Driving Digital Transformation
Helen Gilmartin, KOREC Group’s Marketing and Operations Director outlines what’s been happening at Trimble’s recent Buildings Business Forum in Colorado.
Last week I found myself in Denver, Colorado attending Trimble’s Buildings Business Forum, an annual conference devoted to all things Trimble Building, and believe me the message was strong! Namely, ‘many construction projects exceed their budgets and take longer than initially planned…but we do have the tools to combat this.’
It would be disingenuous to suggest that time and budget problems can be entirely rectified by digital technology because many factors come in to play from a lack of skilled workers to weather conditions and poor management. However, there is no doubt that working in a connected 3D environment, rather than with 2D plans, no matter how skilfully they are produced, can bring increased time / cost saving benefits and better communication between stakeholders.
Getting back to Colorado and the presentations, Trimble’s Building Vision is a wide one and something they’ve called The Constructible Process . The Constuctible Process has been designed to deliver best practice for driving digital transformation on site and it is made up of three central concepts, the three C’s:
All phases and trades are Connected
Models and workflows are Content-Enabled
Constructible models drive smarter workflows
How are you approaching digitisation?
But was does this mean for the KOREC customer, some of whom are new to digitisation and some of whom are looking for new and effective ways to collect, use, visualise or enhance the 3D data they already have?
Here’s our of pick of the technology from the Trimble Building portfolio that we feel can really make a difference as to how 3D information can be collected and used.
Collect 3D data with the Trimble’s X7 3D Laser Scanner
Visualise 3D data with Trimble SiteVision
Take BIM to the field with Trimble Field Link
Connect better with Trimble Connect
Mix digital content with the real world with Trimble XR10 with Hololens 2
A more in-depth look
Collect: We live in a 3D world, so let’s work in one too! This is something I covered in a previous post and now, thanks to the launch of Trimble’s X7 3D Laser Scanner, capturing as-built information as a 3D point cloud has become a whole lot easier and more affordable.
Based on extensive customer feedback, Trimble has developed the X7 around one simple premise – what does the customer want? With a strong focus on ROI (lower hardware, software, training and maintenance costs) the X7 offers automatic registration of point cloud data in the field, has eliminated the need for an annual calibration taking it off-site and of course delivers high-quality consistent data.
Visualise: Trimble SiteVision is a fantastic way to put your existing 3D data to great use in the field. SiteVision is a powerful, augmented reality tool for the construction and utility sectors that provides real-time, in-field visualisation which literally brings design information to life.
Easy to use, it simplifies complex blueprint information into something understandable by all, especially non-technical stakeholders who might find it difficult to understand a project based on conventional highway design plan sheets. Engaging to use, it encourages collaboration and better communication of planned designs. Read our O’Brien Contractors case study here.
Take BIM to the field: A BIM compatible digital setting-out system can bring numerous benefits to the field. Working with instruments from Trimble’s RTS range as well as the R8s GNSS receiver, Trimble Field Link enables a single engineer to set out five times as many points as a two person team using manual methods. This straight forward software allows contractors to import 3D models from a range of sources and then, within 2mm accuracy, use the Field Link software running on a tablet to accurately set out all the points to be marked. The 3D models can be transferred via Trimble Connect, a collaborative cloud-based environment for the exchange of data between stakeholders, hardware and software.
Connect better: Delays in construction can often be attributed to mistakes occurring due to lack of information or engineers not using the most up to date designs available. Trimble Connect is a cloud-based environment that ensures that the latest drawings, documents and 3D models can all be accessed and collaborated on in three different environments – desktop, web and mobile, making it a great platform for sharing BIM data and also for linking surveyors and the office.
Mix digital content with the real world: The launch of Trimble XR10 with Hololens 2 delivers mixed reality technology which allows digital content to interact with the real world. Wearable systems such as this mixed reality headset are all about the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
See Trimble’s Jordan Lawver unbox it here.
We’d love to hear your comments on how you have approached digitisation or are furthering it within your business.