• 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 …   Read More

  • 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 often 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 …   Read More

  • Four Steps to Connect Models to Field Work

    For most contractors, accurately connecting information from the office to the field, and from the field back to the model in the office, is an ongoing challenge. In the office, the building information modeling (BIM) or virtual design and construction (VDC) group can push information and models out to the field all day long, but …   Read More

  • Laser Scanning: A Better Way to Analyze Concrete Slab Flatness

    Most of the methods used today for conducting slab flatness analysis are manual and labor intensive. Floor flatness/floor levelness (FF/FL), a commonly used method, requires the creation of a grid on the concrete slab following a set of specifications before taking manual readings. Contractors that use the ASTM E1155 standard method for determining floor flatness (FF) and …   Read More

  • A Simple Way to Monitor Structural Health in Supertalls and Superslims

    “Supertalls,” the category of buildings over 984 feet tall, and “superslims,” a term being applied to supertall buildings with very small footprints, are becoming increasingly common in modern cityscapes. Surprisingly, however, structural health monitoring of the sort that is often deployed on bridges and dams is not a routine part of supertall asset management. Part …   Read More

  • BIM 101: Getting Layout Points to the Field

    If your BIM data has already been prepped for field layout, you’re ready for the next step: taking it into the field. Armed with BIM layout points, plan underlays and reference models, you are now ready to shoot points on the jobsite that replicate the accuracy of BIM in the office.   Read More

  • How to Choose the Right Software

    Whether you’re looking for a productive field-to-finish solution, an office tool for point cloud processing, or another software package, more solutions exist today than ever before. How can you make sure you’re choosing the right software for your application? Here are five easy steps to success.   Read More

  • Five Steps to Safely Open Revit Models

    Contractors see Autodesk Revit models (.RVT) all the time from design partners, precast detailers, electrical contractors, engineers, and many others. However, while the Revit format is easy to open, files provided by external sources can generate error messages, corrupt files and other unwelcome dialog boxes that can make working with these models a challenge. Fortunately, …   Read More