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Here’s why taking the stairs can promote greener buildings and improve occupant health. Designers and builders might rethink stair placement.
People are continuously pushing the limits of wood construction. Now, even very tall buildings, once only the domain of concrete and steel, are getting designed using wood as structural components. Proponents claim the payoff can help trim humanity’s greenhouse...
When you help clients use water efficiently you add value to your services. Find out how EPA’s WaterSense can help.
It’s no secret that these June 2016 construction products announcements might have just the solution you need. Secure data, jobs for vets, and more.read more
The May 2016 construction products announcements include unusual items like invisibility glass, and new items like a pre-packaged solar power system.read more
The digitizer made construction takeoffs faster and more accurate for many decades, but it’s been replaced by software. Digitizer history.read more
Construction labor woes are nothing new, but what might be new this time is the reason. Get stats and read perspectives from the CECU and industry observers.
While the electrician shortage isn’t ending anytime soon, electrical contractors can use these tactics to be more attractive to job hunters.
Social media offers a powerful tool for solving your skilled worker shortage in construction, and these 7 tactics focus on transparency and acknowledgment.
TrueLook Offers Turnkey Drone Photography Services
TrueLook released a new drone photography service available for all active customers, and became the first construction camera service to offer integrated drone photography. A qualified pilot captures HD photos and video of the client’s jobsite, and the media automatically appears in the customer’s TrueLook app. This provides a simple, cost-effective way to add aerial photography and videography to project documentation.
TrueLook has a nationwide network of drone operators who are insured and FAA approved to fly for commercial purposes. This eliminates the hurdles of FAA requirements, paperwork, and ever-changing guidelines for customers trying to legally operate their own drone or quadcopter. Each pilot is vetted for professionalism and bound by strict safety guidelines. The drone service will deliver high quality HD media. Pilots capture at least 20 aerial images in 4k resolution and deliver an edited 1080p video production. The media appears in the customer’s TrueLook photo albums within a day or two.
Cancel the Loud
Traditional earplugs rely on absorption to lower sound, which rapidly meets its limit particularly with bass frequencies. ISOLATE® protectors reflect sound away from the ears and therefore achieve much greater sound reduction. And, they don’t let sound into the ear canal.
Custom designed memory foam tips, EARFOAMS®, dramatically reduce sound without muffling or distortion. Hear with increased detail and at safer listening levels. Protects your ears from loud noise that could damage your hearing. Construction workers will particularly appreciate the ability of ISOLATE® to block very low frequencies from entering their ears.
Traditional ear plugs and defenders do not block the lowest frequencies, creating a muffled sound which, as well as being unpleasant to listen to, leaves wearers feeling disconnected or even ‘underwater.’ Flare Audio is already respected in the live audio industry, with its products used by artists at festivals and concerts. Flare products are also installed at cinemas, including the renowned Olympic Studios in London.
ISOLATE®s current crowdfunding campaign offers a one-off chance to secure a pair at an introductory price of £23 for ISOLATE®, £46 for ISOLATE® PRO. Packages available. Ships worldwide.
New Augmented Reality Option For Android
The NGRAIN Viewer for Android, a new app for Android tablets and smart glass devices, enables you to deploy industrial 3D content created with NGRAIN’s Producer Pro.
Organizations working with heavy equipment, assemblies, and other industrial assets in the field, can use the viewer to easily explore possible use cases for smart glasses and 3D content without having to develop mobile 3D apps. Since the Viewer for Android is open source, R&D teams and developers have a starting point to create and customize their own industrial applications.
NGRAIN partnered with Epson in delivering an optimized experience for the Epson® Moverio® BT-200 and BT-300 smart eyewear. Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Ventures for Epson America said the NGRAIN viewer for Android dramatically lowers the cost of content creation while maintaining the quality of these high-end content experiences for AR glasses. The NGRAIN Viewer for Android is free for download via the NGRAIN Web site.