All-Ways Excavating & Construction uses a digital construction platform for quality control in 60-unit residential development in Oregon

All-Ways Excavating & Construction is a general contractor located in Oregon that serves both small and large commercial customers. Recently, the company started to focus on integrating digital construction technologies into its processes to improve efficiency and enable its teams to scale without compromising on quality and delivery.

Main benefits

Significant time savings especially on measurements in the field

Enhanced quality control

Increase in internal collaboration

Accurate measurements of earth moved and materials


All-Ways Excavating & Construction is a Native-American and Alaskan-Indian owned general contractor located in Oregon that serves both small and large commercial customers. With over 15 years of experience in the field, the company offers a wide range of services including general contracting, estimating and consulting, excavation, civil construction, and more.

Adopting digital construction software to improve efficiency

More recently, the company started to focus on integrating digital construction technologies into its processes to improve efficiency and enable its teams to scale without compromising on quality and delivery. These efforts included recruiting new team members, one of whom is Aaron Dort, a Grade Control Manager and drone pilot who is in the process of building a GPS/drone program and implementing digital construction technology across the lifecycle of the company’s construction projects.

As part of this initiative, Dort evaluated a number of construction data analytics platforms before selecting DatuBIM – Datumate’s cloud-native SaaS 4D infrastructure data analytics platform – as the platform of choice. Dort worked with DatuBIM in the past and decided that it would be the best fit for All-Ways growing digital construction needs.

“It quickly became clear that for the money and effort required to start up the program, the information we can get out of it is just really, really worth it,” said Dort.

The company is currently using DatuBIM on four different projects with plans to expand in the near future.

When talking internally about projects and designs, having the current visual imagery is extremely helpful. We can use it to show progress to the team and when talking about potential issues onsite, can pull up visual references and use the line work to easily demonstrate things. Also, being able to cross-reference information with our GPS system and check alignments in the field is a really powerful tool for us.

Aaron Dort​
Grade Control Manager and drone pilot at All-Ways Excavating​

60-unit residential development project in Oregon City, Oregon​

In the case of a 60-unit residential development project in Oregon City, Oregon, where All-Ways is doing all of the sitework, utilities and road preparation, Dort conducted the first drone flight in September 2022.

Initial footage of Holmes Lane project in Oregon City, Oregon

This initial footage was taken after the project began, which means that Dort is able to easily compare the time required onsite with and without the platform. “We had already started work on this project before we introduced the platform,” said Dort. “There’s a specific area of the site where the biggest fill for the project was needed. We needed to track the progress of that fill because we had to make a decision about whether we could complete the sitework with material we had onsite or needed to bring in extra material for this. The first time I went out to check the progress of this, I had to do a topo on foot and it took me about half a day to do that – just that one part of the site. After that, we started using the drone and the platform. All I needed was 20 minutes to fly it and I didn’t just get the information about that small part of the site – I got all the information I needed for the entire site!”

Main use cases

Since then, Dort and his team has been using DatuBIM to closely track and monitor the quality and progress of the Holmes Lane project. Here are some examples of such use cases:

Pond design verification using DatuBIM
Visual progress tracking

Main benefits of using a digital construction platform​

According to Dort, the main benefit of using a digital construction platform is the ability to get an end-to-end view of a project and to more easily and accurately quality control multiple moving parts in different projects.

It also really helps to give us transparency internally. We used the platform in our status meetings and it really helps to be able to show the team a visual representation of progress and potential issues.

Another really powerful use case is being able to export information including the coordinates of specific objects such as manholes from DatuBIM to a GPS or measuring device. This information can then be used by surveyors to check and verify alignments of these objects in the field.

Leveraging Oregon’s Real-Time GNSS Network (ORGN) to increase accuracy​

In order to obtain footage of construction sites, All-Ways is currently using a Phantom 4 RTK drone and connecting to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Real-Time GNSS Network (ORGN). This is a network of continuously operating GNSS reference stations that provide real-time kinematic (RTK) correctors to field GNSS users over the internet. By connecting to this network, Dort is able to achieve higher levels of accuracy in the field.

Added value

Next steps

Currently, Dort is the only drone pilot at All-Ways and the only employee who is fully utilizing the DatuBIM platform. As the company continues to expand, the goal is to teach project managers to work with the platform and to use the platform from start to finish on new projects. This will help to farther reinforce the company’s reputation as a market leader using digital construction technology to track and monitor progress and increase collaboration with stakeholders across the entire project lifecycle. In this manner, All-Ways will be able to boost efficiency, do more with existing resources and complete high-quality projects – on time and within budget.