Foundations Episode #27 – Scheduling Sanity

Foundations Episode #27 – Scheduling Sanity

Construction scheduling is a vital part of the building process, ensuring that your project is on time, and trades are where they need to be. In Episode 25, we discussed the lookahead or production planning part of scheduling, and this week we’re going to build on that by discussing trade scheduling. To help us cover this topic, we’re joined by the newest member of BuildingPoint Florida, Juan Herrera, who has years of experience scheduling for electrical contractors.

2017-11-17T08:01:53+00:00 November 17th, 2017|BuildBlog, Foundations|

Controlling Access Is Just The Beginning

Controlling Access Is Just The Beginning

Trimble CrewSight is synonymous with access control and jobsite security. As projects gain complexity, security, safety, and access control continue to weigh heavily on the logistical management of projects of all shapes and sizes. And while access control can and should be at the forefront of the equation, Trimble CrewSight certainly provides much, much more. One such area revolves around resource management.

One of the benefits to a CrewSight-enabled project is the ability to accurately track, manage, and report upon labor resources that are present on the job. With this data, you can effortlessly track the scheduled workforce resources against actual on-site. This provides a vibrant and insightful metric that can identify schedule slippage before it becomes a problem. With Trimble CrewSight, you can easily break your work force down into any category, division, trade, or custom defined delineation that you choose. This makes it easy to manage and visualize resources that are performing daily tasks. And because this capability is an integral element of CrewSight, everything you need is already installed and enabled.

To learn more about resource management in Trimble CrewSight, contact your BuildingPoint representative today, or simply click the link below.

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2017-11-13T11:50:35+00:00 November 15th, 2017|BuildBlog|

Pull Planning Made Easy

Pull Planning Made Easy

Scheduling is imperative to a project. So is lookahead planning. When the two work in unison, a smooth running project is likely to follow. While scheduling is typically commenced well before a project begins, and contains a number of fixed milestones, project planning tends to be much more dynamic, whether your organization prefers a 2, 4, or 6 week lookahead.

Over the past decade, lean principles have forever changed the way that contractors build buildings. At the center of this revolution has been the concepts of iterative collaboration and ownership. By maintaining a constant dialog throughout the ongoing planning and lookahead process, and by bringing all project stakeholders into the discussion, contractors are able to consistently improve delivery schedules and hit milestones with confidence.

Trimble LeanSight is designed to help contractors in this specific area. Trimble LeanSight doesn’t replace the planning meeting or the wall of sticky notes, but rather it brings simple and easy to use collaborative technology to this integral part of the modern building process. With Trimble LeanSight you can quickly and easily digitize, manage and monitor your lookahead plan with a easy to use interface that allows both office and field managers to spend less time worrying about planning, and more time building.

To learn more about Trimble LeanSight, to see a quick live demo, or to grab a free account to get started, simply click the link below, or contact your local BuildingPoint representative today.

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2017-11-07T15:44:04+00:00 November 13th, 2017|BuildBlog|

Field Layout – Do You Really Need A Telescope?

Field Layout – Do You Really Need A Telescope?

When it comes to construction layout, one of the most common questions we receive is “Do I really need a telescope?” And that’s a valid question to be sure. Several of Trimble’s position solutions, specifically the RTS873 and RPT600 have no traditional optics included. Instead these solutions rely on high-visibility green beam lasers that allow for true single person operation on job sites of all different shapes and sizes. But traditional optical total stations certainly continue to remain a common fixture on the modern job site. So which one should you choose?

As with most answers in this business, the one sentence answer is: It depends. But a closer inspection of the advantages of each of these sighting methods reveals a very clear distinction that can help you make the choice between traditional optical and green beam (visual) layout.

Traditional Optical Layout Benefits
With an optical telescope, users can easily sight and locate a point or position in nearly any condition, or at any distance within the instrument’s range. This capability becomes more important where long shots are taken during the setup process. Long backsights are becoming ever more common on building projects. In these setups, traditional optics provide easier acquisition over these expanded distances.

Additionally, traditional optics provide the ability to more easily shoot to an existing point or feature, using the eyepiece for targeting. This measurement capability is also not limited by the illumination levels present on the project, where even high-visibility green laser output cannot easily be viewed or perceived.

Note: Some traditional optical total stations, such as the RTS773, boast red laser pointers for visual layout. Although not as focused or visible in direct sunlight, the RTS773 offers laser (visual) and optical layout in one singular package.

Green Beam (Visual) Layout Benefits
The Trimble Visual layout represents a significant leap forward in productivity and efficiency in compatible environments. For work underneath exposed decks and direct sunlight this workflow allows for significant advantages. With Visual Layout using high visibility green beam lasers, contractors can simply visually locate their points, without using prisms or additional accessories. Furthermore, the Trimble RTS873 provides a focusing laser beam effectively reducing beam spread or “splat” thereby increasing accuracy.

Visual Layout is perfectly suited and designed around single person layout tasks, and thrives within interior or under deck environments where beam visibility is assured.

The answer to whether or not you require an optical telescope is subjective. But with the right information and criteria, BuildingPoint can help you select the solution that fits your needs and your workflow.

To learn more, or to compare these options on your next project, simply contact your BuildingPoint representative today, or click the link below.

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2017-11-07T16:11:49+00:00 November 10th, 2017|BuildBlog|

WinEst Webinar Series: Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) and SQL Reporting

WinEst Webinar Series: Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) and SQL Reporting

In this webinar you will learn how to use the add-on module EDM to manage your estimates. It is commonly used for storing different phases of estimates. These can be reported on using software designed to work with Microsoft SQL, such as Crystal Reports or Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). In this webinar you will also see how to generate reports on individual estimates or across multiple estimates using SSRS.

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2017-11-07T16:12:19+00:00 November 8th, 2017|BuildBlog|

BuildingPoint Is Proud To Welcome Our Newest Team Member, Juan Herrera!

BuildingPoint Is Proud To Welcome Our Newest Team Member, Juan Herrera!

BuildingPoint is proud to welcome a new member to our team, Juan Herrera! Juan joins us with over 25 years experience in construction coordination, scheduling, CAD, and Trimble field layout. Juan began his career working an Architectural firm that specialized in airport remodeling and renovations, moving on to Dynalectric where he worked on a wide variety of projects, such as the American Airlines Arena, the Diplomat Hotel and Resort, the Port of Miami Tunnel, as well as numerous residential and hospitality projects.

Juan will BE based in Miami, and cover the South Florida region for all of BuildingPoint’s Field Solutions products.

2017-11-06T11:34:43+00:00 November 7th, 2017|BuildBlog|

Collaborative Planning With Trimble LeanSight

Collaborative Planning With Trimble LeanSight

As one of the most important parts of the construction process, producing an in-depth and accurate project plan can make every construction project easier. In this conversation, we’re joined by Duane Gleason Market Segment Manager of Trimble, to discuss the idea of collaborative planning on a project, and how that can be accomplished with Trimble LeanSight.

Learn more about Trimble LeanSight by clicking the link below.

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2017-10-26T08:14:30+00:00 November 6th, 2017|BuildBlog|

Foundations Episode #26 – Moving The Chains

Foundations Episode #26 – Moving The Chains

When it comes to tolerance in positioning and layout, real world accuracy is a culmination of every phase of the job. From designers, to GC’s and subs, everyone on the job has a hand in ensuring accuracy on the project. In this Episode, the Foundations team discusses how to minimize accuracy errors throughout the life of a project.

2017-11-03T09:41:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|BuildBlog, Foundations|

The Power To Plan Is In Your Hands

Trimble LeanSight: A Better Way To Plan And Execute

Based on the concept of simplicity and usability, Trimble Leansight prioritized ease-of-use and an intuitive experience that is easily familiar to both office and field users, reducing the learning curve and allowing users to get up and running in minutes, rather than days. And because Leansight is multiplatform, you can leverage any device that suits your workflow, either in a traditional browser environment, tablet, or mobile phone.

With Trimble Leansight, the power to plan is in your hands.

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2017-10-26T11:30:19+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|BuildBlog|

BuildingPoint Is Proud To Partner With AllTerra

BuildingPoint Is Proud To Partner With AllTerra

For the past three years, BuildingPoint has been honored to serve the contractors, owners, and stakeholders within the Florida market. As technology continues to reshape and refine the construction process, BuildingPoint remains laser-focused on providing the technology, services, and support that contractors should expect from their technology provider.

Today, BuildingPoint is thrilled to announce a new chapter in this commitment to Florida’s construction industry. Expanding upon this successful industry relationship, BuildingPoint is joining forces with AllTerra to provide comprehensive technology solutions and services to the Florida geospatial market. Working with land surveyors and engineering, AllTerra offers an entirely new and fresh perspective towards the relationship between planning, collecting, and managing positioning and geospatial data.

With this partnership, BuildingPoint brings even further depth and domain experience to your building projects, while also providing a more seamless data flow throughout the project lifecycle.

To learn more about AllTerra, simply head over to, or simply reach out to your BuildingPoint representative directly.

With AllTerra and BuildingPoint, you can expect more from your construction technology solutions.

2017-10-31T17:10:53+00:00 November 1st, 2017|BuildBlog|
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