Weekly Round-Up: News from Autodesk, Komatsu, Pepper Construction, Parafin, and DroneDeploy

What happened this week in the built world? Here’s our Friday round up of news and announcements from members of the BuiltWorlds network. Want to be included? Send your press releases or story ideas to news@builtworlds.com.

1. Autodesk acquires Plangrid

Autodesk, a leader in design and engineering software, has signed an agreement to purchase Plangrid for $875 million. Plangrid is a cloud-based collaboration platform for the field.

2. Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) reaches milestone

Komatsu is an international leader in construction and mining equipment. The Komatsu AHS has now moved over two billion tons of surface material autonomously. AHS has moved more surface material than all other autonomous haulage solutions combined.

3. Pepper Construction displays Net Zero construction site trailer at Greenbuild

Pepper Construction, a premier Chicago-based general contractor, unveiled its new energy-efficient trailer at Greenbuild. “From air quality to basic human comforts and energy consumption, we found that existing jobsite trailers didn’t match our commitment to the environment or our staff,” stated Susan Heinking, Pepper’s Vice President of High Performance and Sustainable Construction and a LEED Fellow. “We redesigned it to focus on the human experience, productivity and quality from every aspect.” 

4. Parafin starts process of incorporating pre-loaded brand standards

Parafin is a software for developers that optimizes designs for profit using generative design. According to the most recent Parafin newsletter, the company is currently having conversations with hotel brands about having their brand standards preloaded into Parafin.

5. DroneDeploy hosts webinar on Managing Construction Projects with Drone Data

DroneDeploy is a cloud platform for commercial drone data, will be hosting a webinar on November 29. For more on how to leverage drones on your job site, check out our Research Report “Strategies for Drone Implementation.”

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