Swinerton Builders, Assemble Systems and EADOC build “Location Aware” Bluetooth Beacon- enabled Mobile BIM App at AEC Hackathon

Swinerton Builders, Assemble Systems and EADOC build “Location Aware” Bluetooth Beacon- enabled Mobile BIM App at AEC Hackathon

Today marks the construction industry’s second AEC Hackathon at the FaceBook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Bringing together top teams of the most influential construction and engineering firms and software developers, the goal is to build fresh solutions to some of the most complicated building processes faced by AEC professionals globally.  As we speak, teams are readying for 3 long days of intensive whiteboarding, designing and coding.

How is the Swinerton Builders/Assemble Systems/EADOC team “changing the world” at AEC Hackathon? Only by attempting to virtualize and mobilize the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) using Bluetooth beacons to improve location accuracy – something not yet attempted in AEC technology as of yet. Introducing the prototype of “Location Aware”.

Picture this: James is a superintendent whose construction project is well underway. He’s doing a walk-through to check up on some recent work and update the status of several issues or defects in need of resolution.

James walks into the jobsite room, logs on to the Location Aware app, and his phone locates him within the building’s online BIM model. Better still, all relevant issues, documents, materials quantities, and design objects relevant to that space are attached to his location on the virtual building model within the app. As James physically inspects the space, he can simply use the app to review existing issues, resolve them and provide pictures of defects or new equipment as needed for the project record. Instantly, the affected subcontractors are updated on the issues and can do their own Location Aware follow up work immediately.

Good luck to this team of hackers as they aim to connect a number of currently disconnected technologies, including BIM, resource planning data, jobsite beacons, mobile devices, and project controls details like RFIs, change orders, project costs and inspection reports…in real time.

Kudos to the creators of the AEC Hackathon, and the willingness of industry software providers to work together for this much needed solution!