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Bay Area contractor gets real with as-built capture technology

By Emily Rennie

Ethan Choun knows how much time a jobsite walk can steal from a project.

The project manager for Menlo Park, California-based Novo Construction ticks off a laundry list of each minute-snatching step: Getting to and going through the jobsite itself; opening ceiling tiles to look at mechanical spaces once you’re there; taking multitudes of pictures and uploading those shots; and finally, comparing what you saw to original plans, all while tracking a constantly changing project in progress.

But, in the five years since he’s started using reality capture tech that creates an as-built model of the jobsite, Choun has seen the time it takes cut down drastically.

“It’s changing the game. It’s become a lot more simple,” Choun said.

Novo isn’t the only company that’s making use of the technology. For example, North Reading, Massachusetts-based contractor Columbia Construction recently used reality capture software to align 60,000 feet of pipe on a short timetable.

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