Trends in Technology Product Profile: QML800/QML800G QuickMark Layout “X” marks the spot with the first ‘tap ‘n go’ interior layout system By Shane Zysk Precision Laser & Instrument, Inc. S oftware – we hear that term more and more each day. Each week brings a multitude of new apps claiming to revolutionize the way we live, packed with features on user-friendly menus. True tech-nological advancements, however, must do more than present us with shiny new options in cyberspace; they have to transfer into the physical world. The software must often mesh with hardware to transform the way by which we do things and create processes, unheard of before, that in the end add value. Whether this value be monetary, related to time, accuracy, or other-wise, the purpose of any technological advancement is to bring about a new way of doing something that ultimately holds value over past methods. It is here that we find the QML800, a com-bination of hardware and software that is transforming the world of construc-tion layout. The concept is not all that complex, but the results are more than valuable. First, you have two Spectra Precision Construction Lasers that are coordi-nated via a simple tablet app. Utilizing BuildView Field Software, architectural files can be loaded straight onto this tablet, allowing for detailed layout plans to be seen. Two known control points are then selected and identified on the jobsite. With this setup now complete, finding any further points at the site becomes a touch-screen matter, as all that is required is tapping a point on the plans displayed. Reacting to this, the lasers then move to create a visual “X” at that exact point on both the floor and ceiling. The ease of understandability and power of function here can’t be overstated. Complicated shapes, such as wind-ing soffits and curved walls are suddenly a breeze to layout. Intricate calculations and error-prone tape mea-sure methods are now unnecessary. Miscommunication and rework are written out of the equation, thanks to working directly with CAD layout plans. Points are selectable through a variety of options, either straight from plan maps, coordinates or through lists LASER FOCUS The QML800 aims to simplify construction layout. Coordinated via a tablet app on the jobsite, two lasers move to create a visual “X” at an exact point on both the floor and ceiling. of points previously uploaded. Take all of this precision and simplicity into account, and you now have the ability to perform typical three-or four-day layout jobs in as little as one day, an over 50% reduction in labor hours, and achieve 1/8-inch accuracy across an entire floor. In fact, on average, it’s pos-sible to layout over 1,200 linear feet per day with a team of just two. Training on such a streamlined solution has also proven quick, with most crews up to speed in as little as 30 minutes. As if the potential of these benefits weren’t enough, further add-on features to the system are helping tackle age-old head-aches for final relief. Clever “column buster” and “clutter buster” accessories, which come either standard or optional depending on the package you choose, make commonly encountered jobsite obstacles all but invisible. For example, utilizing the clutter buster accessory, the visible “X” from the QML800 system can be captured above obstacles and then translated back onto the floor via a laser plumb pointer. Also included with the QML800 is a license to BuildView Office software, a perfect complement to the aforemen-tioned field version. With BuildView Office, the same plans can be reviewed both before and after layout, allowing for any issues that arise to be addressed immediately. The system itself comes in two options, available in either a red-beam laser, QML800, or high-visibility www.propertiesmag.com 65 Photo courtesy of Precision Laser & Instrument, Inc.