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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

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

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