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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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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

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

3 Key Highlights From This Year’s AIA Convention in Philly

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

If you did not make it to Philly for the 2016 AIA Convention this year, you really missed out! For the architectural and design community, it is the event of the year when like- minds come together for an incredible experience. As you might expect, you get the opportunity to learn from industry experts, gain insight into what is happening in the built environment, and get inspired by rising stars in the design world. While this year’s convention really delivered in all these fronts, I found this year’s convention particularly meaningful. In this post, I wanted to share my top three highlights with you.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Building Performance

6 Exciting Wearable Technologies for Design and Construction

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 16:03 PM

As new design and construction technologies continue to make a positive impact on our jobsites, it was only a matter of time before wearable technology arrived on the scene. It is refreshing to note, a number of these technologies are developed to enhance the everyday gear familiar to the jobsite worker. Created to boost adoption, wearable technology may eventually be used to enhance or offer added functionalities to the hardhat, safety vest and power tools. The following explores 6 exciting wearable technologies for design and construction:

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Topics: Gear + Apps, Construction Technology, Wearable Technology

11 Technologies Transforming Jobsites in 2016

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 14:01 PM

Jobsite environments are rapidly changing with the increased adoption of onsite technologies advancing active and effective engagement.  In this new age of design and construction innovation, there will be winners and losers. There’s a clear divide between early adopters and late bloomers that construction professionals cannot afford to ignore.  The following describes the technologies we believe will continue to make an impact as well as emerging technologies that could begin to make a presence in 2016.

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Topics: Construction Technology, BIM, Building Performance

VDC and the Future of Building Performance

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 15:11 PM

It seems like every month there is a new state regulation or internal business decision that requires a higher level of performance for buildings and their related infrastructure. From Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), to beating the CA Energy Code we are all faced with the reality that faster, better, cheaper, and more efficient is becoming an extremely difficult equation. Most medium to large organizations are also plagued with differed maintenance protocols, legacy software, and a dwindling or rigid workforce environment. The industry will need to adapt, reinvent, and do more with less to survive this new regulatory environment. The solution to this need is widely accepted as a software solution, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Organizations will not only need to change their informational workflows, they will also need intuitive software solutions that bridge the gaps between capital planning, construction/record drawings, facilities work order management, and asset management systems. The question is no longer “Why BIM?”, but what Level of Development (LOD), layers, and informational resources are we looking for from the design team and contractors. Even for folks not actively using these added features today, dollars to dimes they are using a system that will accept some form of layered export from BIM.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

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