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HxGN SMART Build – Shaping Change in Construction

Three major trends are disrupting construction today: building information modelling (BIM), digitalisation with cloud and mobile, and simplification. The building construction industries are ripe for ‘right-sized’ technology solutions with simple and intuitive interfaces, yet very powerful technology behind the scenes.

HxGN SMART Build is just that – a solution that digitalises building construction management by integrating model, schedule and cost information, to optimise construction planning and execution. The solution delivers real-time insight into construction progress, enabling better-informed decisions that result in on-schedule and on-budget projects.

In addition, SMART Build ensures construction productivity and accuracy by providing point and model data exchange between SMART Build and Robotic Total Station software that enables quick and accurate location of building elements with its Layout module. This lowers the BIM barrier for field teams and bridges the gap between office and field while meeting industry requirements of powerful, yet easy to use field solutions.

SMART Build enables intuitive model viewing in a connected cloud environment that eliminates the need for field teams to purchase and train on complicated desktop modelling software. Construction digital layout points can be added directly to any model object such as concrete footings, where points may be added to end points, mid points or centre points.  A unique feature of the solution is the construction layout points’ ability to inherit intelligence from the model. So even if the model is not utilised in the field by layout teams, they still reap the benefit of model intelligence such as concrete type, floor level, rebar size, etc. The user selects the model attributes, as it is configurable.

Models and layout points are exported or synced with Leica robotic total station ‘field software’ such as Leica iCON build or Leica Captivate for fast and accurate layout. Robotic total station single-point quality control or as-built points can be round-tripped back into the SMART Build collaborative model environment for visual comparison. When as-designed versus as-built deviations are identified, issues can be logged in the SMART Build web client, iOS or Android apps for fast and effective collaborative team resolution.

The solution also extends beyond digital layout with the ability to plan and execute construction projects by combining models, cost and schedule in one integrated platform. Users can track actual time and cost in the field in real time, including variances between budgeted and actual costs, and continuously compare to what was planned in the office.

We are shaping change in construction with HxGN SMART Build. Leveraging contemporary cloud and mobile technologies to meet the needs of the evolving construction industry – now that’s shaping smart change.

Cathi Hayes

Cathi Hayes is the Global Business Development Director of HxGN SMART Build at Hexagon PPM. She focuses on helping building contractors achieve greater success in managing complex construction projects via the cloud through the adoption of leading-edge pre-construction planning and field execution productivity solutions. Cathi is a trusted BIM advisor and a leading voice on BIM throughout the global construction industry. She holds Architecture degrees from North Carolina State University and the University of Kansas. Cathi is an architect, building information modeling (BIM) pioneer and strategy leader with more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing workflow improvements in various facets of the building design and construction industry.