Empower Your Workflows with iCON Solutions

The growing demand for quality work is at all-time high, forcing many contractors and subcontractors to scramble to figure out how to increase their productivity and operational efficiency while working with limited time and resources.

With profitably on the line, it’s crucial for workers to have a reliable solution in place to work faster and more effectively while ensuring your work is produced precisely according to the architect’s model – the first time.

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Rethink your traditional layout work with iCON Solutions for every stage of your building construction project.

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The digital tools you need to enhance your layout performance

Designed to maximize efficiency, iCON technology streamlines your layout application by integrating your 3D design model from the office directly into the field workflow to produce accurate and verified point data in real-time – eliminating delays from BIM coordination and manual exporting & converting of files.

This intuitive, one-person solution empowers your limited crew to quickly tackle more work without sacrificing quality – enabling you to win and get to the next job faster.

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Empower your layout performance with iCON Total Station Solutions

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Real-time Access to 3D Model

Easily integrate with MEP/BIM Design platforms to bring your BIM model to the field for maximum productivity and layout efficiency
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In-Field Verification

Correct issues and verify work against the architect’s model in real-time, ensuring that costly errors and inconsistencies are resolved before task completion
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Reliable IFC Data

Having data in an IFC format protects the integrity of your point cloud data and significantly saves time transferring your model information from the office to the field
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Easy to Use & Adopt

With user-friendly and easy-to-understand technology, Leica iCON solutions ensure a quick and painless transition for your field operating crew without affecting productivity

Exceptional Layout Functionality with Object Layout App

Lose no object meta-data with the only construction layout field solution supporting an object-driven layout approach based on IFC data.

Immediately start laying out by simply loading IFC data straight from your MEP/BIM design software and graphically selecting objects. Simplify complex multi-story building layout data in an easy-to-read graphical interface with iCON build’s unique “Zlider Bar”.

View map organization and object selection via typical IFC tree structure

Zlider Bar allows you to vertically cut out building model elements for best map visualization

Integrated technology for a more streamlined workflow

iCON Solutions feature connectivity with leading industry software systems to offer construction professionals a more efficient building construction workflow – contributing to a more seamless, streamlined process and data transparency at the jobsite and in the office.

By connecting iCON field software with Autodesk BIM 360 Docs, a construction document management software enabling project members to share construction drawings, documents and models from a centralized platform, customers will be able to create seamless workflows between office and field.

The Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app for iOS/Android provides construction contractors the ability to connect the coordinated model to the field layout and verification process, helping to increase job site productivity while improving the accuracy of staked or installed building components.

With a direct connection to simplify the data flow between Leica iCON Field software and Procore’s construction management platform, the most up-to-date information can be communicated and documented between all project members.

Field crews can connect to cloud storage directly on site, improving productivity both in the field & in the office. Project managers can track progress of mm-accurate as-built information for quick decision making based on true field data.

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Enhance your BIM workflow with Digital Layout

Having BIM in the field offers clear benefits for large projects. Compared to traditional methods, robotic total stations are a natural extension of BIM. They remove the potential for human error from manual surveying techniques and can cut layout time in half.

The seamless integration of iCON robotic total stations with the office-to-field software allows you to take full advantage of the time and accuracy advantages BIM provides, enabling you to maximize your return on investment.

Manual Layout vs Digital Layout

Robotic total stations and intelligent field layout software are gaining in popularity because of their benefits, but as with any new technology, the associated costs and learning curve seem intimidating at first. Golden Construction in Birmingham, Ala., recently invested in the Leica iCON robots with surprising results. We sat down with Golden Construction’s Steven Denney, a veteran field engineer , to talk about some of the benefits his firm has experienced since adopting the use of robotic total stations in the field.

Was the move to robotic total stations difficult at Golden Construction?

SD: Sometimes there is hesitation about robotic total stations because there is always a fear of the unknown. But with the way the construction process is going, it seems like everyone who has taken on this new technology is seeing the benefit and not reverting back to manual instruments.

What do you think is the biggest benefit of using robotic total stations?

SD: The significant increase in productivity and more time available for checking work. If I can get through my task – whatever it is I have to layout – then that gives me more time to double check more work, which is a good thing. Less time involved in layout also means more time for other tasks.

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Robotic total stations can be operated by one person – is that helpful?

SD: Yes. There are cost savings on labor and travel time and expenses – and if you feel the need to have a two-man crew, you don’t have to always rely on someone being as skilled to help you. Also, with the robotic instrument, both people – the trainer and the trainee – are standing side-by-side the entire time, so you don’t have that disconnect.

What about mistakes – does the robotic total station help prevent them?

SD: Not being stuck behind the instrument helps to prevent mistakes. You are always right there where the work is going, which is a huge benefit. And the accuracy is equal to any comparable manual total station.

How is productivity increased vs. with a manual instrument?

SD: With a one-man robotic instrument, you can record an average of 600-1,500 points in a day, depending on the terrain and variables. With a two-man manual station, you may only be able to record 250-400 points per day. In our experience, whatever a two-man manual station can do, one person with a robot can do twice as much, maybe even four times as much.

How did you convince management to invest in robotic total stations?

SD: One of the things I did initially – because I was very skeptical at first – was talk to people who were actually using these instruments in real world situations. I asked a local surveying firm what the robots could do. The guy said he actually sent two crews out on a job one day. One crew had a manual instrument, while the other crew was just one person using a robotic instrument. Both crews were working the same site, working together to record the terrain. He said the one man using a robotic instrument recorded roughly 1,500 points. The two-man crew using a manual instrument recorded around 400 points. That was a shock.

What other evidence did you present to get them to say yes?

SD: Initially, I had a local sales rep bring a robotic instrument out to the jobsite. I wanted to see what the robot could do compared to the crew using a manual instrument. We worked head-to-head to do a little demo that way. Also, just before our most recent purchase, I had another demo on the jobsite. The sales rep used the robotic instrument, while two guys from our company used the manual instrument. I recorded the whole thing on video and presented that video to management so they could see it for themselves.

What did they think?

SD: The superintendent on the project was there that day. Before the presentation, he was very skeptical and just didn’t understand why we would spend the extra money when everything was just fine the way it was. After it was all said and done and the sales rep left, he looked at me and said, “Man, we would be crazy not to buy one.”

Now that you have had the robotic total stations for a few months and have been using them on projects, have the ROI numbers held up?

SD: They have. We haven’t completely made the transition over from manual instruments to robotic instruments, though we are in the process of doing that. Right now, we have two manual instruments and two robots. I’ll get calls sometimes from one of the crews still using a manual instrument. They will want me to come over and record the information for them because they have recognized how fast the robot can do the work. There have been multiple examples of seeing the benefits. It has met and exceeded our expectations.

What about BIM? Do you see your move into robotic total stations as a preliminary step into BIM?

SD: Yes. We are slowly but surely getting more involved with BIM in our construction process. It can take hours and even days and weeks to decipher 2D drawings. The concept lives in the mind of the architect and the engineer and you are just trying to grasp it the best you can. By having a 3D model, it really helps paint the picture and gives everyone an understanding of what the building should look like, as well as having all of the information embedded so it can be quickly downloaded into your software.

Are your clients increasingly requesting BIM services?

SD: The more they learn about it, the more they want that information.

 

Manual Layout

  • Complex workflows based on paper drawings
  • Field crews rely on information from layout engineers and foreman
  • Unforeseen clashes cause expensive rework and scheduling delays
  • Human error and miscalculations cause unnecessary supply orders
  • Field crews must stop working to incorporate design changes

Digital Layout

  • Simplified workflows using field data coordinated with the office & accessible in real-time via tablets
  • Crews have 3D visual of what they are building
  • Rework cut by 60-80%
  • 3D scheduling and quantity checks make it easy to order the right amount of supplies
  • Design model changes can be made remotely out in the field, in real-time

Why Leica Geosystems?

Leica Geosystems has been revolutionizing the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years. We provide powerful software, efficient workflows and experienced support for a complete construction technology solution.

With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world.

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“We needed a solution that was easy to adopt, user-friendly & required minimal onboarding time. Leica’s technology was easy to pick up & use straight away by the team”

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