Foundations Episode #10 – Does VDC Help Contractors In Self-Perform Applications?
Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) is widely viewed as a fantastic tool for GC/CM roles where overall project coordination is paramount to success. But can VDC be a net positive specifically for the GC’s self-performing trades? In this episode the Foundations team tackles this question with Matt Hedke, VDC Self-Perform Manager for Barton Malow. Matt also discusses lessons learned and best practices as it pertains to his own experience in implementing VDC at the self-perform level.
Trimble WinEst – A Cost Estimation Tool That Scales
There’s no shortage of tools available to construction estimators. From traditional spreadsheets to completely customized solutions, the choices available are as broad as they are varied in features and capabilities. With WinEst, Trimble has created a cost-planning tool that starts with a single focus – you.
The bedrock specification of any tool should be “Can I finish my job more quickly, efficiently, and accurately?” By focusing on this important question, WinEst was built around the workflow that estimators always use every day. Leveraging a familiar spreadsheet interface, Trimble WinEst then added a comprehensive and accessible database to significantly reduce input time and streamline the proposal creation process. This design has resulted in the ability to answer “Yes” to the question above.
But comprehensively powerful tools don’t just answer one question. Trimble also set out to make WinEst amazingly scalable. Whether you’re a stand-alone owner/estimator, or part of a large enterprise team spanning multiple states or regions, Trimble WinEst has the ability not only to address your needs today, but also into the future. With collaboration tools, shared cost databases, and a centralized Microsoft SQL database structure, your cost planning solution finally has the same appetite for growth as you do.
To learn more about Trimble WinEst, click here, or contact your local BuildingPoint representative.
In this short teaser for our in-depth Solution Close-Up, our very own Rob Miller gives a brief overview of Trimble WinEst. WinEst is one of the most powerful database driven estimating solutions on the market. Designed to look and feel like Excel, it features a familiar interface, power database, and multiple work-breakdown structures and filters. For our in-depth 30 minute video demo, click the link below.
When talking about renovations and one-off projects, it’s easy to choose any number of methods to capture the existing conditions, to better understand the space prior to remodeling or adaptive reuse. To that end, BuildingPoint’s Spatial Scanning Services provide a fantastic option in these situations, where a precision point cloud is combined with color imagery and low-detail models to create intuitive floorplans and other custom deliverables. But what happens for projects that span numerous or even hundreds of sites? How does a facilities or operations team effectively create a true baseline that can be used to evaluate and manage a massive portfolio of properties with varying and disparate degrees of documentation?
In this daunting scenario, Spatial Scanning provides a fantastic foundational baseline that can be used to place every property on an equal footing of documentation. Because of the rapid speed and quick data processing provided by Spatial Scanning, it’s remarkably easy to capture a number of facilities in a short amount of time.
Spatial Scanning is a great answer one of the most vexing questions posed to building managers. “Where do I start?” With similar data and metrics being captured and documented at each location, stakeholders now have a common baseline to create or refine their existing documentation across the entire portfolio.
And because Spatial Scanning is a truly all-encompassing initial dataset, your building documentation can change or evolve over time, without having to invest in further measurements and analysis. “Scan Now, Analyze Later” becomes ever more important as multiple locations are included in the portfolio. With this technology, you already have the data you need as your portfolio adjusts to match the ever-changing requirements within the commercial market space.
To learn more about Spatial Scanning, check out our mini-site by clicking the link below, or contact your BuildingPoint representative today.
Having fantastic project layout documentation makes the entire points layout process exponentially easier. But having fantastic project layout data accessible in the field, that can be a transformative capability. With Trimble Field Link 4.0, contractors have a tool that can handle even the most complex layout and as-built tasks with simplicity, ease, and of course, accuracy. More than just a new version number slapped onto a previous software revision, Trimble Field Link (TFL) 4.0 represents an evolutionary step forward for people and teams who perform construction layout.
Keeping the Main Thing The Main Thing
At it’s core, TFL ensures to tackle first things first. Points layout has been re-imagined to be more intuitive, and more efficient. Whether you’re placing points, lines, arcs, or even offsets, TFL 4.0 creates an easy-to-understand workflow that allows accurate layout, regardless of project or task complexity. The main layout interface places all of the common buttons along the perimeter, leaving a wide, expansive view to explore the model or line work. This powerful situational awareness makes laying out points, even on intricate or detailed projects, a simple and management task.
2D Or 3D – You Can Have Both
Trimble Field Link has always thrived in visualization. Whether working with traditional 2D plans or 3D models, or a combination of the two, this powerful solution has provided the industry’s most unified approach. With 4.0, this approach is even more refined. Boasting a completely redesigned drawing engine, Trimble Field Link allows the user to display, manipulate and explore even the most complex 3D models. In addition, it couldn’t be easier to show and hide different layers and components, regardless of whether you’re working in 2D or 3D views, allowing you to see just the data you want to, and nothing else.
Data Prep Done Right
Speaking of seeing the data, Trimble Field Link Office is an entirely new concept as well. With TFL Office, both field and office users finally have the ability to see precisely the same data set. This unified approach allows data managers and layout point creators to leverage the same interface and workflow as their field counterparts, while also leveraging the power of a traditional workstation or laptop computer. With these two solutions combined, office and field finally have a common language to discuss, understand, and evaluate field layout datasets.
Trimble Field Link 4.0 is much more than just another software upgrade. With this new version, the workflow, process, and actual layout and as-built tasks have been radically changed to add simplicity and familiarity to your layout routines. If you would like to learn more about TFL 4.0, contact your BuildingPoint representative for a on-site demo, or head over to Trimble’s Field Link page.