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Liebman Science Center, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois

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Improving Jobsite Performance

Instant Information for Instant Savings

UIC – Academic & Residential Complex

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Deploying a leading-edge jobsite network provides instant access and bottom-line savings.

Next fall the University of Illinois at Chicago will open a brand new 200,000-square-foot housing and academic facility, including a 10-story housing tower and a 54,000-square-foot academic center. With commitments made to incoming students, managing and meeting the aggressive construction schedule was the highest priority for Pepper, American Campus Communities and UIC. New thinking was required.

Modern construction relies on vast amounts of digital data to envision, plan and deliver projects. Wireless access and bandwidth on jobsites can be limiting. With scattered access points and reception limited by steel and concrete, teams too often pause progress in the field to make their way to data access points. At UIC, we blanketed the jobsite with outdoor-rated, high-bandwidth connectivity. The resulting speed paid off in tangible savings.

  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Owner
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Developer
    American Campus Communities
  • Architect
    Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Joint Venture Team
    Pepper/BMI Construction LLC
  • Seeking LEED Gold Certification (V4)
  • Virtual Imagery
    © 2019 Pepper Construction

Scan data in minutes, not days

We created a 3D laser scan of each floor before and after concrete was poured. Each issue identified by the scans saves days of delays, and thousands of dollars in potential fixes. Traditionally, scans are uploaded and rendered in a process that could take days. We streamlined the movement of the data to practically real time, providing a wider window of opportunity for decisions and cost savings.

Immediate and accurate material data

With the new data access network, we were able to open up the Tekla and BIM models anywhere on site, so the team knew exactly how much concrete and rebar to order and where it would be installed. Accessing this data in the field ensured accuracy, while also communicating a better picture to the foremen and engineering technicians.

Instant access to updated drawings

Complex building projects require constant updates and additional drawing details from architects and structural engineers. As drawing details for UIC evolved, we were able to instantly transmit vital information to the jobsite. The team was able to respond proactively, eliminating potentially costly delays.

Harnessing the power of HoloLens

The full coverage bandwidth allowed use of the Microsoft HoloLens to verify the installation locations of prefabricated MEP infrastructure, a process that's now being implemented in a variety of ways to save time and money while improving quality.

Seeing is Believing

Harnessing the latest technology allowed UIC and the Pepper construction team to envision the project from almost any point on the job site - or the timeline. Use the sliders in this image to view a Tekla model, a 3D BIM rendering, and a photo of the 10-story residential complex under construction.


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