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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

Case Study: Using Bluebeam On the San Diego Central Court

Posted by Kyle Specht on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 07:08 AM

As one of the largest construction companies in California, we work on a range of commercial and public projects. We are currently building the San Diego Central Court, a $450,000,000 project. The work includes the construction of a 22-story, 704,380 gross square-foot court and office building, incorporating 71 courtrooms. The building consists of a moment-resisting steel structural frame clad with unitized, insulated aluminum and glass curtain walls and architectural precast concrete panels. The project also includes construction of a new 182’ long pedestrian bridge connecting the new courthouse with the existing Hall of Justice.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Bluebeam Revu, Bluebeam Studio

Compelling Reasons to Use Virtual Mock-ups for Fabrication

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 15:07 PM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is forever changing the way we design and build. The process encourages and actually improves project engagement allowing for more effective collaboration throughout a project’s lifetime. As the demand for BIM tools continue to rise, the need to design within an enhanced virtual environment will continue. In this post, we concentrate on two areas, virtual mock-ups and fabrication simulation.

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

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

VDC Series: Virtual Building at the Design Phase

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

It almost goes without saying; a majority of important project decisions are made at the design phase. Traditionally, all project stakeholders do not participate at this phase. For argument sake, let’s imagine a scenario where all project stakeholders are involved during the design phase. You’d expect get a clearer picture on project scope and geometric detail. Decisions on physical construction would lead to greater outcomes in terms of timing, delivery, and cost. Add virtual building into the mix and you’ve got an environment that sparks proactive engagement and, ultimately, greater results. This post makes the case for building in a virtual environment.

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Topics: Design Phase, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Best Practice, virtual building

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