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BIM to field equation

by Yamurai Zendera on Nov 7, 2016

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BIM to field equation

Transferring accurate digital data to the construction site

Trimble MEP continues to support a growing number of MEP contractors who are making the transition from using traditional processes for quality control of construction work to BIM to field technology.

The company’s Robotic Total Stations (RTS) allows office and on-site teams to seamlessly share accurate BIM-rich data with each other in order to ensure the correct layout of MEP systems, explains Trimble MEP’s business development manager Christopher Quirk.

“We are purely MEP,” he says. “That’s what our knowledge is, that’s who are trainers are. Everything we do is with the MEP industry in mind.”

With the RTS an engineer can import model data to a hand-held tablet device in the field. That data is then relayed to the RTS which provides accurate setting out from the information model using its laser measuring system to a tolerance of 2mm.

“Everything that you do on site it will record it and it will check it against your BIM model so you have got constant as-built information,” Quirk explains.

With projects worth $2 trillion in the pipeline in the GCC, according to Deloitte, it is little wonder Trimble MEP expects demand for the RTS – already widely adopted in the United States – to grow in the Middle East.

Quirk points out that the unique selling point of the RTS is its patented software.

“This is our software which we’ve developed for setting out. You don’t need to be a surveyor to use it. You don’t need surveying coordinates to be able to use the robot,” Quirk says. “If you work in Revit you can create your points, you export to the tablet. It does that for you. There’s no file conversions, when you want those points to come back in there’s an import button and it comes back in.

“The value added is that it improves your workflow. You’ve got this constant flow of information that’s coming back and forth from the site to the office.”