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Revamping or restoring an existing structure can be complex and dangerous for engineers who only have outdated 2D drawings or no blueprints at all.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.

 

Rugged Tablet with 3D Camera & GPS for Construction & Engineering

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Using rugged tablets in the construction and engineering fields has helped improve efficiency, encourage productivity, enhance accuracy and increase safety. When engineers, construction site managers, and workers have cutting edge technology in a portable, wirelessly connected, purpose-built device, workflows can be accelerated, problems identified early and rectified before time is lost, and deadlines consistently met.

Rugged Tablets for Construction Reduce Excess Baggage

In addition to being sturdy enough to withstand the rugged environments they are often used in, tablet tech can serve as an all-in-one system, turning tasks that might previously have required three or four devices to be carried along to jobs that can be handled with a single multi-purpose device.

Purpose built tablets can go from the drafting desk to the worksite, or the cab of a backhoe to the hands of a project manager or inspector in seconds. Rugged tablets equipped with mapping software can map to accuracy that would hold up in court, if required, delivering a new way to manage large projects without unnecessary footwork.

High accuracy measuring ability and GPS delivers geo-referenced data which can be used to update and correct information across multiple locations and devices. This allows for low cost data gathering and measuring outside with high accuracy, and the data thus obtained can be easily added to a database remotely to provide frames of reference for workers off-site. Corrections to plans can be made in the field with on-screen drawing capability for accuracy, speed, and ease of use.

3D camera capability makes it easy for any issues to be instantly recorded and images transmitted or added to files shared through a secure network. The ability to communicate the need for work with a certain skillset, a specific tool, or a delivery of material for a repair is simplified, contributing to sensible workflows.

Compatibility with many other CAD software options means rugged tablets can be used in tandem with third party systems without issues or downtime. A fanless design and water resistant and IP65-rated shell means more durability in the field, even in rain, sleet, mud, snow, or dusty and sandy conditions when grit could be an issue.

Rugged tablets are able to function as a computer, a communication option, a camera, and a GPS device all in one while performing at high speeds and transmitting data in real time. Tablets strike the all-important balance between the functionality of the too-big-to-carry laptop and the mobility of the not-enough-processing-power smartphone, and adding them to a construction or engineering team’s toolkit can provide multiple benefits.

 

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.