Established in 1944, Chattanooga, Tennessee –based T.U. Parks Construction Company is a one-man construction firm with an extended excellence in healthcare operation.
It has now progressed into one of the most advanced contractors in the state. Leica Geosystems iCON robotic total station was recently acquired by the firm with the intention to convert to one-man layout crews that can also lead a technologically advanced construction layout system. The new instrument will be tested on one of the massive ongoing construction projects at Chattanooga.
Job Superintendent Gary Frame says that this particular part of the project is a 190,000 sq.ft- new construction and renovation. The remodeling operation need to be carried out tactfully without affecting the routine work within the hospital as the site is close to the intensive care units and surgery areas. This can be achieved by reducing the number of onsite personnel.
Available as an integrated suite of hardware and software, the iCON system is capable of being standardized for machine control and construction. The central hub of Leica's iCONstruct field software has been equipped with total stations, tablet PCs and PDAs, machine control systems, and GPS equipment, thereby enabling wireless conveyance of information between the field and office and between instruments. This system is simple as well as powerful, ensuring quick construction tasks with high-precision and reliability.
According to Leica Geosystems’ Building and Construction Segment Business Manager, Pat Smith, the continued vision of Leica Geosystems benefits emerging builders like T.U. Parks, wherein the workflows and data requirements of contractors differ from those of surveyors.