Robins & Morton’s Building Forward® approach champions a culture of continuous improvement and education that is perhaps best illustrated in how we seek out emerging technologies to benefit our clients. We use tools that will improve the efficiency of our project delivery, reduce errors, increase the accuracy of our estimates, and enhance visualizations. But most importantly, we use technology that makes sense and clearly brings value to your project. From preconstruction to closeout, we utilize technology to support communication, project management, quality and safety, seamlessly transitioning between each phase.

3D Virtual Mockups

We are able to generate accurate, interactive digital mockups that can be used within various viewers, including virtual reality headsets. This allows our clients to take a virtual walk through designed spaces and provide valuable feedback throughout the project. These virtual mockups can also be quickly adjusted, dramatically reducing the feedback cycle time, waste, and lowering costs. By using 3D Virtual Mockups, we can eliminate any confusion regarding room layout and remove the opportunity for late changes and change orders.

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3D Clash Detection and Conflict Resolution

This process has a track record of reducing RFI issues and change orders. We collaboratively analyze a project model throughout the design process to ensure constructability. We are well versed in many platforms for this type of coordination, including Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Revit, AutoCAD, MircroStation, 3D Studio Max, Inventor, and others that are compatible with Navisworks.

4D Scheduling

When a project schedule is combined with a Building Information Model (BIM) model, it provides valuable visualization of the construction process. This enables all stakeholders to understand and engage in the planning efforts at every stage of a project. 4D scheduling helps us identify schedule issues, flaws, and opportunities for improvement on a project.

Laser Scanning

Our HD laser scanners allow us to map out existing structures and MEP elements, all within an eighth of an inch. This helps us to ensure that objects in a new-construction model will accurately mesh with any existing conditions, effectively reducing the risk of rework, delay, and change orders. We utilize FARO HD scanners and its associated software.

Project Imaging

Robins & Morton utilizes a variety of project imaging technology to capture stages of the project from all angles. Several types of imaging include 360 photography, live webcams, drone photography and more. These tools capture comprehensive images of spaces throughout construction and can provide a full-area view without being in the facility.

Project Management Software

Robins & Morton uses project management software as a communication tool among project team members during preconstruction and construction. These programs allow us to develop a log of existing conditions that can be tracked during design, including panoramic images. As construction progresses, the software is used for document control, tracking requests for information (RFI), interactive punchlists and more. These cloud-based systems allow all team members to view and edit information as needed to ensure we address any issues early to avoid challenges later in the project.