Exciting things are happening in the concrete industry, driven by the emerging requirements of owners and general contractors to incorporate intelligent 3D model based design into layout and construction to reduce costly rework and keep projects on schedule. The World of Concrete show in Las Vegas next month – one of the top shows in the industry – is projected to be the largest in six years with 1,300 exhibitors and over 630,000+ square feet of exhibition space. In addition to all of the newest products and equipment, building information modeling (BIM) – incorporating intelligent 3D design models into construction and layout, and utilizing high definition scanning before and during construction to compare as-built to as-designed – is a hot trend in the concrete industry that will get a lot of attention this year.
Here are two things you should expect to see at this year’s show and throughout 2015:
#1: More Robotic Total Stations
As more and more contractors are using 3D models in the field for layout to avoid expensive rework, expect to see more robotic total stations on the showroom floor this year. Unlike manual methods of measurement that are labor intensive, total stations enable concrete installers to quickly re-create the accuracy of the coordinated model in the office into the field. They are accurate, fast, easy to learn and can ultimately save you a lot of money by avoiding rework.
#2: Concrete Slab Flatness Analysis with Innovative Scanning Solutions
Look for concrete contractors familiar with total station layout to begin performing slab flatness analysis with scanning total stations. Also called multistations, these systems allow contractors to quickly perform multiple scans for slab flatness using a familiar total station workflow for orientation and re-location of the instrument (resecting). Not only are the scans highly accurate, they create visual data that can easily be used for all kinds of concrete projects, from renovations to new construction.
And with a scanning total station, you don’t have to be a scanning expert. Separate registration of the point cloud data isn’t required; everything is done for you automatically on the instrument. This requires minimal time to learn and become productive.
These tools are hot, new and a perfect fit for today’s concrete contractors. Are you headed to World of Concrete this year? Stop by Booth C-5748 to see some of the industry’s most innovative BIM solutions.
World of Concrete will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center February 2-6th. For more information about the show, visit www.worldofconcrete.com.