ClearEdge3DClearEdge3D's Verity software compares as-built structures to CAD models and BIM to identify discrepancies and improve project quality.

By Tim O'Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Every builder knows that what's shown on a blueprint or in a 3-D rendering never exactly matches up with the end result. Something as small as a misaligned bolt could alter the placement of a support beam in a way that impacts how the structure fits together and its overall strength. Understanding those imperfections and having an accurate picture of the real-world building requires a way to map an as-built model of the structure.

NearmapNearmap can help construction clients at every stage of a project.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

When a developer evaluates land for a project, their first impulse might to be to take a drive to look at the site. But Nearmap US Inc.’s technology allows users to skip that step, as well as make other important decisions during every stage of a construction project, Vice President of Marketing Tony Agresta says.

PlanGridPlanGrid is a field-focused mobile platform for coordinating construction documents that saves time and reduces rework.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Cost is a concern on any project, but when public money is involved there’s an even higher level of scrutiny. It’s one of the reasons why Caltrans, the agency charged with managing California’s highway systems, mandated that general contractor Granite Construction provide tablets to field workers during the realignment of SR-99 in Fresno, Calif. The $225 million project will make way for the construction of a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Marretti Stairs’ distinctive staircases are growing more popular in America.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

It can cost as little as a few thousand dollars. Or it can cost a few hundred thousand dollars. Its price is influenced by design, material and special requests. Welcome to the world of Marretti Stairs, one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of custom-made staircases. 

For more than 100 years, Florence, Italy-based Marretti Stairs has been handling jobs of all shapes and sizes. “We have staircases for every budget,” says Marzia Marzi, head of U.S. operations. “We can do a small staircase for $3,000 or we can do a very sophisticated design for $1 million.”

Marretti Stairs has been stepping up its game in the United States since it opened a New York office in 2005. It offers anything from cost-efficient simple designs to elaborate concepts that take months to engineer.

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