At CONEXPO 2017, we were given a demonstration of one tool in the new wave of automated layout solutions for vertical construction that can work in a fully integrated, model-based workflow but also provides tools for models developed ad hoc or in the field. Here are the details.
The adoption of hand-held devices and field software has grown exponentially in the past few years throughout the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Yet, often, small contractors are still handed paper blueprints of all sizes and don’t have up-to-date as-builts when starting improvement or re-build projects.
Until recently, entering specs from a paper blueprint into layout software or editing a digital layout required a trip back to the office or, at a minimum, a call to someone there who could work on the model, with the hope that nothing would be lost in translation. To the extent that it made it possible to do this work in the field, construction or mechanical, electrical, and plumbing construction layout software required significant surveying knowledge.