Faith Technologies Makes Leap From Field to Prefab
In addition, the use of mobile hotspots promote real-time screen sharing and collaboration among stakeholders, regardless of location.
"It's obviously not inexpensive," says Clark, "but the investment allows us to extend our modeling capabilities deeper into the field."
For Mercy-West, a concrete structure, BIM in a Box allowed crews to verify the precise positions of anchors prior to wall and floor pours and better facilitate installation of raceways, Clark says.
To date, Faith has deployed six mobile units nationwide. Likewise, tradesmen are more mobile, the result of a National Projects Group (NPG) the firm launched in 2008 to support regional offices.
Since then, NPG members have fanned out to sites ranging from Memphis, Tenn., to Caldwell, Idaho, where they recently worked on a food processing facility.
"It's an elite status," says Jansen. In addition to licensing incentives, including hourly points for work in states where licenses are held, NPG members receive specialized training as well as management support that ensures them local work between traveling stints. While on the road, they are provided schedules allowing for trips home.
The program has helped Faith secure work in 42 states in addition to Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Poland.
"NPG has been an essential component our growth," Jansen says. "Being a merit shop, we don't have the ability to plug into local union shops."
"We've had to get creative," adds Clark. "We may send 10 workers down to partner locally with a firm that provides the remaining 30."
Long-standing relationships with large general contractors also have proven beneficial, he adds. "There probably are 10 to 12 firms we do business with that want to bring us along. We rely on firms that already have seen the value we bring to the table."