P. Agnes has always been a leader in utilizing technology to improve processes and productivity in building construction.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process which combines 3D models of building components with valuable functional and physical data to increase efficiency and minimize waste in the design, building, and operations of a facility. 3D models provide us with geometric and spatial relationships, which allows coordination of a complete system within available space and against adjacent work- and they also allow our team to use real data properties to generate highly-accurate cost plans and project schedules. BIM allows P. Agnes to build projects in a virtual environment to identify any potential design, constructability, or operational issues before real costs and the project schedule are at risk.
Project Information/Data Management
The benefits of creating a single source of accurate project data are clear: by efficeintly managing and sharing project information, we reduce errors and costly rework, and we improve communication between all project stakeholders by increasing speed and accuracy of data exchange. Providing a digital environment for collaboration with design teams allows for real-time problem solving, instead of a back-and-forth design/review approach. Additionally, managing the complete set of project documents throughout the lifecycle of the project, and providing that data through a mobile platform, puts the right information directly where it is needed- in the hands of our trusted trade partners to allow greater focus on building quality work.
P. Agnes has been a leader in our market in the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems on construction project sites. We currently have two FAA-certified pilots on staff, with several different drone vehicles and peripherals that can be deployed in a variety of ways. Aerial imagery and data gathered from project sites are used for everything from site logistics planning and surveying to quality checks and inspections. Drone use can provide unparalleled visibility into construction projects and provide highly accurate data for real-time decision making in a much safer and cost effective manner than methods using human labor.
Laser Scanning & Reality Capture
Laser scanning of existing and as-built conditions on site provides a faster turnaround on projects, reduces labor costs, and enables us to add value to our deliverables. For most laser scanning applications, the time required to capture the data onsite is reduced by approximately 50 to 70 percent compared to traditional survey methods. Having exact dimensional as-built models aids in performing both new construction or retrofit design projects, and reduces the time and costs associated with return site visits and rework due to dimensional errors. On projects with tight schedules, the ability to understand project conditions with certainty using reality capture techniques such as laser scanning can make all the difference in keeping a project on track.