Construction Today - March 2012 - (Page 88)

Civil By Thomas OConnor Taking Construction Mobile he U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology found that the U.S. construction and engineering industry is losing $15 billion on paper-based practices per year. In an era when budgets are leaner and staff is spread thinner, there is a tremendous opportunity to improve efficiency. Many construction professionals have turned to mobile computing solutions as a way to cut costs, improve communication and increase efficiency. Specifically, we are seeing great interest and adoption of tablets on the construction site. In 2009, the analyst firm FMI Corp. stated the tasks most completed in a construction environment via a mobile computing solution include scheduling, variance purchase orders, warranty requests and sending photographs. Managers can also create and oversee purchase T orders, receive location updates on deliveries and even benchmark the progress of the project on site and in real time. The ability to collaborate and communicate in the field increases productivity and efficiency by allowing managers immediate access to materials such as blueprints, plans and inventory lists. Increasingly, construction professionals are finding that a tablet is an ideal mobile solution that can provide workers with the level of reliability, durability and compatibility that their industry requires. Why a Tablet? Due to their portability, light weight, long battery life and simplified user interface, modern tablets are a great mobile computing solution for many construction applications. The multi-touch capabilities offered on tablet computers allow contractors to zoom in on complex, industry-specific documents such as blueprints. Many construction management software companies are designing solutions specifically for tablets because of the benefits multitouch interfaces provide. 88 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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