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  • Basic MEP Field Tools for Enriching BIM Workflows

    No matter where you are in your BIM adoption process – whether you are just getting started with digital layout or already using advanced 3D workflows on every jobsite – there are field tools that can enrich your workflows and help you improve your accuracy, efficiency and overall productivity. Most mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors begin experimenting with BIM by using paper or CAD files for MEP digital layout. MEP layout requires accurate information throughout the entire process to avoid expensive rework, so having the ability to quickly and easily add construction layout points to your project is critical in the field, as well as in standalone CAD environments. Here are three common MEP workflow challenges and the basic field tools that can help you overcome them.

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  • When to Use a Scanning Total Station vs. a Dedicated Laser Scanner

    When is it best to use a scanning total station versus a dedicated laser scanner?

    It’s a question we’re increasingly being asked by professionals who want to improve accuracy and reduce rework on their construction projects. In both new construction and renovations, the rich, complete data captured with a laser scanner provides the required information with the accuracy needed for as-built documentation and construction planning. But what type of laser scanner is the best fit for your needs?

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  • Four Steps to Connect Models to Field Work

    For most contractors, accurately connecting information from the office to the field, and from the field back to the model in the office, is an ongoing challenge. In the office, the building information modeling (BIM) or virtual design and construction (VDC) group can push information and models out to the field all day long, but if the crews in the field – the ones actually doing the work – don’t buy in to the process, these models are nowhere near as valuable as they could be. How do you create a workflow that establishes buy-in from everyone on your team?

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  • Laser Scanning: A Better Way to Analyze Concrete Slab Flatness

    Most of the methods used today for conducting slab flatness analysis are manual and labor intensive. Floor flatness/floor levelness (FF/FL), a commonly used method, requires the creation of a grid on the concrete slab following a set of specifications before taking manual readings. Contractors that use the ASTM E1155 standard method for determining floor flatness (FF) and floor levelness (FL) numbers typically take a measurement every foot along the grid lines. Using this method, even small projects often require a substantial amount of time to complete the data collection and analysis. Recently, however, contractors have begun to discover a new way to save a substantial amount of time and money on their projects: laser scanning. 

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  • How to Choose the Right Software

    Whether you’re looking for a productive field-to-finish solution, an office tool for point cloud processing, or another software package, more solutions exist today than ever before. How can you make sure you’re choosing the right software for your application? Here are five easy steps to success. Continue reading

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