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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

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

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