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SBCA announces 2024 Innovation Grant finalists

The Structural Building Components Association has announced its second successful year of the SBCA Innovation Grant. With over 20 applicants sharing their creative ideas and innovations, the SBCA Innovation Grant Selection Panel chose five finalists that will exhibit at SBCA’s BCMC in Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 7-11, 2024. These finalists will be showcasing their innovations live on the show floor for a chance to be selected, by BCMC attendees voting onsite, as The People’s Choice Solution for 2024. 

The finalists are as follows: 

CrowdBuild: TwinBuild by CrowdBuild is an innovative tool that uses advanced vision models to convert 2D floor plans into precise 3D models. Currently, there is a functional desktop prototype, and a web-based version is being developed to improve collaboration, with a beta launch planned for BCMC 2024. 

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MiTek: MiTek Truss Validator is the first web-based tool for verifying the suitability of wood and Posi-floor trusses for specific projects. Launched in 2024, it helps designers and engineers quickly assess truss applicability, improving efficiency and confidence in their specifications. 

Paragon: Paragon’s cloud-based SaaS for wood trusses offers fast, scalable, and flexible performance directly from any web browser, without installations or updates. Developed  since 2016, it uses cloud servers for efficient data processing and seamless truss job management. 

Q4US: Q4US’s Universal Truss Manager (UTM) streamlines truss design file management,  enabling quick uploads, organized searches, and easy sharing with authorized personnel. It offers multiple viewing options, detailed truss information, and AI tools for strategic decision-making. UTM integrates with existing systems to enhance overall truss manufacturing processes, with Version 1 launching on June 1, 2024, followed by Version 1.2 in December 2024. 

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VirTek Vision: VirTek Vision’s Iris AI Panel Inspection System leverages AI and Machine Learning to enhance component inspections to Industry 4.0. Unlike traditional methods, Iris AI adapts and learns from millions of images, identifying anomalies in real-time and notifying operators with laser-guided precision. This system improves accuracy, reduces manual oversight, and streamlines inspections, enhancing product quality and operational efficiency. 

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