Openspace | January 24, 2023
OpenSpace, a global leader in reality capture and AI powered analytics, has recently announced platform support for the Insta360 Sphere, an easy-to-install, dual 360° camera that can be mounted to DJI Mavic Air 2 and Air 2S drones. When combined with OpenSpace's technology, drone capture with Sphere is simple and scalable, making 360° capture accessible to a broader corporate audience.
Sphere joins an increasing list of capture technologies supported by OpenSpace's platform, such as 360° cameras, mobile cameras, drone cameras, and LiDAR scanners, empowering users to capture in a manner of their choice.
The Insta360 Sphere integration produces a 360° view using two cameras, one upward facing and one downward facing, where the camera is rendered invisible in the capture, allowing drone pilots of varying levels of experience to capture all aspects of a job site without the need for additional flights. In addition, Sphere simplifies installation and flight with an easy locking mechanism and FlowState stabilization to ensure smooth filming.
OpenSpace is currently beta testing captures with the Insta360 Sphere in order to optimize calibrations, capture processing, image quality, battery life, ease of installation, elevated captures, and angle selection. Customers will be able to get Sphere support later this quarter.
OpenSpace Capture allows users to attach cameras to their hard hats, drones, robot, or other apparatus and walk around the site as they usually would. Once the video is sent to the cloud, OpenSpace's computer vision technology stitches images together and pins them to the floor plan regardless of where the camera is mounted, thus establishing a reliable visual record of the site state. Powered by the company's Vision Engine, the site image map is ready to view about 15 minutes after it has been uploaded.
OpenSpace, founded in 2017, is an AI technology firm on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and efficiency to the construction and real estate industries. It uses cutting-edge technology to empower teams to capture, evaluate, and complete their job efficiently. OpenSpace integrates common off-the-shelf 360° cameras, computer vision, and artificial intelligence, thereby making it simple to capture a complete visual record of a project site, share it over the cloud, and track progress remotely. The platform serves as a single source of information, increasing coordination, driving accountability, and simplifying conflict resolution.
Microdesk | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, Microdesk, a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider, announced a new collaboration with One Click LCA, the global leader in construction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) software.
Building LCA is a scientific methodology for quantifying a building's lifetime environmental impacts, and One Click LCA makes the assessment simple as the science is built into the tool. One Click LCA assists in measuring and reducing the ecological consequences of buildings, achieving green building certifications, and complying with legislations that are now required in many countries.
Michael DeLacey, Chief Executive Officer at Microdesk, commented, "Joining forces with One Click LCA gives Microdesk a tremendous opportunity to help our clients achieve and accelerate their goals to decarbonize the AEC industry and support sustainability." He also added, "We are committed to providing the most effective and innovative technologies and tools and One Click LCA delivers that with software that adds value to all facets of planning and building while supporting the environment in a meaningful way."
(Source – PR Newswire)
The environmental goals the construction industry strives to achieve extend to the products used in construction of the projects as well. As a result, manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) in order to reliably quantify and convey the lifetime environmental effect of their products. The LCA and EPD solution from One Click LCA provides manufacturers with an easy way to deliver third-party validated EPDs based on US and international standards.
Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, Microdesk is a leading BIM, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services provider. It was founded in 1994 as an Autodesk Reseller with a mission to help Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner/Operators, and GIS organizations improve workflows and integrate project delivery technologies. The company has over 30 years of experience adopting innovative technologies and processes, as well as sustainable design and building initiatives. Its increased emphasis on digital transformation is another indication of the company's tradition of introducing new tools to the AEC industry in order to boost sustainability, efficiency and the ability to respond to macroeconomic changes.
Matterport | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Matterport informed that it's expanding its platform integrations with Autodesk Construction Cloud, a portfolio of services and software that combines predictive insights for construction teams, advanced technology, and a builders' network.
This integration will make it easier for workgroups using Matterport and Autodesk Build to collaborate within critical project management workflows. This new union will allow stakeholders to better the request for information (RFI) process in Autodesk Build, shifting from conventional ways of communication to fully-immersive twin technology driven by Matterport.
While project management technologies can relieve the effort of collecting numerous resources, the existing approach of depending on complicated 2D and 3D files frequently leads to project mistakes or misconceptions among stakeholders, causing rework or costly delays.
According to a poll conducted by Navigant Construction Forum, the estimated construction project will generate more than 800 RFIs, with an average of more than 50 submitted per week. Each request requires approximately 8 hours of admin work to receive, review, log, and respond to the RFI1.
Besides, according to the study article Construction Disconnected by Thomas et al. (2018), inaccurate or inadequate documentation is responsible for approximately 48% of the rework that happens in the construction sector in the US.
Matterport's integration with Autodesk Build creates a visual system of record for site conditions, allowing users to generate and monitor requests directly in the digital replica of the location. Users can now place an Autodesk Build RFI pin in the exact area of concern in the photorealistic digital twin. This lets anyone with a stake in the issue view it in the same spatial context it has in the real world. This accelerates the issue resolution process to improve understanding and reduce delays.
Jay Remley, Chief Revenue Officer at Matterport, remarked, "Professionals in architecture, engineering and construction want the ability to manage their entire project portfolio from anywhere they are, without having to sacrifice quality or time to build."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
James Cook, Head of Integrations, Autodesk Construction Solutions, stated, "Delays or disruptions in the RFI process can have significant ripple effects on construction schedules and budgets."
(Source – Globe Newswire)
Matterport, founded in 2011, is a company that converts buildings into data to increase the value and accessibility of almost every location using a spatial data platform. It is at the forefront of the digital transformation of the built environment. The company has made immersive digital twins of millions of buildings in over 177 countries. These digital twins have helped improve all aspects of a building's lifecycle, such as planning, building, operating, documenting, appraising, and marketing.