Texas Contractor Deploys Motion Tablets

— April 25, 2011

Motion Computing, a global provider of tablet PCs and supporting mobility solutions, announced that Texas-based commercial contractor SpawGlass has implemented Motion F5v Tablet PCs as part of its enterprise-wide building information modeling (BIM) adoption strategy. With the F5v Tablet PCs in place, SpawGlass is saving time, improving efficiency and streamlining project site management, all while providing the project owners with a portable asset management solution.

The F5v is a durable tablet PC that combines robust performance with integrated features to deliver the ideal solution for field workers who compute and enter data while standing or walking. Mobile professionals across construction, field sales and service, and government are using the F5v because it provides the durability and functionality of a rugged PC without the extra weight and price associated with traditional, fully rugged devices.
One of the first SpawGlass clients to benefit from the F5v and BIM connection will be the owners of the multi-million-dollar, two-phase Student Activity Center/Liberal Arts Building, currently under construction at the University of Texas (UT) campus in Austin.
“Our goal is to create a tight connection between design intent and field activities, and then provide the owners with the same level of coordination and visibility throughout the lifecycle of a structure,” says Chris Tisdel, BIM technologist at SpawGlass.
Using the F5v, all relevant information used to design, construct, and coordinate the UT construction process is readily accessible to any of the project team members throughout construction. SpawGlass uses the mobile computing solution to support Primavera P6 project management software, Navisworks Simulate design, simulation, and project review software and Carlson Survey surveying software with a robotic total station solution.
The F5v, running the Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management scheduling program, allows surveyors to easily share the project schedule with field personnel in real time as well as input schedule updates, all while in the field. Additionally, the Navisworks Simulate software allows the project team to identify problems in the field before they become a cost impact. With the survey software loaded on the F5v, SpawGlass is able to select control points directly from the CAD drawings or 3D model while in the field, and manipulate, layer, and overlay drawings on the fly.
To prepare the model for use by the owner, SpawGlass BIM experts will tag building components with a barcode number within the model. Each barcode will include all requested information including commissioning data, installation data, maintenance schedule, startup procedures, and more. When construction is complete, SpawGlass will download the model and database to the F5v for use in commissioning and handover to the owner.
“BIM data has the potential to provide far-reaching benefits to our customers,” says Tisdel. “The ability to hand the owner the F5v with all the commissioning data and the model that directly connects to their server system is a very powerful and critical step forward for the future of our industry.”
“Tablet PCs provide a powerful, yet flexible connection between the office and the field, enhancing communication and driving collaboration between previously disparate project teams,” says Mike Stinson, vice president of marketing, Motion Computing. “SpawGlass is a perfect example of a company proactively integrating software technologies with mobility solutions to create efficiencies, streamline procedures and transform the entire construction, commissioning, and handover processes.”


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