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Understanding the impact of engine idling

January 2, 2019 Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison, Petro-Canada Lubricants

Downtime for a construction operation can cause significant disruption and have a real impact on a company’s bottom line. It’s therefore essential to ensure that equipment is running smoothly — even in the most difficult and extreme conditions. There are

Product Software / Hardware

Latest version of Trimble Earthworks platform supports motor graders, tiltrotator attachments

December 17, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

Trimble has released its Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.7 with support for motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotator attachments. Earthworks for Motor Graders is a GNSS-based, 3D grade control solution designed for fine grading. In addition, Earthworks now

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Job site automation: Can job sites be more like factories?

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Wolves and construction materials don’t have a lot in common, but finding them can present similar challenges. Thus, a presentation on tracking wolf packs became the inspiration for a unique solution for locating construction materials on job sites. “I thought,

News Software / Hardware

Construction software firm PlanGrid bought by Autodesk for US$875M

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Autodesk Inc., an American software firm that caters mainly to the architecture, engineering and entertainment industries is expanding its reach into construction by snapping up PlanGrid, a fast-growing construction software firm used by contractors, subtrades and owners. Worth

Product Software / Hardware

John Deere rolls out grade indication for skid steers, compact track loaders

October 22, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

John Deere has introduced an on-board grade indication option on its G-Series skid steers (330G and 332G) and large-frame G-Series compact track loaders (331G and 333G). The indication offers a readout of the cross slope and main-fall slope of the

Product Software / Hardware

Topcon unveils next generation of Magnet software

October 15, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

From Topcon Positioning Group, Magnet Collage version 2 includes newly-added features for horizontal construction workflow. features include automated ground surface extraction, point cloud density color mapping, the ability to filter and fill TIN surfaces, TIN inclusion boundaries, alignments, cross section

Article Software / Hardware

Managing heavy equipment: Making sense of equipment operation data

October 2, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Construction, it is frequently observed, has not enjoyed the technology-driven productivity gains that have occurred in manufacturing over the past two decades. A partial explanation for this is that manufacturing equipment operates in a static environment, making it relatively easy

Product Software / Hardware

Topcon introduces Magnet Inspect software for UAV infrastructure inspection

September 4, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

From Topcon Positioning Group, Magnet Inspect is designed to facilitate data processing workflow for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) infrastructure inspection. The software manages UAV data sets to create inspection reports. It aims to allow operators to visually navigate UAV photos,

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Make robots pay taxes? Feds mull ways to adapt to job site automation, ‘gig’ economy

September 4, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Construction is one of the five industries most vulnerable to evolving technology, top federal officials have been told

News Risk ManagementSoftware / Hardware

Putting focus on job site technology, EllisDon to implement Fieldwire on all Canadian projects

August 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

The traditional clipboard, and other rudimentary jobsite tools like it, are living on borrowed time

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John Deere adds SmartGrade to G-Series motor grader line

August 27, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

SmartGrade technology from John Deere is available for the company’s G-Series motor grader line. The Topcon 3D integrated grade control eliminates masts and cables from the moldboard. An automation suite is included with SmartGrade. The suite includes auto-articulation, blade flip

Product Software / Hardware

Doosan rolls out telematics management system

August 15, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

From Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, the DoosanConnect telematics management system is standard on all the company’s equipment, except DX63-3 and DX85R-3 compact excavators. The equipment includes a modem with cellular and satellite antennas, which collect data from sensors on

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Ottawa tech firm takes on ‘primitive’ concrete testing

August 9, 2018 Jillian Morgan

With a little resistance from an industry sometimes seen as being set in its ways, Giatec Scientific Inc. is working to bring the world’s second most consumed material into the 21st century. Its smart concrete testing products offer an alternative

Article ConstructionInfrastructureSoftware / Hardware

Virtual models that support maintenance and operations

August 9, 2018 Jacob Stoller

  A bid team at EllisDon recently received a two-sentence RFP addendum pertaining to documentation requirements. “It stipulated that the as-built model we were to produce had to be at the level that would allow the owner to operate and

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Construction 2.0: Technology is changing construction, the industry must change with it

July 24, 2018 Paul Struthers

The construction industry in Canada is experiencing a transformation. New technologies tailored to the space are creating greater efficiency, but labour gaps are increasing, access to capital is shrinking and a trade war with the U.S. has begun. To adapt

News Software / Hardware

6 Steps to Better Productivity for Construction Firms

June 20, 2018 Viewpoint

With complex projects, people and responsibilities to manage on a daily basis, achieving profitable growth in construction is a significant challenge — especially since projects often vary in size, scope and timelines. For smaller and mid-sized contractors, the key to

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Construction innovation: Shedding the old paradigms

June 11, 2018 Jacob Stoller

The term “innovation” conjures up images of drones, virtual reality, state-of-the-art sensing technology and leading-edge building materials. These products, however, are only enablers—the real innovation is in the changes companies have to make to adopt them. Unlike manufacturers, contractors don’t

Article Software / Hardware

Augmented Reality Brings BIM to the Jobsite

May 4, 2018 Jacob Stoller

By marrying the virtual world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with the real world of the job site, augmented reality (AR) is already having an impact on how construction work gets done. The question is, how far will the trend go?

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Trimble rounds-out construction technology offering with acquisition

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trimble has agreed to acquire Portland, Ore.-based Viewpoint for US$1.2 billion. The purchase aims to extend Trimble’s construction management software offering, and is complementary to its recent acquisition of Florida-based software company e-Builder, which it purchased for $500 million in



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