GNSS Enabled Rugged Tablets Streamline Road Construction Projects

Applying-Mobile-Solutions-to-Construction-Mapping-and-Surveying2With a new year ticking over, the number of crisscrossing lines for electricity, water, gas mains, and more across the nation has never been higher. Roadway designers and construction managers can utilize rugged tablets with GNSS modules to accurately track and avoid existing infrastructure, allowing for less chance of utility disruption due to an accidental line break during excavation or road laying.

Department of Transportation officials in many states face the challenge of repairing, replacing, and expanding existing roadways or making way for new highways and bridges. Knowing precisely where every line is can prevent costly delays and interrupted service for thousands of people, bringing in road construction projects on time, on budget, and with a streamlined process that is beneficial to everyone in the vicinity.

GNSS rugged tablets provide the ability for highly accurate mapping and checking in the field to allow road plans to be made, revised, and finalized in the field, with instant updates to all copies of every file and map, from the architect’s office to the project manger’s device.

The tablets have a dual frequency GNSS module built-in, providing stand-alone sub meter accuracy to centimeter level accuracy thanks to connectivity with Real Time Kinematics from GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO satellites.

Each tablet is also compatible with existing survey and GIS software for mapping applications, and capable of bringing together the advanced workflow from initial data capture to confirmed, accurate positioning and device syncing for final data transmission.

This avenue for high-accuracy geospatial measurements has been a game changer for state workers, since the tablets enable them to save time, reduce costs and improve the accuracy of projects. Every physical aspect of the job can be improved through ‘digital-as constructed’ measurements, which deliver precise results for faster completion and less chance of accidents on site.

Furthermore, GNSS enabled rugged tablets also provide road construction vendors and state officials with a contract verification system. The highly accurate digital-as-constructed measurements are delivered immediately and stored forever. This results in a streamlined process for billing, since there is no need for disputes or independent re-measurement checks if billing discrepancies appear at the end of a project. The data on file can be referred to and quickly settle any issues.

States can also take advantage of GNSS tablets for other engineering projects, forest fire control, wetland projects, biology and geology initiatives, and more.

The DT340T Tablet + Drone Software Revolutionizes Aerial Viewing

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Combining rugged tablet technology with drone software is changing the way aerial views can help on the ground teams in a wide variety of verticals.

With a rugged tablet enabled to run drone software and control activity via a downloadable app, DT Research is making it easier for first responders, law enforcement officials, utilities, construction site managers and search and rescue crews to quickly and comprehensively map and view large areas without endangering field teams.

Benefits of Drone Software on Rugged Tablets

With a rugged tablet in hand, field teams can:

  • Direct and monitor drone aviation from the ground from long distances with real time connectivity and collaborative management
  • Manage multiple drones to prevent in-air collisions and gain a better picture of the terrain
  • Work with air traffic control to detect other drones in area, and to ensure safety around airports, particularly small fields

Uses for Drone Technology

The ability of field workers to utilize drone technology with the aid of a portable, easy to use rugged tablet allows for safety and accuracy to be increased across multiple verticals. Drones and tablets can be used to:

  • Complete surveying around airports for construction jobs, such as runway extensions
  • Aid first responders in quickly evaluating the scene of a disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado
  • Help search and rescue teams cover more ground from a birds eye view, resulting in quicker rescues and higher success rates even in difficult and dangerous terrain
  • Assist law enforcement officers with investigating crime scenes
  • Facilitate faster evaluations and remediation for utilities crews by swiftly identifying downed lines

Rugged Tablet Features

The DT340T rugged tablet is ideal for use with drone technology, thanks to features that enhance performance and increase mobility. This model has:

  • A high-brightness screen for outdoor use in all kinds of light
  • Expanded processing power to allow simultaneous use of multiple applications
  • Graphic card options for high-powered graphics and more definition and clarity
  • The ability to drill down in more depth into maps provided by drone flights

All of this is now possible with a lighter weight rugged tablet which is able to complete all the tasks of a comparable but heavier equipment. Drone technology is transforming the way field teams see their surroundings, and can boost efficiency, speed workflows, and save lives.