Bryan Williams from Trimble explains how 3D models and scanning are being used by engineers and contractors to assess quality control and assurance before placing concrete. Certain tools also allow professionals to make changes in real time.



Today’s construction projects are more complicated than ever, and a project’s success relies heavily on its attention to detail and the coordination of various moving parts.

With every small oversight or clash in the design process having a substantial impact on the overall schedule, it’s no wonder that over 80% of all construction projects run longer than anticipated. Reducing these delays is no easy feat, but with an accurate, constructible model, contractors everywhere are doing just that.

By leveraging constructible building information model (BIM) data alongside field technologies like robotic total stations, 3D scanners, and mixed or augmented reality (AR), contractors are not only able to identify issues early but can improve the design and execution of the project in real time.

These tools are often used for quality assurance and quality control before and during the pouring of concrete. Contractors can put anchor bolts or embeds in place and then check them before they pour concrete. They can evaluate the flatness of the floor and measure the whole area quickly in a matter of seconds before the concrete sets.

As concrete is poured, adjustments can be made on the fly using these tools to make sure everything is level and that the right amount of concrete is poured, which helps save money and eliminate waste, leading to greater sustainability.


Construction Layout

New digital tools are helping to seamlessly integrate construction workflows and provide layout professionals with access to constructible 3D models created by designers and detailers along with all the corresponding metadata.

This data-driven approach empowers layout professionals to move beyond manual processes and leverage technology advances to meet the demands of increasingly complex projects, all while working faster and with unprecedented accuracy.