Process automation cuts down on labour-intensive and repetitive quality assurance work for digital progress monitoring
Construction tech company Datumate has added automated digital grade checking capabilities to its DatuBIM Construction Data Analytics platform.
The cloud software can now transform 2D designs into digital data model objects, calculate grade checking reports, and further automate progress monitoring. According to the Israeli company, this entirely digital process significantly reduces work, prevents human error, saves professional resources, and ends construction companies’ dependence on several software tools to perform these frequent reports.
“DatuBIM’s virtual 3D data objects derived from 2D plans and automated grade checking are a giant leap that brings our customers closer to BIM with 4D (schedule) and 5D (costs). Right now, we see that our customers, as the construction industry at large, need help in handling 3D. So our role is to make sure they reap all the benefits that 3D can offer,” says Dr. Jad Jarroush Datumate, Founder and CTO.
Grade checking is frequent, time-intensive surveying of terrain changes to monitor construction work, track progress, ensure quality, and detect deviations in the layer build up.
In infrastructure projects such as highways and railways embankments, surveyors measure hundreds and sometimes thousands of points several times a week on the jobsite. As points measured by the surveyor might not fall in place on existing layer design plans, further data manipulation by a civil engineer or CAD technician is required to analyse the data set and create grade checking reports, which construction workers and supervisors can put into action.
DatuBIM now turns the traditional, manual grade checking into a fully digital and automated process. With the new digital grade checking capabilities, customers can upload all their 2D designs (horizontal alignment, vertical profile, and cross-sections) to DatuBIM. The platform automatically generates a 3D virtual design model as a digital data model object for comparison and analysis. Comparing to either imported survey points or as-built 3D site models created by the platform, DatuBIM analyzes and delivers grade checking reports automatically on the desired area with a click of a button.
DatuBIM can automate and accelerate the entire process using data collection via drones, or construction companies can continue with their standard surveying practices.