Blueprints are considered the starting point for any construction job. Although the traditional paper format of blueprints has not been scrapped altogether, new technologies have amped up the speed and mobility of contractors to generate prints on the fly.
Storage company Knaack has developed a hybrid of traditional blueprint making and modern technology through DataVault, a field box that contains digital tools in addition to traditional ones. DataVault contains tools that are expected of traditional steel boxes, like a plan table, whiteboard, and lockable boxes for first aid kits and construction tools. What sets DataVault apart from the usual field box is its technological tools: 40-inch HD computer monitor and sufficient ports for mobile devices and additional computers.
Mike Bykowski, who works at Knaack as senior product manager, said that the demands of current construction jobs are more rigorous than the past, thereby requiring faster processing and more updated means of communication. Paper blueprints take about two weeks generate, which is a long time in the current hyper-speed digital world.
"In order for (subcontractors) to get in and out more quickly, they needed to communicate more quickly than two weeks. In the traditional method it took forever. Software that lines everything up in 3D was starting to happen, so the guys were going more and more electronic,” Bykowski said in a statement. With Knaack’s product, contractors and subs can coordinate faster and get the job done in a shorter amount of time.
DataVault measures roughly 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide, the dimensions of which might not fit into some construction sites. This is the reason why Knaack developed a smaller version in DataVault Mobile, which looks like a more petite version of a regular computer desk. Through this new product, subcontractors can bring their DataVault Mobiles to the site for faster coordination and better communication.
Knaack DataVault comes at an opportune time when construction projects are going beyond blueprints. Many of the current construction jobs are better visualized through 3D models, which cannot be projected through a traditional blueprint.
As the construction industry continues to go more digital, it only makes sense that the peripheries would keep up with that transition, including field boxes. Take a look through ProEst's RS means database and much more today!