Digital Layout Cuts Project Time in Half for Concrete Contractor

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For Sobcon Concrete, Inc., a full-service concrete contractor with clients all over Alabama, typical commercial projects once started with strings, tape measures, caulk lines and batter boards. “Our main work is forming and pouring concrete for foundations, retaining walls, columns and elevated slabs,” said Josh Hollingshead, Sobcon’s head project engineer. “Our crews do all of their own layout.” Continue reading…

BIM Field Trip Keeps Four-Story Residential Construction Project on Track

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Ensuring the perfect fit of steel beams in commercial and residential buildings requires more than line drawings and spot measurements. On complex structures with contemporary designs, creating a seamless flow of accurate data in a 3D digital environment is often the only way to get the job done right the first time around. Continue reading…

Perfect-Fit Aluminum Cladding with 3D Laser Scanning

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In 2011, Tronnes Surveys was asked to step in on a tricky project involving the Edmonton International Airport’s (EIA) new Combined Office Tower (COT), which integrates offices and the air traffic control tower in one eight-story building. A sleek, undulating zinc cladding system, meant to evoke Edmonton’s sweeping plains landscape, cocoons the COT and strikes a very modern, distinctive note. The trusses are all individually designed and mounted on hollow structural sections (HSS)—essentially 12,000 lineal feet of square tubing wrapped around the base structure, offset several inches by knife plates.It’s the crown jewel of EIA, but installing the COT’s cladding was a significant challenge for the surveyors and contractors who took on the task. Continue reading…

Seven BIM Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at HxGN LIVE

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HxGN LIVE June 2-5 in Las Vegas will give building information modeling (BIM) professionals the opportunity to hear firsthand how contractors and service providers are applying the latest solutions to close the gaps in their BIM workflows. Whether you’re just getting started in BIM or looking for ways to take your BIM capabilities to the next level, here are seven sessions you’ll want to be sure to attend at this preeminent technology conference.  Continue reading…

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…

The ROI of Digital Layout

In early 2012, Frazier of Lancaster, Calif., became one of the first multistate concrete companies to adopt robotic total station technology for standard layout tasks

In early 2012, Frazier of Lancaster, Calif., became one of the first multistate concrete companies to adopt robotic total station technology for standard layout tasks. “It’s our policy to be progressive—we used laser screeds early on, for example,” explains Vice President of Concrete Mike Prascsak. “We make that part of our presentations and interviews when preparing bids. Now, when we explain that we’re using the same tools as surveyors to set out points, and that we can even reset lost points if needed, contractors are amazed.” Continue reading…