It is not often that I see Tablet PC news in on of my regions newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News. Today, they have a good feature on how one construction firm, CTL / Thompson, uses a Fujitsu ST5000 slate tablet pc in the field.
The construction business is always looking for new and better ways to build.
So it’s not surprising wireless technologies have found their way to the job site.
“We were looking for a replacement for the paper trail in the field,” said Tarik Fadli, solutions architect and IT manager for CTL/Thompson Inc. in Centennial, a geotechnical engineering firm. “And a way to speed up and standardize gathering data from the job site.”
Enter field tablet technology.
The tablets – in CTL’s case, a Fujitsu Stylistic model – run on software developed by CTL a few years ago and launched in late 2004. Fadli said the company originally tried using personal digital assistants to compile data, but that didn’t work.
With the field tablets, site preparation and management of construction projects are a whole lot easier.
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