Skills & Expertise
Construction Concrete Pre-construction construction layout Total Station
total station robotics grid-lines
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What made you want to get into the construction industry?
What is it about concrete construction that makes you excited to wake up and go to work everyday?
Prior to getting on a layout crew I was never that excited about getting up at five in the morning to go to work. Things got really interesting once I started doing layout on my own. One of the things that happened was that the employer had brought a total station & I got fifteen minutes of verbal instructions with no manual. Since I kind of geek out on tech and gadgets I took it as a challenge. Within thirty minutes I had the basic functions understood. It also helped that the project was a simple shape ( 78'W X 1100'L )
After doing a few more layout jobs I saw the this was the future of layout , a 1 or 2 man crew doing the same work of a traditional 6 man layout crew. That's when I decided to buy my own total station in '07-08' and I bought a data collector for it and I never looked back since. (I'd like to give a shout out to Dave King and Western Engineering I couldn't have done it without out his help) and Quanti Bomani his help and knowledge helped make a big difference in my career.
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What do you consider the toughest challenge with the industry today?
Another is a lack of carpenter skills that today's journeyman should have but don't. Which is why I like to free lance layout, it gives me the opportunity to work for different types of contractor's and refine my craft, so now at this stage of the of my career I can use various types of Survey equipment and data collectors. I've meet and seen others that do a "quasi" total station layout meaning they're not fully understanding what they're doing you're just pushing the button because someone told them to or they just mimic what they've seen someone else do.
A lot of apprentice carpenters want to learn layout, but don’t know where to start or are intimidated by the machines. If you could give them some advice to help them get started what would you say to them?
I personally don't understand the concept of being intimidated by an inanimate object. I do understand that carpenters are creatures of habit and hate change especially once they find something that works, but if that was the case I'd still be doing layout with rope pullers building Egyptian pyramids. As an apprentice you should want to know the latest and greatest techniques ,tips & tricks of the trade.
As a layout carpenter you're going to make mistakes and it's just part of the trade. just the good layout carpenters make minimal mistakes learn from their mistakes and try not to make the same mistakes.
Good layout carpenters make minimal mistakes learn from their mistakes and try not to make the same mistakes