Field Layout Masters: How Successful Construction Firms Get It Right

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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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BIM 101: Three Basic Tools for Digital Layout

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Getting started with BIM and digital layout can seem like a monumental task if you don’t know where to start. The first step is understanding the “lay of the land” – what are the parts and pieces, and how do they fit into your business. From there, it is much easier to strategically choose a starting point that will yield the best return on the investment. 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…

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 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…

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.

Go here to learn more about the BIM Field Trip.