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Case Study: Construction Company Saves $300k by Updating Contours with ROCK Cloud

Updated: Jan 18

How can a construction company save $300,000 in materials and man-hours alone over the course of seven projects? By using ROCK Cloud to compare contours. For Leonard S. Fiore Inc., it was as simple as that.



PROJECT SNAPSHOT

  • ROCK Client: Leonard S. Fiore Inc. (LSF)

  • LSF Client: Claysburg-Kimmel High School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania

  • Assignment: Claysburg-Kimmel High School contracted LSF to remodel its entire sports field complex. Using LiDAR, LSF measured accurate contours prior to pouring concrete for new football stadium bleacher footers.

  • Result: Prior to pouring concrete footings for football bleachers, accurate LiDAR contours saved the company $8,200 in materials and man hours alone for this portion of the project.

 

Here's the top-level takeaway: Companies and contractors can save a significant amount of money in Construction and Earthworks projects by comparing existing contours with updated LiDAR data.


LSF used its ROCK R2A LiDAR to capture point cloud data and ordered contours through ROCK Surveyor.


Existing contours on project sites are often old and outdated, and many surveying and construction companies don’t bother to re-survey the ground.


For this case study, we talked to Nino Efendic, Construction Technologies Integrator for LSF, about a recent LSF project. Although the $8,200 is a small portion of the $300,000 LSF saved using LiDAR for seven projects, it illustrates the point that Construction and Earthworks companies need to be using LiDAR to create accurate contours. The more lucrative savings projects haven’t been discussed here because they are ongoing and/or private.


ROCK CLIENT: Leonard S. Fiore Inc. in Altoona, Pennsylvania

Leonard S. Fiore Inc. (LSF) is a third-generation, family-owned commercial construction builder with offices in Altoona and State College, Pennsylvania. LSF has been completing projects since 1954 and has completed more than $1 billion in construction projects across eight Mid-Atlantic states. LSF employs more than 150 skilled trades professionals to self-perform work across 15 specialties, including earthwork, utilities, foundations, and cast-in-place concrete.


Nino Efendic with his DJI M300
Nino Efendic with his DJI M300

EQUIPMENT USED


Nino used a DJI M300 RTK drone with ROCK R2A LiDAR. His team used the Emlid Reach RS2 for additional data collection and a Topcon Hiper VR base and rover to capture GCPs. Efendic processed the point cloud data in ROCK Cloud.


PROJECT BACKGROUND


LSF was contracted to complete athletic field improvements to a local high school. Improvements included new baseball and football fields, upgraded light towers and bleachers. The proposed bleachers were on the slope adjacent to the main football field.