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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

A Field Guide to Using PlanGrid On An Active Construction Site

Posted by Josh Cantrell on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

Simplicity makes PlanGrid a superintendent’s and field engineer’s “go to” job site app. The PlanGrid platform allows for real-time plan updates and synchronizes changes over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. It is practical and easy to incorporate on a project of any size or scope.  This mobile tool takes away the need for paper blueprints, delivers much-needed plan version control, and creates a collaborative environment for sharing project critical information including markups, progress photos, and issues tracking.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Construction Technology, PlanGrid

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

How To Use 360TM Field® On an Active Construction Site

Posted by Matt Bennett on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 @ 14:12 PM

Bringing technology to an active jobsite can prove to be culturally challenging.  A traditional job site is accustomed to generating a lot of documents from multiple sources throughout the course of the project.  The sheer volume of documentation can lead to an increased potential for miscommunication and error.  If the information is shared between individual stakeholders, a lot of time can be spent on re-entering data and can also lead to incomplete data.  Fortunately, there are many new and emerging technologies that are quickly overcoming many of these challenges.

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Topics: Business, Gear + Apps, Construction Technology, Project Management