As I expected the construction industries are adapting more and more mobile devices to improve their workflows. Within the evolution of BIM tools during the last years it became very possible to work and sync models on the go. It’s the end of an era were civil engineers carry tons of blueprints.
”(…) The first thing that will disappear is paper. It’s expensive, always out-of-date, and with this new push for green buildings, The Owners are asking their contractors to ‘go paperless’.”
Further the communication processes will be much easier. If there are critical questions occurring on site, the engineer has to contact the architect, highlight the problem on the blueprint, scan the corresponding document and send it per mail. This takes a lot of time that could be saved. With the help of tablets, you just open the model, mark the problem and send it per mail within a minute. Another advantage is the tracking of data, which will create powerful analytics, whether a project is on time, workers do their job efficiently or costs are going to explode.
Finally, there is amazing software in the making to become really powerful and which take advantage of portable tablet devices including Bentley’s Navigator, Autodesk’s AutoCAD WS, PlanGrid, and iRhino 3D.
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