Construction Today - November 2017 - 101
'We're currently building
Bridging the Training Gap
Power Design has more than
15,000 units under production
in South Florida.
to cut down our ramp-up times," says Dave
Hughes, director of coordination at Power
Design. "We're investing in software that
allows our new hires to become more productive at a faster pace."
All Power Design superintendents have
been provided iPads with real-time access
to software apps and tools, creating a more
productive environment. BIM models with
a focus on constructability and coordination components help to identify potential
issues before anyone steps foot onsite,
allowing field teams to hit the ground running. Combined with Total Station technology, the accuracy of deck layouts and team
efficiencies are even further enhanced. "The
easier we can make it for our field guys to
work smarter instead of harder, the easier it
is to keep them on our team," Hughes adds.
Office employees are also reaping technology benefits with several collaboration
tools, such as a proprietary project dashboard, available at their fingertips. Using
a schedule of predetermined milestones
and deliverables from project award to
closeout, this software provides complete
visibility to project progress and potential
issues at all times.
A major part of Power Design's recruitment strategy is to target recent university
or tech school graduates looking to build
their careers from the ground up. Many
of these candidates possess the soft skills
that make for a good culture fit, but lack
the level of technical skill or training required to start contributing to the project
That's why Virtual Design Manager Brad
Moore recently implemented a free, seven-week course that meets twice weekly to
help train individuals who want to work at
Power Design but don't have the technical
capabilities. "We teach them at a high level
how the building, design and construction
industry works, how to read architectural,
structural and MEP drawings, and what
the expectations are at our company," he
explains. "All of the students have already
been approved via our interview process
and demonstrated great potential. So we
pair specific technology training with
software like AutoCAD and PlanGrid to
help get them up to speed, with the intent
of offering them full-time positions in our
preconstruction department at the end."
With more than 15,000 units under production in South Florida, a few stand-out
projects currently utilizing Power Design's
technology and approach include:
* Auberge Beach Residences & Spa, Fort
* Brickell Flatiron, Miami;
* Miami World Center - Luma Tower &
* The Bristol, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and
* All Aboard Florida - Brightline &
Parkline , West Palm Beach, Fla.
Tech of the Future
As for the future of technology in construction, experts at Power Design say the sky is
the limit. "We're currently building workflows to be supported through VR and AR,"
Moore says. "We're working with software
giants and participating in university-level
research to test virtual reality products and
help develop and improve the technology
in its infancy. This wouldn't be possible
without forward-thinking leadership that
lets us dabble and prove the value."
Design embraces technology
to cut down ramp-up times and
attract new recruits.
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