Informational silos exist between trades, sequences, and building stakeholders — resulting in unequal access to project information. Decisions based on different data can lead to conflicting planning and “alternate realities” which come crashing together when rendered in physical materials on site. We like to say that the 3D model is a real thing — it just happens to be invisible to many of the stakeholders responsible for delivering it.
Tools like the Shaper or FreeD Mill are illustrative of how technology can render the invisible visible. Each is a digitally controlled tool that guides the user during fabrication to produce an “invisible” design via continuous real-time positional feedback.
In this spirit, the Labs team has been working on rendering design models visible in the field by connecting field personnel to the digital model, but more importantly, connecting with their existing tools. To date this has been done via web linked Total Stations and Jobsite tablets and mobile phones with SurveyLink.
With the deployment of SurveyLink, the Labs team sees seamless 3D data transfer from office, to shop, to field, not just as possible but imperative. Like the tools mentioned above, SurveyLink provides a feedback loop that informs project stakeholders with the state of the project and guides installers to correct positions/orientations.
Over the Summer we held a webinar on SurveyLink called “Real-Time Calibration During Installation of Complex Structures”, see a recording of the session below. To date SurveyLink is actively being used on two jobsites coordinating the installation of 1,000s of parts.