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How Reality Capture is Increasing Productivity and Accuracy in Construction and Engineering

For years, building surveyors resorted to tackling projects using the same decades-old gear: a tape measure, a theodolite (an instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical planes), and a level—not to mention lots of calculations and patience. To compound matters, surveyors’ tedious documentation was often incomplete or inaccurate.

Fortunately, with the “Digital Era” of construction upon us, construction surveying has become easier and more precise. Reality capture leverages various technologies to create 3D models from photographs or laser scans, vastly improving the productivity and accuracy of a project. In addition, sophisticated visual data technology fused with inventive software has enabled real-time analysis of construction jobsites.

Earlier this year, three experts in predictive visual data analytics gathered at Building Design + Construction’s Accelerate Live! Conference to discuss how augmented reality has vastly increased the productivity of several construction projects managed by Clayco, a prominent design-build player in E&C.  

About the Accelerate Live! speakers:

The trio shared how images and videos from configured drones and smartphone cameras can automatically generate 3D reality models over a project timeline. They also revealed how artificial intelligence algorithms compare reality capture with 4D BIM to track productivity and assess risk of potential project delays.

Golparvar co-founded Reconstruct, a visual data analytics platform for construction, to improve productivity in the construction industry through technology. The platform enables web and mobile products to seamlessly integrate with reality capture, BIM, and schedule. Users can manage their projects in a visual environment that’s user-friendly, accurate, and predictive.

“The powerful thing about Reconstruct is that it calls attention to elements of construction in our schedule grouped by their location in 3D. This streamlines the management of our weekly work planning efforts, allowing us to visualize and mitigate potential risks to our schedule before they happen,” Lincoln Wood, regional director of technology and innovation at Turner Construction, shared with Reconstruct.

Click here to watch the experts’ full discussion, “The Smart Jobsite,” at Building Design + Construction’s Accelerate Live! 2018 conference.

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