Applying Mobile Solutions to Construction Mapping and Surveying

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-SurveyingGPS enabled rugged tablets have now managed to completely revolutionize contemporary construction mapping and surveying processes. Professional, survey-grade levels of accuracy allow construction managers to obtain necessary measurements with a handheld device that can record accurate map and survey data in the field.

Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation Global Positioning Systems (GPS) establish tight parameters for accuracy. When combined with rugged tech the centimeter level accuracies of measurement can be deployed for either primary mapping or ground control when deploying drones. Drone mapping incorporates aerial photogrammetry, enabling tablet users to rapidly take multiple photos which can be analyzed and incorporated into the bigger picture.

Once imaging of a site is complete, software that reconstructs three-dimensional images of the terrain can be employed. Subsequently, the RTK GPS refines the accuracy of aerial data (accurate to 3 meters) down to an accuracy of mere centimeters by matching, positioning, and verifying the real world coordinates of the data points.

Survey-grade accuracy is essential to contractors working on building sites, but the time involved in standard surveying (and its dependence on worker availability, equipment transport, and more factors) can make this task difficult to accomplish on a tight deadline.

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Deploying rugged tablets and drones can significantly reduce the time needed to accomplish for surveying and mapping, particularly in rough terrain where rapidly collecting accurate data is doubly difficult. A task that would typically take hours can now be completed in 20 minutes by combining the RTK GPS capability of rugged tablets with speed and penetrability of drones.

These rugged tablets contain the storage, computing power, and software to quickly complete mapping procedures with the survey-grade accuracy essential to documenting building sites. The results are certifiable and can be used to drive construction planning forward quickly, even in areas that are hard to reach or which have rough terrain that must be worked around.

Conducting surveying or mapping with rugged tablets and drones also opens new possibilities for an entirely new avenue of remote analysis. This technology provides ways for architects, main constrictors, subcontractors, site managers, and construction crews to integrate smoothly with city, county, and state governments.

Utilities can benefit by sharing and integrating information to correctly mark pipelines and underground wiring based on previous GPS mapping, minimizing risk of interference. In addition, rugged tablets are user-friendly, providing time and cost savings by allowing operators to be trained quickly and efficiently. Implementing accurate mapping via RTK GPS enabled tablets and drones is the future of surveying.

Using Handheld and Mounted Rugged Tablets for Construction

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Construction sites rely on constant, accurate information and communication between workers. Without proper organization, workers can be put in unnecessary danger, and the integrity of the project can be put at risk. Many construction managers have been turning to the use of handheld devices like tablets and smartphones to organize their teams, keep track of workloads, and pull up essential on-the-go information.

Where consumer tablets may not hold up under the stress of a rough environment like a construction site, rugged devices are purpose-built for the job. With protection against shock damage, water damage, extreme temperatures, and a number of other workplace dangers, purpose built tablets are designed for hard use. They are also free of the bloatware commonly seen on consumer-grade tablets, making it easier for them to be integrated professionally.

Running on a standard Windows platform, these tablets are compatible with many existing applications. Opening blueprints, establishing video/audio connections, and getting real-time weather updates are simple tasks on a purpose-built tablet. In addition to their superior hardware, purpose-built devices have aspects that are particularly unique.

The screens are designed to be read in any lighting, and can be used by both gloved and ungloved hands. They can be mounted into vehicles and machinery, set in detachable keyboards, passed around, or held in the hands of a manager.

Rugged tablets also have extensive input/output capabilities. Purpose-built tablets can be outfitted with other accessories and have USB ports for easy connections, and offer optional fully-integrated barcode scanners, cameras, RFID readers, and C1D2 certification.

Leaving sensitive information about the company, its plans, or its employees unlocked can be hazardous. Purpose-built tablets are designed with more security than your average tablet or filing cabinet, and they can also be locked down further with PIN codes, passwords, encryption, and other forms of digital security.

Tablets can be used to build schedules, edit documents, collaborate with others, communicate, and keep track of billing and inventory in real time. Their versatility not only makes them useful, but essential for large, full-scale operations where organization is key. Relying on paper-based recordkeeping can be a hassle at best, and unreliable at worst. Digitizing the forms, blueprints, and schedules can allow the manager to edit, duplicate, and share them with ease.

Rugged tablets have streamlined a number of processes and made it easier than ever to control everything with one device. Where paper-based methods and consumer-grade machines may fall flat, purpose-built technology is made according to your business plan. Integrate them with existing systems, or build a new system from scratch. Whether they’re in the hands of a manager, a worker, or a CEO, rugged tablets for construction are designed with business in mind.

4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers

4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site Managers

Behind every construction project are the managers working overtime to make things come together. Without proper planning, oversight, and organization, a project can fall apart before it’s been built, and it’s the manager’s job to keep things moving smoothly from start to finish. Arranging schedules, overseeing changes, and dealing with the billing and inventory requires a high degree of organization.

Where laptops lack the portability and smartphones lack the hardware to work properly, purpose-built tablets have become the middle ground every construction site needs. Hardy, reliable design allows for hard use in many conditions, no matter how rough. Mud, heat, and cold have never stopped construction workers when work needs to be done, and rugged tablets are built to work just as hard.

Here are four benefits that rugged tablets can offer to construction site managers in their day-to-day work.

  1.  Durability. Built from the hardware up to handle water-damage, vibrations, shock-damage, extreme temperatures, and even blunt force trauma, rugged tablets won’t stop working when the conditions are harsh.
  2. Reliability. With a long-lasting battery and hot-swappable battery packs available, these tablets don’t require a recharge for every two hours of work. With integrated 4G and satellite GPS connectivity, they allow for high-speed data. Even when disconnected from a data or Wi-Fi source, tablets can still pull up downloaded documents.
  3. Input/Output capabilities. With several USB slots for additional hardware and software, these tablets run on Windows, making them compatible with most applications and accessories. They can be tailored for the exact tasks with fully integrated card readers, RFID and barcode scanners, and even cameras.
  4. Easy use in the field. Rugged tablets’ portable, slate design makes them perfect for transport, whether they’re being carried on a site, or mounted in vehicles and forklifts. They have screens designed for easy viewing in both dim and ultra-bright conditions, and they react to both gloved and ungloved touch.

Whether they’re being used to track progress, access plans, or take pictures and video, rugged tablets are built to last, both physically and digitally. Their protection against physical dangers and obsolescence makes them the perfect device for companies or projects investing in the long-term benefits. Purpose built tech is designed to boost productivity and streamline existing processes, and rugged tablets are designed to do that under even the hardest working conditions.