Construction Today - February 2011 - (Page 28)
By John Inman and Pietro Parravicini
Putting (digital) pen to paper
CAD systems have revolutionized the way buildings are designed today, as all-digital design environments facilitate greater creativity and collaboration among design and building teams.
hile the productivity gains from CAD for designers have been remarkable, the convenience and productivity of pen-and-paper-based markup and review continue to stifle the promise of high-speed, all-digital collaboration. Now more than ever, crews are facing increased pressure to avoid the risk of
JOHN INMAN is a segment and business development manager with the Trimble Building Construction Division. He has more than 24 years of experience in providing productivity solutions to the construction industry, including 20 years with Trimble. He can be reached at John_Inman@trimble.com. PIETRO PARRAVICINI started his career in the Logistics and Transportation sector in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1984. He has held financial and operational management positions with companies including Siemens, Alusuisse and ProData Treuhand, exposing him to a variety of other industries and international businesses. He joined Anoto Inc. in April 2001. He can be reached at email@example.com.
costly change orders and rework. In order to keep projects and payments on track, crews need to provide better project visibility to project managers and key stakeholders with real-time access to their job-site data. Many construction companies are looking to digitize their information for better collaboration, but moving to mobile devices like PDAs or rugged laptops prove to be an expensive investment with a training and support burden. With traditional pen and paper, the drawbacks are obvious – design updates and markups often languish at the job site while they wait to be scanned and faxed. Or, if returned to the office, they remain stacked on desks before master designs are updated. Then highly trained CAD professionals often spend time interpreting markups and doing time-consuming and expensive data entry. Teams are seeking to share data faster, but in mobile data capture scenarios, pen and paper is more natural and less expensive, but slower. There’s another option that an increasing number of construction crews have turned to – digital pen and paper. Teams simply continue marking up drawings, filling out forms and taking notes as they always have with pen and paper, but now they instantly capture their plan
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Wall Works USA Inc.
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
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