Digital Layout Saves Concrete Contractor $2,000 Per Week

Walrite achieved a fast ROI with the Leica iCON robot 50

Concrete construction footing crews typically lay out footings with tape measures and strings. Once this this process is completed, the layout begins. “It’s generally around this time when we’d find a mistake in excavation or some other problem,” says Craig Poortinga of Walrite LLC Colorado Foundation Contractors. “The guys would spend a good part of the day putting materials in the ground and the find out the footing wasn’t right so we wasted all that labor to get to that point. At $30 to $35 per hour pay plus insurance, etc., with a three- or four-person crew, it adds up quickly.” Continue reading…

Six BIM Point Cloud Formats You Should Know About

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Scanning a space and bringing it into a program like Leica Cyclone will let you further manipulate the scans and, most importantly, stitch them together into a single cloud, which can then be exported as a standalone file. But what type of file do you need, and what do you do with it after it’s exported? There’s a growing list of point cloud formats being used in BIM. Here’s an overview of two primary groups of formats we’re seeing (and using) most often. Continue reading…

How to Bridge the Gaps in BIM

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For many construction contractors, building information modeling (BIM) is primarily an office tool that provides valuable insights before crews begin their work on the jobsite. From there, however, the model is often converted to a 2D drawing that is familiar but limited in the amount of data it can offer. Construction crews proceed the best they can with the information at hand, using plumb bobs and tape measures to complete the layout process. The real-time field data that is essential to a successful BIM process is lost through critical gaps that are generally accepted as the norm. Continue reading…

The Top Five BIM File Formats & How To Use Them

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Everyone has seen an email hit their inbox with attachments in file formats they’ve never heard of. While I can’t promise to explain the non-BIM formats, I would like to review a couple common formats we see pretty often in the BIM world. Here are the top five BIM file formats we see the most and what you can do with them. Continue reading…

Video: BIM Solutions for Construction Layout

How can you extend the benefits of BIM to the jobsite for construction layout? With the BIM Field Trip by Leica Geosystems, you can add BIM layout points to the model and hand it off to the field for use with total stations, multistations and 3D laser measuring devices to create a “paint-by-numbers” installation, which results in fewer errors and changes in the field and a higher level of predictability.

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Video: BIM Solutions for As-Built Data Capture

A typical renovation or retrofit project relies on existing as-built drawings, which are often outdated and incorrect. Unfortunately, these inaccuracies might not be found until the construction phase of a project, where unexpected changes have the potential to ruin both the budget and schedule. When accurate as-built data in the form of cloud points or discrete points is captured and used as a basis for planning construction in a CAD or BIM environment, it provides the assurance that the model is correct as designed. Watch the video to learn more.

Video: BIM Solutions for Quality Assurance

For general contractors, keeping projects on time and on budget requires closely monitoring the quality and accuracy of the work performed by subcontractors. By measuring the quality of construction throughout the project with total stations, multistations or laser distance meters, and bringing this information back into the model, any conflicts or potential problems can be predicted before they occur, thereby preventing rework and waste. Watch this video to learn more.