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                    [post_content] => Drones have a rapidly growing presence at construction sites where they help verify that work has been performed properly, on time, on schedule and according to plan while reducing the subjective manual data.

But a big problem that has arisen from the onslaught of drones is how can general contractors or property owners use drones to add value to what really matters – better monitoring and managing their projects and actually get useful insights out of the drone flights?

Drones that just fly high over job sites are limited with their ability to capture the entire site, and imagery taken by workers from ground level are usually out of context and hard to manage. It’s been extremely difficult to bring a drone’s construction-verification imagery, especially into a 3D BIM model.

But Dronomy has software that offers a robust solution to this problem.

“It adds knowledge to construction,” VP of Business Development said Gil Mildworth said.

Dronomy is a very exciting Israeli startup that created SiteAware, powerful technology that transforms off the shelf consumer drones into a sensor with brains that can create 3D “as built” models of construction sites just by flying a construction site. What makes this company even more exciting is their ability to get the drones to autonomously fly low and close to the actual structure, capture high-resolution data from all angles which allow for high-accuracy analysis of the construction project.

Dronomy can use the aerial imagery to build 3D models that can be overlaid and compared to BIM “as planned” models. General Contractors can compare each BIM model created by Dronomy to the previous model comparing “as planned” to “as built” over time. The solution, called SiteAware by Dronomy, also integrates to the existing workflows of the GC’s to provide automated content adding visual perspectives to punch-lists and for RFIs.

“We allow GCs and owners to continuously and remotely monitor their construction projects, adding unparalleled insights. The ability to compare the intention and the actual result of the construction is what adds value” Mildworth said. “You can even see what changed in the project automatically over time with our 4D progress report.”

Dronomy, HingePoint

SiteAware automatically highlights the delta or what has changed between models so the user can easily see and document what has changed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

“You can get half-inch-level accuracy for measurements just with simple autonomous drone scan of the work site,” Mildworth said.

The software is ideal for construction sites that are building from the ground up, like commercial or high-rise buildings, and sites that have many buildings, like a large apartment complex. This is where Dronomy differentiates itself as compared to others in the market.
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                    [post_content] => Before Project Atlas became an actual possibility that could revolutionize paperless construction sites, there were two Rogers O’Brien Construction employees hoping to answer a simple question.

Joe Williams and Todd Wynne were trying to answer the question for a presentation: “What does the future of software look like for our industry?” It was for a Dallas BIM forum in 2014.

“Todd had been thinking about it for years,” Project Atlas Founder and CEO Joe Williams said. “He wanted to make the Google Maps for construction.”

And right before the presentation, the two did what anyone else would do. The stayed up late the night before the forum and made a fake application out of Photoshop.

After presenting, the response was overwhelming. It was so realistic, the audience started asking how much it cost, if it integrated with other applications and when it would be available in the market.

“We had to explain that it was just an idea,” Wynne said.

From there, Project Atlas was born, which is a mapping engine for construction. Using location, it helps management teams piece together project information by converting drawings into highly detailed “zoomable” layers.

The application is currently in private beta with the hopes of launching later this year.


Project Atlas Features from Project Atlas on Vimeo.


It’s all about the Layers

BIM, Project Atlas, LevelsWhen looking at Google or Apple maps, you can layer traffic and wreck reports on top of the maps. The same will happen with Project Atlas. The app will layer design data on top of the map. You can literally push a button and you can see architectural, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and structural overlays on the digital 2D map. Layers can be easily toggled on and off to overlay different categories of information. “Everything is layer based,” Williams said. “It’s exposing things to us like never before.”

How will Project Atlas help?

Imagine working on a large project, like a new hospital. You’re flipping through drawings because there’s an issue with a beam overlapping a toilet. You look up exactly where this section of the building is by looking through the architect’s index. The schema is like a different language. Afte flipping through many pages and heading to the second floor, a subcontractor contacts you about an emergency. You check on it. You realize the “emergency” could have waited and you really need to get to this beam to make a decision about the bathrooms on the second floor. The project is waiting on you. Now imagine if you had a Google Map of your project with location-based information. Imagine being able to pull the bathroom plans in question up on an iPad and overlay any other type of information, like steel beams. You can quickly see that the plans show a beam hanging right above the toilet. You now have the information you need to make a decision. Almost all general contractors are still using this paper system, Wynne said. It's combersome and can take a long time to identify problems. It’s the equivalent of finding the road you are on with a paper map while driving through Chicago or Dallas.

2D isn’t Going Anywhere

It can take BIM experts years to truly learn the systems to build 3D models. And the way contractors have built buildings has always been based off 2D. Sometimes that most expensive, complex tool is not the most efficient, Williams said. “We need a solution that someone coming out of college can consume this information within a couple of hours… instead of years,” Williams said. “We’re trying to fill this middle space between BIM and 2D.” In the coming “BIMtopian” world they hope Project Atlas will be the bridging tool from 2D to BIM for the construction site.

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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] => In 'BIMtopian' World, Project Atlas is Bridge Between 2D and BIM [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => in-bimtopia-world-project-atlas-is-bridge-between-2d-and-bim [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:11:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:11:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12921 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12899 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-06-09 09:38:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-09 14:38:21 [post_content] => Having the right data in your Revit or BIM model translates into power. Don’t believe that statement? Ask HDR Inc. HDR is an architecture, engineering and consulting firm that was founded in 1917. It’s employee owned with 10,000 employees. The firm has worked in all seven continents and has done notable projects like the Hoover Dam Bypass, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and The Roslin Institute. HDR currently does a lot of work related to health care spaces, science and technology and education and civic spaces. “Technology has evolved tremendously,” HDR health care architect Susana Erpestad said. “To design with true information or even evidence, it helps sustain the concepts you create.” The way HDR uses data to inform design has changed the most. The firm uses a lot of parametric models, but the goal is always to match what is in the field with what is in the model. By using virtually any software platform available in the market, teams find which platforms will inform the design they do. “I think data is power,” Erpestad said. “I think part of the big impact we have right now is BIM and data management.” James Bates, an HDR engineer, said they deliver a lot of their requirements and information through Revit. But they do not solely rely on it. They are constantly in the field checking things against their designs. “We collaborate face to face. We collaborate with software. We work in the same models,” Bates said. “Then each of us bring our different software that we use into that process so we can comprehensively build the building.” Bates said the company has been able to sustain its technological advantage through new recruits. “We have a lot of breadth of experience at HDR ranging from people just beginning in the industry and people being there for a really long time,” Bates said. “I think the way that software is adapted to the process – we can only get that from the emerging professional.”

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If you are not looking for a custom plugin, you might want to try our standard Revit plugin in the Autodesk App Store. [post_title] => Data in Your Revit or BIM Model Equals Power, HDR Lead Architect says [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => data-revit-bim-model-equals-power-hdr-lead-architect-says [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:20:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:20:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12899 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12786 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-05-11 12:05:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-11 17:05:13 [post_content] => We recently went to an academic conference where we discussed the differences among Desktop CAD, Desktop Revit and BIM. We were surprised that we had a different definition of Building Information Modeling from some of the academics. One of our slides is a comparison table. We were showing a comparison of the limitations of each category. Our main message was that the format of your data determines how well you will be able to collaborate, communicate and work with others. If you are using Desktop CAD, you’re limited to vector images and you can mainly only share these by printing the drawings. If you’re using Desktop Revit, you have many more options and plugins to make your model 3D. But no matter what, you’re still limited to collaborate behind the firewall and network your desktop is on. Subcontractors cannot add on to your model and it’s more difficult to do clash detection. Also, think of this category as any 3D modeling program that only runs on your desktop and is limited by the network it is on. Even if you have the mobile version of Revit, you still do not have a full building information model. So What is Building Information Modeling? Let’s be clear, Building Information Modeling is not a thing. It’s not a piece of software or hardware. You cannot get building information modeling off the shelf or at an online store. It's a strategy. It’s a strategy to collaborate and work with teams on a building project. When we at HingePoint say BIM, we are saying that all of your data about a project is in one database and can be accessed from one screen. Most often it can be accessed from the 3D model itself. Building Information Modeling is an interconnected suite of data that is integrated between systems. Below is a list of systems that can be connected to a 3D model. Once you have 5-7 systems of data attached and integrated into your building data, we think you have a BIM model. But not every customer is going to want the same information in their model, so it’s important to know what kind of data is right for your business and building. Here’s what kind of information might be in a database connected to the 3D model. We call these subsystems:
  • 3D models – This includes models from all sub-contractors to determine clash detection: electrical, mechanical, plumbers, civil engineers, etc.
  • Contents and Finishes Library
  • Specs Library
  • 4D – which means your model can connect to schedules. Then you can run simulations in Revit and actually see the project being built.
  • Procurement System
  • Contract Management
  • Capital Outlay
  • Pro Forma
If you are using a BIM model, you’re in the cloud and can access plans and information from any mobile device. Anyone who has the credentials can add to this 3D model. Then your team can work together to determine clash detection. You can have any type of technology integrated with it. What is BIM, BIM, HingePoint, Autodesk, Revit, Integration Download the BIM_Comparison Table here. See where you are on to the path to BIM. The idea to be fully digital while printing on-demand, fully automated and able to collaborate with virtually anyone on a project.

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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] => What is BIM? 'BIM is a Data-Centric Strategy, Not a Thing' [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => bim-is-a-data-centric-strategy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:22:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:22:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12786 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12096 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-10 15:00:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-10 20:00:27 [post_content] => An economist recently said that America has not had a technological revolution since the computer. We at HingePoint were floored. Working as a BIM consultant in architecture, engineering, and construction, we know this is inaccurate. Not to call him out (you can see what I am referring to here), but he is flat out wrong. Everything we have been seeing suggests we are in the middle of one of the biggest technological revolutions of our time and it is transforming how all of us do our work, especially in the AEC industry Just listen to Autodesk’s Senior Vice President Amar Hanspal who recently spoke at the Forge Devcon 2016 conference. “The future is here. We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution!” Wow! But he’s not the only one saying this. So what the heck is the fourth? Well… it’s not just one new technology. It’s a bunch of technology converging that will transform government, business and life as we know it. From Forbes: Forbes
“In this fourth revolution, we are facing a range of new technologies that combine the physical, digital and biological worlds. These new technologies will impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenge our ideas about what it means to be human.”
Professor Klaus Schwab is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He published a book The Fourth Industrial Revolution. He wrote on the World Economic Forum’s blog:
“The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing.”

So what will this revolution bring the AEC Industry? Schwab from the World Economic Forum says that this will dramatically affect the AEC Industry.
“Engineers, designers, and architects are combining computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering, and synthetic biology to pioneer a symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, the products we consume, and even the buildings we inhabit.”
Let’s give you a practical example of what Schwab is saying.
Right now we are able to make 3D designs of our buildings. We can look at these designs on our smartphones. It reduces mistakes because construction crews can see how the building should be built instead of guessing based on 2D-paper drawings. What’s already happening is construction crews and architects are using augmented reality, virtual reality and computer-aided manufacturing. Augmented Reality [caption id="attachment_12100" align="alignright" width="300"]HingePoint, BIM Augmented Reality is helping construction crews and architects make less mistakes and get work done more quickly.[/caption] Think about the Pokémon GO app. If you ever used it… you know that the app uses your camera and then puts a Pokémon GO on your screen. This is exactly what can be done for the construction industry. But instead of seeing a Pokémon GO you can see your 3D model on a plot of land. Or—as the picture above shows—it can show you how specific parts of the building should look. In the picture, the construction worker is looking at where a light should go on the ceiling. With augmented reality he can see it clearly. Virtual Reality Big firms are starting to use virtual reality to show off designs of their buildings. Customers can actually walk through their building and see it in true 3D before ever building it. This lets them know what it will look like and if they approve. Computer Aided Manufacturing and the Internet of Things This is the biggest transformation of this revolution. We are connecting machines to “talk” to one another. What this means is that my 3D BIM model can “talk” to a manufacturer’s machines. In theory, once information about the project is shared, the manufacture’s machine can automatically start cutting or creating whatever is needed without human interaction. So a saw can be connected to the Internet and get instruction on what and how to cut based on your model. The following functions can be used in computer-aided manufacturing: sawing, laser cutting, flame and plasma cutting, bending, gluing and routing and milling. Here’s a good article on CAM. ---------------------------- Now maybe that economist that spoke to NPR didn’t think we were here yet. Okay… we will let it slide, buddy. But you cannot miss this next revolution that is starting… now. Why? Let’s close with a rhetorical question. Do you remember those companies that said no to the computer, no to email, no to the Internet? Neither do we. They were left behind. If you want to take some simple steps to prepare so you are not left behind…. you can download our simple roadmap by signing up to our email list. It will teach you very simple steps to take to go from paper to a full BIM model.

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Whether you're working with paper or already using digital files, you can learn necessary steps to launch your company's processes with new technological capabilities. This road map gives you the fundamental steps you need to take to transform your business. Here’s an impressive video about Industry 4.0:

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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!

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] => Best in Show at Procore Groundbreak 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-in-show-at-procore-groundbreak-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-28 10:19:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-28 15:19:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12714 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12715 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-07 11:45:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-07 16:45:03 [post_content] =>

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] => 2018-03-28 10:32:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-28 15:32:44 [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] => 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."

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: Drones swarm market, companies seek solutions for new data sources [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => procore-groundbreak-2017-drones-swarm-market-companies-seek-solutions-for-new-data-sources [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-03-28 10:22:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-03-28 15:22:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12700 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12657 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-03-28 11:28:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-28 16:28:49 [post_content] => Drones are booming. Amazon wants to start using drones to deliver same-day packages. The United Nations is considering delivering medical supplies to countries in need and some are even hoping to help dog owners pick up after their dog’s number two. All of it with drones. Some estimates have the drone market worth $127 billion by 2020. This includes everything from building and selling the drone itself to drone pilots offering services. However, drones are not just used to conduct specific tasks. They are also used to gather information. For example, construction companies are using drones to survey their job sites. The drones take video and pictures to show general contractors the state of a project or structure. These digital assets—the photographs and videos—save a lot of hours of work.

High-quality marketing videos like Ms. Renfros salsa, is not only becoming a new way to show off your business, it's becoming a new way to market real estate companies. 3 things Drones are Used for in Construction & Real Estate
  1. Construction crews are using drones to verify if projects have been finished or if they were finished correctly. Think things like parking lots and roofs.
  1. Speaking of roofs, surveyors are starting to use drones to look at structures instead of dangerously scaling these high places with people. Not only does it save time, but it is also safer.
  1. Real estate developers and landlords are starting to use drone videos to market their properties. Drone videos can be breathtaking, especially if you have a drone pilot with an eye for marketing.
The Problem with Drones The foreseeable future of drones is bringing the same problem every other new digital asset brings to market. Where will all these videos and photos of job sites go? Where will they be stored? How will it be integrated with other systems and software? There are some great solutions. SmartVid.io—a platform that uses machine learning to tag, search and find industrial photos and videos from the job site—can be linked to Procore, a mobile platform built to streamline construction project management. But still, there is more that needs to be done. If a company is using SharePoint or any other document management system, automatically letting software share information with other systems is going to be critical. Information is notorious for being siloed. Some software is a natural walled-off garden, meaning it doesn’t share information and can control the environment users are in. So with billions going into the drone market, a keen eye on integration is going to be needed. [video width="1920" height="1080" m4v="https://3fesnf3017rn3znelb81u4lp9e-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Construction_verification_drone.m4v"][/video] Construction verification with drones is becoming a vital and cost-effective way to survey and validate work at construction sites. --

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HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"] [post_title] => Real Estate Drone Photography Boon for Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => real-estate-drone-photography-boon-for-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-04-27 00:03:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-04-27 05:03:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12657 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 9 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 13050 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-08-15 08:20:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-15 13:20:24 [post_content] => Drones have a rapidly growing presence at construction sites where they help verify that work has been performed properly, on time, on schedule and according to plan while reducing the subjective manual data. But a big problem that has arisen from the onslaught of drones is how can general contractors or property owners use drones to add value to what really matters – better monitoring and managing their projects and actually get useful insights out of the drone flights? Drones that just fly high over job sites are limited with their ability to capture the entire site, and imagery taken by workers from ground level are usually out of context and hard to manage. It’s been extremely difficult to bring a drone’s construction-verification imagery, especially into a 3D BIM model. But Dronomy has software that offers a robust solution to this problem. “It adds knowledge to construction,” VP of Business Development said Gil Mildworth said. Dronomy is a very exciting Israeli startup that created SiteAware, powerful technology that transforms off the shelf consumer drones into a sensor with brains that can create 3D “as built” models of construction sites just by flying a construction site. What makes this company even more exciting is their ability to get the drones to autonomously fly low and close to the actual structure, capture high-resolution data from all angles which allow for high-accuracy analysis of the construction project. Dronomy can use the aerial imagery to build 3D models that can be overlaid and compared to BIM “as planned” models. General Contractors can compare each BIM model created by Dronomy to the previous model comparing “as planned” to “as built” over time. The solution, called SiteAware by Dronomy, also integrates to the existing workflows of the GC’s to provide automated content adding visual perspectives to punch-lists and for RFIs. “We allow GCs and owners to continuously and remotely monitor their construction projects, adding unparalleled insights. The ability to compare the intention and the actual result of the construction is what adds value” Mildworth said. “You can even see what changed in the project automatically over time with our 4D progress report.” Dronomy, HingePoint SiteAware automatically highlights the delta or what has changed between models so the user can easily see and document what has changed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. “You can get half-inch-level accuracy for measurements just with simple autonomous drone scan of the work site,” Mildworth said. The software is ideal for construction sites that are building from the ground up, like commercial or high-rise buildings, and sites that have many buildings, like a large apartment complex. This is where Dronomy differentiates itself as compared to others in the market. 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