MEP Middle East - - PRODUCT - By Gil Mild­worth, VP of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at SiteAware

Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, en­abled by new tech­nolo­gies like drones in con­struc­tion, is set to trans­form ev­ery­thing about con­struc­tion, es­pe­cially the costs as­so­ci­ated with it. Ac­cord­ing to Bos­ton Con­sult­ing Group, full-scale dig­i­tal­iza­tion in the non-res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion mar­ket would, within 10 years, be ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing an­nual global cost sav­ings of $0.7-1.2tr (13-21%) on en­gi­neer­ing and con­struc­tion. And, ac­cord­ing to McKin­sey, project level digi­ti­sa­tion can re­duce over­all project costs by 45%.

Yet on the whole, while the de­sign and plan­ning phases of con­struc­tion have turned largely to dig­i­tal­iza­tion, the con­struc­tion phase has been lag­ging in terms of avail­able tools and their ex­e­cu­tion on site.

For­tu­nately, a new SiteAware in­te­gra­tion with Au­todesk’s BIM 360 is clos­ing that gap.

What SiteAware and the BIM 360 In­te­gra­tion Does

The SiteAware and BIM 360 in­te­gra­tion al­lows com­pa­nies to stream­line con­struc­tion with dig­i­tal replica and vis­ual an­a­lyt­ics of their con­struc­tion sites. It uses a com­bi­na­tion of off-the-shelf drones, uniquely con­trolled with the SiteAware tech­nol­ogy, SiteAware ap­pli­ca­tions, and BIM 360 cloud soft­ware to pro­vide an on­go­ing, up to date, vis­ual anal­y­sis of the con­struc­tion site. Here’s how.

A SiteAware-con­trolled drone scans the con­struc­tion site. SiteAware per­mits the user to up­load scan sata which is pro­cessed into 2D and 3D mod­els in the cloud.

Data is then avail­able for view­ing, an­no­tat­ing, col­lab­o­rat­ing, and shar­ing.via a web based ap­pli­ca­tion

With SiteAware pro­pri­etary al­go­rithms mod­els can be fur­ther an­a­lyzed and com­pared to CAD and BIM plans.

Over time, new site scans are ex­trap­o­lated into 4D mod­els with au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect­ing progress and changes.

The BIM 360 in­te­gra­tion al­lows any in­sight cap­tured with the SiteAware Viewer to be seam­lessly shared to BIM 360 and any­thing in the BIM 360 soft­ware to serve as an at­tach­ment, al­low­ing for real-time com­par­isons be­tween plans and cur­rent as-built condi-

tions. Au­to­matic change de­tec­tion pro­vides vis­i­bil­ity into progress and val­i­da­tion.

Why dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion with drones in con­struc­tion mat­ters?

One of the chal­lenges to dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of con­struc­tion sites has been the com­plex­ity of cre­at­ing ac­cu­rate mod­els and man­ag­ing the mas­sive quan­ti­ties of data that come out of a con­struc­tion site on a daily ba­sis.

The SiteAware and BIM 360 in­te­gra­tion sim­pli­fies dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion stream­lin­ing the pro­cesses of col­lect­ing, in­te­grat­ing, and an­a­lyz­ing data.

Its pow­er­ful markup and an­no­ta­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties en­able work­ers to col­lab­o­rate in real time based on ac­cu­rate cur­rent site con­di­tions, to iden­tify po­ten­tial prob­lems ear­lier in the process, and to col­lab­o­rate on so­lu­tions.

Across in­dus­tries, com­pa­nies that em­brace new tech­nolo­gies early gain a strong com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage. The SiteAware in­te­gra­tion makes dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion highly ac­ces­si­ble, mak­ing it a smart move for any com­pany want­ing to gain com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

A SiteAware-con­trolled drone scans the con­struc­tion site.

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