Reality capture involves the use of advanced technologies like 3D laser scanners and high definition 360-degree cameras to collect existing or as-built conditions for use during design, construction and operations. By capturing field conditions quickly and accurately, reality capture tools reveal inconsistencies between what’s “real” versus what is represented in the design plans. This helps to optimize schedules, reduce change orders, increase predictability in the field, reduce risk and enhance quality assurance.
Computer vision allows us to better track and analyze production using 360 cameras. Artificial intelligence examines photo and videos and recognizes objects like framing and dry wall to automatically calculate percentage of completion which is more accurate than manually reviewing all media content.
By regularly tracking installed work, artificially intelligence can identify patterns in production speed and highlight potential schedule risks for the project. This helps to increase predictability in the field and reduce risk.
Virtual reality (VR) places an end-user into a first-person, immersive experience that contextualizes the built environment and enables a personal connection to a space. This can help remove unknowns around design options, clarify assumptions to conceptual estimates, accelerate decision-making and promote stakeholder buy-in. There are multiple levels of sophistication for VR, each with their own benefits and challenges, ranging from 360-degree virtual worlds viewable through a desktop or headset.
Regional VDC Director
By integrating BIM with cost data and schedule information, we enable rapid simulations of design and delivery options, allowing us to quickly optimize results. Analytics from the model can be harnessed to develop interactive conceptual estimates or support the complex bidding process, enhancing collaboration and decision making among all the stakeholders. When integrated with 3D models or virtual reality, the analytics are transformed from static data sets to dynamic experiences that accelerate the decision-making process.
Enhanced Turnover Solutions
Skanska’s Enhanced Turnover Solutions lowers our client’s total building lifecycle cost, increases operational efficiencies, improves communication with the facilities team and shortens response time to maintenance requests. We proactively manage the collection of building asset data throughout design, construction, and at project turnover, thereby structuring it to satisfy the owner’s specific needs. This allows for integration with other systems or for the delivery of an immediately usable turnkey solution. Leveraging Skanska’s scale and expertise we’ve developed tiered services to address various levels of sophistication, complexity, and scope.
VDC Engineer, Innovation Services
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, help monitor site progress through photos or video, assist with inspections of hard-to-reach areas, complete photogrammetry and laser scans, and augment the modeling process. Unlike traditional aerial photography, drones provide more detailed information, are quicker and often less expensive. Since they can fly into compact or challenging spaces, drones also reduce a worker’s reliance on ladders or scissor lifts, allowing unsafe conditions to be avoided.
Director of Innovation & VDC
The Internet of Things (IoT), sensing devices, robust wireless networks, GPS and real-time location tracking systems (RTLS) are providing unprecedented access to information about the infrastructure and the buildings we construct. Connecting data from multiple sources and delivering information with context of the project helps us improve safety of individual workers and enhances jobsite visibility for our teams and owners, enabling real-time decision making.
ScratchPad provides ease in creating, updating and sharing professional phasing and logistics plans by onsite staff. This solution is dynamic, leveraging a gaming engine to let users interact with their surroundings.
ScratchPad provides clarity when planning work for enhanced safety and accuracy. With easy controls, users can view past, current and future phases.
Technology for the Field
Field technology with iPads allow field management staff to be efficient, up-to-date, and connected to all aspects of the project. Developed applications allow for the iPad to be a required “tool of the trade” for superintendents and field engineers.
iPads are especially useful for the management and access of documents while being completely paperless. The ability to have information, communication, and documentation at the fingertips of superintendents creates a more efficient and successful project.
Con-Tech in Context 2019
At Con-Tech, we look forward to sharing these exciting technologies with our clients and partners not only to provide real-life demonstrations and case studies illustrating how Skanska is using these tools across the country, but also to educate and engage in discussion about the expansive possibilities of construction technologies so that together we can develop new innovative solutions for the future.
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