If a picture is worth a thousand words like they say, as-built drawings in a project are worth a thousand building procedures. But, in all sincerity, with the hundreds of thousands of procedures and papers required to finish a single project, as-builts may still be ignored. Nonetheless, as-built drawings are an important part of any project, especially when it comes to maintaining the project’s lifetime after it has been completed. Here are a few reasons why they are extremely important.
Digital As-Builts help in infrastructure construction improvements
The present version of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts initiative (identified as EDC-6) aims at promoting digital as-builts as a way to enhance project information sharing and provide a more precise, proficiently generated depiction of the as-built resource, with the aim of boosting safety, reliability, and cost savings. As the project progresses, data acquired in real time is included into the digitized as-built.
All stakeholders must collaborate in a centralized platform when using digital as-builts, thereby generating a continually updated single version of the real-time project, allowing data transparency, and driving efficiency throughout the project tenure. Teams can collaborate to construct the digital as-built model using building information modelling (BIM) and interactive software solutions like Trimble Quadri.
A shift in construction culture that values cooperation among the different arms is also required. Digital as-builts can provide the back bone for this across-the-board collaboration.
Engineering side generates better, constructible designs using as-builts
Engineers have a better grip on their customer’s requirements from the outset since digital as-builts demand owners to accurately describe the sort of info they would like to observe or model in as-built. They may also interact with subcontractors earlier in the development process by using the shared model. Smart businesses may cooperate to detect and fix design flaws before they reach the ground, reducing costs for the owners and giving themselves a competitive edge.
Contractors use constructible models to reduce costs and save time
New 3D modeling techniques and latest technologies allow contractors to begin construction with a more constructible model. The data captured within the as-built model can then be used for controlling devices, producing effective gains in productivity and sustainability by reducing wasted time and fuel. Augmented reality technologies and software tools like Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 and Trimble SiteVision also allow contractors to train workers, help them visualize and avoid site safety hazards and as a result allow the contractors to have more leeway in saving their costs and time.
Digital as-builts help owners more efficiently operate and maintain assets
The digital as-built is a new tool for road builders, specially for its operations and maintenance. Owners can access granular information to make better and well-informed data-based decisions about how to make repairs and go around for maintenance decisions.
Engineers and contractors can provide more service to owners by reducing costs and fixing problems sooner. Digital as-builts may be used to create a digital duplicate, which is a live replica of the asset which can be used to identify and predict problems. Owners profit by obtaining the knowledge they need to operate the asset effectively and securely during its decades-long existence.