Reston, VA, and Las Vegas, NV, April 9, 2009 – Latista Technologies, an industry leader in mobile construction job site automation received the 2008 FIATECH Celebration of Engineering and Technology Innovation (CETI) award in the category of Intelligent and Automated Construction Job Site. Latista received the award for its Latista Field construction automation software, which was recognized for having helped Clark Construction improve quality, efficiency, and collaboration efficiency on Nationals Park baseball stadium in Washington, D.C.
FIATECH is a consortium of large-asset construction owners and contractors formed with the goal of improving design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of capital projects. Their Capital Projects Technology Roadmap (CPTR) presents this vision with an outline that Latista Field fits into very well as a web-based and mobile construction solution that gives users unprecedented control over and access to construction issues and information.
Clark Construction Group, LLC, used Latista Field for the Nationals Park project, the new home of the Washington Nationals baseball team. With 41,000 seats and a $442 million budget, Nationals Park is comparable in size and scope to other recent baseball stadiums, but was contracted to be built in only 23 months, 13 months faster than most major-league sports venues, in order to be finished before Opening Day, March 30, 2008. Construction was a joint venture with Clark, Hunt Construction Group, and Smoot Construction Company.
To complete the project in time, Clark involved architects and engineers on site and coordinated a rigorous design-build schedule using Latista Field to record communications. Clark also identified tens of thousands of construction issues and relayed them to more than 100 subcontractors on the project with Latista-generated reports so that corrections could be made quickly and efficiently. Clark Project Executive Matt Haas said that “Having the data available nightly was much better than the old fashioned way, which might take days or weeks. There had been a lot of opportunity for information to get lost or mishandled, but with Latista we could do everything with just a few clicks.”
After this strong performance by Latista Field on one complicated project, FIATECH recognized the abilities of the software and its potential to help coordinate quality and communications on other capital projects. FIATECH presented the award at the CETI Gala, April 7, 2009, at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.
Latista Field is specifically designed to run on handheld tablet computers. Data on the book-sized computers can be synchronized with servers at the beginning of the day and accessed in the field without an Internet or wireless connection. Inspectors can see and mark up building plans and drawings, conduct inspections, and illustrate with photos from digital cameras built into the tablet. When the inspection is complete, the tablet is resynchronized and issues are relayed to subcontractors for correcting.
Latista Technologies is pleased and honored to be recognized by FIATECH as a construction technology innovation. “We’re humbled by this award and the opportunity to have achieved it with one of the leading construction firms in the United States, Clark Construction,” said Latista Executive Vice President Chris Ramsey. “FIATECH is leading the way in helping companies apply best practices and the use of technologies to construction in the US and around the world. Their efforts have resulted in substantial savings to owners and contractors and we look forward to continue to work with FIATECH for the benefit of the industry. Thank you to FIATECH for presenting us with this award and to our customers who have made it possible.”
About Latista Technologies
Latista has been a leader in mobile and web-based field management software and services since its founding in Reston, Virginia, in 2001. Its software is used by top 200 contractors and top 50 owners worldwide to reduce project costs and risks by eliminating redundancy, enhancing collaboration among project participants, and allowing more thorough analysis of project performance.
About Clark Construction
Clark Construction Group is one of the nation’s leading providers of construction services.