Autodesk | September 28, 2022
iOffice + SpaceIQ, the global workplace technology company, has announced the release of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Viewer, which will leverage digital twins — digital representations of company assets and facilities — to transform and optimize operational performance.
With the introduction of BIM Viewer, iOffice + SpaceIQ aims to help businesses eliminate operations blind spots by making it easier to connect asset and facilities data — enabling users to explore, locate, interact with, and report on space and asset data that was previously difficult to access.
By reducing the knowledge gaps that occur in the handover from construction to operations, BIM Viewer businesses run their facilities and equipment as intended, ultimately contributing to a lower carbon future.
Last year, iOffice + SpaceIQ announced a strategic investment by Autodesk to enhance the integration between Autodesk's BIM platform and Archibus, iOffice + SpaceIQ's integrated workplace management system.
This release marks a major step forward for digital transformation initiatives in the historically fragmented building lifecycle by addressing several key challenges companies face when considering the implementation of digital twins, including difficulty with integration, overall system complexity, and the time and cost of building out the digital twin.
The Archibus BIM Viewer uses Autodesk Forge® APIs to render BIM models stored in Autodesk Construction Cloud® or Autodesk Build, speeding the set-up process and significantly reducing the time it takes to train operations teams to use the technology.
BIM Viewer enhances 3D BIM models with asset, operations, and space data, allowing asset and maintenance managers to quickly explore where their assets are, how they connect, which areas need attention, and how they impact the building and the business.
By combining the power of design, operational, and performance data into a single platform, users will be able to improve efficiency and make smarter, more strategic decisions about their portfolios.
"The voice of our customers drove us to find a new way to provide richer and more connected building and asset data. We're proud to be an innovator in this industry, BIM Viewer will ease the challenges many users have faced when adopting and deploying digital twin strategies, enabling companies to get up to speed on digital twin technology faster — with less complexity and quicker implementation."
-Brandon Holden, Chief Executive Officer of iOffice + SpaceIQ.
The new offering arrives amid growing interest in digital twins and calls to ramp up digital transformation initiatives. According to a recent Microsoft report, the adoption of digital twins has lagged behind other digital investments due to difficulties with integration and internal skill gaps.
About iOffice + SpaceIQ:
iOffice + SpaceIQ empowers how tomorrow will work, helping employees and companies adapt and thrive to produce better outcomes for the world. Our smart workplace technology enables over 10,000 organizations in 85 countries to improve business performance through intuitive, people-first space planning and operations. More than 2M end users rely on iOffice + SpaceIQ platforms to optimize more than 2B square feet of space valued at more than $64B, maintain mission-critical assets, and enhance how people interact with the workplace.
Holcim | September 29, 2022
Holcim US, the leader in sustainable building solutions, announced today plans to unite its legacy brands in Colorado. The regional rebrand will advance Holcim's innovative ideas to build progress for people in the Centennial State, while maintaining the existing teams and products responsible for unmatched customer satisfaction.
A trusted partner for decades in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins, Holcim's Colorado-based legacy brands and operations include aggregates, cement, concrete, and asphalt and will join the Holcim Portland cement plant in Florence under the Holcim name. This next phase of the Holcim US transition will impact the Mountain Region, including Aggregate Industries, Metro Mix Concrete and Transit Mix Concrete.
"In joining the state's legacy brands and operations, our goal is to continue leading the industry into a more sustainable future, while providing the same distinguished products and services we're known for in Colorado, Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress. Operations at each of the locations will continue to provide the same level of quality service and products customers have come to expect over the years, now under the Holcim name."
-Chance Allen, general manager, ACM Mountain Region, Holcim US.
The timely transition kicks off just after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, containing roughly $5 billion for various programs that aim to accelerate the industry's shift toward low-embodied carbon building material, making now a critical time to band together and maximize innovation. Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress.
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world's most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.
OpenSpace | September 29, 2022
OpenSpace, the global leader in 360° jobsite capture and AI-powered analytics, shared that European software procurement platform QBS Software is joining its Partner Network. With more than 10,000 software publishers on its platform and expert customer service, QBS's reseller network will widen access to OpenSpace throughout the EMEA construction, banking, insurance, facilities management, and retail industries, improving onsite visibility and efficiency.
With OpenSpace Capture, builders or site managers can fully document their jobsite while walking the site as they normally would with a mobile device or an off-the-shelf, consumer 360° camera that can be attached to their hardhat. Once the video is uploaded to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins all the images to the floor plan, creating a trusted visual record of site status. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is typically ready to view in about 15 minutes after upload. In a survey of OpenSpace's community and customers, it was found that on average 67% of customers reported saving thousands of dollars on project costs, while 74% saved multiple hours per week. Through this partnership, QBS will be able to expand its portfolio and enable its enterprise customers to benefit from these cost and time savings.
"Our focus is on providing innovative and top-of-the-line software that creates opportunities for our customers and partners. With OpenSpace we are able to bring an industry-leading solution in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) space, With OpenSpace, we're able to bring an industry-leading and easy-to-use solution that improves coordination and efficiency of builders, project managers, owners, contractors, and sub-contractors throughout a wide variety of industries."
-Dave Stevinson,CEO QBS Technology Group.
OpenSpace is used today on projects in 86 different countries around the world, and has seen growing momentum in the EMEA region recently, with a 300% year-over-year increase on-platform in 360° imagery capture. Regional customers include JLL, Skanska, VINCI, and Unispace, among others. With QBS joining the OpenSpace Partner Network, even more builders, owners, and property managers will have easy access to OpenSpace's site capture and analysis technology.
"Having worked with QBS Software for 20 years, I've experienced firsthand the amazing support that they provide to technology resellers, We are thrilled to be partnering with QBS to bring OpenSpace to any project, regardless of the industry, and believe that with the breadth of the QBS partner base, we'll be able to bring this technology across all EMEA."
-Andrea Brown Head of Channel and Partnerships OpenSpace.
By having a historical visual record of the site, OpenSpace makes it easier for projects to stay on budget and on time, as well as enabling smoother remote collaboration among stakeholders. OpenSpace's technology can also mitigate risk, as the 360° image captures serve as a time machine that can be used to go back and view historical site status. In terms of project analysis, OpenSpace offers automated progress tracking technology, which measures the percent of work completed for key pathways like walls, mechanical, electrical, and more. Customers can also use the platform to create 3D scans of certain areas onsite, using LiDAR-powered iPhones and iPads.
Founded in 2017, OpenSpace is an AI technology company on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to construction and real estate. With our platform, builders automatically capture a complete visual record of the construction site, providing a single source of truth that increases coordination, drives accountability, and simplifies dispute resolution. To date, our customers have used OpenSpace to capture more than ten billion square feet of imagery from active construction projects across thousands of sites in over eighty-six countries.
About QBS Technology Group:
Established in 1987, QBS Technology Group (including QBS Software) provides a platform for software companies and channel partners to increase efficiency and achieve growth. With a focus on innovative software – covering the enterprise, cloud, and consumer markets – QBS Technology Group combines experience, specialist skills, local presence and trusted relationships.