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Thursday, Feb 25, 2021

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Video Resources for MEP Contractors

The video resource library contains over 30 videos designed to enhance your use of SysQue, help improve your estimating skills and bid accuracy, as well as several tips on creating Revit and CAD workflows.

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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

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Friday, Feb 05, 2021
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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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Friday, Jan 08, 2021

What's New in Trimble FieldLink v5.8 - Trimble Buildings

 

Trimble FieldLink v5.8

(0:57) Video by - BuildingPoint Midwest & Gulf Coast

Trimble FieldLink Construction Layout and Scanning Software provides your team with a flexible, scalable field layout and scanning solution that performs 200% better than traditional workflows. The recent updates increase productivity and accuracy in the field and as-built collection processes even more robust.

eneral Changes

  • Corner Bullseye: Size increase of corner bullseye and the ability to control the transparency.
  • Zoom Control: Zoom-in is not limited to 1/16" to better align with Graphics Engine capabilities.
  • Reference Elevation/Benchmark Transfer Tool: Now includes Laser Mode with Auto Adjust.
  • Updated Icons for RTP600 and X7

Job Changes

  • Section Box Export: Improvements to export using section box selection.

Measure Changes

  • Layout Digital Terrain Models: New ability to layout using Digital Terrain Models. Current supported file format is LandXML. (You must be licensed for the Surface Model to use this new feature).

Scanning Changes

  • Component Based Setup: The Trimble X7 can now utilize Component Based Setup.
  • Remove Level Constraint: During the refine process you can remove and then level constraint from a station when required.
  • Field Calibration Report: A new report that provides details about the Trimble X7, including laser status, firmware version, battery level, and calibration information.
  • Model Inspection: The new Inspection feature provides the ability, in the field, to compare a point cloud to the design model. This is an exciting evolution for use of scan data in the field, enabling a customer to identify potential issues or validate installed elements based on the comparison of 3D data sets.
  • Floor Analysis: The new Floor Analysis feature for Floor Flatness and Floor Levelness compares the scanned surface to a selected or entered reference height and calculates high and low points and contours, based on a user defined tolerance, that can then be identified and marked out in the field. Within the Floor Analysis tool, you can also run an FF/FL analysis and report.

GNSS Changes

  • Device Management: A Trash Can button has been added to each paired device in list so user can clean up the list to only used devices.

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Friday, Dec 18, 2020

Maintaining Construction Labor Productivity During a Crisis - Constructible

 

Trimble CrewSight Labor Tracking System

(1:42) Video by - Trimble MEP

Even during the best of times, productivity is a concern in construction. But during a crisis, that concern can reach new, critical levels. As we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis can create major challenges to construction productivity. Many are experiencing problems like:

  • Fewer workers being allowed on the jobsite or having to meet new requirements before they’re authorized to enter
  • Available workers having to cover more projects than usual, or projects becoming indefinitely delayed
  • New worksite safety guidelines or mandates being put in place that slow down typical project workflows
  • Fewer managers and field supervisors onsite, resulting in lowered visibility into daily attendance, productivity, and project progress

A crisis often reveals our vulnerabilities. For general contractors, the COVID crisis may have magnified any problems they previously faced with having . . . read more

Thursday, Dec 10, 2020

Spot Robot Maps "Digital Twin" of Project - Construction Equipment

 

How Spot the Robot Dog Got a Job in Construction with Boston Dynamics and Trimble | The dirt #17

(59:30) Video by - EquipmentWorld

An architecture project in London has been using Boston Dynamics’ four-legged robot, Spot, to gather data from a construction site and map out a digital twin of its office space. The project—the Battersea Roof Gardens development in London—had been utilized as a testbed for the four-legged robot, which can be controlled by a human from a distance or follow a predefined route.

The collaboration involved the architecture company’s Applied Research and Development group working alongside a team from Boston Dynamics. At the Battersea project, a map and associated “missions” were created for the robot to follow so it could scan specific areas and collate data. It came back to the site at weekly intervals in order to run its missions.

Martha Tsigkari, a partner at the architecture firm, described the robot’s ability to repeatedly complete routine scans in “an ever-changing environment” as “invaluable not only in terms of the consistency but also the large amount of high-quality data collected.” . . . read more

Tuesday, Dec 08, 2020

Bridging the Gap Between 2D Drawings and 3D Models - Construction Dive

 

Trimble's ProjectSight - The Next Generation Contractor Solution

(1:53) Video by - Trimble's ProjectSight

While most would agree that 3D models are the future of construction planning, the vast majority of today’s construction projects are still based on 2D drawings. Traditional drawings remain the most accessible choice for most professionals, and construction firms are looking for technology tools that provide useful features in a familiar format.

While most would agree that 3D models are the future of construction planning, the vast majority of today’s construction projects are still based on 2D drawings. Traditional drawings remain the most accessible choice for most professionals, and construction firms are looking for technology tools that provide useful features in a familiar format. . . read more