Integrating the latest VC and reality capture tools leads to a project with improved collaboration, faster problem solving, increased productivity, higher quality, and greater schedule certainty. Confidently understanding how each building element will interface with one another opens the door to prefabrication and alternate construction methods, further compounding these benefits.
With virtual models, we collaborate with designers, engineers, and trade partners to resolve any conflicts prior to fabrication and installation. Our extensive use of in-house laser scanning technology helps establish accurate as-built models and allows for verifying work in place against the design model to ensure quality. With our reality capture tools we record true slab conditions, detail existing above-ceiling layouts, map exterior topography, and confirm the accuracy of design drawings.
Over 15 years ago we offered the industry’s first Virtual Construction 40-hour program focused on building VC expertise to our operations staff. This same program continues today with updates to incorporate real-world feedback and advancements in technology. Recently, we've expanded the use of existing conditions data to shift away from reactive clash detection to more proactive clash avoidance.
Chris Scanlon, Chief Innovation Officer, DAVIS
Our VC process starts with understanding each project's unique challenges, establishing the desired outcome and a timeline for achieving it. Modeling, existing conditions capture, and coordination commence and culminate with the final deliverables in a format designed for ease of use by the skilled tradespeople on the job.
Leverage virtual construction models to quickly and easily understand your complex interfaces or construction issues.
Create virtual mock-ups to detail intricate portions of your construction project to study them, and plan in advance.
Utilize mobile apps to view models in the field and verify your work-in-place, as well as overall construction progress.
Use 4D scheduling to visualize the proposed sequence of work so that all teams understand the construction approach.
While terrestrial laser scanning is becoming more commonplace in our industry, DAVIS has been expanding our reality capture expertise since we scanned our first project – a 1M-SF renovation of Constitution Center in 2008. Demand for reality capture services has driven the creation of a dedicated department of professionals servicing requests for as-built information. Our team combines decades of field experience with the latest technology including:
- Photogrammetry-driven models from drones and crane cameras
- Mobile SLAM based lidar systems
- Ground-penetrating radar (GPR)
- Robotic layout
- Automated structural monitoring
- Location-based 360 degree camera systems
- Constructability Reviews
- Accessibility Reviews
- Reality Capture
- Safety Planning
- Logistics Planning / 4D Scheduling
- Trade Coordination – Plenum and Architectural
- Augmented Reality
- Facilities Management Turnover
- Creation of Supplemental Models
- Modeling of Existing Conditions
- Quantity Take-Offs / Model-Based Estimating
- Interior Plenum + Structure
- Capture of Existing Floor Plans
- Project Site
- Pre-Pour Documentation
- Floor Flatness
- Verification of Work in Place
- Core Drill / Slab Penetration Coordination