Digital technology, products & trends

keyboard_arrow_upBeyond building security – intelligent technology adds convenience, utility, ease
keyboard_arrow_downBeyond building security – intelligent technology adds convenience, utility, ease

Security, access control, building management systems (BMS) and Workforce Convenience. These are not really words you would ordinarily combine in a concept, but they are getting closer together where facility owners are thinking ahead. With a little creativity, human-centred design thinking and great use of available technologies, the capabilities of security technology are being stretched […]

keyboard_arrow_upCanon UVgel solves the wide-format productivity puzzle
keyboard_arrow_downCanon UVgel solves the wide-format productivity puzzle

Johannesburg, South Africa. August 2018. The digital revolution in wide format printing for signage and graphics has undoubtedly opened up many avenues of opportunity for print service providers (PSPs). Developments in hardware, media and inks over the last decade have enabled PSPs to diversify their product offerings and extend their business capabilities. The continuing good […]

keyboard_arrow_upBetween science and design:
keyboard_arrow_downBetween science and design:

(in)complete is a system of collective intelligence, realised by renowned Italian architect Aldo Cibic, to help us to better understand and design our future.

keyboard_arrow_upAccess control radar system ideal for retrofitting
keyboard_arrow_downAccess control radar system ideal for retrofitting

The access control radar system is a package of modules that can be retro-fitted into a commonly configured building reception area or lobby, converting that space into a high security mantrap which allows the entry of only one authorised person at a time, while ignoring any cart, luggage or parcels in their possession.

keyboard_arrow_upPERI South Africa rises to challenge of 92 Rivonia Road project
keyboard_arrow_downPERI South Africa rises to challenge of 92 Rivonia Road project

The main challenges posed by the 92 Rivonia Road project were varied floor heights, and a façade that integrated steel, glass, aluminium, and concrete elements. The 1.8-m-wide and 300-mm-deep ‘feature brow’ along Pybus Road was a suspended off-slab edge with a 33° column-line angle. It extends from the 2nd to the 6th floor, returning at […]

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist wallpaper design and print company upgrades to Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist wallpaper design and print company upgrades to Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II

Custom wallpaper producer, Maggenta, upgrades to a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II, four years after Acuity LED 1600 investment signalled move away from latex.

keyboard_arrow_upEnsuring that everything matches
keyboard_arrow_downEnsuring that everything matches

Any bathroom can be reliably planned with the Geberit online specification tool

keyboard_arrow_upThe ultimate micro mobile home
keyboard_arrow_downThe ultimate micro mobile home

The Ultimate Mobile Micro Home

keyboard_arrow_upLifeArk off-grid housing is focused on sustainable community transformation
keyboard_arrow_downLifeArk off-grid housing is focused on sustainable community transformation

This affordable, emergency housing system is aimed at disaster prone areas and displaced peoples. Developed to create safe, sustainable and affordable homes for people living in low-income, marginalised areas around the world, LifeArk is a quickly deployable modular building system. The inaugural project of GDS Innovation Lab, a social innovation arm of the award-winning international architecture firm GDS, LifeArk aims to enable real transformation in a world where countless families remain without access to safe, sustainable homes…

keyboard_arrow_upGaining insight into your building’s energy consumption
keyboard_arrow_downGaining insight into your building’s energy consumption

Before implementing any energy saving initiatives, you need to assess the expected savings first. Excellumax does this by metering your building’s power consumption and other variables. The company then uses its energy reporting software, AR2 SoftwareTM, to process the data and gain valuable insight into your building’s energy consumption.

keyboard_arrow_upARCHICAD 21 – Step up your BIM!
keyboard_arrow_downARCHICAD 21 – Step up your BIM!

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, Graphisoft launched ARCHICAD 21, its industry-leading BIM software solution, in regional events across South Africa mid-June this year. The latest version of ARCHICAD introduces the highly-anticipated Stair Tool, featuring GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending Predictive Design™ technology.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017
keyboard_arrow_downThe Shortlist: World Architecture Festival 2017

Will one of these striking structures take 2017’s World Building of the Year title? Here are 22 architectural gems that really stand out.

keyboard_arrow_upOpen Knowledge Lounge at African Construction Week
keyboard_arrow_downOpen Knowledge Lounge at African Construction Week

The hard talk between the Built Environment, technology vendors, construction experts and academia happens from 23-24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upNew smart solar panel follows the sun, generates 40% more energy
keyboard_arrow_downNew smart solar panel follows the sun, generates 40% more energy

Imagine clean energy for your home or business that is easy, efficient, smart and beautiful. Three curious and progressive-minded friends all living in Burgenland, Austria circa 2010 set out to a create a completely new and unique solar solution - inspired by the shape of a sunflower- in an attempt to challenge the status quo of the solar energy market at the time. From their effort, smartflower was born. Essentially, it is a smart solar panel that follows the sun. It is a fully integrated, plug-and-play solar system that powers your world with clean energy. It’s pleasing to the eye, simple to install, even easier to use.

keyboard_arrow_upConsulting engineers need to embrace the cloud
keyboard_arrow_downConsulting engineers need to embrace the cloud

Basic business principles and cloud-based technology platforms need to be considered if the consulting engineering sector wants to stay afloat. In amongst a myriad of issues, the industry suffers significantly due to a chasm between the actual costs of a project versus the fees derived from scales that are quoted to win business. Simon Berry, Director, Fresh Projects, an online business management platform, says that it is critical that consulting engineers rely less on what is now a defunct fee-scale structure and rather find a new technology driven way to calculate appropriate fees.

keyboard_arrow_upMeasuring up has never been easier
keyboard_arrow_downMeasuring up has never been easier

STANLEY provides top of the range measuring tools that are perfectly suited for a diverse array of uses for the DIY enthusiast, interior designer and decorator, estate agent and even architect. Two innovative STANLEY lasers have recently been launched in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upCloud pushes construction management in a new direction
keyboard_arrow_downCloud pushes construction management in a new direction

While technology continues to evolve, we often don’t stop to think about why the world around us seems to be in a constant cycle of change. The reality is that keeping customers happy is what drives most innovation. Whether it is an app or something else in the cloud, the user experience is what matters most. This phenomenon goes further than most would expect and is even prevalent in construction as teams continue to grapple with large and unyielding construction projects, not yet realising that technology innovation can not only make things easier, but also ultimately lead to a happier team.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Internet of Things is the land of opportunity
keyboard_arrow_downThe Internet of Things is the land of opportunity

The worldwide web most of us are familiar with is a place populated by about 2.5 billion people who go online to find information, entertainment and shopping, or to stay in touch with friends and share ideas with colleagues. The internet was made by people, for people. But now it has become the Internet of Things (IoT). Experts predict that in a few years there could be 100 billion devices—actual physical things—connected to the web. Some of these devices are online today and more, many more, are coming soon.

keyboard_arrow_upThe smart grid works, but only if smart buildings are connected to it
keyboard_arrow_downThe smart grid works, but only if smart buildings are connected to it

The grid – the infrastructure that delivers electricity from our local utility and municipalities to buildings – is over-taxed. Because of increasing demand during peak time periods and the imminent output of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind when South Africa’s Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) start contributing with supply, the grid is less able to provide a stable energy supply.

keyboard_arrow_upOnSiteIMS™ System overhauls construction and project management methodology in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downOnSiteIMS™ System overhauls construction and project management methodology in Africa

The African property development industry is rich in new developments, pressured successes and epic challenges. Lessons can be learnt by examining these projects, their strengths and weaknesses, their management strategies, and the reasons for their success or failure.

keyboard_arrow_upBeat capacity challenges with Cannon
keyboard_arrow_downBeat capacity challenges with Cannon

Cannon Technologies, one of the leaders in innovative data centres, has introduced a pioneering data centre leasing service designed to offer organisations a comprehensive solution to all medium-term capacity challenges. This service offers all the benefits of Cannon Technologies’ state-of-the-art modular data centre technology, with no upfront capital investment.

keyboard_arrow_upVisualising the future before it is built
keyboard_arrow_downVisualising the future before it is built

Building Information Modelling is transforming the design process of buildings worldwide offering savings on construction costs as well as operational savings in terms of waste, water and energy use. Combining BIM with other developments such advances in data analysis and cloud-based collaboration also opens up exciting potential to reshape the way engineers, architects and designers collaborate on future projects.

keyboard_arrow_upIntroducing KayApp
keyboard_arrow_downIntroducing KayApp

Kaytech has developed an APP that gives you access to wide-ranging geosynthetic support at the touch of your smart phone screen. KayApp invites you to learn about Kaytech products, contact the sales team, connect with the technical team, and more… from your mobile device wherever you are.

keyboard_arrow_upFLIR Systems announces C2, compact full-featured professional thermal camera
keyboard_arrow_downFLIR Systems announces C2, compact full-featured professional thermal camera

FLIR Systems has launched the FLIR C2, the first fully-featured, pocket-sized thermal camera designed to help building professionals identify hidden heat patterns that clearly show where problems are, such as sources of energy waste, signs of structural defects, plumbing issues and more.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Smart Workplace 2040: The rise of the workspace consumer
keyboard_arrow_downThe Smart Workplace 2040: The rise of the workspace consumer

A glimpse back at the office of 1990 would remind us of a workplace where fax machines and fixed telephone landlines were the main mediums of communication. Bulky monitors, desktop PCs and fax machines were the norm, and an inbox was a physical tray overflowing with paper. It would be another year before Tim Berners-Lee launched the world’s first website. Flexible or remote working was an exception. Roll forward to today where electronic communication via the web, email and social channels is firmly established, where desktop PCs have largely been replaced by mobile computers such as notebooks and tablets. Video conferences via FaceTime or Skype are commonplace with remote, flexible working practices gaining widespread acceptance. Without doubt, the workplace has come a long way in the last 25 years.

keyboard_arrow_upTan-Treat™ gets the ‘thumbs up’ from Khulani Timbers
keyboard_arrow_downTan-Treat™ gets the ‘thumbs up’ from Khulani Timbers

Khulani Timber Industries, one of Limpopo’s longest established timber treatment operators, has given Arch Wood Protection’s Tan-Treat™ Quality Support System the ‘thumbs up’ for value-added savings and efficiency improvements.

keyboard_arrow_upNew high efficiency solar panel modules
keyboard_arrow_downNew high efficiency solar panel modules

Trina Solar Limited, a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services, announces the launch of two new high-efficiency modules, the Honey Plus (PC05A (II)), a multi-crystalline module and the Honey M Plus (DC05A (II)), a mono-crystalline module, which offer average power outputs of 275W and 285W, respectively.

keyboard_arrow_upUPS systems ensure continuity of service
keyboard_arrow_downUPS systems ensure continuity of service

New to Legrand’s range of service sector solutions is an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, which enhances products - from structured cabling systems for data networks, to control and management of the installation, including trunking and distribution systems.

keyboard_arrow_upSmart equipment for building efficiency
keyboard_arrow_downSmart equipment for building efficiency

With greater energy efficiency topping the wish list of facility and energy management executives globally, four cross-industry tech trends are having a transformative impact on building systems: Visualisation, Machine2Machine (M2M) communication, Mobility tools, and analytics.

keyboard_arrow_upCreative Cloud for teams makes business sense
keyboard_arrow_downCreative Cloud for teams makes business sense

Keep your team on the same page with the entire collection of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, mobile apps, and services—plus access to new features and updates as soon as they’re released. Everyone can work and collaborate more efficiently with the ability to share files and capture feedback all in one place. And you can simplify license management with an improved Admin Console that lets you and your designated administrators quickly add, assign, or transfer seats—all while maximising your IT and procurement budget.