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Building for Performance with Low Voltage Systems

Posted by Patrick McAlpin on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

Connectivity is a vital part of our daily lives, particularly in structures where we work. As a result, building powerloads are increasing, mostly from wireless accesspoints, in-building wireless antennas, Internet Protocol (IP), LED lighting and environmental controllers. The ability to effectively and efficiently power these devices is a growing challenge.   This post discusses the critical role of low voltage systems to optimize building performance.

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Topics: Building Performance, Low Voltage Systems

Who Needs Collisions? Rock Your Next MEP Effort with BIM

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 15:04 PM

If you read BuildingTech INSIDER consistently, you know builders are applying virtual design and construction (VDC) practices for building information modeling (BIM). Major disciplines leveraging the many benefits of BIM are mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), as well as fire protection. MEP is a critical discipline for systems decision-making – these decisions are sometimes made by a facility’s management and operations team. Using BIM practices to gain additional perspective on MEP is tremendously powerful. This post discusses how to rock your next MEP effort with BIM.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Virtual Mock-ups and Prefabrication

From Start to Finish, Drones Are Changing Project Delivery

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

The drones are coming! Yes, they are making their way to your jobsite if they have not already arrived. Why? They provide invaluable perspective. These unmanned aircraft systems allow builders to more effectively study jobsite conditions enabling time and money savings. More importantly, the drone can operate with various degrees of autonomy to capture jobsite viewpoints previously inaccessible. The presence of jobsite drones is a game changer.

Drones can outperform humans in number of ways. First and foremost, they can fly. Beyond that very fundamental fact, drones capture invaluable information for project manager dissemination, allowing for a greater level of oversight. Rather than comparing the drones to humans, the following discusses how the drones can effectively serve a project from start to finish.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Drones

2017 Job Site Tech Trends That Are Here to Stay

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 06:02 AM

Everyone seems to have a 2017 Hot Tech List. I thought it would be great to follow up with on our own take on what will be top-of-mind this year. First, let’s consider the big industry picture, there are A LOT of construction technologies allowing builders to communicate in real time with project stakeholders. Communication is not just through a phone call; it can be through image-sharing, document-sharing or quick text messages via smart phone or tablet. Builders no longer have to wait to report activity at the end of the day or until they have the next team meeting to report updates. There is a tremendous shift taking place.

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Topics: Business, Construction Technology

High-Tech Solutions to Mitigate Theft On the Jobsite

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 13:02 PM

The other day, I read an article from Construction Dive reporting data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau stating “…the construction industry loses up to $1 billion annually in heavy equipment theft…that does not even account for smaller tools stolen from job sites every day.” When I think about the amount of people, materials, and equipment moving in and out of any one given project, I cannot help but think there are technology solutions to this problem.

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Topics: Business, Construction Technology, Security

Solving Project Challenges with Laser Scanning on the Job Site

Posted by Brian Entman on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 16:01 PM

Most of our readers will agree, virtual design and construction (VDC) is revolutionizing construction practices. Add laser scanning to your toolbox and you have a job site game changer. This post discusss how you can solve project’s challenges by utilizing laser scanning on the job site.

What is laser scanning? Laser scanning is controlled deflection of laser beams in an existing space. It captures almost every visible component of a space - every wall, every door, every window, and every nook and cranny is measured in a space. Whatever you can see, the scanner discovers it, measures it, and transfers the information into a virtual model with precision. The information provides a reliable foundation for modeling and can serve as an as-built model for an active or completed project.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Laser Scanning

15 Questions To Ask Before Investing in a New Construction Technology

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 16:01 PM

As embark upon a new year, many of us our thinking about how to innovate operational practices. For Rudolph and and Sletten, investing in a new construction technology requires careful consideration. There needs to be an internal dialog about how the technology will directly benefit the company. Expected efficiencies, cost savings, data capture and reporting are all areas that need to be discussed. In addition, there needs to be an overlying discussion on how adoption will keep the company relevant, innovative as well as how to accommodate adoption. This post aims to help other companies by sharing the key questions that should be  answered prior to investing in a new technology.

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Topics: Culture, Business, Construction Technology

Toolbox: 3 Augmented Reality Apps for the Jobsite

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 07:10 AM

Augmented Reality (AR) continues to refine and enhance the way jobsite teams work. The benefits of this technology are felt throughout design and construction phases. In this post, we concentrate on utilizing AR during the physical construction phase. Field teams are using AR to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. Computer-generated input allows for visual comparison, real-time collaboration, and onsite problem solving. Simply put, AR enables visualization of design as it relates to physical construction environment.

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

VDC Series: Tips for Running a Productive VDC Meeting

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 07:10 AM

You could say Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is a practice that ensures the best BIM plans do not go to waste. It is an integrated process focused on the data management of multi-disciplinary design and construction models. BIMs capture and organize the design and construction work processes required to meet project scope and business objectives.  VDC analyzes project data to both identify and then mitigate risks that may jeopardize project cost and schedule goals. Evaluation includes the visualization and analysis of 2D details in a 3D environment enabling a design to build approach. You could say VDC ensuring more reliable information and better decision-making. This post offers a few tips on how to run a productive VDC meeting.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

20 Apps That Should Be In Your Builder’s Toolbox

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @ 07:09 AM

Back by popular demand is our latest rundown of the design and construction apps that are making a difference on our projects. Whether you have a smart phone or a tablet, there is a range of powerful tools that can easily accessed from the palm of your hand. Whether you are an architect, engineer, contractor, or tradesperson, there is an app for you in this list. Browse through this list – we are sure you will find a tool that will meet your immediate need.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Gear + Apps