In Episode 17 of the RCN Podcast, Brent Slawnikowski of Faro and Chris Rausch of the University of Waterloo discuss the use of reality capture technology in prefabrication and modular technology.
(0:43) Brent and Chris's backgrounds
(8:38) What forces are accelerating prefabrication and why things seem to be going modular
(20:45) The immediate problem that companies are trying solve by using reality capture technology in the prefabrication process
(26:20) How widely adopted is the process of prefabricating modular pieces to bring in and construct?
(26:47) The reasons that the current adoption rate of this technology is so low
(27:23) The differences between prefabrication and modular
(30:05) The main areas in which modular construction is growing
(32:00) Is modular construction actually cheaper than conventional construction?
(37:15) How to prove the upfront expenses with this technology will have save a company money
(50:42) How builders streamline can their inspection process from different locations
(1:04:25) Chris's PhD work
(1:13:00) Why educating yourself on reality capture technology is so important
(1:34:01) What is one technology, process, or workflow you’d like to see improved?
"If you look at older cities where these buildings are being renovated, those are huge opportunities to use modular prefabrication. We integrate the 3D laser scanning system to get a full, complete as-built, because everybody knows the drawings aren't up to date. Then we bring that into this modular arena."
- Brent Slawnikowski
Brent brings over a decade of surveying, laser scanning and civil engineering practice to the industry. Brent graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. During his four year tenure at Purdue Calumet, he worked as an intern for Great Lakes Engineering and two years later took the role of Project Engineer at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Expanding his reach a little further, Brent relocated to Florida in 2014 where he spent a year with CAPTEC Engineering as a Project Engineer. After his one year tenure in Florida, he relocated back to Northwest Indiana, where he picked up where he left off at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Seeing an opportunity to offer his knowledge and experience to the AEC market, he joined FARO in June 2016.
Chris is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, where he is developing algorithms and digital twin workflows to improve the state of modular construction. As part of his research, Chris uses reality capture technology to measure and track the geometry of modules to avoid rework during fabrication and onsite assembly. In addition to his research, Chris also works with Z Modular (a large multi-national modular construction company), where he is actively implementing the outputs of his research.