Category: Reality capture

viAct: AI-powered construction safety

viAct Danger Zones Alert

Recently receiving US$2m in seed funding, Hong Kong-based startup viAct is aiming to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a “zero risk” smart construction site. Founded in 2016 and based in Hong Kong, viAct has developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cloud platform that provides construction sites with round-the-clock visual monitoring for quality, security, safety and …

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FARO acquires Holobuilder

HoloBuilder JobWalk Planner

California-based Holobuilder, a pioneer in AEC 360-degree photogrammetry, has been acquired by FARO Technologies in a US$34 million deal. FARO Technologies has invested $US34 million to acquire HoloBuilder, the San Francisco, US-based 360-degree reality capture technology developer. The Florida, US-based corporation known for its 3D measurement, imaging, and realisation solutions for architecture, engineering and construction, says: …

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Unity acquires AEC AR tech vendor VisualLive

VisualLive use

Some consolidation in the AEC augmented reality sector as Autodesk collaborator Unity acquires US-based VisualLive. Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, has announced (9 March 2021) the acquisition (value and terms not disclosed) of VisualLive, an Arizona, US-based technology company enabling the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry to …

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Microsoft Mesh mixed reality opens Bentley collaboration

Microsoft Mesh launch

Mixed Reality, XR, is supported by Microsoft through its development of its Mesh platform, with wider adoption enabled via open standards, benefiting industry partners such as AEC tech provider Bentley Systems. Two days before a call with Bentley Systems’ Greg Demchak, I watched Microsoft‘s online launch of its new Microsoft Mesh mixed reality platform (on …

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Aerial data capture by Nearmap

Nearmap aerial view of Illinois expressway

In 12 years, Nearmap has grown from a Western Australian aerial imagery startup into a AU$106M business with extensive operations in the US. Founded by Stuart Nixon in Perth, Western Australia, in 2008, Nearmap provides a cost-effective and high resolution aerial photography alternative to data from satellite imagery services such as Google Earth or drone-captured …

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Visio Impulse: computer vision for construction

Visio Impulse logo

London-based Visio Impulse is applying computer vision techniques to help clients and project teams rapidly get insights from site imagery. Incorporated by Farhad Bazyari in London in June 2017 and launched in February 2018, Visio Impulse applies computer vision techniques to monitor construction and engineering projects. A graduate of Sheffield University, Bazyari completed a PhD …

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Evercam : site imagery, AI and BIM

Marco Herbst - Evercam

Ireland’s Evercam monitors construction sites via IP cameras and is integrating live imagery with BIM and using AI to track site activities. Dublin, Ireland-based company Evercam provides cameras for construction sites to provide regular feeds of images that can also be used to create time-lapse and project management video sequences. Established in 2010 by Marco …

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Buildots: site visual data capture

buildots error demo

Tel Aviv-based Buildots uses 360-degree wearable cameras and AI for “automated detection of schedule and design discrepancies.” At October’s Digital Construction Week 2019 trade show in London, I spotted Israeli startup Buildots among the exhibitors. I didn’t have chance to learn more then, but the company presented at December’s COMIT community day (held in IFS‘s …

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HoloBuilder builds its European backing

US-based 360° reality capture technology provider HoloBuilder has announced new investments from three Germany backers to help fuel the construction technology business’s international growth. Having established an EU hosting base, the US’s HoloBuilder is extending its European operation still further. The artificial intelligence (AI) solution provider for 360° reality capture of construction projects, has announced …

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Bentley pushes ‘Digital Twin’ into AEC mainstream

Bentley digital twin

Discussion about ‘Digital Twins’ and national digital twins has grown rapidly since 2017, with Bentley Systems leading conversations and supporting UK research. The notion of creating a ‘Digital Twin’ of a built asset – a digital representation of the physical asset that is also connected to the physical asset to exchange real-time data – has …

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