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NEW SOLUTIONS FROM KATERRA

US: TECH DRIVEN CONSTRUCTION GIANT KATERRA HAS LAUNCHED A NEW SUITE OF PRODUCTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

The new launches, revealed at an event on 18 February in Las Vegas, include proprietary software that integrates data gathered throughout the building’s supply chain and construction. Apollo software is designed to support the building process from end to end, including cost, schedule, teams, and materials, through a single data stream aimed at increasing productivity and collaboration. Apollo Construct, a project management tool for estimation and scheduling, will be the first application to launch, followed by Apollo Insight and Apollo Connect, which incorporates visual 3D design feasibility studies and BIM-based budgeting tools, respectively.

Katerra said it aims to build off the system’s open application program interface (API) integration to merge with and capitalise on tools currently used in construction workflows. Katerra is currently accepting industry applicants to test the product in a pioneer program.

“Better, faster, cheaper building requires us to support earlier decision making, create faster feedback loops, and drive increased integration from beginning to end, for all teams involved,” Michael Marks, Katerra chairman and co-founder reportedly said. “Given our model of vertically integrated building, Katerra is uniquely positioned to bring all these elements together in a robust software solution.”

The company has also announced Katerra Building Platforms, designed for manufacturing and assembly. Integrated teams standardise core building architectural and engineering systems, such as wall and floor panels, casework, and bathroom and kitchen kits, and customise the final product with a wide range of configurable design elements, which it described as “buildings designed as manufactured, repeatable products, while still maintaining design configuration options for various clients, regions, and markets.”

Katerra has also launched its own “system-based” crosslaminated timber product, along with windows, interior fixtures, bathroom kits, HVAC units and a single-enclosure electrical power metering and distribution appliance. Katerra Energy System (KES) is an integrated energy platform that will replace the typical electrical closets in multi-family garden-style apartment buildings, hotels, and other building types with a single-enclosure appliance. Meanwhile, described as a new vision for traditional heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products, KTAC integrates into architecture, eliminating its presence as an add-on product. A unit with cooling and heating in one compact package, KTAC fits seamlessly in the wall – with a height and depth designed specifically to fit into a framed wall panel. ■


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