During the final days of World of Concrete, our News Analyst, Jim Lichtenwalter, crisscrossed the gargantuan Las Vegas Convention Center, walking over eight miles one day, trying to take in as much of the massive expo as humanly possible. During his travels, Jim stopped in on the many BuiltWorlds Members exhibiting on the event’s massive show floors. Here is what some of our members were up to at World of Concrete:
During its World of Concrete press conference, Hilti unveiled a variety of new tools and solutions it's launching in 2019. One of the most impressive things the tool manufacturer showed off was the TE 60-A36 combihammer. Hammering at a frequency of 3,300 impacts per minute, this tool is cordless and packs the largest battery Hilti can stick on a tool.
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While FARO had made a name for itself with its 3-D measurement solution and laser scanners, the tech company had some exciting new announcements to share at World of Concrete. Chief among them was a new integration with Stormbee, to put the FARO’s laser scanners on drones, so contractors can get airborne 3D scans of buildings and job sites.
DeWalt also unveiled a new series of tools for workers to put to use on the jobsite. One of the most interesting new additions to the company’s massive arsenal is the Universal Dust Extractor and SDS+ Dust Extraction Kit, which are portable dust collection solutions. Like a lot of the tools DeWalt displayed, these are battery-powered. They can be put on another tool, and are controlled using a remote fob.
Raken, a reporting and field management software solution was touting the sheer number of integrations now available. The company recently announced an integration with Autodesk BIM 360 and also sports similar integrations with Trimble and Procore
Speaking of Procore, the construction software company held a press conference at World of Concrete to announce some new updates. The most exciting new piece of information was the company’s announcement of an equipment tracking solution to the platform. “This is so the contractors will know where their equipment is, and safety and quality inspections on that equipment is being tracked,” said Kevin Strum, Procore’s Director of Product Marketing. This addition will likely be released in early 2019.
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Matt Daly, the CEO, and Co-Founder of StructionSite, a jobsite reality capture platform, joined Strum up on stage the Procore press conference. Last year, StructionSite announced an integration with Procore. At the press conference, he discussed a new feature his team is working, known as SmartTrack, which using AI to automatically determine the framing of dry-wall.
The construction jo-costing software had a booth at World of Concrete. Coins just rolled out a resource management system, which will allow users to do short term interval scheduling for both labor and equipment. The company is also recently released a time collection component to its software, which will help with payroll.