Renowned Construction Firm Selects Rugged Tablet PCs For The Jobsite

By PRESS RELEASE — June 25, 2009

AUSTIN, TX, -- Motion Computing, a leader in mobile computing and wireless communications, today announced that Sundt Construction has selected the Motion F5 Rugged Tablet PC for use on its jobsites.

Mobile professionals across construction, field sales, service and government are using the F5 because it provides the durability and functionality of a rugged PC without the extra weight and price associated with traditional, fully rugged devices.

Sundt Construction provides general contracting, construction management and design-build services for private- and public-sector clients, and has managed historical projects such as the relocation of the London Bridge to Arizona and the construction of Launch Pad 39-A at Cape Canaveral, used to put the first man on the moon.

"At Sundt, we're continually looking for ways to enhance our operational productivity," said Chris Lake, VP and Director of IT at Sundt. "The previous laptop technology made walking around the jobsite a cumbersome activity and did not provide the level of rugged protection our business required. We selected the F5 because it enabled us to seamlessly integrate technology in the field, while supporting the highly mobile workflows of staff, from field superintendents to those responsible for quality and safety."

Sundt chose the Motion F5 tablet PC, with the Intel Core2 Duo processor for improved performance and battery life, because of its rugged design and integrated features. The F5's digitizer input enables users to easily move between programs and files, making the tablets convenient to use while walking on the jobsite. The handle, light weight and size make the tablets highly portable for use throughout the workday. Additionally, the integrated camera streamlines the photo documentation process, enabling users to seamlessly capture photos and make them part of the jobsite record.

After a successful application in the field, Sundt dubbed the new computer technology the Remote Office Construction Kit (ROCK), which is comprised of the Motion F5 Tablet PC and Adobe Acrobat software.

ROCK allows Sundt's project personnel to spend more time in the field, observing and managing the efforts of subcontractors, instead of spending valuable time shuttling back and forth between the construction office and the project site. By enabling users to access a dynamically linked set of drawings, specifications, RFI's, shop drawings and other key documents in the field, Sundt has virtually eliminated communications delays and project teams are able to immediately resolve issues while in the field.

"Sundt is a great example of how taking technology to the point of construction can significantly reduce information delays, improve productivity and significantly reduce costs," said Mike Stinson, VP of Marketing at Motion. "We're seeing innovative construction companies, like Sundt, transform the way they do business by leveraging technology in new ways and we look forward to seeing further improvements as they continue to improve technology applications on the job site."

At Sundt, all documents are now available on the tablets, updated automatically and shared with subcontractors more efficiently. In addition, Sundt is using the F5 as a digital storage tool to eliminate the issue of finding necessary information after a project is completed. At the end of each project, owners can receive the tablet with a comprehensive set of electronic files with all of the project documentation included. The availability of the electronic information allows Sundt to manage the life-cycle-cost and the maintenance needs of the facility and is a unique value that the company adds to its projects.


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