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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021

Microsoft Paves Digital Twins' On-Ramp for Construction, Real Estate - Construction Links Network


Microsoft Digital Twins

(1:21) Video by - Microsoft Cloud

Digital twins for the smart building of the future are still under construction. But Microsoft is working to enable this advanced technology with a special ontology that works with its internet of things (IoT) platform Azure Digital Twins. Such capabilities move smart buildings closer to reality.

An ontology is essentially a shared data model that simplifies the process of connecting applications in a particular domain, and it’s one of the core elements for developing digital twins.

“Microsoft is investing heavily in enabling our partners with the technology and services they need to create digital twin solutions that support new and existing needs of the world’s largest real estate portfolios,” said Microsoft Azure IoT general manager Tony Shakib.

This recent push into construction extends the utility of . . . Read More

Digital Twins

Thursday, Jun 10, 2021

8 Ways Augmented and Mixed Reality Improves Remote Collaboration and Worker Safety - Constructible


Trimble Connected Construction

(0:52) Video by - Trimble Buildings

Physically, much of the world has remained the same as it was before the pandemic.

But, if you’re anything like me, the way you move through the world has been completely transformed. How I spend my time, the details I notice, and what I care about are not the same as they were even just a few months ago. And, flaws and opportunities that were once unknown seem glaringly obvious to me now.

It reminds me of the first time I looked at a jobsite through a mixed reality headset. Standing on a freshly poured slab, I was able to see an entire engineering project finished — long before construction began. Yes, my feet remained firmly planted in the same world they had always been in, but my eyes showed me something completely different.

With remote collaboration during COVID-19 and social distancing in construction now our reality, I see many companies turning to mixed reality and augmented reality technologies for a better way to . . . Read More

Mixed Reality

Friday, May 14, 2021

Virginia Tech Research Unleashing Robotic Technology on Campus Construction Sites - Virginia Tech


Checking In: Spot the Robot Dog at CID and Holden Hall

(3:19) Video by - Virgina Tech

Virginia Tech researchers are unleashing an autonomous robot dog on university construction sites to investigate the applications of using robots to monitor construction progress.

Faculty and students from Myers-Lawson School of Construction, within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and College of Engineering, are partnering with the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities and industry sponsor Procon Consulting to deploy Spot, a mobile robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics, to conduct this innovative research.

The ongoing experimental investigation is exploring whether construction progress monitoring – a traditionally human-dependent, labor-intensive, and error-prone process – can be improved by leveraging autonomous robotic technology to lead the systematic collection of data in construction environments.

Six months into the yearlong study, the team recently published its initial findings, which include operating procedures required to launch legged robots in dynamic construction settings and early opportunities and limitations in using robots in this capacity . . .
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BIM/VDC Services

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021

Talking to Boston Dynamics' Brian Ringley About the Future of Construction Robotics & Automation - Constructible


114: Canine Robots for Construction with Brian Ringley, Boston Dynamics

(1:02:31) Video by - Business of Architecture

Meet one of the most important people working in construction robotics today. Brian Ringley, Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics, talks with Constructible about Spot's current and future use cases, how innovative contractors use Spot today, 'digital twin starter sets', what construction bots might look like in 2040, upskilling for an automated future, and more.

Tell us a bit about your background in construction and automation.

I graduated in the recession and could not get a professional job in architecture, so I ended up working in digital fabrication labs, on a design technology team, teaching in academia, and picking up a lot of technology skills along the way.

While I was a construction automation researcher at WeWork, we asked our superintendents and assistant supers, "If we could automate one thing you did to make your life easier, what would you like us to work on?" They said, "Please do my daily photo documentation or job walk."

During this work, we found drones to be unfeasible for interior commercial construction spaces in terms of battery life, payload capacity, and operational safety. We tried wheeled and tracked robots, both those that we developed ourselves with kits, and ones that were available on the market. Ultimately, there was no method of wheeled or tracked locomotion that could get everywhere on the site that we needed it to get.

In 2018, Boston Dynamics released a video of Spot on their Japanese customer construction sites and I said, "We've really got to try this." We became Spot early adopters and were able to get the robots on our sites, and demonstrate that they could get anywhere in the environment. It could autonomously trigger 360 image capture and it could do it . . .Read More

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021

Data Across Construction Phases is Finally Here - Construction Executive


The Constructible Process

(1:28) Video by - Trimble Connect

"The benefits of digitization are truly new levels of visibility into individual jobs, and across jobs."

Construction is famously fragmented, with dozens of companies on a given job using their own software, processes, and formats for working, producing information and communicating data and materials. This problem is not new—in fact, it is why the industry has produced standards such as MasterFormat, Uniformat and OmniClass. Standards like these exist so contractors can organize and keep track of the hundreds of thousands of items that come together to become a building, and communicate the quantities, costs and schedules required for that coming together—otherwise known as construction.

The problem is that different phases of construction need different things. Designing focuses on what gets built, whereas construction focuses on how it gets built, and so on. Translating the work product of different teams in different phases wasn’t an issue when that meant a human looking at one sheet of paper and interpreting information to fill in another sheet of paper. Humans are much better at this than is often recognized, despite the odd transcription error. So the industry adopted practices such as material takeoffs—it’s easy to . . .Read More

Trimble Connect

Thursday, Mar 11, 2021

Worksite Safety: The Post-Pandemic Construction Site Priority - Construction Week Online


Trimble Crewsight - Testimonial with Matt Ogle, Safety Manager at JE Dunn

(2:26) Video by - Trimble Buildings

Paul Wallett, regional director for Trimble Middle-East and India region, makes a point

The Secretary-General of UN had in April remarked that the post-coronavirus world will be different and much more digital than before. The jury is still out on whether this prediction will hold universally true for the global construction industry, otherwise remarkably skeptical towards embracing digitalized processes. However, the need to ensure safety for construction workers and maintain worksite social distancing could be an important trigger for the long due digitalization in construction.

The construction industry is one of the most labor intensive industries, and also the second largest employer after agriculture. Of the millions of core migrant workers in India, around 35% are employed in the construction sector alone. By May 23 last year, after nearly two months of a nationwide lockdown, many of these workers had gone back to their homes by trains and buses . . . and this count does not include those who walked back on foot.

This departure hit the construction industry hard when it prepared to resume work on pending projects. While the migrants have finally and slowly started returning to construction sites in order to earn their living, the labor shortage remains an active concern. This is further exacerbated by the prevailing social distancing guidelines, hampering project developers’ plans to press full throttle at onsite work.

Enter the ‘Digital’

Resuming work at a time when workplace safety measures have become paramount, many leading construction companies have started exploring how they can minimize their dependence on labor by embracing digital construction technologies. While these technologies have existed for a while now, the pandemic has brought them in the front and center of boardroom discussions.

Take cloud-based collaboration, artificial intelligence, IOT, construction robots or specialized software solutions, these tools are now finding a much greater interest among progressive construction players as a means of executing complex workflows that have otherwise required human workers to work in close proximities for long hours. Combined with 4G or WiFi connectivity onsite as well at the office or home, these tools are also making it possible for construction teams to collaborate effectively, save time, and be their most productive on projects.

Ensuring a safer worksite

Many of these tools have a big role to play in ensuring project site safety for workers, engineers, supervisors and managers. They do so by minimizing the need for having large number of people onsite at any given time. For example, project managers typically need to limit who is on site and also confirm that those on site have passed their safety training, have attended safety briefings and also passed background or drug checks . . . Read More

Jobsite Security

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021

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Friday, Feb 19, 2021

Connected Construction: How We'll Rebuild and Revive US Infrastructure - Constructible


Realizing Connected Construction

(1:01:33) Video by - KHL Group

Even on the heels of a divisive and hotly contested election, leaders on both sides of the aisle can agree that we need to channel investment into new and innovative ways to modernize and upgrade our critical systems for the future. The plan put forth by president Biden proposes spending $2 trillion on infrastructure improvements encompassing transportation, clean energy, water, and digital policy.

To the extent there will be meaningful government investment, a tremendous opportunity exists to rebuild the infrastructure needed to ensure the continued health and well-being of the country. But it requires the construction industry to rise to the occasion. To revive our American infrastructure and boost its capacity to serve our needs today and into the future, the construction industry must first face its own failings.

Some Construction Companies Are Holding Us All Back

Said more simply, it’s time to put the stubborn resistance to change to rest and accept our own need for modernization. A concerted effort across the construction industry to accelerate technology adoption and digital transformation is needed. By harnessing the technologies available to us right now, we can make long-overdue productivity improvements, overcome the labor shortage, and rise to the integral role our country needs us to play in modernizing our most critical . . .Read More

Connected Construction

Friday, Feb 05, 2021

Greetings and thank you for taking a moment to check out our blog!

Over the last few years, I have been privileged to work as a member of Building Point Pacific’s construction scheduling services and training team. During this time, I have had a variety of rewarding experiences, but nothing seems to top the sense of satisfaction I found in teaching the Introduction to Scheduling with Primavera P6 workshops.

Having an Effect
Personally, I have always found work the most fulfilling when I feel like I have had a substantial effect. This source of gratification has been universal throughout my work history. I have managed to find it in a variety of project deliverables, from a client’s direct gratitude, and indirectly from achieving project goals by assisting a coworker. One of the most gratifying things for me in my role at Building Point Pacific has been when I have had students start my class with little to no understanding of P6, and over the course of two days guided them to a place where they are comfortable navigating the program and feel confident enough to return to their team and start working directly with schedules as their role(s) may demand.

Our Intro to P6 workshops have two full days of instruction (~7.5 hours x 2 = 15 hours). We manage to get every student to a functional level (from zero-sixty MPH!) with P6 by the end of the workshop. If for some reason we aren’t able to bring everyone to the finish line together, we are able to take the extra time with individuals to bring them up to speed.

Who Takes This Class?
People attending our workshops range widely; some job titles have included Project Engineers, Project Managers (Jr/Sr), VPs, Construction Managers, and Superintendents. People have also attended our classes who are just seeking to enrich themselves and add another badge to their professional development journey. All levels of proficiency are welcome in our Intro to P6 classes.

In P6, Sometimes Working Smarter = Working Faster
Of the many fundamental tools we cover within the workshop, even experienced users find many of the tips and tricks covered in our demonstration very useful. Some examples: a quick way to change the view of the Gantt chart and filling in repetitive information with the ‘Fill Down’ feature.

Teaching is Often the Best Way to Learn
Although all the topics covered in the class are introductory level and we frequently have attendees with more extensive P6 experience, I have often found that this helps everyone gain a deeper understanding of Primavera P6 as a tool and how to better use it to accomplish their professional goals.

Virtual Classroom vs. In-Person Classes
Like many people, I prefer to teach the classes in person, but (even before the pandemic) we offer the course on a remote-instruction basis.

Please contact us for a quote or more information on our Intro to Scheduling with Primavera P6 courses or other training opportunities here at Building Point Pacific. We look forward to working with you!

Thursday, Feb 04, 2021

Introducing the Trimble Dimensions Spotlight Series - Trimble


A Virtual Educational Series

Trimble continues to uphold our mission to transform the way the world works. Right now, the way the world works is different. That's why we reimagined Dimensions as much more than an event.

We are excited to announce our Spotlight Series of unique interviews with top industry experts, who share their thoughts on four trending topics - infrastructure, sustainability, automation, and the evolving workforce. Each series will include episodes that inspire you to think about how technology is driving change and what you can do to be prepared in today's fast-paced world.

In our premiere series, we turn the spotlight on the role of technology in supporting informed, data-driven decisions, and why that is key to reviving our nation’s infrastructure.

Save the date for the release of Episode 1: Unleashing the Power of Collaboration and Data for Digital Delivery premiering March 10, 2021. Register once for the entire series.

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