Precision Construction

Precision Construction introduces Internet of Things (IoT) fundamentals with a construction industry focus, providing a vendor-neutral, acronym-free framework for understanding IoT. Illustrated through nine real-world case stories, Precision Construction describes how IoT and emerging technologies like augmented reality and robotics are improving business for contractors, rental agencies, manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr. Chou and Mr. Vasquez’s vision for the future of construction equipment has the potential to change the way this industry does business. They make it easy to understand the value that manufacturers could find if they implement these practices, and their work is a great reminder that these are truly exciting times in the construction equipment industry.

– Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Precision Construction presents a systematic framework to understand the practical business applications created by IoT today and in the future. Learning from the data collected from connected things (e.g. equipment) is paramount; it’s amazing what construction companies can strategically do today and in the future to create more value. If you are overwhelmed by all the technology and how it fits in to the construction process, Precision unlocks all the mystery with an easy to understand framework explained with practical applications happening right now. A must read for construction leaders.

– Mike Bellaman, President and CEO, Assocated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

Chapter Title Description
1. Introduction to Principles and Practices There is a lot of hype around IOT. In this chapter we introduce a vendor-neutral, acronym-free framework consisting of five major components: Things, Connect, Collect, Learn, and Do. We’ll use the word Things, enterprise things and machines interchangeably.
2. IOT Framework Whether you’re building, buying, selling or investing in technology to enable enterprise IoT applications, this chapter describes an IOT framework you can use to understand the various components or parts of the industry
3. Thing Principals As a manufacturer of any modern machine, it’s now possible to put a lot of sensors to work. Even the cell phone in your hand can have 14 different sensors. Precision machines will also be software enabled, which requires you to make decisions about the computer architecture and the software environment, all of this will need to fit into packages which have cost and environmental constraints. And finally in the modern world you’ll need to think about security.
4. Things in Practice This chapter shows cases of next generation Things in a variety of use cases applied to construction, including track loaders, boom lifts, retrofitting existing equipment, engines, diesel generators, environmental monitors, robotics and augmented reality glasses.
5. Connect Principles Connecting things requires a diverse set of technologies based on the amount of data that needs to be transmitted, how far it needs to go, and how much power you have. Furthermore you have many choices at a higher level on how to manage the connection, as well as how the connection is protection and secured. In this chapter we’ll give you a brief tutorial on networking and some of the fundamental principles.
6. Connect in Practice This chapter shows cases of the multiple ways Things can be connected when on the construction site, including cellular, WiFi, Satellite, Zigbee and LoRaWAN.
7. Collect Principles Things aren’t people. One of the ways that’s true is the volume of data that can be generated by things will be orders of magnitude larger that applications of the Internet of People. In this chapter we’ll cover some fundamental ways Thing data might be collected and stored. This includes in-memory databases, noSQL, and time-series collection architectures.
8. Collect in Practice This chapter shows cases of the multiple ways in which data can be collected, using examples from Contractors, United Rentals, JLG, Takeuchi, Skanska and Oracle.
9. Learn Principles In the last generation of enterprise software we first focused on transaction processing and workflow applications and then used BI and OLAP applications to learn from the data. This time let’s use technology to learn from data; we’ll cover visualization, statistics, regression, and machine learning.
10. Learn in Practice In the last generation of enterprise software we first focused on transaction processing and workflow applications and then used BI and OLAP applications to learn from the data. This time let’s use technology to learn from data; we’ll cover visualization, statistics, regression, and machine learning.
11. Do Principles Outcomes. What are the outcomes? What does all of this technology to connect, collect and learn do? In this chapter we’ll discuss three major business benefits to the producers of modern machines, and three major benefits to the consumers.
12. Do in Practice We’ll cover applied to Precision Contractors and Precision Machines.
13. Summary - Principles and Practices This chapter will wrap up the introduction and discuss how these technologies can transform businesses..
Chapter Description
14. Introduction - Solutions The first part described the fundamental technologies required to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This second part provides real world examples of IoT applied to the construction industry, taking the point of view of contractors, rental agencies, manufacturers, traditional suppliers and providers of new technologies such as robotics and augmented reality glasses.
15. Precision United Rentals This case story will focus on United Rentals and how the company retrofitted its existing over 200,000 pieces of non-connected construction equipment. The chapter also describes Total Control, United Rentals' telematics-enabled fleet- and equipment-management system that provides visibility into both rented and owned equipment to improve utilization, maintenance and uptime.
16. Precision Solar Energy Project This case story describes an example of how a contractor utilized United Rentals' Total Control solution to better manage underutilized assets to improve return on rental investment on a solar energy project.
17. Precision Contractor This case story describes how a United States' contractors with over $1B in annual revenue deploys IoT to increase productivity of equipment and labor used on construction projects in order to lower overall costs. The story also discusses how this contractor utilizes IoT technology to improve security and safety on the job site.
18. Precision Scissor and Boom Lifts This case story describes how JLG, the market leader in scissor and boom lifts utilizes IoT technology to help its rental agency and end customers enhance productivity.
19. Precision Track Loaders This case story introduces Chris Husley from TALISMAN Rentals and how his company supports its status as a premium rental agency by renting IoT-enabled Track Loaders from Takeuchi, which helps TALISMAN improve management and maintenance of its rental fleet.
20. Precision Engines This case story discusses how The Cummins Engine company deploys IoT to improve up time of its diesel engines, as a down engine can cost the customer in the vicinity of $1,000/hour.
21. Precision Environmental Monitors This case study discusses how Skanska and Microsoft teamed up to develop a connected, next generation environmental monitor, including describing back end applications running in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
22. Precision Construction with Augmented Reality This case story discuses describes how Oracle teamed up with and deployed DAQRI augmented reality glasses to improve the construction of the Design Tech high school building.
23. Precision Robotic Masonry This case story describes how the company Construction Robotics has brought to market brought robotics to masonry projects.
14. Summary - Solutions This summary will discuss some of the steps available to builders of enterprise Things to begin the digital transformation of their businesses.