Dr. Joseph Burgett prepares to fly a drone

Carolinas AGC is pleased to feature a construction technology series throughout 2021! Carolinas contractors need to make sound decisions when it comes to the right time and right reasons to implement new technologies. These decisions are generally based on advancing safety and efficiency of their workforce, while also positively affecting their firm’s bottom line. In the Carolinas, we are practical and pragmatic about leaping into new tech territory and we should be! There is a right time for each firm to adopt new technology and it’s not the same for all. Finding that fit or existing need, timing and practicality is the key to the success of any technology that is deployed.

However, with so many advances in these areas, it’s more important now than ever to remain aware of the universe of tech solutions, what they bring to our industry, and how they may benefit our individual firms now or in the near future.

Our goal is to present as many of these beneficial technologies to our membership over the year so you can either become aware of them, deploy a program if it’s time, or ask questions about an existing program. We will offer information on all types of construction tech from Project Management software used in office and on the jobsite, to robotics equipment that automate tasks for efficiency and safety of our workforce to artificial intelligence analytics that work to eliminate jobsite incidents.

If you are interested in hearing about a certain construction technology, please let us know about it and we will work to include it in our series! Upcoming events in the series include the following:

Robots that Lift and Place Heavy Block: MULE 135 & SAM 100

Date: April 9, 2021
Presenter: Construction Robotics

Specific content to be announced soon!

MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) is a lift assist device designed for handling and placing materials that weigh up to 135lbs on a construction site. Attachments can be designed for any application. Materials like heavy block feel weightless, reduce fatigue and possible jobsite injuries.

SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) is a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics. SAM100 is the first commercially available bricklaying robot for onsite masonry construction.

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Project Procurement & Bid Management Technology 

Date: February 25, 2021
Presenter: Claire Stubblefield | ConstructConnect 

Are you aware of all the benefits of this unique partnership? If not, you should join us for this Connect and Learn to get up to speed on unique FREE benefits for CAGC members:
  • Searchable web-based clearinghouse of projects featuring project listings, details, and updates.
  • Access to all-new Bid Center! The online service organizes project leads and bid invites in one place, attach docs to any project you create, find partners, send projects to digital takeoff with one-click!
  • Preferred pricing on ConstructConnect products.
As part of this agreement, CAGC members get early access to Bid Center. Now, members can simply login and use this free digital bid board to organize their bids and more easily collaborate with their team members. With Bid Center, members can share projects and documents throughout their bidding process.

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Drone Technology for Contractors:
Benefits, Limitation and the Future of Drones in the Construction Industry

Date: February 17, 2021
Presenter: Dr. Joseph Burgett, Clemson University | Applied Drone Technology Course through Clemson

There is a lot of misunderstanding in the industry about the rules, benefits and barriers of using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones” for construction.  Dr. Joseph Burgett of Clemson University spoke to us about how off-the-shelf drones are being using to support jobsite activities and provide added value to clients.  He talked through the specifics of what is needed to start using this tool and the benefits real-world contractors are getting from using this technology.  Dr. Burgett also told us what we need to know about the new FAA rules that’s significantly expanded how drones can be used.

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Robots that Build the World:
Heavy Equipment Upfits that use AI to make your equipment Autonomous

Date: March 4, 2021
Presenter: Jimmy Kim | Built Robotics  

Built Robotics is employing robots with AI guidance systems to upgrade off-the-shelf heavy equipment enabling it to operate fully autonomously. They have deployed these robots across the $1 trillion earthmoving industry, and they’re being used to build critical infrastructure. In their presentation of this technology, they will discuss:
  • How Built's AI Guidance System is installed on existing heavy equipment to turn them into autonomous robots
  • How to manage and run the robot through our software
  • Safety systems and setup
  • The types of equipment and tasks that can be automated today
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