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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Accurate by Design: How Reality Capture Transforms Construction

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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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Leica Geosystems and Autodesk Collaborate to Transform Building Construction Industry

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Leica Geosystems, Inc., the pioneer of measurement technologies, and Autodesk Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, have formed a collaboration to provide wider access to premier reality-capture and BIM-to-field layout solutions for professionals involved in laser scanning, building construction layout and related markets. The alliance creates new opportunities for professionals working with Autodesk software to leverage the high-accuracy data from Leica Geosystems’ sensors directly within popular Autodesk authoring tools. Multiple technology integrations are being explored as both companies look for ways to create synergies that will benefit their joint customers.

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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…

Dec. 17 Webinar Highlights Simplified Laser Scanning Workflows

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High density laser scanning is indisputably the best way to capture as-built data for BIM. But cumbersome software and complex workflows have prevented many construction firms from adopting this technology in-house. To be practical, it needs to be simple. ****UPDATE: The archived version of the webinar is now available online. 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…

A New Tool for BIM: The 3D Disto

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Beginning this week, we’re digging into a new tool (to us) from Leica Geosystems called 3D Disto. With some basic orientation, you are able to shoot points much the same way you would use a total station, only you’re not looking through a scope but using the screen on a tablet. Thanks to the built-in camera, the 3D Disto will “show” you what it’s shooting remotely. This offers the luxury of single user operation without prisms or even a tripod. Continue reading…