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SPECIAL SECTION: CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 are working to use some elements of BIM on all projects-if not required by an owner, then simply to be practiced and effective at it. Some larger construction management firms also are using BIM-related tools for conceptual estimating and value engineering. Today's VDC departments are moving to push the process out into the field. However, some companies cut back on their VDC departments and put responsibility back on the subcontractors to lead, which can result in a lack of project standards being followed and a loss of project streamlining. 42 Fabrication The idea of having portions of a construction environment premade to spec in a safe, clean, controlled environment away from the hazards of a construction site is proving compelling. Software that handles the detailing is well integrated with the shop floor equipment. In years past, this was limited to the ductwork detailing software feeding cut specifications to the plasma cutting machines. Today, design/CAD software develops fabrication specs, which then move to the fabrication floor for pulling inventory, prepping material and organizing assembly. Field Technology As more companies discover the benefits of BIM and the "build it twice" approach, they are looking for solutions that will help ensure what is being coordinated in a model is actually being installed in the field. More companies are moving toward doing their own smarter layout via the use of robotic total stations and GPSbased systems. This technology allows project teams to take data directly from a model and lay it out in the field so they only have to measure and cut once, which enables prefabrication. Another advancement is the use of laser scanning technology to accurately collect existing project data. With project contracts putting more of the risk on contractors to make things work the first time, regardless of the field conditions, laser scanning is one of the ways to fully understand the field conditions and the quality of the work. In the end, it's the best way to verify the actual as-built conditions on a project. Asset Tracking It is now possible to track tools, trucks and people. In particular, tracking personnel is gaining traction as it relates to safety on the project. Several solutions use integrated RFID badging and physical or virtual gates to monitor people onsite in real time. Firms also are pushing materials tracking. Once a system/element is prefabricated, it is great to actually track it electronically so it can be fabricated only when needed onsite, and allows for just-intime deliveries-plus reduces the amount of storage space needed onsite or offsite. Most companies with an internal warehouse are already using tool tracking for their major assets. Companies are now using the same solutions to track consumables. The tracking solutions can be tied to purchasing information and alert a supplier to deliver more of the consumable components so a team in a fabrication shop or in the field is never without a component to do its job. Telematics Contractors with a large fleet of heavy equipment have seen an increase in the deployment of telemetric technology from manufacturers like Caterpillar and Deere. This could be considered an early example of the IoT in construction, with a constant stream of data available from the equipment itself. While the potential value of this data stream is hard to calculate, it is putting pressure on those who handle equipment to have better tools in place to manage the data, analyze it and react. In the near future, contractors will continue to see more work being put in place with fewer people. One of the simplest ways to make their jobs easier is to eliminate the traditional paper-based processes and move to more electronic integrated processes. Once the best-fitting technology is found, companies need to spend time and money ensuring teams get the most value out of those systems through training and implementation support. Christian Burger is president of Burger Consulting Group. For more information, visit burgerconsulting. com or follow @burgercnsltng. Todd Ellsworth is director of professional services for BuildingPoint Midwest, a Trimble Buildings partner. For more information, visit midwest. buildingpointpartners.com. http://burgerconsulting.com http://burgerconsulting.com http://www.buildingpointpartners.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
In Brief
Washington Update
Construction Markets
Risk
Safety
Workforce
No Bounds to Success
Special Section: Construction Technology
Business Development
Community Outreach
Viewpoints
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Industry Insider
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - In Brief
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Washington Update
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Construction Markets
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Risk
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Safety
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Workforce
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