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Revamping or restoring an existing structure can be complex and dangerous for engineers who only have outdated 2D drawings or no blueprints at all.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

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.