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2/27/2015
08:06 AM

Mobile Devices Replace Blueprints On Construction Sites

Knaack's DataVault Mobile shows how the work on construction job sites is going digital.
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Modern 3D plans such as this can't easily be seen through blueprints. Digital display on the job site is becoming a necessity.
(Image courtesy of Pepper Construction)

Modern 3D plans such as this can't easily be seen through blueprints. Digital display on the job site is becoming a necessity.

(Image courtesy of Pepper Construction)

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batye
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batye,
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3/2/2015 | 12:29:00 AM
Re: Bummer
@asksqn, not yet ... from my point of view it gonna take few years... until all regulation and rules be in place... for digital way... as everyone talk before about paperless office... but in gov. they still use a lot of paper...
batye
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batye,
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3/2/2015 | 12:26:49 AM
Re: Mobile Devices Replace Blueprints On Construction Sites
@zerox203, same here interesting to know... I would like to add in my field mobile devices already did replace many testing network devices... and become all in one tool for network eng... same is started happening in other fields...
zerox203
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2/28/2015 | 11:59:03 PM
Re: Mobile Devices Replace Blueprints On Construction Sites
First, I'll say that this is a cool topic for an article, and I'd love to see more like it in the future. We talk a lot about some of the trends on offer here (mobility, 3D drafting, telepresence is not mentioned but could definitely be a factor in something like this), but there are tons of non-tech focused industries where I often wonder how this technology is actually being used there. It's nice to get a look at a convincing use case and a specific use of hardware to go along with it. E-mail is great, but it's not hard to see why it wouldn't be quite enough for a change in building plans, in an industry where time is nothing if not money. I'm curious about some specifics - what kind of hardware goes in one of these? Do they have built-in functionality for working with other mobile devices?

would caution about the rush to make these the standard, and I was glad that you mentioned it. I'm happy to envision squadrons of renaissance man craftsmen who are equally at home with their tablets and their Sawzall, I have an anecdote to share. The father of a friend of mine is a great carpenter. Not only hardworking, but extremely talented, inventive, and ingenius when it comes to his work. I've seen him rattle off the differences between species of wood, or multiple ways to get complex jobs done, without stopping to think about it. His employer is requiring him to take online courses recently. I was over their house today helping to move furniture. He calls down for his son 'the computer crashed on me!' His son was mia so I went upstairs to take a look. His web browser had minmized to the tray and he didn't know how to get it back. Long story short, I hope they're making these things user friendly.
PedroGonzales
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2/28/2015 | 10:16:47 PM
Re: Time saver
I thought that by 2015 all industries will be using IT to improve their basic process. The biggest hurdle of technology isn't the process but people's habits. 
David Wagner
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2/27/2015 | 11:58:06 PM
Re: Time saver
I love that Knack found something that seemed so foreign to its normal business and embraced it. Many companies don't have the guts. This is like Amazon getting into the cloud business. Knack (and Amazon) built an expertise through their regular business that they realized served a need in their industry. Good for them. 
asksqn
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2/27/2015 | 5:35:06 PM
Bummer
Bad news for blueprint manufacturers and printers.  Looks like another segment of the workforce has been pinkslipped permanently.
Curt Franklin
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2/27/2015 | 2:14:25 PM
Re: Time saver
@kstaron, Pepper Construction is already using these on job sites and a number of other large contractors are using them, as well. With the speed at which change orders come, these days, the old system of blueprints is simply not workable any more. Speed is money on a constructions site, so the incentives for moving to this sort of system are large.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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2/27/2015 | 12:12:17 PM
Time saver
This sounds like a great time saver to get big projects done faster. The ability to make changes quicker helps keep the labor busy too so it would not only be a cost saving measure but more efficient so the workers you have on site have work to do that day without standing around or being sent home. Has anyone here used this type of thing on the construction site? how has it worked compared to traditional methods?
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