Connect Ground Crews to the Office for Success
Written By Tyler Jones

Construction crews on the ground turns ideas into reality. Concept, design, modeling and logistics is realized when the people in the field construct the building. Keeping those teams in the field connected to the updates and changes made in the design office or the shop is key to ensuring those changes make it into the final product.

Maintaining the connection

Maintaining the field’s connection with your BIM department and shop through technology provides the easiest opportunity for ensuring every team member in the workflow is in the know. Using portable devices like cell phones and tablets allows supervisors and foreman in the field to be updated at the earliest moment of changes to designs.

This kind of automatic integration of information plays an important role in streamlining the project, making sure changes are received, processed, understood and implemented. It cuts down on rework in the field, increases the amount of material that can effectively be pre-fabbed, and improves the efficiency with which a project is operated.

Leveraging Tech

By sharing information digitally, data can be passed from the shop or office to the field–and vice versa– instantaneously. When specs are changed, the information is loaded into the appropriate designs, which are then modified to exhibit those changes, along with a notation to identify the date and time the change was made, as well as the person who modified it.

In the field, real-time updates can be transmitted to the appropriate tradesman orcontractor, but the data supplied by the field can also inform the shop and theoffice about the project. As sections of the job are reported as finished, real-timedata on everything for progress reports to materials management timetables canbe updated, providing a comprehensive overview of the project completion forstakeholders.

These updates from the office to the shop to the field can then be consolidated into a report that will be used for the project commissioning, and it can continue to be used in the operation and maintenance of the building throughout its useful life. The importance of this data sharing and integration goes far beyond the ribbon-cutting to daily operation of the structure.

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