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.

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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.   

 

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 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.