OnTraccr is Making Construction Technology Accessible to All

image courtesy of OnTraccr Technologies Inc.

The following article is sponsored by OnTraccr.Technologies Inc.

There’s no doubt that the construction industry has seen a large influx of new software hitting the market over the past few years. Many of those programs, however, mainly appeal to large contractors with an infrastructure built to support the addition of a cumbersome system, while most small to medium sized companies are left behind.

OnTraccr, a new productivity app for construction, is looking to make their software accessible to everyone, by making it as simple and easy to use as possible, while still

Crane Collapses on Jobsite in Syracuse, NY, No Injuries Reported

image via the Syracuse Fire Department

On Tuesday morning, February 23, the Syracuse Fire Department responded to a call about a collapsed crane on a construction site near the university.  Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

According to WIVB, the collapse was first reported around 9am and, once first responders arrived at the scene, they determined that there were no injuries and no buildings damaged. The crane landed within the confines of the site, as well, which will be the future home of a new building at the Upstate Medical University campus.

Earlier this morning Engine Company 1, Truck

The Robots Are Here

Workers beware: robots are building houses, onsite, and on time. According to SQ4D, homes built by robots will help solve the affordable housing crisis and they have proof. SQ4D has listed for sale the first 3D printed home in the United States, a residential property printed on site using SQ4D’s ARCS (autonomous robotic construction system). They say this is the first 3D printed home slated to receive a certificate of occupancy and is listed on MLS for sale as new construction for $299,999.

The 3D printed home, on Long Island in Riverhead, NY, features over 1,400 square feet of living space plus a 750-sq.ft.

Finally, an Air-Conditioned Hard Hat is on the Horizon

image courtesy of Feher Research Inc.

It seems a little odd to be talking about air-conditioning when much of the United States hit some incredibly low temperatures in recent days, but a product that I learned about recently is just too exciting to ignore. Announced at CES 2021, a research company has unveiled an air-conditioned hard hat (ACHH) that can reduce the ambient temperature up to 22 degrees Fahrenheit!

Feher Research Inc. has taken a standard looking hard hat and turned it into the world’s first and only self-contained, portable air-conditioned headgear. This isn’t like a standard

[VIDEO] Volvo Announces Mid-Size Electric Excavator, the EX03

image courtesy of Volvo CE

To help reduce jobsite noise, exhaust emissions, and reduce maintenance, many construction equipment manufacturers have been busy producing all electric versions of their diesel powered machines, such as the 220+ ton electric crawler cranes that Liebherr recently unveiled. Volvo Construction Equipment is the latest to announce an all-electric machine with the announcement of the midsized, wheeled excavator, called the EX03.

The first thing you may notice about the EX03 is the large video screen on the back of the machine, something that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before. This screen can

The Space to Build Podcast Highlights and Inspires Women in Construction

courtesy of Kathryn Hart // Space to Build

Podcasting opens the door to listen to and enjoy so many different perspectives from across industry and across the world. I’m absolutely thrilled by the continued growth of podcasting in the construction realm, because it allows us to listen to conversations that we normally wouldn’t have access to, many of which can be extremely important for shaping the future of our industry. One of the newer voices making her conversations heard is Kathryn Hart on her podcast, Space to Build.

Space to Build features one-on-one conversations with other women

[Virtual] Trade Show Time!

With most convention halls shuttered by the COVID-19 pandemic, trade shows have gone digital, many for the first time. Gone is the opportunity to touch the metal, sit in the seat, or participate in the live demo of the latest tools and equipment. But all is not lost, virtually speaking, as video and news releases are popping up in droves from events like the IBS (Intl. Builders Show).

For example, Schneider Electric showcased its Wiser Energy Monitor, Square D Energy Center, and new connected wiring device ranges for builders seeking ways to drive efficiency and sustainability. These new smart solutions

Meet Canvas, the Drywall Finishing Robot Offering Level 5 Quality

courtesy of Canvas

No matter the industry, robots are highly efficient at performing repetitive tasks.  We’ve seen that firsthand in the construction industry in recent years with the emergence of bricklaying, rebar-tying, and overhead drilling robots. These robots not only offer consistency, but help to reduce muscular-skeletal injuries caused by long term stress on muscles and joints. A newer robot hitting construction sites is Canvas, a semi-autonomous robot that promises to provide Level 5 finish on drywall.

When set up on the jobsite, Canvas has the ability to spray drywall compound on walls and ceilings and provides

Autodesk Build is Available to All, Combines Capabilities of BIM 360 and PlanGrid

courtesy of Autodesk

At last year’s virtual Autodesk University, Autodesk announced a trio of new products: Build, Quantify, & BIM Collaborate.  Build, the platform that combines the features of PlanGrid and BIM 360, is officially available on a global scale as of today.

What is Autodesk Build?

Combining the strong documentation abilities of BIM 360 and the field accessibility of PlanGrid, Autodesk Build is being offered as a complete solution for construction project management, quality control, safety reporting, project cost, and closeout.  While Build does combine these two platforms, Autodesk does not have current plans to stop supporting

Trenching and Excavating Procedures and Safety

Did you know that excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous construction operations? More than 800 construction workers are involved in accidents each year on the job. Of these accidents, approximately 40 workers are involved in an incident related to excavation or trenching.

That’s why the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Admin.) has gone to great lengths to define threats and identify safe practices. The good thing is that there are safety measures and systems that can be implemented to reduce these mishaps all together.

We define excavation as any human-made trench, depression, cut, or cavity involving earth removal. As for a trench? It’s defined more