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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

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

When It's Time to Get More ROI from 3D Models, Bring Them to the Field - Constructible


Trimble RPT600 Intro

(:39) Video by - BuildingPoint Mid-America

A survey of nearly 600 construction leaders about how teams spend their time on construction sites found that significant time and money goes toward non-optimal activities. Fixing mistakes, looking for project data, managing conflict resolution, and more — these avoidable issues account for $177.5 billion in labor costs per year in the US alone.

So, while BIM is adding new efficiencies in the office, its value for improving productivity and accuracy isn’t making its way to the field. Experiencing the true value of BIM is realized when 3D models are leveraged throughout the construction workflow — offering accessible data, project visualization, actionable insights, and quality assurance to everyone on the project.

As the affects of COVID continue to affect the industry resulting in . . . read more

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Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Construction Data Report Reveals Trends for 2021 - Construction Equipment


Manage the Field in Real-Time with ProjectSight

(22:38) Video by - Trimble ProjectSight

According to the report, 66 percent of owners are still using paper and spreadsheets for field data collection, and 53 percent of owners use three or more apps to collect field data. Human entered data is full of inaccuracies and incompatible data that doesn’t allow easy comparison or management.

About 49 percent of all managers wait a week or longer to see labor hours actuals. This delay does not allow managers to control their workforce, limiting the effectiveness of labor budgets and productivity.

Only nine percent of firms with 5,000-10,000 employees have access to live labor. 49 percent of all contractors wait a week or longer to see actuals by cost code.

Nearly 66 percent of safety managers don’t receive instant safety reports. Safety managers are not able to effectively track employee health screenings . . . read more

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Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Spot on: Alliance to Combine Robots and GNSS Tech for Construction - GPS World


How Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot Works!

(19:52) Video by - Skanska UK

Trimble and Boston Dynamics plan to integrate a variety of data-collection technologies with the Spot (robot dog) platform for construction and other site applications.

The jointly developed solution will combine the Spot robot’s autonomous mobility with Trimble’s data-collection sensors and field control software to enable automation of repetitive tasks such as site scans, surveying and progress monitoring, while taking advantage of the robot’s unique capabilities to navigate dynamic and potentially unsafe environments.

The relationship gives Trimble exclusive rights to sell and support the Spot robot . . . read more

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

Product Review: Trimble SketchUp Studio 2020 - Architosh


SketchUp Pro 2020 Quick Tour

(0:50) Video by - CADELIT Sverige AB

It has been since August of 2014 that we last published a review of SketchUp and in that version (SketchUp 2014) the big news was the support of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format in the world’s most popular 3D modeler. Since that time a lot has taken place in the world of SketchUp. For starters, while IFC export was new in SketchUp 2014 when we reviewed it that year, somewhere along the way IFC import was also supported. (We’ll mention more notes on BIM and SketchUp toward the ends of the review).

Also new since our last review six years ago, Trimble acquired Sefaira, the popular energy analysis software that works with BIM tools and SketchUp models. These tools are now included... Read More

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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

Camera Technology Elevates Security, Safety, and Jobsite Performance - Construction Executive


XL Construction Case Study

(1:26) Video - Sensera Systems

Construction sites are often the target of theft and vandalism. This is why camera technology initially found its way onto the jobsite. Modern camera-based technology can help you secure even the most remote site, providing real-time intelligence.

“Motion-detected event notification alerts can be pushed to your email or mobile device (via SMS/text),” says Wendi Burke, vice president of marketing, Sensera Systems. “These notifications can include a video clip or images for rapid review and response. In addition, capturing visual documentation of daily site activity, incidents and near misses enables managers to assess compliance with safety requirements and monitor where workers, equipment and materials are in transit to identify potential safety issues. You can receive alerts for entry of restricted access zones and track the entry and exit of people on the jobsite.”

Every contractor is going to have its own set of requirements... Read More

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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

How BIM Helps General Contractors Win More Business - Engineering News Record


Benefits of BIM in Construction -

(1:43) Video by - Skanska UK

No industry in the world remains untouched by digital technology. For the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, this holds especially true. Technology is making vast improvements in the way general contractors plan and build projects, paving the way for a reimagined future. One technology in particular—Building Information Modeling (BIM)—is leading the way.

BIM is an intelligent, 3D model-based process that helps general contractors become more accurate and efficient. Over the years, BIM technology has grown in its breadth of capabilities, becoming a standard in the AEC industry. It’s not surprising that a study by McKinsey found that 75% of companies that have adopted BIM reported positive returns on their investments.

Thanks to the recent emergence of cloud-based BIM solutions, GCs, designers and owners can now work together to identify and resolve errors in real time, avoiding costly mistakes and reducing rework. With the rapid rise of project delivery methods like design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD), this enhanced ability to collaborate has become more critical than ever.

BIM technology is key to winning . . .

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Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Time-scaled logic diagrams (TSLD) are typically required by NAVFAC and USACE contracts for baseline and monthly update schedules. Primavera P6 incorporates TSLD in versions 8.3 through 17+ and can be difficult to navigate. In Primavera P6 software package, TSLD can be referred to as a network diagram or activity network. A TSLD is a graphical representation, similar to a Gantt chart, to show activity information and logic over a timescale. In this blog, we will walk through the steps to create and print a time-scaled logic diagram.

1. After opening the project, click on View, and then scroll down to Activity Network. Activity network will remove the details and Gantt chart view from the top view. The bottom view will remain the same.  










2. Once the TSLD window is open, it is best to change Page Layout and Page Size. Click on File in the toolbar and scroll down to Page Setup. In the page setup dialog box, choose Paper Size as ANSI D. If you don’t have this option, you will need to change the printer in the Print Setup dialog box. The best printer option for a TSLD is a pdf writer instead of a physical printer or plotter, since TSLDs are typically very large.  After choosing the paper size, you can also format the header and footer here.

3. Once you have chosen the paper size and customized the header and footer, click on View in the toolbar and scroll down to Activity Network Options. The Activity Network Option dialog will appear, displaying what information is set as default to be displayed in the graphical box.

4. At the bottom of the Activity Box Template tab are two options to customize the Activity Box. The Font and Colors options will change the color of the box and font size of the text displayed in the Activity Box.  The Box Template allows for customization based on NAVFAC and USACE requirements.

5. Box Template

a. Field name is a drop-down menu of the options to include the display activity box.

b. Width can be increased or reduced by percentages to allow for more than one field name to be displayed per line. Each line should equal 100%

c. Height of each field box can be set from 1 through 10 lines

d. Total width will change the width of the Activity Box

e. To add a field box choose Add on the right side of the dialog box and use Shift up and Shift down to move the box to the desired location

f. Once the template is finalized, click OK

6. Activity Network Layout tab will give options to change the organization of the TSLD. Many of these options are for user preferences and NAVFAC and USACE does not specify requirements in this option box. Once completed, click OK and return to Activity Network Options.

7. After customizing the Activity Box and Layout, click OK.

8. If your TSLD is displayed in a zoomed-out fashion and is illegible, do not be concerned. The larger the schedule file the smaller the activity boxes and logic will be displayed on the screen. To see what the TSLD would look like before printing, use the Print Preview option in the File drop-down in the toolbar to view the printout.

9. As a tip, do not Group by WBS or have any filters selected. A TSLD typically is not grouped or filtered unless specified in contract documents. 


BuildingPoint Pacific’s (BPP) team of professional schedulers has been supporting owners, general contractors, construction managers, and superintendents since 1998. Scheduling support services are provided for all phases of a project’s lifecycle with knowledge of various scheduling methods (including Flowline, CPM, PERT, and Pull Planning) to support our customers’ needs. BPP has provided the following services to ENRs Top 400 and small contractors:

 BPP's team of schedulers use the latest scheduling program management software packages including:

  • Baseline schedule development
  • Schedule Review and Analysis
  • Schedule update
  • Time Impact Analysis (TIM)
  • Resource and Cost Loading
  • Schedule Comparison
  • Claims and Mitigations
  • Schedule Optimization
  • Reporting and Dashboard
  • Forensic Analysis
  • 4D Simulations
  • Pull Planning
  • Vico VDC/4D BIM scheduling
  • Primavera P6 PPM/EPPM
  • Synchro VDC/4D scheduling
  • Microsoft Project

 For more information about how BuildingPoint Pacific can assist you, please contact us at services@buildingpointpacific.com