Photo by Tudor Van Hampton for ENR An ICUEE visitor test-drives a machine made by Vermeer, which recently launched a new telematics portal. Related Links: Telematics Help Trim Contractor Fleet Costs Ford Atlas Concept Marries Brains and Brawn Telematics—the ability to pull data from a machine in the field—is a growing source of headaches for equipment fleet managers, surpassing even diesel engine emissions as the industry's major migraine, some say. A massive effort to set standards is under way, though, and stakeholders hope a deal may be only months away.Managers at Hertz Equipment Rental Co., which operates a fleet of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.