Interview: Mr. Pradeep Rathor, Managing Director and CEO, AllTerra India. Interview:

AllTerra is Trimble’s globally trademarked brand for distribution partners focusing on delivering Trimble’s world-leading technology to surveyors and geospatial professionals. How do you view the confluence of Geospatial with the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector? 

We, at AllTerra India, view the confluence of geospatial technology with the AEC sector as a promising development that can greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of various aspects of construction and infrastructure projects.  

One of the key benefits of Geospatial technologies is that they provide a comprehensive view of the project site, allowing architects, engineers, and construction professionals to make informed decisions throughout the project lifecycle. When integrated within a project life cycle geospatial sensors and software allow the stakeholders to better plan, design, and manage construction projects by providing them with accurate and up-to-date progress. By using advanced surveying, scanning, and modeling tools, it is now possible to not only create highly accurate 3D models of the project site but also identify potential challenges and opportunities before construction begins. 

Maintaining timelines and improving the efficiency of the project is one of the major benefits of using Geospatial workflow which reduces the need for manual processes and increases automation. For example, using drones to conduct inspections can save time and improve safety by reducing the need for workers to enter hazardous or hard-to-reach areas. Furthermore, Geospatial sensors can help improve the safety of construction sites by providing real-time data on various parameters such as vibrations, ground movements, weather conditions, etc. This can help identify potential risks and allow for prompt response in case of an emergency. 

Overall, this confluence of geospatial technology within the AEC sector has the potential to revolutionize the way that construction projects are planned, designed, and executed. AllTerra India is leading this fusion where we have successfully implemented and deployed the solution bundles on various landmark construction projects where time, productivity, and accuracy play a pivotal role.  We are committed to helping our clients leverage Geospatial technologies to drive opportunities and growth in the AEC sector through a wide range of solutions, including surveying equipment, 3D scanning, BIM modeling tools, etc. that can be customized to meet the specific need of a project. 

Some of the major challenges faced by surveyors in the pre-construction stage include low productivity and poor workflows in the field, and limited options for collaboration between the field and office. How are your products and solutions helping address these challenges? 

Trimble Geospatial products and solutions are designed to help address the challenges faced by surveyors in the pre-construction stage, specifically related to low productivity, poor workflows, and limited collaboration options. Here are some examples of how Trimble Geospatial products and solutions can help. 

  • High-accuracy positioning & data collection: Trimble offers a range of high-accuracy positioning solutions, such as best-in-class GNSS receivers, high-end Total stations, and laser scanners, which can help improve the accuracy and efficiency of data collection on the field augmented with Trimble Access field software. This can help improve productivity by reducing the time spent on manual data entry and paper-based workflows. 
  • Real-time collaboration: Trimble Connect is a cloud-based collaboration platform that allows field operatives to share and collaborate data in Realtime with the office. This helps improve collaboration between field and office staff, allowing for better coordination and faster decision-making. 
  • Integration with design software: Trimble solutions (Trimble Tekla) are designed to integrate with a range of design software, such as AutoCAD and Revit. This allows surveyors to easily transfer data between the field and office and ensure that all stakeholders have access to the same information, reducing the risk of errors or any communication gap.  

By mitigating the gap between Field and Office the solutions not only create Digital Footprint but also help in creating an ecosystem where all the Stake Holders and Vendors work on a common platform. AllTerra India comes with the expertise of this fusion and we handhold our visionary clients with the Service, Support, and Installation of these Solutions. 

For large-scale construction projects, or projects involving heavy construction equipment, accuracy, and safety are extremely critical yet complicated factors. How can positioning and orientation technology benefit such situations? 

Positioning and orientation technology can play a critical role in large-scale construction projects or projects involving heavy construction equipment by improving accuracy and safety. Trimble offers a range of solutions to help address these challenges, including the following. 

  • Machine control systems: Trimble’s machine control systems use positioning and orientation technology to guide heavy construction equipment, such as excavators and bulldozers, with millimeter-level accuracy. This helps improve safety and reduces the risk of accidents, while also improving efficiency and productivity. 
  • Augmented Reality: Trimble’s SiteVision platform uses augmented reality to provide a visual representation of construction plans and designs, overlaid on the real-world environment. This can help improve accuracy by allowing construction crews to visualize the exact location and orientation of the Design. This also helps visualize whether any equipment will clash with existing infrastructure before construction begins, reducing the risk of errors. 

The Scan-to-BIM concept is gaining rapid momentum for AEC projects. How are LiDAR solutions poised to shape Scan-to-BIM in the coming years? 

LiDAR Scanners capture large amounts of data quickly and efficiently, reducing the time and cost required for data collection. It can simultaneously emit multiple laser beams to measure the distance between the sensor and the object, thus realizing the scanning of three-dimensional space. 3D data allows for more precise and detailed BIM models.  

LiDAR sensors capture data from a safe distance, reducing the need for workers to enter hazardous or hard-to-reach areas. This can help improve safety on construction sites and reduce the risk of accidents. 

Trimble offers a range of BIM software solutions, such as Tekla Structures and SketchUp, that integrate and consume Laser Scanner data for As-Built Analysis and Design to As-Built Deviations. This not only helps streamline the Scan-to-BIM process by enabling the direct transfer of data from the field to the office, reducing the risk of errors or rework but also generates a Digital Footprint towards the Maintenance and retrofit jobs of an asset. 

Given the vulnerability of buildings situated in disaster-prone zones, it becomes important to monitor their performance against vibrations, ground movements, extreme weather conditions, etc. to identify potential failure modes. What role can Geospatial and allied technologies play in this regard? 

Geospatial and allied technologies can play an important role in monitoring the performance of buildings and assets situated in disaster-prone zones, by providing real-time data on various parameters such as vibrations, ground movements, and weather conditions. Here are some ways in which these technologies can help. 

  • Structural health monitoring: Geospatial technologies such as LiDAR and photogrammetry can be used to create detailed 3D models of buildings, which can then be used for structural health monitoring. By comparing data from different time periods, engineers can identify potential failure modes and take corrective action before any failure occurs.  
  • Predictive analytics: Geospatial technologies can also be used to analyze large amounts of data to identify patterns and trends that could indicate potential risks or failure modes. This can help engineers take proactive measures well in time. Geospatial technologies can be integrated with decision support systems to provide real-time information on building performance and potential risks.  

Trimble offers a range of Geospatial technologies and solutions that can be used for structural health monitoring and disaster risk reduction. AllTerra India along with Trimble share the vision of making processes simple, taking preventive measures, avoid catastrophic casualties in events of failures well in time.  

We at AllTerra India are working towards becoming the go-to Solutions Provider in India complimenting the Trimble vision of Changing the Way the World Works, because it is often said “We cannot Manage what we cannot Measure”. 

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