Data Exchange on Infrastructure Construction Projects
Each construction project is unique, with nuances to that particular project and that specific team of participants. But different types of construction projects—say an infrastructure construction project compared to a building construction project—require targeted technology.
Take railway construction projects as an example. The type of data required on railway construction projects differs greatly from other types of construction projects. As such, the technology used in railway construction needs to be geared to that specific project.
Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., is one such technology provider that offers software for railway construction and lifecycle management. The company’s railway solutions combine GPS/GNSS, imaging, and scanning technologies with software to accurately capture the data need to maintain and construct railways. The solutions are designed to capture and store information from planning and design to construction and maintenance.
The company recently announced a new edition, the Trimble GEDO CE 2.0 Trolley System and GEDO Office 2.0 Software. Now, in addition to using GPS/GNSS and optical sensors, the GEDO CE 2.0 Trolley System also features the use of laser scanners, which will allow for track clearance surveying.
The software will provide accurate as-built survey documentation for railway construction and maintenance. According to the company, the new software provides enhanced processing for documentation, ensuring data flow from the office to the field.
This is a trend Trimble is carrying across many of its solution lines for construction—offering better ways to share data between the office and the field.
The Trimble GEDO CE 2.0 Trolley System, which has been most commonly adopted in Europe and Asia, is now also being used in North America and India. Andreas Sinning, director of marketing, Trimble Railway Solutions Business, says, the introduction of the latest system delivers increased productivity to regions with multiple railway gauges allowing users to precisely measure a range of projects worldwide.
As technology continues to advance, allowing contractors to share information between the office and field, different segments of the construction industry have an opportunity to streamline business processes.