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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

Raising the Bar in BIM Using 360 Glue® for CSU Monterey

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 19:10 PM

It seems like just yesterday when we were suffering from public funding uncertainty due to volatile market conditions. This case study discusses Academic Building II at California State University, Monterey -- a project that reminds us how we overcame that difficult time. This project underwent many state funding delays. As a team, we took these conditions into consideration and remained steadfast in our commitment to preserve the project’s planned budget.

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Topics: Case Study, BIM 360™ Glue®, Construction Technology, BIM

Linking to Build Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality Apps

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 14:08 PM

Think about what you could do with the ability to “link” key project information to a location within a building that houses key systems. Now take that ability and imagine what it would be like to access this information from your smart phone or tablet device. That would be pretty cool, right?

This capability is currently being used on active construction projects.  The concept of “linking” requires Quick Response (QR) codes. Most people can recognize a QR code when they see one – however, do they actually use them to tag information on a project? QR codes offer the opportunity to create a more connected building thus making the issue of digital competency even more important to design and construction practices. 

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

[CASE STUDY] Rudolph and Sletten used LATISTA to Implement Lean Principles

Posted by Liz Njoroge on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

California-based general contractor, Rudolph and Sletten, led the construction of a new state-of-the­‐art science building at the San Diego City Community College completed this past August. Designed to obtain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification, the $57.2 million, 98,000 square-foot, L‐shaped building will be four   stories tall and house the Astronomy, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences programs at the San Diego City Community College. 

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Topics: Latista, Case Study, Construction Technology

Reasons to be Pumped About Augmented Reality on the Construction Site

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Augmented reality (AR), or the ability to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or GPS data), is all the rage on construction sites.  AR applications are generating a buzz and quickly gaining momentum on active jobsites near you.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Construction Technology