ICT Tracker Release 1.2.1 Update

To our ICT Tracker customers. Please see the following information and links to access the current ICT Tracker Support Files.

ICT Tracker Support Files
Please follow this link to download the latest version 1.2.1 ICT Support Files

The Executable Zip files update some of the BIMflow workflows for model conversion and installs the files in BIMflow Workflow Manager while creating a backup of your existing workflows on your local drive.

The following folders/files will be updated on your local drive iConstruct_BIMflow:

  • BIMflow: BIMflow workflow master and swap file batch
  • Find Items: Navisworks Find item filter xml template files
  • Workflow: Updated Autoread XAML files for BIMflow

User Guide: The user guide has been updated to version 2.11 and the link on your C:ICTTracker/folder/User Guide will take you to the new user guide on the cloud.

User Tutorial Videos: The following user tutorial videos have been uploaded to our Youtube channel.

What’s Next: Disruption in Construction

Covid-19 is an overwhelming distraction to the way we use to do business. Executives and owners are looking at ways to reset their businesses to adapt and survive this current climate. But the reality is, as Peggy Smedley always says, construction needs positive disruption, and quite frankly if you don’t disrupt, you will be disrupted. 

Here is a link to her great article entitled: What’s Next: Disruption in Construction. 

ICT Tracker Release 1.2.1 Update

Exciting news! Release 1.2.1 of ICT Tracker is now available for download on the App Store. This release includes a number of improvements, new features, and some back-end changes. It is important that you update the app to take advantage of this release and continue working with your existing projects.

Major new features include:

Updated Status Option: You can now select and apply more than one extended status at a time.

Updated Systems Screen: Shows project level and project name for reference when using the app.

Free Flight Updates:

  • Added True-Plan VIew button
  • Updated selection tool palette to show only Lasso and Linear Selection Tools
  • Renamed the Manual Positions Tools Palette to be the Zoom Tool Palette
  • New Location for the Zoom Window Tool
  • Added cache refresh button to refresh models that do not cache correctly
  • Added zoom/pan speed slide bar to control speed of controllers

Revit Grid extract tool: Added option for 3D column grid for reference that displays a tool tip of the column grid value when selected

Revised Custom Status to Extended Status: Allows user to select from defined list of statuses to standardize data options for better reporting

Select Multiple Extended Statuses: Allows user the option to select and apply multiple extended statuses at a time

Updated back-end data to resolve status issues

You can watch a short video here of the new updates.

IMPORTANT: The update is at 11:00 PST on 7/22/20. It is important that you upgrade to the newest version on the App Store prior to using it again after 7/22/20.

Founder Interview Series – Guest Blogger Tom Pick of Webbiquity

Modern office buildings are an incredibly complex orchestration of steel, glass, concrete, and an array of subsystems. Yet much of the process of managing the “assembly” of these massive and complicated structures remains manual. A new breed of technology companies is setting out to change that. One of the most fascinating is Innovative Construction Technology (ICT), led by CEO Tim Duncan, Lisa Duncan, David Francis, and Mary Macdonald. Read the complete blog by Tom Pick.

A White Paper More Relevant Than Ever

I wrote a whitepaper a few months ago titled, “Leveraging Technology to Recession Proof Your Construction Company.”  I had no idea it would become so relevant, so quickly.

In the paper I referenced a statement from Warren Buffett referring to the financial crises of 2008-2009, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked.” He was talking about Wall Street firms that appeared to be financially sound but lacked internal discipline and operational control to weather an economic downturn.

There are parallels in the construction industry; we have seen before. Strong construction companies get stronger during a downturn, because they embrace it as an opportunity to get off the hamster wheel and figure out better ways to get things done with less.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is impacting the global construction industry with projects facing labor shortages, supply chain issues, and financing pressures. Now more than ever, this is a time to be proactive, not reactive.

As the we all take a pause in response to the COVID-19, take the time to assess where you are now on projects, and assess how you can move your jobs forward despite a potential disruption in labor and materials in the coming weeks. Most important, use the pause to evaluate tech and be ready to come out the other side stronger.

Here is a link to the Leveraging Technology to Recession Proof Your Construction Company whitepaper.

Myths and Facts About Innovation in Construction

Inventors of new technologies often claim their scanning or artificial intelligence software can replace construction professionals on the job site.  Despite the widespread use of BIM, drones and laser/photo scanners, the question is, “Why do construction companies still send project team members into the field with highlighters and paper drawings to track project status?”

The exciting innovations you are seeing in construction technology can often help, but do they solve the issues you have on the job site today? Those of us with field experience look to use practical knowledge to best apply tech solutions that have a direct impact on construction productivity and quality.

We have outlined some of the information you may be hearing and what is true and/or certainly what you need to question: 

MYTH 1: WE CAN TRUST BUILDING INFORMATION MODELS AND THE DATA IT CONTAINS WITH FULL CONFIDENCE OF ITS ACCURACY.

Fact 1: Building models and their data are far from perfect. Designers and Detailers are under pressure to produce deliverables fast, sometimes with incomplete or uncoordinated data and layout. Some models are produced with elements that look the part just to generate the typical 2D plan drawings required for construction. The accuracy and LOD (Level of Development) of models are always in question even though they are being used for construction purposes.

MYTH 2: LASER SCANNING/PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR 3D CAMERAS CAN GIVE YOU FIELD INSTALLATION STATUS.

Fact 2: True with a caveat. You can verify as-built conditions with a visual confirmation of an element’s placement from imagery collected by scanners/cameras. However, those scanning technologies can’t fully automate the data collection process for tracking completion status as they rely on linking to the original model data for intelligence (see Myth 1) to sort out permanent vs. temporary elements or non-modeled elements for association.

Hidden elements, such as wire pulled in conduit or layers of drywall and non-visual statuses such as connected or sealed, tested vs. inspected vs. QC’d, for instance, can only be identified by field personnel with knowledge of the installation.

MYTH 3: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) CAN GIVE YOU FIELD INSTALLATION STATUS.

Fact 3: Once again from design to installation to FM, AI can expedite some processes that help automate and expedite some functions, such as design iteration. However, field personnel see the conditions on the jobsite and use their intelligence and experience to make logical decisions based on known and unknown factors.  

AI is a growing technology that can help expedite and support project tasks, but it is still evolving for daily practical use on a busy jobsite.  

Innovation that works today

As stated earlier, with all this innovation, why are project teams still using paper and highlighters?

To accurately track the placement and completion status of elements, technology can assist the project team who would otherwise resort to manual verification of completion status. 

One technology that combines the best of computer modeling and human experience is ICT Tracker. 

HERE ARE THE FACTS OF HOW ICT TRACKER DIFFERENTIATES FROM OTHERS TO OVERCOME THESE TECHNOLOGY SHORTCOMINGS:

·         Fact 1: ICT Tracker has an automated process to condition your models and correct for variances in software and human factors, while confirming the data used is properly formatted to streamline field tracking and improve reporting.

·         Fact 2: ICT Tracker allows the user to track elements and apply custom statuses to track the many phases of an installation for earned value and apply cost codes or activity IDs to these elements to synch back to your ERP software.

·         Fact 3: ICT Tracker aids but does not replace human interaction to simplify the data collection process and provide data rich reports that confirm status at all stages of construction.

To streamline field productivity tracking using intelligent data to generate powerful real-time reporting, we invite you to see a demonstration of ICT Tracker.