Constructor - July/August 2017 - 17

HOW CONTRACTORS ARE EXPLORING NEW WAYS TO BUILD
BY DEBRA WOOD
TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE,

offering opportunities for construction
firms to automate some practices and
explore new ways to build. Drones have
made significant inroads, while robotics
and 3D printing hold potential but are not
in widespread use.
"A lot of things make the construction industry challenging, so you have to
be smart and use technology tools," says
Raynald Morris, chief information officer at W.M. Jordan Co. of Newport News,
Virginia, a member of AGC of Virginia,
Carolinas AGC and the AGC IT Steering
Committee. "Construction has been slow
to adopt technology, but during the past
five years it has grown substantially as
has understanding of how technology can
benefit us."

DRONES
Small and large contractors are deploying drones, unmanned aerial systems
[UAS], for aerial photography, surveying, data collection and more. Some have
established their own fleets. Others hire
drone pilots to handle the flights, and
some follow a hybrid method.
"This is a brand new technology for our
industry, and we are learning as we go,"
says Chip Reid, CEO of Current Builders
of Pompano Beach, Florida, a member of
South Florida Chapter-AGC. "It's exciting
what the potential is."
Nathan Wood, chief enabling officer
of the consulting firm SpectrumAEC of
San Francisco, suggests contractors assess

how they plan to use the drone, who can
fly it, and how often they will use it before
purchasing one.
"You would need to be doing quite a
bit of work to bring in house," Wood says.
"More and more companies are outsourcing because it is easier."
Bob Etris, a partner and director with
Evans, an aviation-consulting firm in Falls
Church, Virginia, calls this a fast-evolving
hardware and technology market, with
drones continually improving.
W. M. Jordan started using drones four
years ago initially for photography but has
since expanded to use them for marketing,
site logistics planning, land surveying,
monitoring progress, thermal imaging,
measuring the amount of dirt or gravel
moved and inspecting existing facilities.
The company's drones can carry many
different types of sensors.
"That's just stuff you can do today;
down the road, who knows," Morris says.
A drone's thermal imaging scan of
an existing building showed heat loss
through single-pane glass windows on
one side of the building but not on the side
with the double-pane glass. After Jordan
replaced the windows, a second flyover
showed no heat loss.
"When you have the images side by
side, you can see it clearly," Morris says.
"We are doing more with the thermal
piece, because it brings a lot of value."
The company recently used a drone
to capture images of a brick fireplace on
a hotel building being restored. In the

past, the company would have installed
scaffolding to assess the condition. In
three hours, Jordan had images and could
determine the level of work needed to
be performed.
Current began using drones after a
client introduced it to the technology on a
large student dorm project in Boca Raton,
Florida. It uses the unmanned aircraft for
tracking logistics, how materials flow
onto the site; assessing areas inaccessible by foot; or observing areas that
could be a potential safety risk.
"When you see a site from a drone,
it gives you a different perspective than
a 2D plan," Reid says. "It provides more
information to our team."
Reid adds that Current Builders is
investigating laser scanning from a
drone. He encouraged the industry to
collaborate about best practices for the
use of drones.
Assessments of inaccessible sites are
a natural candidate for drones. A surveying customer of 3D Robotics, based
in Berkeley, California, used a drone to
survey a site with quick sinking mud,
which would have been next to impossible using traditional survey methods.
3D Robotics provides drones and software for the construction industry.
Brasfield & Gorrie, headquartered in
Birmingham, Alabama, a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently scanned an
existing railroad span that the company
will be replacing in a remote marsh that
is only accessible by boat.

A surveying customer of 3D Robotics, based in Berkeley, California, used a
drone to survey a site with quick sinking mud, which would have been next to
impossible using traditional survey methods.
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Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Agc in Action
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Inside Agc
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Senior Counsel
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 64
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
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