Augmented Reality goes to trial, wins (for now…)

David Kravets, writing for Ars Technica: A judge on Thursday declared as unconstitutional a local Wisconsin ordinance mandating that the makers of augmented reality games get special use permits if their mobile apps were to be played in county parks. The law—the nation’s first of its kind—was challenged on First Amendment grounds amid concerns it … Continue reading Augmented Reality goes to trial, wins (for now…)

Ever wish you could carry your iPad on your tool belt?

Construction Junkie’s Shane Hedmond shared the following: Runnur, a mobile tech gear company, has developed a hands-free belt clip system for your tablet that’s perfect for construction professionals. The belt clip system attaches to the case you already own and allows you to store it on your hip, keeping your hands free, when it’s not … Continue reading Ever wish you could carry your iPad on your tool belt?

Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process

Slate’s podcast, Working, profiles various professionals in an attempt to understand what certain unique jobs entail. In a recent episode, Jacob Brogan profiled Mark Hughes, a self-described “cell technical specialist” who performs forensic analysis of batteries: The lab where Hughes works is an enormous facility, coming in at around 85,000 square feet. It includes equipment … Continue reading Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process

Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

First the robots came for manufacturing jobs. Then they went after skilled labor. Now, robots are going after inspectors. Reuters’ Alwyn Scott reports on a new business line at GE dedicated to a mostly automated process of inspecting buildings and other facilities: General Electric Co has begun testing autonomous drones and robotic “crawlers” to inspect … Continue reading Will robots replace human inspectors? According to GE, perhaps…

Boston-based startup aims to improve the customer experience of the home services market

According to Dylan Martin at BostInno, a new startup called Dispatch has successfully raised a $12-million round of venture capital from an enviable list of investors that includes ServiceMaster, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, Salesforce and Assurant. What does Dispatch do? The easiest way to describe Dispatch is this: the Boston startup has built a software platform … Continue reading Boston-based startup aims to improve the customer experience of the home services market

Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

Jennifer Hermes, writing for Environmental Leader: Risk management professionals should be leading the charge to help their companies understand how disruptive technologies will affect business strategies and operations – and those risk managers who don’t lead the way will be relegated to a support role, according to the new 2017 Excellence in Risk Management (PDF) report. Disruptive technologies as … Continue reading Risk Management: Don’t drive forward with all your attention in the rear-view mirror

3D-Printing an entire building is reality, no longer just a theory

Researchers at MIT have confirmed that the future of the A/E/C industry is now in fact here. In the proof-of-concept, a vehicle of sorts, moving along a track, carries a robotic arm that utilizes a precision-controlled nozzle to place a variety of materials including spray foam insulation and concrete. ScienceDaily reports: Structures built with this system could … Continue reading 3D-Printing an entire building is reality, no longer just a theory

An “engineer” by any other name would smell as sweet

Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare, but it seems that right now across the internet, a lot of attention is being paid to how the word “engineer” is defined. Merriam Webster, a fairly respected dictionary, offers three definitions of the word, engineer:

  1. “a designer or builder of engines”
  2. “a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering”
  3. “a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance.”

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