Myco Mechanical stays ahead with augmented reality

Myco Mechanical stays ahead with augmented reality

TELFORD, PA – Myco Mechanical is a progressive mechanical contractor that uses a hands-on philosophy both at work and in the office. A stop at Myco’s website will quickly reveal a fundamental tenet of its corporate philosophy: “The right people. The good results. Redefine responsibility.

By staffing each project with highly trained managers, mechanics and administrative professionals, the company and its customers can be assured that each project will receive the utmost attention. This philosophy, combined with an expert staff, ensures a high quality of work, which contributes to the success of each project.

On the cutting edge

As a mechanical contractor for commercial projects, including schools, libraries, and other government facilities, Myco Mechanical strives to be on the cutting edge of construction technology. Tim Libman, Virtual Design & Construction Manager at Myco Mechanical is always on the lookout for new technologies to stay one step ahead. The company uses innovative solutions from Trimble, including Trimble X7 3D laser scanners, Trimble robotic total stations and Trimble SysQue MEP design software.

Myco always strives to provide employees and customers with the most innovative technologies and services. Solutions like augmented reality help bridge the gap between virtual design and real-world construction, which promotes healthy collaboration as well as on-site safety. Libman wanted to integrate augmented reality technology into daily business operations and when Trimble launched its Trimble Connect AR augmented reality app earlier this year, Libman downloaded the app and started using it immediately.

Take advantage of augmented reality

With Trimble Connect AR, Myco Mechanical can leverage augmented reality, field-oriented construction workflows, and buildable 3D models from different sources to transform everyday work like assembly and inspections. It works with the Trimble Connect for Mobile app which integrates with Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform that enables collaboration between teams involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings.

According to Libman, “Historically, when checking the installation of pipes and ducts against the model, we would have the 2D drawing and the dimensions and we had to hold the paper and take a measurement to compare. Which amazes me with Trimble Connect AR, it’s how easy it is to load the 3D model and start interacting with it.

Myco Mechanical project managers and superintendents can now view 3D BIM models in the real world to make complex situations, such as design reviews, problem solving, and health and safety issues more intuitive and collaborative . To position the model quickly and easily in the real world, a network of QR code markers is generated in Trimble Connect and can be placed on the jobsite using a Trimble robotic total station or a manual method. Users can then accurately compare the as-built construction to the digital design, speeding up QA/QC inspections and enabling immediate decision making by project stakeholders.

View the model

Myco Mechanical used the technology in a project with a local school that had a large mechanical room. They placed some QR codes in the room so they could check the location of the equipment and the location of the pipes. The superintendents and project managers all have iPads in the field, so all they had to do was download the app and start using it. Instead of going from room to room with a drawing and checking it out, they can now download the entire model and then figure out which parts they want to see.

“The first time we deployed it we had a lot of success and the people on the ground really liked it. It’s much more engaging than looking at a 2D drawing, it’s fun,” Libman said.

Myco Mechanical also uses it for wells where they have lots of conduit or pipe risers in compact spaces. These spaces fill up very quickly so the use of this augmented reality helps them to conduct field reviews more easily.

Increased efficiency and precision

Overall, Libman was very pleased with his experience with augmented reality technology. It provides a quick visual of the model that makes sense to the person in the field. One of the main advantages that Myco Mechanical has experienced is the ability to examine something before it gets to the point of installation. This allows them to understand and visualize what they are going to build and catch anything that doesn’t fit the model to avoid costly rework later in the process.

“The whole visual aspect is my favorite feature. If we take a measurement on the wall and the model’s wall is two inches further than it is in the field itself, we can quickly tell that something has happened. Based on the location of the QR code, we can tell where things went wrong and avoid going back and forth to figure out why it happened,” Libman added.

In the future, Libman wants to create an augmented reality station in the company’s prefabrication shop where they prefabricate the pipe that is sent to the field. Using Trimble Connect AR, they will be able to accurately bring the virtual models into the shop to check their work in 3D.

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