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www.rockproducts.com ROCKproducts • December 2018 • 25 What if your site camera could talk to your project manage- ment software, sharing project information with workers? Now, this is possible, as technology providers are partnering up to make it easier to manage images. With this type of integration, aggregates companies can share production line photos with external contacts or those work- ing outside the project. Even more, a worker can look up, by date, photos and add comments. Recently, TrueLook and Procore announced a new partner- ship that combines TrueLook's jobsite viewing in Procore's project management software. In this case, TrueLook is also tapping into Procore's application programming inter- face, allowing for actions assigning ownership to tasks and requesting information from team members. TrueLook has more software integrations planned in the coming months, and has also recently made hardware upgrades, adding drone services and Ethernet-based cam- eras for indoor jobsites. This is just one example. OxBlue also recently integrated with Procore, allowing teams to easily view and organize photos, specs, drawings and documents. Meanwhile, Sensera Systems has announced the launch of its own management application, SitePOV, which captures accu- rate as-built photo documentation from any location around the jobsite and provides automated photo management. At the end of the day, site cameras are more often sharing photos from the jobsite with project management systems, enabling for better archival and management of information related to photos. Source: Today's Construction & Tech Trends, ConExpo-Con/ Agg. Leveraging AI For Project Lifecycle Tracking What if your team could leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to travel to an earlier phase of a project, such as a relocation of a primary crusher, or adding a new production line? New technology aims to give workers a photographic memory, which enables them to visually look at the first week, month or year of a project, as if they were there in-person all over again. Here's how it works: An aggregates professional would attach a camera to a standard hard hat, which would then allow him or her to record video of everything they see on a project. This is then uploaded and combined into video frames. This is where the artificial intelligence technology comes into play, as it can fill in the gaps. As one example, OpenSpace allows workers the ability to move backward, and forward again, in time to create a visual record. With this kind of technology, aggregates operations can better manage request for information updates and promote security inspections. The team will also be able to see a pho- tographic view at any point of the project. One of the challenges with artificial intelligence is a cer- tain critical mass of data is needed to train an AI algorithm. According to McKinsey, AI's adoption in the aggregates, engi- neering and construction sector will be modest, but it does predict that AI will play a more significant role in construc- tion in the coming years. Some of the areas where AI can be used in construction include: • Optimizing the project schedule. • Image recognition. • Enhanced analytics platforms that can collect data from sensors. Going forward, artificial intelligence, in combination with machine learning and robotics, has the potential to change the way construction companies do business at the jobsite. Integrating Project Management Software With Cameras

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