Field Layout Masters: How Successful Construction Firms Get It Right

Low productivity and high waste are common problems in building construction, driven largely by unexpected rework and change orders. Additionally, the complexity of buildings has increased, along with owner expectations to lower costs, accelerate turnaround and increase quality. Still, some construction firms have found a way to thrive in this environment. Their secret? The adoption of new processes, such as building information modeling (BIM) and digital workflows. The recent collaboration between Autodesk and Leica Geosystems is making cloud-connected, model-driven field layout even easier so construction teams can increase jobsite productivity. In a 60-minute webinar on September 3, Leica Geosystems’ Cathi Hayes and Autodesk’s Zach Crumal showed how the alliance between the two technology giants can improve your layout process. You can now view the webinar on-demand.

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Accurate by Design: How Reality Capture Transforms Construction

The use of laser scanning in construction is soaring—and for good reason. On a typical construction project, rework accounts for 12 to 15 percent of the cost of construction. With laser scanning, the ability to catch conflicts before they happen can reduce rework to 1 to 3 percent or less. This reduction translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on change orders, not to mention the advantage of keeping the project on schedule. The new collaboration between Autodesk and Leica Geosystems is making the adoption of laser scanning even easier for construction teams. In a 60-minute webinar on September 1, Leica Geosystems’ Cathi Hayes and Autodesk’s Eric Richie went behind the scenes on the alliance between the two technology giants to share cutting-edge success strategies. You can now view the webinar on-demand.

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How Will SLAM Technology Revolutionize Building Construction?

SLAM stands for simultaneous localization and mapping. It was developed in the 1980s for robotics and has been used to guide self-driving cars and common household robotics such as the popular iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner. Technically speaking, SLAM is a relative positioning concept based on sensor inputs such as photos or laser scans. It computationally creates a map of an unknown place while simultaneously tracking the location. The algorithms used depend on the sensor type, so different algorithms are used with photos than with laser scan data. So what does that have to do with building construction? Continue reading…

Basic MEP Field Tools for Enriching BIM Workflows

No matter where you are in your BIM adoption process – whether you are just getting started with digital layout or already using advanced 3D workflows on every jobsite – there are field tools that can enrich your workflows and help you improve your accuracy, efficiency and overall productivity. Most mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors begin experimenting with BIM by using paper or CAD files for MEP digital layout. MEP layout requires accurate information throughout the entire process to avoid expensive rework, so having the ability to quickly and easily add construction layout points to your project is critical in the field, as well as in standalone CAD environments. Here are three common MEP workflow challenges and the basic field tools that can help you overcome them. Continue reading…

When to Use a Scanning Total Station vs. a Dedicated Laser Scanner

When is it best to use a scanning total station versus a dedicated laser scanner?

It’s a question we’re increasingly being asked by professionals who want to improve accuracy and reduce rework on their construction projects. In both new construction and renovations, the rich, complete data captured with a laser scanner provides the required information with the accuracy needed for as-built documentation and construction planning. But what type of laser scanner is the best fit for your needs?

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REAL 2015 to Showcase State-of-the-Art in 3D Capture Hardware and Software

More than 500 leaders and innovators in 3D will converge at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Feb. 25-26, 2015, for the launch of REAL, a unique gathering to explore reality computing as the continuum of reality data, from 3D capture to 3D processing through to AR/VR, 3D printing and fabrication. The two-day event will bring together multiple disciplines doing real work in 3D from across architecture and art, engineering and entertainment, manufacturing and media, heritage and health, sports and science. Continue reading…

7 Things You Should Know About Laser Measurement Tools

Whether you’re looking for a laser distance meter for interior as-builting or just need a good all-purpose tool, Hugh Baertlein shares seven good questions to ask before you make your decision. Baertlein has been working in measurement technology for almost 25 years, and 12 of those have been with laser distance meters (or laser distance measurers), also known as LDMs. Read the full article  on the Leica Geosystems lasers website.

An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

Urban revitalization projects are often fraught with challenges due to inaccurate or incomplete documentation. Fortunately, there is an easy way to capture as-is conditions, inform the model with accurate data, provide quality assurance checks during construction, and capture progress milestones for a highly efficient building process. Continue reading…