’s annual technology conference. Bridgit will be in attendance in the virtual exhibitor hall. More details can be found below.

There has been a lot of talk about the labor shortage facing the construction industry in the past few years, which makes it even more important for your company to properly manage the team members it currently has. Typically, workforce resource management is completed in spreadsheets — if completed at all – many times leading to overworked or underworked staff.

Bridgit, a construction technology company, released a

Buildr Makes Project Closeout Quick and Painless

courtesy of Buildr

This article is part of Construction Junkie’s coverage of Groundbreak 2020, Procore’s annual technology conference. Buildr will be in attendance in the virtual exhibitor hall. More details can be found below.

It’s no secret that closeout is one of the worst parts of any construction project.  As the job is nearing its end, there are still a ton of forms, as-builts, warranty documents, O&M manuals, and other paperwork that need to be collected and put into binders to hand over to the project owner – a process that can take hundreds of man-hours, in

3 Construction Workers Killed, 1 Injured After Partial Building Collapse in Houston

Via Twitter // Houston Fire Department

In what seems to be an all-too-common occurrence recently, a partial building collapse yesterday has sadly cost the lives of 3 construction workers and injured one additional worker.

Yesterday afternoon, the Houston Fire Department responded to an emergency call involving a partially collapsed building on the West side of the city. The New York Times reported that the collapse happened during the installation of a precast concrete interior staircase that all the way from the 13th or 14th floor of the building down to the first floor.

@HoustonFire Dept. Technical