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Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021

Mixed Reality Advances - Engineer Live

 

Trimble XR10 - Hololens2

(5:05) Video by - Jung BIM-Services

XLwerks is an architectural design practice based in Norwich, UK that was conceived as a collaborative concept. In this brainchild of founder James Lee Burgess, a team of architects, urban planners, sustainability experts, interior designers and technology experts works together on urban planning and designs, interior landscapes and future-proof buildings. Focus is on collaboration, innovation and technology, all leading to integral sustainable designs.

“Our collaborative mindset, combined with a high level of technology adoption, enables us to tackle sizable and complex projects with a small core team,” says Burgess. “As a team we are constantly looking for solutions that help us to not only deliver better design work, but also enhance our customers’ involvement and engagement in the design process.” For XLwerks, collaboration also means making the client an integral part of the process. And it is this set of qualities that has made the company move into mixed reality content design.

Mixed Reality

Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of mechanical piping contractors report that BIM is used on 50 percent or more of construction projects; just over half (55 percent) say BIM is a formal contract requirement for most jobs. The number is similar for plumbing . . .Read More

Mixed Reality

Friday, Feb 26, 2021

The Path to Building Digitalization - Contractor

 

Implementing Digital Twin in the Built Environment - Digital Construction Week

(4:00) Video by - IET

The adoption of building information modeling (BIM) is more prevalent with today’s plumbing and mechanical contractors because of the myriad productivity and profitability benefits. More importantly, BIM has helped the contracting community evolve into implementing digital twin technologies to monitor and maintain buildings through their entire life cycle.

Benefits of 3D modeling on commercial/industrial projects include increased labor productivity, increased profitability, improved fabrication process, better utilization of resources, improved cost performance, reduced errors, better collaboration between stakeholders, enhancing industry reputation and improved schedule performance, notes Dodge Data and Analytics in its 2020 “The Business Value of BIM for Mechanical and HVAC Construction” SmartMarket Report.

Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of mechanical piping contractors report that BIM is used on 50 percent or more of construction projects; just over half (55 percent) say BIM is a formal contract requirement for most jobs. The number is similar for plumbing . . .Read More

Digital Twins

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021

Continuing Education: Join Trimble for Live and On-Demand Webinars

 

Education

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

Connected Construction

Monday, Feb 15, 2021

Southland Industries Performs 30% Faster Layout on Massive LAX Project with Trimble GNSS Technology - Trimble Field Technology

 

The Future of LAX - Automated People Mover

(0:44) Video by - LAXAirport

Bringing Efficiency to Layout and Streamlining Workflows Using Trimble SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna and Trimble FieldLink

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation’s largest MEP building systems experts, providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance.

Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland, a BuildingPoint Pacific customer, specializes in the design, construction and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and control systems, as well as comprehensive energy service needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information to produce the results that earned Southland its reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation.

Large Facility Requiring Significant Layout

In 2019, Southland’s Southern California Division was awarded a contract to develop a consolidated car rental facility at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). At roughly seven million square feet, the new facility will consolidate the existing rental car companies into one convenient location adjacent to the 405 Freeway. Southland was tasked with performing all of the mechanical HVAC and plumbing, including storm, sanitary waste and vent, air-cooled variable refrigerant flow (VRF), split systems and general and specialty exhaust systems.

“The size of this project is substantial,” said Chris Eskridge, senior project manager for Southland’s Southern California Division . . . Read More

Field Solutions

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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Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

Free Modeling Promotion!

 

Trimble Field Technology - 3D Laser Scanner

(1:16) Video by - Trimble MEP

It's the giving time of year and our VDC Services Team wants to gift you 10 hours of free 3D modeling!

3D modeling is a standard in the modern contractor's digital toolbox and contractors know that an experienced and communicative VDC team can provide immeasurable benefits in coordinating design. Trimble VDC Services has over 200 modelers and can augment your VDC team or be your outsourced VDC team.

Our office has worked on some of the most impressive new buildings and structures around the world against demanding deadlines and last minute design changes. We prize production level turnaround times whilst following a quality first approach. Our approach is only possible because our team is made up experts in their field. All MEP leads have a minimum of 10 years construction field experience to ensure that interpretations or choices during modeling and coordination are made by those who are intimately familiar with US Building Codes and Best Practices.

Whether the project is a small mechanical room, a massive historical restoration or anything in between, our team is equipped to be your VDC bench for any type of job whenever you need to utilize us.

Reach out to us at info@buildingpointpacific.com and ask about our free gift of 10 modeling hours and we'll be happy to set up a call to discuss your thoughts or needs.

Additionally, we have work samples that can be shared upon request.

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Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

EEC Group Creates a 21st Century Workflow with Trimble Cloud Engine - Trimble Field Technology

 

Trimble RealWorks 11.3 What's New

(12:30) Video by - OfficialTRW

Recognized as one of Ireland’s foremost engineering companies, the award winning ECC Group operates out of the UK and Ireland and has established its reputation as a business that consistently delivers complex and demanding infrastructure projects. Current live examples include the construction of numerous data centers for one of the world’s largest social media platforms, often up to 400m in length, along with other vast structures for pharmaceutical and life science companies.

With 2020 throwing up innumerable challenges, ECC Group CEO, John McGoey, was intent on delivering an enhanced service for his clients that would keep their large infrastructure projects on track. Required to provide structural and layout information to the contractors on these projects, John was using 3D Laser Scanning as the best option for the fast collection of accurate point cloud information that would record every detail. The existing workflow would then see this scan data sent to the office based ECC BIM team where it would be processed in Trimble RealWorks software and then stored, ready to be retrieved when progress meetings etc were scheduled. However, with the potential delays that the global pandemic could cause and the need for remote working, John felt that a fresh look at how he collected, processed and shared each project’s survey data would bring enduring benefits to both existing and future contracts.

Safe data sharing a priority

As a curious and committed supporter of technology and a long-term user of Trimble instruments, John contacted Trimble’s UK and Irish distributor, KOREC, to talk through some possible approaches on how to get . . . Read More

Trimble RealWorks

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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