FIATECH is an industry consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and accelerating the development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated and automated technologies for all types of capital projects. On March 31st, the consortium sponsored its annual CETI Awards (Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation) to promote and showcase innovative construction-related technologies that benefit the capital projects industry. The panel of judges included members of Stanford University, MIT, Exxon Mobil Research & Engineering, and Engineering News-Record, among other luminaries.
Cianbro's High Definition Surveying team, including Chief Field Engineer Seth Goucher, and HDS Technicians Zach Davis and Brayden Sheive, submitted their innovations in the field of high definition laser scanning developed on the Cianbro Constructors/Motiva modules project. The team was awarded top prize in the "Intelligent & Automated Construction Job Site" category. Fiatech's description of the team's accomplishments includes this passage: "Located in Brewer, Maine, Cianbro Constructors, is fabricating 53 of these geometrically complex modules. Each module weighs up to 650 tons, with an average size of 40 ft x 50 ft x 120 ft, and every module must be constructed to within one eighth of an inch tolerance at pipe connections. The scanning technology has also helped minimize the risk to field engineers on the busy fabrication site by eliminating the need to climb modules to gather positional data. With the high definition laser scanner, they can collect all necessary data from the ground. Not only is the risk eliminated, but the time to collect the data is only a fraction of what traditional collection methods would take as well as be carried out by a much larger field crew. By reducing the time needed to collect data, the field engineering crew is less apt to impact the production yield of the associated crafts who erect the modules."
This is the second major award the team has won with their work. Last year, Leica Geosystems awarded recognition to the team for Cianbro's innovative use of Leica equipment. Goucher says this most recent award carries even more weight than the first. "It is equivalent to winning a playoff game in the NFL," Seth says. "It's not the Super Bowl in terms of industry prestige and recognition (which comes with writing an industry standard or achieving a similar accomplishment). But it's not just a regular season game, either."