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With advancements in technology coming faster than ever, no industry can afford to miss out on the latest trends. Read about the breaking news in construction technology as it happens, and learn how you can make the latest tech work for you and your business.

The construction industry — a very information intensive industry — has been slow to adopt technology. Until about six or seven years ago, technology was reserved for the back office and typically used for HR, accounting, contract writing, tracking change orders, with nothing to drive the information to the people actually doing the work in the field.

The amount of workplace accidents and fatalities that occur in connection with excavators makes for disappointing and distressing reading. Engcon wants to lead the excavation industry towards zero accidents, a "zero vision" — with smart technology on all excavators.

Stanley Infrastructure announced that LaBounty is expanding its latest line of mobile scrap shears, the MSD Legend Series. Starting April 2020, LaBounty will begin rolling out four new Legend models — the MSD4000R, MSD4500R, MSD2000 and MSD1500R — adding to its line of existing models, the MSD2250R, MSD2500R and MSD3000R.

Ohio-based Pepper Construction is bolstering its Integrated Construction Services with the recent addition of Virtual Construction Manager, Joe Northcutt. Northcutt is joining the company's Cincinnati office, adding significant expertise in virtual design and construction (VDC) and building information modeling (BIM).

Volvo Construction Equipment is rolling out a new map feature on the Haul Assist application at ConExpo that will allow operators to monitor hauler traffic around a job site and proactively adjust their driving according to traffic conditions. This update improves productivity and safety due to better communication and monitoring between machines.

Komatsu will be a major exhibitor at this year's ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas. With the theme "Creating Connections," Komatsu's booth N-10825 will demonstrate how Komatsu's distributors and customers are increasingly connected through solutions that leverage digitalization to control costs and timelines.

Raken, the top-rated mobile field operations solution for the construction industry, has announced the launch of Production Tracking, a better way to manage productivity in the field. By providing construction teams with an easy-to-use tool to track employee time and materials, Production Tracking helps increase profitability and ensure the project is progressing according to plan.

The powerful John Deere four-wheel-drive L-Series wheel loaders can now be equipped with a factory-installed John Deere Payload Weighing System integrated with Topcon. The payload weighing system, which is designed to increase productivity by maximizing the operator workflow, is available on the 744L, 824L and 844L models.

On Nov. 20, 2019, Doosan Infracore (DI) unveiled "Concept-X" at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City, Korea. More than 200 people were in attendance, including National Assemblymen, Mayor of Boryeong City, business executives from Bosch, ASI, LG U+ and PoteNit related to the development of Concept-X, representatives of government agencies, and scholars from various academic institutions.

In managing the prospects of risk on project sites nationwide, both contractors and insurers alike are optimistic about the potential for modern technology to help mitigate any impending threats to safety in the work environment. According to a recent Dodge Data & Analytics study (conducted in partnership with IRMI Insights and Triax Technologies Inc.), challenges do remain, however, within the realm of technological advancements and assessing risk before contractors can take full advantage of its untapped potential.

Breaker Technology Inc. and Breaker Technology Ltd. (BTI), a worldwide leader in rock breaking equipment, launched its new fully responsive website at www.rockbreaker.com. The site is designed to offer an improved user-friendly experience with multiple navigation paths to help users find relevant information quickly and easily.