Dewalt construction technology uses AI and IoT

  • June 5, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Stanley Black & Decker brand Dewalt has launched technology to help construction professionals streamline their operations, enhance productivity, automate workflows and support worksite safety.

The construction technology consists of various connected tools, software and mobile applications that incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and the IoT.

“Keeping up with the rapidly evolving technology landscape is one of the most critical issues construction professionals face today, in addition to squeezed profit margins, budget and project overruns, labour shortages, high inflation, and supply chain issues,” said Brad Roberts, president of construction technology at Stanley Black & Decker. “Dewalt is now a partner that can help lead customers towards the future of construction by tackling these challenges through a connected environment. Dewalt delivers stronger interoperability among tools, consumables, advanced hardware and software, for successful collaboration across construction workflows.”

The technology includes features that provide real-time data and insights, automate routine tasks, and facilitate smooth collaboration through each phase of construction, from design to fabrication shops, and on the jobsite.

The line includes the MSuite cloud-based suite of management software to connect BIM, fabrication and field construction teams for offsite and modular construction. MSuite helps contractors track, manage and share data throughout the entire life cycle of a construction project with easy-to-use, scalable and industry-focused software that provides real-time status updates and progress tracking and estimating information on the fabrication shop floor.

Tool Connect Site Manager is a cloud-based platform allowing contractors to manage their tools and equipment from Dewalt and other brands from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. Users can locate tools, check their inventory levels, and monitor their usage and performance, helping reduce downtime and prevent loss.

Wireless concrete sensors allow construction professionals to speed up their work using real-time concrete curing data through a remote mobile app or web-based interface. Dewalt has partnered with Converge, a concrete material and operations optimisation company, to help the construction industry be productive by using Converge’s AI-based platform, ConcreteDNA, which is powered by data from Dewalt’s wireless concrete sensors.

The sensors have features such as curing milestone alerts, materials performance analytics, accurate AI predictions, and BIM integration. This allows concrete professionals to begin work quickly as users can directly measure hardening, which helps reduce the risk of construction defects and costly repairs in the future. In addition, the exact amount of cement in the concrete mixture can be tailored based off insights sent from the sensor to ConcreteDNA, which can help reduce unnecessary carbon emissions by using only as much cement as needed in subsequent jobs.

In celebration of the construction technology, Christopher Bell, driver of the number 20 Toyota Camry TRD for Joe Gibbs Racing, sported a Dewalt Construction Technology paint scheme during last weekend’s Nascar Cup Series race weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway.