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.