Since its release in 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens 1 has proven an effective tool for contractors with advanced BIM/VDC operations when combined with the right software. Microsoft released an improved version of the HoloLens in late 2019 and partnered with Trimble to develop the Trimble XR10 model specifically for the construction industry. The Trimble XR10 integrates the Microsoft HoloLens 2 with an industry-standard hard hat and rebalances the design to accommodate construction site functionality. The MCAA Innovative Technologies Committee’s new report evaluates the Trimble XR10 and shares case studies of its use in the field. On February 4, MCAA’s Director of Innovative Technologies, Sean McGuire, hosted the report’s principal author, James Benham from JBKnowledge, for an in-depth webinar. They zeroed in on some of the key features and spoke about how contractors are already using the XR10 and testing it with new use cases. An earlier, related report is available here.
Category: Construction Technology Inititiative
The best way to understand your company’s technology challenges is to understand your processes. This workflow tool helps you understand and document your company’s entire project management flow, including the application of fabrication, BIM and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes. It identifies in detail the potential implementation of VDC throughout each phase of the project lifecycle and details the team members involved and their specific responsibilities for each phase of the construction process. (Note: MCAA members will need to set up a free Lucidchart account and create a copy of the template to customize the flowchart for their company’s processes.)
The use of BIM and related technologies and processes that leverage data from models is delivering meaningful impact to mechanical and HVAC contractors on a wide variety of measures, including cost and schedule improvements, enhanced productivity, better collaboration between stakeholders and better worker safety. This research report quantifies other benefits to users and the challenges related to leveraging BIM to increase industry understanding of which factors will most effectively drive growth and expand future use.
Improved productivity and quality are among the benefits driving interest in, and use of, prefabrication and modular construction today. This research report quantifies other benefits to users and the challenges related to each to increase industry understanding of which factors will most effectively drive growth and expand future use.
MCAA sponsored the 2018 Construction Technology Report, produced by MCAA’s Technology partner, JBKnowledge. As part of our sponsorship, MCAA published an MCAA-Focused report that segments out responses given by MCAA members and compares them to the rest of the construction industry. With this new report, MCAA members can not only see how their companies compare to other MCAA members, but how our membership compares to the industry at large.
This eighth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. It explores the possibilities for using augmented reality in the construction industry.
This fifth report in the Construction Technology Research Series was written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. The JBKnowledge team evaluated the numerous applications on the market for safety professionals and foremen. While most are geared towards documentation, there is a growing trend to use the data that is documented and apply analytics to identify root causes and trends. Predictive analytics, which analyze historical data, current projects, and weather can be used to predict higher chances of incidents happening. Both can be extremely powerful tools to help prevent accidents from occurring.
This webinar offers additional insights into the MCAA Safety Apps research report written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA.
In August, 2016 MCAA released its third installment of the Construction Technology Research Series with a report on BIM to Field Software. The research, provided by our technology partners at JB Knowledge, evaluated over 24 different types of software that leverage the data from the BIM model and use it in other parts of your operations like the field or in the fabrication shop. On Tuesday, August 23, the lead researcher on the project, Josh Bone, joined Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology for a companion webinar that provided more explanation and detail into the project.
This webinar offers additional insights into the MCAA Robotic Total Station Report written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA’s Technology Research Series. The report’s principal author, Josh Bone, reviews findings from the report and provides additional information about how robotic total stations, when used in concert with BIM, have the potential to drastically improve productivity.
This sixth report in the MCAA Technology Research Series was written by our partners at JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. When used in concert with BIM, robotic total stations have the potential to drastically improve productivity. A companion webinar is also available.
In the fourth installment of the MCAA Construction Technology Research Series, our partners at JB Knowledge surveyed MSCA members on their technology practices and software needs for service operations before comparing 16 different software solutions. Free to members.
In this webinar, Josh Bone, lead author of the MCAA Construction Technology Research Report on BIM Software, presents some insights from his research findings and discusses the differences in the software tested and the BIM and VDC process.
At the MCAA Construction Technology Conference, MCAA President Tom Stone announced the release of the second report in the MCAA Construction Technology Research Series on BIM Software.
The study, developed exclusively for MCAA by JB Knowledge, provides a comparative analysis on software platforms used for virtual design and construction. The goal of this research study is to at least help contractors evaluate and compare the many BIM platforms suitable for mechanical contractors. For contractors with established BIM or VDC departments, this research report will prove useful in evaluating your software platforms and comparing them to features available in other options. The report is a free benefit of MCAA membership.
Josh Bone, BIM Services Manager of JB Knowledge. Josh has over 16 years of experience in the construction industry and is an expert on multiple BIM software platforms.
Recorded on June 23, 2016.
This second report in the Construction Technology Research Series was written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA. Contractors can greatly benefit from a clear understanding of rapidly evolving BIM technologies in the area of construction and maintenance that can expedite work, increase precision, and prevent mistakes.
This report explores scanning, tracking, layout, design and fabrication technologies using BIM and other software tools. Focusing on MEP, the report includes an assessment of various BIM software for BIM model authoring, model review, construction management, and analysis software tools for mechanical contractors. This snapshot evaluated the products as of the second quarter of 2016. And everyone, contractors new to BIM and those further down the road, should find useful takeaways here.
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