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Category: Construction Technology
Small and medium contractors have some advantages when it comes to both innovation and fabrication. Innovation is far easier to implement when there are fewer people to train on a new process. Fabrication can be highly productive in smaller spaces that require less overhead.
On Thursday, February 11, 2021, North Mechanical Contractors, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana shared some insights on how they drive an amazing amount of productivity through innovation. The presentation, led by North’s VDC and Technology Manager Trent Leinenbach and Tole Burnett, the company’s Manufacturing Manager, demonstrated the process, software and hardware that allow them to approach fabrication from a manufacturing mindset.
Their presentation largely featured a software integration with GTP Stratus that allowed them to connect their VDC and BIM department with the fabrication shop and the field. The software not only assists in their organization, process, purchasing and scheduling, it can be used to drive manufacturing equipment more efficiently. One of the many processes North shared in the video demonstration was how the software provides automated cut lists that can minimize waste by driving a Tigerstop to automate pipe lengths before cutting them automatically.
It also allows computer workstations at fabrication stations access to more information. This includes 3D models that can be rotated and zoomed with dimensions and hidden systems available to be seen.
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.
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 webinar offers additional insights into the 7th Annual Construction Technology Report written by JBKLabs exclusively for MCAA’s Technology Research Series. James Benham, the CEO of JBKnowledge, joined Sean McGuire to discuss the findings from the study.
MCAA sponsored the 2017 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. A companion webinar is also available.
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 guide helps mechanical contractors incorporate leading-edge technologies into their project spatial coordination efforts. Developed by MCAA, SMACNA and NECA with funding from MCERF.
Whether you’re establishing a new fab shop or looking to keep yours operating at peak performance, this bulletin provides tips to enhance your company’s productivity and profitability.