How Rugged Tablets Streamline Construction Processes and Cut Costs

How-Rugged-Tablets-add-to-Safety-on-Construction-SitesIt is evident that rugged tablets are here to stay, and that they are tools of the future. They are being used in big construction firms and companies, ensuring that there is efficiency in the  offices and in the field. These purpose built devices help construction companies to be economical and to improve performance in all workplace settings.

Construction contractors, subcontractors, site managers, inspectors, and employees are all capable of being equipped with purpose-built tablets to help them to remain ahead of the game. However, many companies in the construction sector have still not embraced this technology.

Rugged tablets for construction can be utilized by architects and engineers before the build phase even begins. Once construction is underway, they can continue to provide value,  helping to maintain budgets, communicate with vendors, relay information, conduct research, and do so much more within the sector.

Here are some ways that the purpose built tablets can help streamline construction processes and cut costs:

  • Distribution of information –  With the help of rugged tablets, construction companies can be able to share information between employees and with third parties in real time.
  • All the information in all locations –  Paper plans can be viewed in the field and all other details kept on the tablet, so all required references are at hand.
  • Project progress management –  As changes are made to the plans, updates can be made and shared instantly, reducing errors and the need to re-draw plans with new metrics.
  • Efficient billing and payments –  As each part of the project is completed, the work can be verified and a bill sent out quickly, and increasing the speed of payments.   
  • Easy inventory tracking. Employees are able to keep track of the inventory to ensure that all the materials needed during the construction process are available. The rugged tablet can be used to make orders online, then track using RFID or barcode scanners to estimate delivery times and work around logistics issues.
  • Safety improvements. Purpose built rugged tablets can keep employees accountable and ensure dangers are avoided by continual updates on locations to avoid or be cautious around. This can reduce injuries on the job – and the associated costs.

The difference between consumer tablets and rugged tablets is the fact that the rugged tablets are purpose built to withstand harsh conditions on a construction site. Tablets can be vehicle mounted, forklift mounted, or carried on the job. It’s the perfect tool for construction processes, from start to finish.

 

Purpose Built Devices Enable Efficient Engineering

Rugged-Tablets-for-Utility-Companies-Speed-Recovery-After-FloodingEngineering, architectural, and construction fields can benefit from rugged tablets with 3D cameras, scanners, and CAD software to enhance accuracy at every stage of a build. With purpose built tech, engineers and general contractors are better able to communicate during a build to ensure every stage is safely and effectively finished according to spec, and any change orders can be communicated between all members of the team to check for compatibility in real time.

A portable, wirelessly connected, purpose-built tablet helps to accelerate workflows, identify potential problems or bottlenecks instantly, and enable deadlines to be met. Engineers who fully commit to an on the round technologically advanced process and collaborating with consultation managers in real time can deliver beyond expectations for a seamless build experience.

Rugged Tablets for Engineers

3D RealSense camera capability and scanner can allow quick 3D reads to be taken of a build’s interior, highlighting any potential issues and sharing information between all team members in real time. Blueprints can be adapted and updated, and inefficiency reduced to a minimum.

Measuring capability that is centimeter accurate allows precise updates to be made to keep projects on track even in changing situations, and rugged tablets allow all participants to stay informed of such changes. GIS features mean every location specific piece of data is tagged and recorded.

Matching the highly accurate digital measurements with digitally verified photographic images provides a clear real time picture of a build at any stage. Fast, efficient IT system data transfers reduce the chances of discrepancies, and reveal the location of badly recorded underground or buried utilities assets – the condition of which can be established via 3D and 2D images.

Communication and Accuracy Meet to Deliver Superior Results

CAD software compatibility means engineers can seamlessly communicate with everyone on the project to deliver expertise even when not physically present. Full Windows 10 operating system and hot-swappable battery means rugged tablets can be used in tandem with third party systems without issues or downtime. Since Building Information Management (BIM) can be accurately updated based on measurements taken by both trained surveyors as well as non-specialists, delays due to the former need to get an engineer on site can be avoided.

Rugged tablets perform at high speeds and transmit data in real time, striking that all-important balance between a laptop and a smartphone. The RealSense Camera and  scanner are an engineer’s dream kit, allowing them to more effectively manage projects in tandem with fully informed general contractors to bring buildings to life or update existing ones for safety and efficiency.   

 

Rugged Tablets Are Making BIM Accessible to Engineers

4 Benefits of Rugged Tablets for Construction Site ManagersConstructing buildings, plants, and monuments is a labor intensive construction process that starts with the input of architects and engineers. While Building Information Modeling (BIM) has improved traditional building design, keeping the BIM up-to-date typically requires professional survey crews, specialty service providers or in-house teams with specialized equipment to measure the as-built state of a project and do a model update.

Now, any engineer can use rugged tablets with 3D technology to document the as-built state of a project. Instead of senior engineers being deployed to inspect and measure a site, non-specialists to quickly gather this information and transmit it to the senior engineers in the office, freeing up their valuable time.

A single device can be used to capture and geo-reference 3D data. Fast, accurate construction validation can be accomplished using a 3D RealSense camera to capture data and generate georeferenced, high-resolution photographs that are easily integrated with CAD, BIM traditional survey and tripod-based laser scanning.  

Measurement precision accuracy is vital for the safety of engineers, construction workers and the public as it is crucial to map the fiber optic cables, gas lines, and other sub-level utilities equipment. Sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy measurements can be retrieved in real-time with 3D RealSense camera software to deliver the most accurate digital measurements available for underground utilities.

Revamping or restoring an existing structure can be complex and dangerous for engineers who only have outdated 2D drawings or no blueprints at all. Rugged tablets with 3D technology can capture current assets to produce design documentation and generate CAD BIM models.

Using rugged tablets with 3D technology for BIM processes limits risk exposure, both physical and financial. The shortened project cycle times can get infrastructure up and running quickly despite change orders, and expedite payments for contractors thanks to real time verification of task completion.

Highly accurate digital measurements can be utilized along with digitally verified photographic images and rapid IT system data transfers to assist in mitigating discrepancy risks – particularly in the case of underground or buried utilities assets that may not be properly documented. 3D and 2D images with data can establish the condition of the assets before and during implementation, and key points isolated to address the emergent issues and provide proof of proper action.  

Rugged tablets with 3D technology and RealSense cameras used to implement and maintain BIM allows companies the opportunity to leverage a single investment over and over, increasing efficiency and productivity while protecting stakeholders’ investment.   

Construction Contractors Can Now Leverage BIM With Rugged Tablets

Using-Handheld-and-Mounted-Rugged-Tablets-for-ConstructionBuilding Information Modeling is one way that design firms are able to deliver projects on time and within budget – but in contrast, construction firms have been slow to adopt leveraging BIM in the field. This is mostly because keeping the BIM updated and accurate can be a slow, lengthy process requiring extra man hours from already overworked staff or the input of hired-in specialists with equipment capable of the task of assessing as-built project states and updating the BIM for the project to move forward.

The effort required to keep the BIM updated in order to accurately reconcile field changes, track and rectify errors, arrange equipment substitutions and acquiesce to scope changes demanded by the owner has simply been too time consuming. However, newly developed rugged tablets equipped with 3D scanners and software can now be deployed to provide survey-grade positioning accuracy in instantly captured data that is then delivered digitally.

Best of all, this process can be accomplished by non-specialists – a broad range of construction workers may now use the durable, effective, simple to operate mobile devices in the field. By documenting the as-built state of a project, the BIM can then be kept current, and all of its advantages and benefits leveraged to keep the project rolling forward:   

Specialists not Required

While professional surveyors are still needed to establish survey control networks, the subsequent as-built documentation can be completed by construction workers with basic training in the use of the 3D RealSense camera equipped tablet to improve efficiency and shorten schedules.

Single Device Data Capturing and Geo-Referencing

3D point cloud data and HD images are easily captured and shared for better coordination with subcontractors. Captured data can be integrated with CAD, BIM traditional survey, and tripod-based laser scanning. The user can also generate georeferenced, high-resolution photographs without switching devices.

Precision Measurement Accuracy

Using rugged tablets with 3D RealSense camera and software coupled with Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites, even non-specialist workers can quickly and effectively generate sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy measurements in real-time. This is particularly important for construction in areas with underground utilities.

Construction contractors who use rugged tablets with 3D technology for BIM can deploy non specialist workers to generate high accuracy measurements in the field, capture data and display or transmit it in various formats, simplify retrofitting, and mitigate risks for their men in the field and their stockholders in the boardroom. It’s the next big positive change for the construction industry.

Rugged Tablets On Construction Sites Minimize Cost Overruns

How-Rugged-Tablets-add-to-Safety-on-Construction-SitesConstruction costs are constantly inflated due to cost overruns due to poor time management, injuries on the construction site, and delays caused by lack of real time communication and data. Rugged tablets can help minimize workplace hazards and accidents, keep track of workers on the site and visiting civilians, organize tasks, share information, manage vendors, and post updates and important notices.

Rugged tablets can streamline construction processes, starting with hands off surveying that can swiftly map terrain and even utilize drones for hard to reach or remote areas in advance of road building and architectural planning. When it comes to integrating technology into the way construction firms and contractors work on the ground, rugged tablets are becoming the best option for on-site implementation.

In a construction setting, technology and hardware has to be tough. With a commercial-grade tablet, there is constant risk of damage from impact, dust or water damage, as well as rapid obsolescence. Rugged tablets keep construction teams ahead of the curve, with durable glass screens and tough, tightly sealed cases built to exacting specifications to withstand water damage, dust and sand, and multiple kinds of impact and vibration. Purpose built tablets for construction are also designed to keep pace and integrate fully with future software upgrades, reducing compatibility issues and increasing lifetime value for each tablet.

Construction workers can utilize rugged tablet technology to improve productivity, efficiency, and safety, cutting down on cost overruns by protecting workers, keeping schedules on track, and immediately updating plans and delivery times on the go. Construction project managers, site managers, contractors, sub-contractors, and other personnel can communicate and share crucial information in real time. Vendors, inspectors, and off-site contacts in municipal offices, architectural firms, and financial sectors can be kept looped in.  

Workers can write up and submit inventories, submittals, and punch lists, and receive instructions, orders, and important notification. Incoming deliveries can be coordinated with receiving staff, any change orders expedited, and most minor setbacks resolved quickly on the ground. GIS and GPS allow even complex maps to be viewed on the spot, without the need to hand carry documents or blueprints back and forth, and corrections can be made or boundary lines verified instantly and referenced as needed.

Construction site managers track employees both on and off the field, avoid miscommunications, and help keep workers safe by ensuring everyone deployed at any given time is part of a connected network to keep compliance and safety at the top of the priority list. With rugged tablets, ensuring worker safety, streamlining deliveries and schedules, and avoiding delays caused by incorrect paperwork can be the keys to preventing cost- overruns and bringing a project in on time and on budget.