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.

VolAero picKeeping up with the latest drone technology helps VolAero best serve the construction and other industries.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

The use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, has become common in the construction industry in recent years. For many construction companies and drone service providers, the biggest current question surrounding drones isn’t what they can do now, but what they will be able to do in the future.

“We’ve seen that over the last two to three years, drones have made a splash because of all the cool stuff they can do,” says Charles Zwebner, CEO and president of VolAero, a Miami-based drone services provider. “We’re now seeing the maturity of the drone; our clients are asking us where the yield is on this technology. There is always new technology and new software. It’s coming at breakneck speed.”

Ganter Interiors picGanter Interiors makes its clients’ ideas for interiors into realities.
By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Ganter Interiors Inc. has long operated with the philosophy of keeping close to the client. “It was always important to keep the customer at the center of all endeavors,” COO Ronny Höhne says.

The New York City-based company applies that approach on its interior fit-out packages for general contractors, architects, developers and retailers. Ganter Interiors’ offerings range from design engineering to purchasing and manufacturing to site management and final installation, he says.

The firm, which carries more than 20 years of industry experience, has completed work on customized high-end apartments, offices, luxury stores and restaurants with exclusive finishes. Ganter Interiors’ portfolio also includes furniture rollouts for international retail brands.

“The range of our work extends from customized furnishings and interior development right up to complex technical interior equipment and construction management,” Höhne says. “It is our job to transfer the idea of our clients into technical solutions made of wood, metal, glass and stone.”

Jonas software picJonas Construction Software prides itself on developing industry-leading software that construction companies can count on to succeed.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Jonas Construction Software was founded 27 years ago with a vision to be more than a typical construction software company. The operation set out to build a better, fully integrated construction software solution that offers exactly what its clients need to succeed.

“The most valuable aspect of our software is that our solution is truly integrated and our development is done fully in-house,” Sales Manager Yana Tcharnaia says. “Our company doesn’t buy third-party systems and try to piece meal solutions together; we develop every module that we have in-house so there are no syncing issues and our clients truly get the value of integration. For this reason, all screens look the same, making it user-friendly and easy to learn.”

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