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Having access to software developers on the team enables us to take a theory and create a solution that would otherwise take years to develop. SEATTLE (PRWEB) September 25, 2014 Teams from Balfour Beatty Construction took top honors at the recent Seattle AEC Hackathon 1.2. Hacking apps built on virtual reality, 3D modeling and productivity technologies, the two teams combined to take first place overall and win the Unreal Challenge with solutions designed to solve real-world pain points in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The hackathon took place at the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education at the University of Washington. Winning top overall honors, Balfour Beatty Constructions Team BuildTrak came together with hackers from Newforma and Microsoft to develop a mobile production reporting and tracking app built on Newforma project information management (PIM) software. The team first worked to identify specific industry pain points that its app could address in the real world. To address inefficiencies on worksites, the team focused on building an app to be used in the field to more accurately track man hours as work is being completed. Featuring a simple user interface for both desktop and mobile devices, the BuildTrak production tracking app addresses a real and current need for Balfour Beatty Construction divisions that conduct self-perform work. The BuildTrak app delivers value in saving time and money based on its ability to increase accuracy and ensure reliable information is coming from the field. The app also creates a paperless process, enabling centralized project data storage and the ability to reference historical project data for future estimates. Balfour Beatty Constructions Team HazYard took first place in the hackathons Unreal Challenge by building a game-style app based on virtual reality and SketchUp 3D modeling technologies. The objective was to adapt the innovative technologies to make learning safe behaviors and preparing field workers for projects more memorable, fun and engaging. In the challenge sponsored by Unreal Engine, a game developer platform, Team HazYard partnered with hackers from IrisVR to build a gameified app designed to improve the quality of safety training and jobsite orientation. To bring safety training to life in a game format, HazYard users wear an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to simulate real-world jobsite experiences with games connected to number of days without a lost-time incident. The game app scores individuals on how well they grasp safety concepts, gauges their safe choices, and evaluates their understanding of a projects unique conditions. HazYard also incorporates a Trimble SketchUp plug-in that allows users to highlight potential worksite danger zones and identify the projects emergency assembly point. Each AEC Hackathon provides our project teams the collaborative environment to prototype and move toward real-world solutions for problems associated with field operations. Having access to software developers on the team enables us to take a theory and create a solution that would otherwise take years to develop, stated Jason Reece, technology innovation and improvement lead for Balfour Beatty Construction. To learn more about the companys involvement and apps, please connect with: Daniel Shirkey, technology leader at Balfour Beatty Construction Elizabeth Angel, senior process manager at Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company Luis Martinez III, project manager at Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company # # # About AEC Hackathon The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. It has quickly become a community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment, not just AEC. Our world faces fresh new problems that urgently need brilliant minds to solve them and this is the community that is improving how our world is designed, built, and operated. Visit the AEC Hackathon website at http://www.aechackathon.com . About Balfour Beatty Construction Services US An industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sector. With more than 3,000 employees across the U.S., the company has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record.
PCTEL Launches SeeHawk® Touch™ to Streamline In-Building Walk Testing – Yahoo Finance
It also enables the tester to be less conspicuous while collecting data at in-building venues. As in-building network quality continues to be a point of emphasis for operators, PCTEL is focused on creating tools that are optimized for in-building testing, said David Neumann, Vice President and General Manager, RF Solutions. SeeHawk Touch and SeeGull IBflex are designed to make walk tests more accurate, convenient, and cost-effective, added Neumann. SeeHawk Touch gives users powerful tools for analyzing the performance of WiFi, LTE, and other wireless networks. It includes all the capabilities of PCTELs traditional SeeHawk software. SeeHawk is used by operators worldwide to improve the performance of both indoor and outdoor wireless networks. SeeHawk Touch users have access to SeeHawks wide variety of display formats including, charts, tables, and maps. Results can be viewed in real time, or saved and exported for more detailed examination later. These capabilities turn accurate data into actionable results that can be used to improve indoor network Quality of Service and increase customer satisfaction. SeeHawk Touch is part of PCTELs RAN Mobile Test Suite, which has been shortlisted as Best Test/Measurement LTE Product, LTE Asia 2014. The RAN Mobile Test Suite now features two tablet-optimized tools for in-building wireless network testing. The company previously unveiled SeeWave, a compact and efficient interference locating system, at Mobile World Congress 2014. PCTEL will be demonstrating both SeeWave and SeeHawk Touch at LTE Asia, Stand 2, Sept. 23-24. For more information, visit rfsolutions.pctel.com or contact your regional sales representative. About PCTEL PCTELdeliversPerformanceCriticalTelecom solutions. RF Solutions develops and provides test equipment, software, and engineering services for wireless networks. Engineers rely uponPCTELtovisualize, benchmark, and optimize wireless networks. Connected Solutions designs and delivers performance critical antennas and site solutions for wireless networks globally. Our antennas support evolving wireless standards for cellular, private, and broadband networks.PCTELantennas and site solutions support networks worldwide, including SCADA for oil, gas and utilities, fleet management, industrial operations, health care, small cell and network timing deployment, defense, public safety, education, and broadband access. PCTEL’sperformance critical products include its SeeGull scanning receivers and CW Transmitter, SeeHawk and SeeHawk Touch analytic software, and its SeeWave interference locating system.PCTELis recognized globally for its industry leading-edge IBflex, EXflex, and MX scanning receivers and its sophisticated in-building Network Engineering Services (NES). PCTEL’sperformance critical MAXRAD and Bluewave antenna solutions include high rejection and high performance GPS and GNSS products, the industry leading Yagi portfolio, mobile and indoor LTE, broadband, and LMR antennas and PIM-rated antennas for transit, in-building, and small cell applications. We provide performance critical mobile towers for demanding emergency and oil and gas network applications and leverage our design, logistics, and support capabilities to deliver performance critical site solutions into carrier, railroad, and utility applications. PCTEL’sproducts are sold worldwide through direct and indirect channels. For more information, please visit the company’s web sites: http://www.pctel.com , http://www.antenna.com , or http://www.rfsolutions.pctel.com . Android is a trademark of Google Inc.