Why the connected building system is important: coordination between the office and on the construction site

In the region, home to magnificent engineering feats such as the Museum of the Future, The Dubai Frame and Ain Dubai, large-scale projects require faster coordination and cooperation at all times.

Construction projects are complex undertakings that require the constant collaboration of a group of experts. Every relevant and independent professional, including general and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) contractors, architects, structural engineers, fabricators, interior designers, supervisors, managers and many more, has a contribution to make to the success of the construction project.

The dependence and interplay of various expertise makes the construction industry very unique. Various companies and experts come together for a project and are assigned different tasks of the project at its different stages. When finished, the teams split up and continue. In such a scenario where design, engineering, and construction services are provided by multiple companies, transparent teamwork and coordination among project stakeholders at every stage of construction is fundamental. From planning and design to engineering and construction to occupancy and maintenance, uninterrupted collaboration and real-time data access must be achieved.

To specifically support the process of stakeholder collaboration, many construction companies are turning to digital solution providers to help them deploy modern software needed to enable a connected construction system. A connected system made possible by digital building technology ensures better coordination of teams and stakeholders by ensuring that everyone is on the same page.

In addition, access to data is also facilitated for better decision-making and improved team efficiency. Users can easily share, review, coordinate, and comment on model data, schedules, and critical project information in real time. The result is a reduction in costly communication errors and better coordination to keep projects on budget and on schedule.

The lingering question is: what could go wrong without connected construction? Inadequate risk management, lack of structure, performance management, miscommunication or miscommunication, lack of team coordination, unrealistic expectations and high costs are some of the most common mistakes that can be made. occur.

Why take the risk when digitalization has made modern technologies more accessible?

In the region, Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) is one such leading solution provider that has been involved in many iconic and large-scale construction projects. The company eminently supports digital transformation in the region and continuously educates the industry on the importance of collaboration and transparency in projects.

Trimble Connect is an example of technologies that are driving the connected building trend. Many companies have already deployed this cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE) and collaboration platform, for stronger communication and teamwork among project stakeholders. Users can share desktop solutions design data uploaded to Trimble Connect with surveyors in the field using the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control platform, Trimble Siteworks positioning systems and Trimble Access surveying software.

Experts believe that communication and collaboration determine the timely completion of any construction project, which must be completed within budget and to established specifications or quality standards.

Paul Wallett, Regional Manager for Trimble Solutions, Middle East and India, said: “If we are successful in implementing a connected building system, there will be up to 50% less rework and increased efficiency , up to 30% cost savings, and approximately 20% less construction waste generation. Using a connected building technique, the right data is available to the right people at the right time, improving communication between team members and further improving processes, wherever it is needed. He further added that “connected construction technology could improve the way engineering and construction companies deliver construction and infrastructure projects, reduce costs, and improve overall project execution and speed.” .

In addition to improving communication, connecting office and field teams is a necessity. Solutions such as Mixed Reality allow engineers and designers to convey design intent to their team while identifying and addressing discrepancies between the model and actual site conditions. These capabilities can deepen understanding of the project among those involved, bridging the gaps between field and office teams. Similarly, to ensure accurate data exchange, field crews can also use devices such as Trimble’s Robotic Total Stations (RTS), which can download stakeout points directly from the BIM to ensure automated installation and accurate on the sites.

While these are just a few of the many technologies that can boost coordination and data exchange from the field to the office and vice versa, the market is still developing more innovative solutions to support the cause.

The demand for faster coordination and cooperation as well as rapid project deliveries is increasing today. Advanced building technologies such as Trimble’s connected building solutions can help make this possible by providing a well-maintained and connected environment. Without this support, completing ambitious construction projects will undoubtedly be difficult.