Friday, January 19, 2018
 

productivity killers
Are Administrative Tasks Killing Your Project Team's Productivity?

There's no question that the typical project involves hundreds or even thousands of moving pieces, and keeping track of them all can turn into a logistical nightmare. Though this has long been considered simply business as usual, have you ever stopped to wonder just how much time you're losing to common administrative tasks? Some of the most routine parts of your job are, in fact, real productivity killers that eat up hours of your week. When you add up those losses across all members of your team and through the lifespan of your project, the price tag of lost productivity due to everyday administrative tasks can be staggering.   [FULL STORY]
 
 
 
Ring's new Stick-up Cam has been designed for inside and outside use. It will work with Ring's new alarm system and can be set to only record in the home when you're out.   [FULL STORY]
Closing Construction's Skilled Labor Gap with Technology
by Chad Hollingsworth, CEO, Triax Technologies
 
Many millennials, who have pursued four-year college degrees and are concerned about company culture and professional development, tend to overlook construction and the trades entirely. Also, since technology is an integral part of their daily lives and construction is one of the least digitized industries, it doesn't help the industry's image. A 2017 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) study found that only 3 percent of young adults aged 18 to 25 who knew which career they wanted to pursue would choose construction. With job growth in construction expected to double the national average over the next decade, and nearly three-quarters of general contractors reporting having difficulty finding skilled workers this year, something clearly needs to change.   [FULL STORY]
 
 
 
 
Video:
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: First look
Nest's new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor matches some of the image recognition smarts from Nest's indoor sensor and a more sturdy housing. [FULL STORY]

Feature:
Unreal Estate
The rise of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems should not take anyone by surprise, as the foundations have been present for decades. The first head-mounted display for immersive simulations was created in 1968, and Building Information Modeling was debuted shortly thereafter. As computers displaced pen and paper, basic 3D rendering became a matter of course, expected by clients as part of the design package. [FULL STORY]

Featured News:
With PREVAILPRO PNY Launches the World's First Four 4K Display and VR Capable Thin and Light Mobile Workstations at SIGGRAPH
PNY Technologies reset mobile workstation expectations by launching extraordinarily powerful, thin and light PNY PREVAILPROP4000 and P3000 mobile workstations. With their NVIDIA Max-Q design, these innovative systems are designed from the Quadro GPU out, to deliver capabilities, compute performance, unmatched simultaneous four-display screen real estate, and immersive VR (P4000), to drive next generation workflows across industries ranging from AEC and Manufacturing to M&E and Scientific and Technical computing. [FULL STORY]

Feature:
How AI Will Transform Civil Engineering
The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology means it is quickly becoming suitable for a wide range of commercial applications, and civil engineering is one of the sectors where it could soon make a big impact. Currently one of the least digitized industries, there is huge scope for AI to transform processes across the entire project life cycle. Such a significant transition may not be entirely smooth, but as the benefits become clear it is surely inevitable - so lets take a look at what the future holds. [FULL STORY]

Feature:
Best Practices for Preventing "Scope Creep"
For professionals in the AEC fields, "scope creep" is a phrase that strikes fear into their hearts. Defined as growth in project requirements that happens after a project has started, scope creep is a common issue that drags down productivity. For architects and engineers, this "creep" is very common, as the client envisions initial designs as a blank canvas that can be adjusted with more and more features. Some of these requested changes are understandable, as developing a project is a dynamic process filled with unknowns. A project will often change due to the owner's reconsidering certain features, or perhaps when the conditions on the site necessitate an alteration. [FULL STORY]


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