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Business Intelligence in the age of artificial intelligence

Business intelligence -- which is the ability to make better decisions on real-time, visual data -- will be the reason for the next renaissance. The last renaissance was after the printing press revolutionized humanity by causing literacy to increase after its invention in the 1440s. But literacy didn't actually skyrocket until the Industrial Revolution made literacy economically valuable. Instruction manuals for machines became important to read during the Industrial Revolution. Books were cheaper and more subjects were available. Kamal Hathi, a general manager at Microsoft, said spreadsheets were the printing press of data literacy. But artificial intelligence will make data literacy skyrocket like the industrial revolution made literacy skyrocket. Artificial intelligence will remove the need to understand statistics and code because it will automatically find interesting trends and outliers for users. Business intelligence and artificial intelligence will democratize data so it will be available to everyone, not just data scientists.
Cool Stuff We Learned about Power BI at Microsoft Ignite Power BI now has the ability to turn on forecasting, see trends, and automatically see clusters with one click. Go to analysis tab and click add forecast and it automatically and immediately adds a forecast. No statistics or coding is required. Now Power BI has the ability to show drive times and demographic data by merging existing information with Geospatial data by Esri. Companies can also publish and share Power BI reports from local servers, instead of using it through the web. That’s good for organizations that don’t want or can’t put certain data in the cloud, but they can still get the Power BI functionality.

Quit the Spreadsheet

Use the tools large enterprises use, control your data with SharePoint

Managing Data with SharePoint Will Transform Your Business

Are you managing your entire company from a spreadsheet? How are you going to grow with those document management tools? Does your SharePoint work the way you want it to? If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company's productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you'll have better access to your company's data, and you'll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information. HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Saleforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Why are Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Important? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => why-is-business-intelligence-so-important [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 03:12:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 09:12:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13140 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13136 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-09-26 08:34:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-26 13:34:55 [post_content] => Microsoft is starting to break down the development wall between desktop and cloud services with Azure. Azure, Microsoft’s comprehensive set of cloud services for developers and IT professionals, will be able to work in the cloud or in a local server. During Microsoft’s technology keynote at Ignite, it was clear that Microsoft is breaking down the development workflows to be both desktop and cloud integrated with Azure. For example, Microsoft unveiled an integrated management portal that lets you see your whole infrastructure. It means you can see all the servers that are part of the data center, including the ones that are in the cloud and the ones on-premise on the same screen. Azure also lets you insert and create code snippets right into your app.  Simple right-click options will automatically insert the code into your app. If you need specific functionality you can just right click and get a block of code. Azure Functions is a great solution for processing data, integrating systems, working with the internet-of-things (IoT), and building simple APIs and microservices. Here are some examples of functions:
  • HTTPTrigger - Trigger the execution of your code by using an HTTP request. For an example, see Create your first function.
  • TimerTrigger - Execute cleanup or other batch tasks on a predefined schedule. For an example, see Create a function triggered by a timer.
  • GitHub webhook - Respond to events that occur in your GitHub repositories. For an example, see Create a function triggered by a GitHub webhook.
The robust Azure stack allows cloud functionality to work on your server that is not connected to the Internet. For example, a ship out at sea that does not have the Internet will still have the same functionality as if they are connected to the cloud. You can also develop mobile apps and immediately see the code you're working on. You can sync it with your mobile device and see it live so you can debug. Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2017, which has standard performance gains and it runs on Windows Linux. It allows SQL to be used consistently across the cloud and in your personal server to create hybrid environments. Now developers can use R, Python, and Ruby directly in SQL servers, allowing a variety of languages to interact with the server.

Quit the Spreadsheet

Use the tools large enterprises use, control your data with SharePoint

Managing Data with SharePoint Will Transform Your Business

Are you managing your entire company from a spreadsheet? How are you going to grow with those document management tools? Does your SharePoint work the way you want it to? If you properly implement SharePoint, it will transform your company's productivity. Employees will be more efficient, you'll have better access to your company's data, and you'll be able to better report on key metrics. HingePoint’s custom SharePoint solutions have helped many companies struggling with unorganized data and manual, multi-step processes. Those same customers have transitioned into a more organized, productive organization through automated workflows and easy-to-search information. HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Saleforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Microsoft Azure Goes Hybrid with Development, Cloud Services [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => microsoft-azure-goes-hybrid-development-cloud-services [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:01:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:01:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13136 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13120 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-09-25 05:13:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-25 10:13:31 [post_content] =>

SharePoint Two-Way API Integration Brings Microsoft’s Enterprise-Grade Document Libraries Right into Procore

Procore customers can now automatically update SharePoint and Procore libraries simultaneously with a new SharePoint Two-Way Sync integration and connector, built on Procore Construction OS and is available in the App Marketplace. SharePoint Two-Way Sync shares and mirrors files and documents in both SharePoint and Procore libraries through a new connector created by HingePoint, a Dallas-based company that integrates and architects SharePoint for better data management. The SharePoint Two-Way Sync brings Microsoft’s enterprise-grade document libraries right into Procore, with two-way, real-time sync of folders and documents. When a folder is updated in SharePoint, it updates in Procore. If a file is deleted in Procore, it is deleted in SharePoint. “This is not an embedded form that anyone can access, it's an actual API integration that lets SharePoint and Procore libraries mirror one another while having the security of both systems," HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “If you are a user with rights to a Procore project and you’re a SharePoint user with rights to a document library, you can access the synced files." A growing number of construction companies use SharePoint as their system of record to store important data about employees, contracts and project status. This connector eliminates multiple repositories of documents in both Procore and SharePoint and connects the construction unit to the rest of the company. The new integration HingePoint provides for Procore reflects each organization’s commitment to openness and building out the construction technology ecosystem. With the new connector, companies can automatically and securely sync files between Procore and SharePoint or Office 365, which will save time and confusion when managing project documents. It also creates better collaboration with the teams that are not in the construction space. Leveraging SharePoint’s API with Procore’s open system, this integration automates document sync, saving time and effort of updating two systems that tracks and reports documents. This integration allows everyone – from the owner to the general contractor – to have access to relevant documents needed to finish a project. “We’re excited for the SharePoint connector from HingePoint to launch on the App Marketplace as it will have an immediate impact for our users who will be able to take advantage of it,” said Laura Paciano, Senior Manager, Partner Programs, at Procore. “We first began talking with HingePoint about an integration at Groundbreak, which was just over five months ago, so for the connector to now be ready is testament to their commitment to the construction industry and value of the App Marketplace.” HingePoint integrates software so data can move from one system to another. They specialize in building custom tools that detect and collect data, so a business can project trends about their business. About HingePoint HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides ProcoreSharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed.   Contact Jimmy Epperson, Marketing Director for HingePoint (972) 839-6045 [post_title] => HingePoint Develops SharePoint Connector for Procore for Automatic Document Sync [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hingepoint-develops-sharepoint-connector-procore-automatic-document-sync [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:04:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:04:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=13120 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12772 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-05-10 06:46:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-10 11:46:11 [post_content] => Argus Conference, Arizona, April 26 – 28, 2017 The leading provider of software solutions for the commercial real estate industry, ARGUS held their annual education conference to provide insights on global market trends, strategies to managing data and performance, and the latest developments in CRE technology and innovation. HingePoint attended to get certified on the new ARGUS Enterprise platform, which is the industry standard for many of our clients in real estate. And in construction and development, those projects are part of the bigger real estate pro forma and plan created by ARGUS. Critical to any real estate or construction business is maximizing the data and analytics from ARGUS and the suite of ARGUS and Altus Analytics products. If you missed the conference, here are the highlights and best elements this year. 1. CEO Bob Courteau – This was not your standard keynote by the CEO. Courteau laid out the plan of how ARGUS suite of tools will provide the data and analytics to help real estate business compete now and into the future. Staying on top of all the technology trends sweeping the business world, Courteau is no “old school” developer. Argus will keep you on top of the best tools to grow and run a profitable real estate business intelligently with data. 2. Peter Hinssen –As a keynote, Hinssen makes a compelling argument that you must not focus on today, or tomorrow, but the day after tomorrow, to know what technology trends will rock the real estate industry in the near future. Will drones, autonomous vehicles, mobile, analytics, robotics, data, and smart buildings affect the way you do business or the types of facilities the world needs in the future? He speaks of many technologies from our AEC 4.0 Industry Report. I’m going to read his book , which will be published June 22, 2017. 3. Sean Gourly –As a keynote, Gourly proposed that humans plus computers are better. Computers are better than humans at some things, but humans are better at others; better than a computer by itself or a human by itself is a team of computers plus humans. For example, weather prediction accuracy over time shows people plus computers are 16% more accurate than just computers, at every level of computing power. Gourly’s book recommendations on data analysis: Nate Silver – The Signal and the Noise; Pedro Domingos – The Master Algorithm, Leonard Mlodinow – The Drunkard’s Walk. 4. Waypoint – Waypoint had the best new product at Argus Connect. Waypoint offers a breakthrough collaborative tool that enables asset and property managers to more easily identify opportunities for NOI improvement. Designed exclusively for the Commercial Real Estate industry – the unique Waypoint application drives operating expense reductions that improve building performance, increase property values, and enhance investor returns. So many people guess at the industry averages for their pro forma planning. But with WayPoint, you get real data! For more details, watch this video: Waypoint Overview. 5. NOI Strategies, Tama Huang – Huang had some amazing comments on the panel discussion. What ever they are teaching is right! Tune in to NOI Strategies. NOI Strategies is a global consulting firm that is committed to helping real estate organizations achieve operational excellence. 6. ARGUS Enterprise Certification – while most software training is like pulling teeth, this training was incredible. The best training our team has been through. Amazing instructors, great training materials, hands-on computer based exercises and case studies. First class! Can’t want to have our team certified on 11.6. Next year is back to Florida, so stay tuned! On the beach, you can’t beat the atmosphere and location of this conference. You could consider attending just for the location alone.

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Why Construction Costs are Soaring

The labor pool is more expensive. Construction employment declined by 985,000 jobs, or 15.8%, between 2005 and 2015, as many workers left the industry following the housing bust. “As construction jobs disappeared during the recession, many workers switched to occupations with better job prospects, or retired.” Andrea Cross, Americas head of office research for CBRE told Realty News Report. Due to the smaller labor pool and an uptick in construction activity, many markets are experiencing labor shortages, driving up construction costs. According to the Dallas Morning News, Scott Davis, with housing analyst Meyers Research, said, “Dallas is undersupplied by 10,000 to 20,000 construction workers. We should have about 99,000 people employed in the building industry.”

Construction Productivity is Decreasing

An overall trend in the United States is that productivity is decreasing. People are not as productive as they once were. Unfortunately, construction is not an anomaly. It too suffers from low productivity. The United States is plagued with poor productivity levels and lags behind other industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013 there has been little improvement in the construction industry between 1987 and 2011.

Drones Lead to Deluge of Data

As companies try new tools, data can overwhelm and slow down construction companies even more.  For example, drones are proliferating construction sites. They are used to verify construction projects on a daily or weekly basis. They are being used to view structures instead of sending personnel on dangerous inspections. But what do we do with all this new data? Most likely, it will end on a server somewhere. The data will be unstructured and not easily accessible or searchable. There are services designed to fight this like Smartvid.io. They use machine learning to automatically tag and categorize photos from the construction site. But even that technology is limited with drone video.

Data Integration 

As companies start using new collaborative tools and going into the cloud, integration is still a struggle. CIO wrote that about 90 percent of businesses are using the cloud. But initial integration is creating challenges. “Integration challenges remain long after organizations first make the jump to the cloud, it’s clear that the technology is here to stay. Businesses who ride out the current storm and find the right balance of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions will gain a unique advantage over the competitors,” according to CIO. Making your software and solutions talk to one another is critical. “When applications don’t ‘speak’ to one another or share information, companies are forced to continuously update different systems of record,” HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “They are prisoners to the technology they use.”

So How Do You Integrate? 

You must create a system of record. Here are five steps that will help you create a system of record.
  1. Document the steps in your business process. Create a spreadsheet to capture the tasks performed and tools & systems used by each user/role active in the process.
  2. Research the data used in each step. Include the information found in each report, screen, or document used in the process. Create a data dictionary of all data fields and the system they come from (and who “owns” that data).
  3. Agree on the company “system of record” for each data point within each step in the process.
  4. Locate the duplicate data – Check the steps recorded and the systems involved. This step is key. The goal is to standardize the data formats and establish a comprehensive “data definition” that supports the business.
  5. Migrate all data directly into the “System of Record” and then integrate the down- stream systems into it. Make the system “share data” across the enterprise, not duplicate it.

The System of Record eBook

HingePoint System of Record Ebook Cover Photo

Are you dealing with multiple systems that don’t talk to one another? Looking for a way to integrate your systems so that you can eliminate redundancies and increase efficiencies? Topics Include: -The secret solution to meeting the top 3 systems integration objectives of most companies -A simple, 5-step process for systems integration -2 case studies that show the challenge, solution, and results from this approach     HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Explosion of Data to Worsen Productivity in Construction with New Tech like Drones [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => explosion-of-data-to-worsen-productivity-in-construction-with-new-tech-like-drones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-11 23:19:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-12 05:19:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12744 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12714 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-07 13:56:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-07 18:56:45 [post_content] => At Procore Groundbreak 2017, our team saw some awesome stuff, from drones collecting information for new software to integrated solutions that give you the ability to combine 2D and 3D in one BIM model. Procore is growing. We’re going to see a lot more of them in the near future and they are positioned to be the powerhouse for construction software and technology. It’s their main focus and goal to be the only project management software solely dedicated to construction. Procore is taking over the world, and they are just getting started with new international offices popping up across the globe. And with more than 100 apps in their new app store, Procore is going to continue to innovate and give its customer base more functionality and benefits in months and years ahead. Here’s out top six list.

6. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Drones swarm market, companies seek solutions for new data sources

construction, drone, Procore, HingePoint, BIM

Not only are drones a trend for construction, but they were in full force at Procore's Groundbreak. Several companies are capitalizing on the safety and ease of drones and are hoping to organize drone data to benefit construction firms. Read more about what drone companies were at the Procore event.

5. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

busybusy offers mobile time tracking and budget tracking

busybusy wants to be the go-to, time-tracking application for the mobile, construction workforce.With cost codes, photo updates with notes and location-based time tracking, busybusy wants management to have up-to-date information about work in the field and the cost and time projects are taking.

4. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Fieldlens Modernizing Construction Communication

Fieldlens, a communication platform for construction crews that is like Facebook, urges workers to ditch the notepad and go digital. Fieldlens wants general contractors to use the social-media-sharing platform to document every conversation, assignment and decision on the job site.

3.Procore Groundbreak 2017: Matterport Uses Immersive Media for Construction Documentation

Matterport helps contractors, engineering firms, and architects document construction with a $3,600 camera to give you a 3D virtual tour. Matterport’s Pro Camera captures 2D photography and 3D data from job sites, and automatically stitches them into a complete, immersive 3D model.

2. Procore Groundbreak 2017:

Assemble Systems Connects 2D to 3D for Instant BIM Comparisons, Takeoffs

Imagine if you could tell exactly what has changed in your project with a push of a button. That’s exactly what Assemble Systems allows you to do with their software. We think Assemble Systems is simply amazing. They give you instant #BIM model comparisons with their software. Instantly see what has changed and pivot. Only have five minutes for takeoffs? No problem. Log in. Get your information. Get back to work. And they link everything! Read more here.

1. Procore Launches Construction OS at Groundbreak 2017 to Bring More Data Insights to Customers

Procore launched the construction industry’s first and only construction-only platform, which aims to help its customers gain deeper insights from data and provide new services from other companies. The new OS allows other companies—even those that appear to be competitors—to integrate with its more open APIs. It's an exciting time to be working for and with Procore!

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Imagine if you could tell exactly what has changed in your project with a push of a button. That’s exactly what Assemble Systems allows you to do with their software, Assemble Systems Business Development Manager Fahim Dangra said. Instead of flipping through hundreds of sheets and trying to figure out what has changed by comparing a previous set of drawings to the new ones, you can just push a button. “I can just simply click a button and our software will tell me that there is 23,000 square feet of concrete added to this model,” Dangra said. “And then right away I can jump on it and determine if I need to write an RFI, make a change order, or maybe my sub is charging me too much.” Assemble Systems connects your 2D digital drawings to a 3D model and gives you the ability to see the same information in both drawing and model at the same time. The idea is to see as much information as possible. Assemble gives you all the inventory or the intelligence from the 3D models and 2D drawings in a grid view, said Mark Klusza, Assemble Systems Chief Innovation Officer. As you pick on these items, you have a 3D view and then the associated 2D view and it’s all tied together at the same time. As soon as you open the model in Assemble all the quantity information is right there. “Everything is cross-referenced in real time and it doesn’t matter what offering source it comes from,” Klusza said Assemble is also launching a new API called Assemble Connect. That allows you to reach into the Assemble project database and link it to other applications like Oracle and Sage. “And based on those queries you can live update and the table and properties will change based on that external data,” Klusza said. “We can integrate basically anything and bring it into your system.” And since it’s cloud-based it can be used anywhere there is an internet connection. “We have kept it so they don’t have to be a BIM expert,” Dangra said. “Anybody can just go in, open up our software, tap into the model and look at the information that they wanted to.” Assemble Systems, which was one of several sponsors at Procore’s annual conference, is able to integrate with Procore. The integration enables project teams to integrate BIM/VDC capabilities seamlessly into their project management workflows for improved project control.   HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Procore Groundbreak 2017: Assemble Systems Connects 2D to 3D for Instant BIM Comparisons, Takeoffs [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => procore-groundbreak-2017-assemble-systems-connects-2d-to-3d-for-instant-bim-comparisons-takeoffs [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 04:07:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 10:07:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/systems-integration/procore-groundbreak-2017-matterport-uses-immersive-media-construction-documentation-copy/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12711 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-06 16:25:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-06 21:25:21 [post_content] =>

Matterport’s next-generation immersive media solution for construction and facility management documentation is eye catching. Matterport helps contractors, engineering firms, and architects document construction with a $3,600 camera to give you a 3D virtual tour. Matterport’s Pro Camera captures 2D photography and 3D data from job sites, and automatically stitches them into a complete, immersive 3D model. “You basically walk it around the job site. It spins for 45 seconds,” said Tomer Poran, business development manager at Matterport. “And uses infrared to map out 3D and take 3D images from its camera.” Matterport is an immersive media technology company that builds 3D media solutions that power industries from real estate to construction, and everywhere in between. Founded in 2011, Matterport is creating a complete virtual model of the world that changes the way individuals and industries interact with physical spaces. And it’s relatively fast. “Because this 3D data can be exported at relatively high accuracy we’re at about 99 percent accurate and mostly above that so you can build a pretty good as-built,” Poran said. “We’re talking about five hours after you are finished you have a fully stitched point cloud.” Matterport, which was one of several sponsors at Procore’s annual conference, is able to integrate with Procore. With Matterport and the Procore integration, users can look at the most updated documents or submittals, and anyone on the project team can now virtually step into the jobsite and walk around freely. HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => Procore Groundbreak 2017: Matterport Uses Immersive Media for Construction Documentation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => procore-groundbreak-2017-matterport-uses-immersive-media-construction-documentation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-09 04:15:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-09 10:15:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12711 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12700 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-06 08:25:41 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-06 13:25:41 [post_content] => construction, drone, Procore, HingePoint, BIM At Procore Groundbreak 2017 drones companies were showing how they could add value to BIM models.

Drones offer construction firms a lot more than just going in the air to capture pictures and videos.

However, even though drones are a major boon for construction and real estate developers, they can also cause problems for companies, HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said.

"Drones are another way to gather data. If you don't set up your systems and software correctly, the drone's digital assets are going to cause more unstructured data that's going to be difficult to manage," Finnerty said. "And if you don't integrate it with the data you already have, it will be another screen or system you have to open to manage your project."

Companies have begun developing software to gather data from drones and either make new BIM models or place the data in you existing model. During the annual conference Groundbreak 2017, Procore announced better integration with Construction OS.  Several drone companies are already taking advantage of Procore's new app store.

The companies are capitalizing on the safety and ease of drones and are hoping to organize drone data to benefit construction firms.

EarthCam has developed a geospatial mapping platform, resulting in a comprehensive analytical report. The data for this mapping platform comes from their stationary cameras that stream a live video of the project along with drone flyovers. By combining their cameras, cloud-based storage and distribution tools it gives construction companies robust BIM models.

"We're flying drones and scanning the whole project and we're putting together 3D models," said Brain Cury, CEO of EarthCam. "Then we utilize that to do a webcam wrap. So then we're wrapping live video around the 3D point cloud that we made."

Benefits include a digital framework to attach construction webcam images, geo-tagged photographs, site plans and video analytics of the project that users can build upon throughout the entire construction process.

"You start with the point cloud. Once you have the point cloud you can map the images, 3d models and BIM models."

Botlink specializes in becoming the link between drones and construction by enabling professionals to quickly capture data about the worksite. With their simple flight planning software, they can incorporate drones without the need of a drone expert.

It gives you more insight into job site progression. With Botlink's timeline view inspectors or construction crews can see how the project has progressed over time.

"All the data you are capturing is consistent, you're flying the same exact route every day instead of having to hand fly and manually capture images and waste your time moving those images around and organizing them," said Will DeHoogh, drone developer at Botlink. "Instead Botlink stitches all the images together and if you're doing an inspection you don't you have to sift through video, you can just zoom in the area you are interested in."

Dronomy transforms off-the-shelf consumer drones into powerful equipment, delivering the most precise and comprehensive data. The data is then converted into 2D and 3D models of the current project status that can be accessible anywhere.

"This type of information helps teams to be objective so everyone is on the same page," said Gil Mildworth, vice president of Dronomy. "Construction companies when they build today invest a lot in 3D modeling in the architecture phase, but they are almost blindfolded in building their site the right way."

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Business intelligence -- which is the ability to make better decisions on real-time, visual data -- will be the reason for the next renaissance. The last renaissance was after the printing press revolutionized humanity by causing literacy to increase after its invention in the 1440s. But literacy didn't actually skyrocket until the Industrial Revolution made literacy economically valuable. Instruction manuals for machines became important to read during the Industrial Revolution. Books were cheaper and more subjects were available. Kamal Hathi, a general manager at Microsoft, said spreadsheets were the printing press of data literacy. But artificial intelligence will make data literacy skyrocket like the industrial revolution made literacy skyrocket. Artificial intelligence will remove the need to understand statistics and code because it will automatically find interesting trends and outliers for users. Business intelligence and artificial intelligence will democratize data so it will be available to everyone, not just data scientists.
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