Through extensive user testings, the ME310 Team observed that one of the main problems in construction sites was not a lack of data, but rather a lack of communication. Hence, the objective of this project was to come up with a system that allowed for enhanced communication between superintendents working in trailers in construction sites and workers/foremen working in the field.
The system that we developed would allow construction workers/foremen in the field to easily communicate and convey their questions to the superintendents in trailers via streaming video and audio (between workers'/foremen's cell phones and superintendents' computers). This could be accomplished via an application on the workers'/foremen's cell phones combined with a program on superintendents' computers. In addition, both parties could be able to mark on pictures taken from the field as well as on construction drawings and shared these markings in real-time with the other party.
This communication could be further facilitated by the Stanford Station (a pan/tilt gimbal system with a camera and laser) which was controlled by superintendents in the trailer. It gave them a greater physical presence in the field.
Pairing this system with Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies (such as Autodesk's Revit software) would allow for increased functionality and the display of BIM data on site.
The Stanford Station Prototype was designed / built by Brian Mok in 2011-2012.