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Feb 10, 2021

Small Issues Add Up: Why Land Development Managers Need Site Intelligence Software

Land Development Managers need to confidently make quick and informed decisions to keep their projects moving.
Getting the right information in the right hands saves projects time and money.
Empowering Land Development Managers

Land development projects leave little room for budget errors, and small problems can add up to huge headaches for project management. Land Development and Project Managers are forced to rely on engineers, surveyors, and contractors to get the answers they need because they lack the necessary tools to obtain accurate data so they can make decisions.

The investment in site intelligence software is easily embraced on large projects, but the cost can be prohibitive on small developments. Let's explore how investing in these tools can help with some common critical business issues (and save money!) on smaller projects.
Solving Site Balance Issues

Site balance calculation errors can add up to big expenses, like this customer of ours recently explained. This twelve-acre residential development began site development prior to their implementation of TraceAir, and unfortunately the engineer's estimate of required dirt imports was short by 12,000 cubic yards. Using regular drone flyovers and site intelligence software could have easily prevented this error.

TraceAir's 3D topographical maps and software allow for accurate cut/fill balance measurements as compared to design grade. Having TraceAir at the start of the project could have prevented this miscalculation and saved the owner approximately $7,000 in dirt import costs, which more than covered the cost of drone flights and software on this project!
The Right Data to Make the Right Decisions

Each time a Land Development Manager asks contractors or engineers to survey their site to measure stockpiles or other areas, costs run upwards of $1,000 (including flight costs and billable hours). Occasional surveys here and there can add up to thousands of dollars over the life of a project.

On the twelve-acre residential development mentioned above, the Land Development Manager and his project team began using TraceAir to conduct weekly drone surveys. The data provided by drone surveys, coupled with TraceAir's site intelligence software, eliminated the need for additional surveys provided by engineers and contractors. The project team is now empowered to measure stockpiles and other areas on their sites in a few minutes and at a fraction of the cost of traditional site surveying.
Keeping Stakeholders Happy

Stakeholder communication is a constant issue for Land Development and Project Managers. On a mixed-use development in San Francisco, the development team was tasked with managing multiple stakeholders. Prior to using site intelligence software, the team tried to explain complex construction concepts using CAD files of construction plans as visuals, which were cumbersome and difficult to understand for non-technical professionals. To better communicate with stakeholders, the developer implemented TraceAir.

Using TraceAir's platform made it easy to explain difficult concepts using regularly-captured images overlaid with construction documents. This enabled them to present accurate, easy-to-understand visuals to their stakeholders. Meetings ran much more quickly, and TraceAir helped to minimize the amount of back and forth communication between the developer, contractor, and other project stakeholders.
We take topographical surveys captured by drones (ours or yours) and process the data overnight.
What is TraceAir?
Project Document Overlays
Our team integrates your project documents (all formats, including CAD, PDF, vector, and raster) to allow you to check against the most recent as-builts to ensure no errors.
Site Balance Tools
Track your site balance and minimize waste with our cut/fill tools. Our platform also accounts for soil bulk/shrink and backfill.
Communication & Collaboration
The entire project team can access TraceAir from anywhere. No app needed, TraceAir works flawlessly from any smartphone or laptop.
3D Topographical Surveys
TraceAir is a user-friendly, collaborative platform that provides visual and volumetric site intelligence to the entire project team.
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