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Disruption key focus for GCC's construction tech suppliers

by Fatima De La Cerna on Jul 29, 2017

Hilti recently launched a new asset management system, Chabert says.
Hilti recently launched a new asset management system, Chabert says.

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“We launched, at the end of 2016, the Hilti BX 3-A, which is a battery-actuated direct fastening tool. It is five to six times faster than any traditional light anchoring application and delivers 80 joules of impact energy without any propellant,” Chabert says, noting that the product offers customers a fast and safe way to carry out daily on-site applications.

Hilti is reportedly set on increasing its market share in the region, and one way it is trying to achieve that is by focussing on services and software products.

“We have also just launched our new On Track asset management solution, which lets companies track assets on their sites, from small assets, such as hand tools and protective gears, to large ones like vehicles,” says Chabert.

In a paper titled Technology and its Impact on the Construction Industry, Steve Cockerell, industry marketing director at Rail Bentley Systems, highlights the same point made by Branthonne about the construction industry’s lethargic adoption of new technologies.

He says: “The increasing need for significant and accelerated digital transformation of business activities, processes, and competencies makes ‘business as usual’ no longer a viable option. It’s about new ways of doing business and, in the construction industry that means a new way of delivering and advancing infrastructure.”

Elaborating on how the industry can exploit new technologies that have made their way into the market, he talks about what has been done so far: “Some examples of our industry going digital include traditional survey techniques that are rapidly giving way to new ones, such as laser scanners and digital cameras.”

Citing a couple of Bentley products as an example, he adds: “Bentley’s ContextCapture software, introduced in 2015, enables engineers and designers to generate a detailed reality mesh – a navigable 3D model with fine, photo-realistic detail and precise geometric accuracy – from digital photographs.

“Bentley’s OpenRoads ConceptStation consumes this data and takes preliminary design to a new level, modelling not just how the road looks but how it behaves and [what it] costs, enabling designers to understand financial implications early in the process and to explore multiple scenarios in search of a preferred solution.”

Cockerell further points out that technology should not only be an enabler for innovation, but should also “enable engineering professionals to explore different scenarios in search of optimal solutions”.

He concludes: “Going digital is about providing open and live access to engineering models, beyond design and into construction and operations, and is about connecting workflows.”