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Impact Alert

Eye in the Sky Project

This project focuses on the safe and efficient operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with visual sensors to produce accurate and complete 3D captures necessary for monitoring construction projects.  The real-time identification of actual and potential performance issues during construction -- via contrasting the produced 3D maps and 4D BIM -- empowers project managers to take corrective actions and enables projects to stay on schedule and on budget.

The extensive experience of team members, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, CCC, and Zachry Group, operating UAVs more than 100 times on a dozen jobsites around the world on a weekly basis has already led to the production of guidelines and checklists for safe operation of the UAVs.

The produced guidelines include step-by-step details for the UAV operators, field superintendents, workers, and owners and specifies requirement that minimize UAV related safety hazards, particularly on sites where cranes and other equipment are operating.

The team has also created workflows for integration of the produced visual data analytics into weekly planning and contractor coordination procedures and has quantified the benefits of the system using project controls metrics.

The pilot project has proven that BIM-driven visual data analytics improves transparency, accountability, and traceability on execution of project schedules and provides actionable analytics to project teams to tap off delays before they surface on construction sites. The team is currently exploring the indoor application of autonomous 3D mapping technologies, with or without UAVs, to create an end-to-end workflow for visual production management on construction sites.

If you have a UAV aspiration or a project to develop and implement the use of drones and would like to do more please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Real Time Field Reporting (RTFR) Update II

Real-Time Field Reporting is the process of implementing and establishing a platform in which construction personnel, field and office alike, are able to share real-time information almost instantaneously with one another, thus bridging the gap of information between the office and field and helping to improve construction processes and increase overall productivity. When implemented properly, Mobile IT:

  • Enhances the level and speed of communication between the field and office
  • Streamlines data collection processes
  • Allows real-time access to most up to-date information in the field
  • Eliminate paper-based communication systems
  • Significantly reduces time required to sync written field comments and digital data (Reduction in errors and missing data)

Deliverables from the completed RTFR Projects will allow users to determine which mobile IT applications bring the most business value to their organization from a construction, information management, and O&M standpoint. The deliverables provide knowledge on existing and pending mobile IT implementation that support real-time information exchanges, evaluate the ROI users can expect, and identify the challenges and upfront costs involved. This report is in the publishing phase and will be posted here in August 2016. For more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

MARS-ROVER Project Update III

The Mobile Augmented Reality System (MARS) Rover project focuses on an image-based localization system via 3D point clouds - produced by photogrammetry methods as well as laser scanning and RGB-D devices. It provides “on-demand” and “mobile” access to project information on commodity smartphones and tablets, with or without BIM.

The real-time identification of position and orientation of the mobile application users in 3D, without reliance on external location tracking modules such as GPS or UWB, can improve decision-making during on-site construction activities and can minimize response time to actionable field reports.

The team has already created several prototypes including video-based mapping and 3D localization techniques on existing commodity phones as well as depth-based mapping and 3D localization for emerging tablets and phones and is exploring the integration of these prototypes with field reporting systems developed by Fiatech member, CCC. 

The team has already devised workflows for implementation on jobsites and is currently testing the performance of the prototypes on a real-world project under construction by CCC. If you would like to know more about this project and how to get involved, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MARS-ROVER Project Update II

This project is led by CCC and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It introduces a new method for identification of the location and orientation of the users in 3D for scalable “on-demand” and “mobile” access to project information via images taken with commodity smartphones and tablets.  This access has potential for improving decision-making during on-site construction activities.

Challenges increase tremendously in occasionally connected environments. GPS, WiFi, and 3G are not always available or reliable. This can be alleviated by leveraging existing point clouds (image-based, laser scanning, and RGBD) and localizing the users who write them in 3D. More updates coming soon. Needless to say, it’s time to get your commodity smartphone ready for what’s next! View the project resume  here. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MARS-ROVER Project Update I

The project will apply vision-based localization techniques to locate and track the position and orientation of handheld users on construction sites and within facilitates in order to support real-time access to project information and enable site documentation in 3D. The method leverages simple digital images taken on a commodity smartphone or a tablet and then identifies the location and orientation of the user in 3D, in order to give access to project information and Building Information Model (BIM) data.

The MARS-ROVER Project is now in its initial stage. By making information more readily available to field staff, it forecasts providing construction project site and facilities operations and management productivity, efficiency, quality and safety improvements. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mobile IT Community of Interest

The Fiatech-COMIT Mobile IT Community of Interest continues to bring together subject matter experts and influencers of mobile strategies from the wide range of organizations involved in the construction industry. Over the past three months, more than 350 participants have expanded their knowledge on novel technologies for construction, including Bluetooth Low Energy® Beacons, Augmented Reality tools, and Interactive Design boards. Through case studies of the applications of these technologies, the Community also learned how to improve interactions with BIM models to support safety management and overall coordination with the project team.

The Fiatech-COMIT Mobile IT Community of Interest (COI) monthly webinar brought together over 25 owner/operators and more than 100 contractors, technology solutions providers, academics and consultants to discuss the issues and challenges surrounding Building Information Model (BIM) implementation in the field. An engaging case study of BIM tools for field management and coordination was followed by over 30 minutes of Q&A about variables that affect adoption. 

To participate in discussions on this and many other topics in the Mobile IT COI, register for upcoming meetings and review past webinars here. For further information on the Mobile IT COI, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) Information Mapping (AIM)
Current Status: The Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) Information Mapping (AIM) project completed development of building blocks necessary for generating an AIM Adoption Guide. The purpose of the guide is to elevate project performance associated with advanced workface planning and installation work packaging (IWP) through systematic building of information linkages/dependencies necessary to support CII and COAA Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) initiatives.
Relevance to the Industry: The AIM adoption guideline building blocks include:
1) an overview of AWP; 2) contract language recommendations to break down stakeholder information resource boundaries; 3) software platform categories, characteristics, functions and commercial examples; 4) representative workflows and sequences; 5) examples of responsibility matrix mapping and swim lanes; 6) examples of deliverables and schedules; and 7) a Representative Data Exchange Library.
What’s on the Horizon: The AIM Adoption Guide will lay out the methodology, as well as use examples for identification of information needed to support generation of any typical work package at a construction site. In addition, the Guide will provide representative forms that can be used to help ensure the mapping process is being used and is complete. The AIM Adoption Guide will be revealed in Q4, 2014, and incorporated into Fiatech’s Integrated Materials Management (IMM) activities to ensure the flow of materials, along with all supporting information, is in harmony with the rest of the construction enterprise. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Real Time Field Reporting (RTFR) Phase 2 Status
Current Status: Phase 2 of the Real Time Field Reporting (RTFR) project is advancing. Field trials recently carried out at a jobsite of contractor JE Dunn in Austin, TX, allowed further collection of data on how mobile software is used in the real context of work activities.
Relevance to the Industry: The results of the RTFR project will allow companies to determine which mobile IT applications may bring the most business value to their organization from a construction, information management, and O&M standpoint.
What’s on the Horizon: More field trials are planned with contractors in the coming weeks and opportunities to participate in this project are available. For more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..