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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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But this isn’t in Arlington where one of the most spectacular stadiums in the world sits; it’s in Frisco. The Cowboys recently built The Star in Frisco, which is a 91-acre campus that hosts the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to playing home to the corporate offices and practice facility, The Star in Frisco features the Ford Center—a state-of-the-art indoor football stadium that will host a variety of events, an entertainment district lined with restaurants and shops, the Omni hotel, a medical center and more. The Star in Frisco offers an experience for fans worldwide to take a look inside the entire operation of the Dallas Cowboys and to workout like a Cowboy. “It’s awesome,” Greenleaf said. “As soon I return from vacation I am joining.” It’s no secret that Collin County is rapidly growing with major developments like Legacy West and corporate offices in Plano and many developments surrounding the Star in Frisco. Because of the development, Frisco is getting its first high-rise building, and three other developments will be built in the area. The area in known as the $5-billion mile because it is seeing more than $5 billion in capital investment. Frisco Station Also in the same area is Frisco Station, developed by Rudman Partnership, Hillwood Properties, and ValTrust Real Estate. It’s 242 acres, mixed-use development, which includes, office, retail, restaurants and hotels. According to the press release: The Rudman’s have owned land in Frisco for more than 50 years, and their developments in the City include the Baylor Medical Center Complex, the 2500 Legacy Office Building, the luxury residential subdivisions Stonebriar Park and Chapel Creek and the Villas at Chapel Creek aApartments The Gate Dubai-based Invest Group Overseas are also developing mixed-use area to feature luxury residential, retail and office space. The mixed-use luxury development to be located on nearly 41 acres at the northwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and future John Hickman Parkway. IGO’s corporate leaders introduced the project Sunday in Dubai, at Cityscape Global, one of the largest international real estate development and investment events in the world. Wade Park Thomas Land & Development is developing 175 acres of mixed-use land as well. The initial 110 acres of Wade Park are under design by Wakefield Beasley & Associates architectural firm, developing village featuring 600,000 square feet of high- end specialty retail, including a 45,000 square foot Whole Foods Market. Entertainment venues for bowling, movies and nightlife will be announced in the coming weeks, and a boutique hotel and a luxury hotel are also in the development plan. About HingePoint HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. 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  • 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
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  • 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 ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 11900 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-05-16 09:15:03 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-16 14:15:03 [post_content] => HingePoint, a business in Dallas, TX, has announced the launch of a new ebook, which is a unique resource in the Autodesk industry. The company calls it 'The Ultimate Guide to Free Autodesk Resources'. The ebook is designed to help teach people about all the free and little known resources to enable them to maximize their investment in Autodesk products and subscriptions. It is available through https://www.hingepoint.com/autodesk-industry-report/. Bryce Finnerty from HingePoint says: "The Autodesk Industry Report 2016 has been created for our many colleagues in the Autodesk Industry. We call it the Autodesk 'Industry' because with over 170 Autodesk Products, the global collection of employees, end users, customers, suppliers, developers, consultants and consumers who use or benefit from products designed by Autodesk is growing rapidly." Autodesk products can be used in a variety of different industries. These include architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, design, facilities management, innovation, R&D, modeling, BIM (building information modeling), infrastructure, media, entertainment, arts, illustration, simulation, 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, animation, renderings, gaming, etc. These sectors are defining the future of the world. To enable businesses to use Autodesk tools properly, HingePoint encourages businesses to contact them for a consultation through https://www.hingepoint.com/autodesk-consulting-development-services/. "At HingePoint, we specialize in Autodesk related platforms and have for over 20 years," adds Bryce Finnerty. "It is what we do. And as experts on the Autodesk platforms, we are challenged to keep up with the furious pace of innovation and new products coming from Autodesk." HingePoint has checklists and tools available to access all the different Autodesk resources. They use this to teach and train their clients, and also to experiment and engage with the wider Autodesk community. As can be seen on their BIM consulting development page, https://www.hingepoint.com/bim-consulting-development/, they cover a huge variety of different topics. The company is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, which means they have access to all the different resources. They have compiled these into a single report, which is the new eBook. It covers various topics, such as:
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View the source press release by clicking here>>> About the Author HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems.  As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, they a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry.  HingePoint supports development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, M, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365.  Their clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains, to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management.  HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Autodesk Industry Report Released as Free E-Book By HingePoint [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => autodesk-industry-report-released-as-free-e-book-by-hingepoint [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-01-22 16:20:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-01-22 22:20:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=11900 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [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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