Tech Talk: No Plans? No Problem, Amazon’s Delivery Drones, Life Saving AI, & More

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Check out this week’s construction tech news with James Benham, Rob McKinney, and Josh Bone, and our interview with special guest Chris Weaver, Director of Technology at Andy Egan Company.

Notable New Tech

No Plans? No Problem.

Martin Bros., a drywall subcontractor in Southern California, has been developing virtual and augmented reality solutions aiming to remain future-forward. Their latest achievement is now a completed proof of concept that involved building a bathroom pod frame – without the use of construction plans. The frame was completed using only a rendered model and the Microsoft HoloLens. Learn More

Amazon’s Delivery Drones

Amazon has partnered with the British government to test drones for autonomous package delivery. This is a major success for the company, as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s recent update to the rules governing commercial drone use did not okay automated flights guided by GPS, or flights in which the drone leaves the operator’s line of sight. Learn More

Life-Saving AI

Recent reports state that IBM’s artificial intelligence system, Watson, has saved the life of a woman by correctly identifying a disease that was undetected using traditional methods. The system compared the woman’s genetic information to over 20 million clinical oncology studies and determined that the patient has a rare form of leukemia. Learn More

In the News

Tips for Your Career in Construction

The construction industry offers a wide variety of career opportunities, but landing a job in a new area can be a frustrating task. Hard Hat Hub suggests developing a strategy for continually refining your skills, staying updated on current trends, and building relationships to help you navigate the next stage of your career. Learn More

“The man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by the person doing it.”

– Elbert Hubbard


Cloud Security Tip of the Week

The Cloud Computing Effect

Cloud computing offers many benefits but has not always been deemed “safe” by IT professionals in the past. Ironically, the concerns about security were exactly what forced public providers to take extra precautions to avoid any issues. It is because of these safeguards that InfoWorld argues that the best security systems are on public clouds. Learn More

Where I’ve Been

I hosted a live episode of the ConTechTrio Podcast from the AGC IT Forum in Chicago, Illinois on August 5th.

Where I’ll Be

On September 9th, I will be presenting on “Future Forcast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules” in Austin, Texas.

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Rob McKinney, our ConAppGuru, is another source for construction technology reviews and news. Teach me!

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