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Dan Dolinar

Dan Dolinar
Dan Dolinar started his career in construction 38 years ago as a carpenter. Over the years, he worked as an estimator, superintendent, project engineer, and project manager. Today as senior vice president of operations, Mr. Dolinar works closely with owners and the project team to ensure all project goals for schedule, cost, and quality are achieved and that the overall performance of the project team meets the client’s objectives. Mr. Dolinar has worked for Rudolph and Sletten for 16 years. During that time, he has been instrumental in the success of projects such as The Money Store Ziggurat in Sacramento, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Red Hawk Casino. Mr. Dolinar attended Carnegie-Mellon University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering & Psychology.
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Fact or Fiction? BIM is an Effective Tool

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Let’s face it BIM is here to stay. The process is truly transforming project planning and management. But is it really a useful process? At first blush, you say, “yes.” The data generated from a model can be leveraged into a beneficial visual and informational aid for design and field personnel. Field activities require practical and accurate information from the model to apply to physical construction. So why is it so hard to implement BIM in the field? Could it be that time and accuracy is lost from manual activities? Are teams still making calculations from 2D plans? Are they using old measurement methods? To get to the heart of the matter, this post explores the facts and fiction of BIM.

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Topics: Construction, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), BIM

Creating a Culture That Embraces New Construction Technologies

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 13:07 PM

More than ever, technology plays a vital role in today’s design and construction firms.  Emerging solutions are greatly influencing the way a project operates as well as how project stakeholders perform their tasks.  However, there are so many options to consider, each having their own pros and cons. Some solutions really suit a specific project role, while others seem to cover a wide range of activities.

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Topics: Business, Best Practice, Construction Technology

Increasing Project Productivity With Location Aware Technology

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 15:05 PM

Do you ever wonder how to get more out of your project resources?  The hustle bustle of an active worksite, ebb-and-flow of resources, the need for critical information, and unpredictably of weather conditions make it really difficult to solve the project productivity puzzle. However, with the advent of location aware technologies, solutions for construction operations productivity seem to be bit clearer.

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Topics: Construction, Best Practice, Construction Technology

Exploring Indoor Positioning Systems for Construction

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 07:03 AM

A sense of place and space is the main area of focus throughout the design and construction project phases. As you are well aware, there is a range of technologies allowing users to experience a space. For example, augmented reality technologies coupled with global position systems allow users to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or global positioning (GPS) data. Virtual reality technologies allow users to interact with a project model prototype and test design prior to physical construction. However, once a building becomes enclosed as a result of physical construction, global position systems no longer works. In this post, we explore indoor positioning systems (IPS) as an option to pick up where GPS leaves off.

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology, Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS)

7 Solid Reasons Why Augmented Reality is Here To Stay

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 14:02 PM

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably noticed the design and construction industry is rapidly evolving with new, emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is just one of the many technologies positively impacting the way project teams work. AR allows designers and builders to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. This post touches on why the technology’s range and depth of application is truly groundbreaking.

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Topics: Business, Gear + Apps, Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

What Calculators Are In Your Builder’s Toolbox?

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Are you looking for the ideal calculator to tackle some of your simple or more complex equations?  In today’s world of smart phones and mobile devices, a range of calculators are right at your fingertips.  Not only can you access them at any time, these applications tend to be less expensive than their physical counterparts.  Whether you are an architect, engineer, contractor, or tradesperson, there is a calculator app for you. Check them out; you may find one that satisfies a current need:

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Topics: Construction, Gear + Apps

Up Your Construction Game with BIG DATA

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

Have you ever considered the gargantuan size of data incurred on any one given project?  Between daily communications, in-office and trailer project management activities, and job-site exchanges, the enormous amount of information is simply mind-boggling. Now consider for a second all the ways we can capture project data: mobile devices, aerial sensory technologies, software logs, cameras, microphones, radio-frequency identification readers, and wireless sensor networks. Is your head spinning yet? But “what if...” What if you could harness this information into data that dramatically ups your construction game? Would you consider a way to tackle it?

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Topics: Construction, Big Data

Reasons to be Pumped About Augmented Reality on the Construction Site

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Augmented reality (AR), or the ability to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or GPS data), is all the rage on construction sites.  AR applications are generating a buzz and quickly gaining momentum on active jobsites near you.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

Transforming A/E/C Practices Begins with Company Commitment

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 08:06 AM

Innovating A/E/C practices with new technology requires team commitment. This commitment begins with collaborative and strategic discussions within a company, and more specifically, among cross-functioning departments and stakeholders.  Discussion about A/E/C practices across functional areas should include insight from operational subject matter experts, information systems personnel, training and development personnel, executive sponsors and insight from key stakeholder groups. The intent of these discussions is to identify transition activities, eliminate duplicative activities and create operational efficiencies. 

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Topics: Business, Best Practice, Construction Technology

Construction Field Guide: What’s in Your Builder’s App Toolbox?

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 14:05 PM

It is time to play, “What’s in Your Builder’s App Toolbox?”  This post features productivity apps that prove to be useful for architects, engineers and builders.  This handy list is categorized by type and provides a description along with some field notes.  We compiled a list from your industry peers – read through the list and tell us where we fall short by commenting below.  Once we receive a healthy list of updates, we will continue to update and run this feature.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Culture, Gear + Apps