Harnessing the BIM Potential for Enhanced Construction Efforts

There is no end to what all human beings can do, but at the same time, there is little we do better than growing on a consistent basis. This tendency to improve, no matter the situation, has brought the world some huge milestones, with technology emerging as quite a major member of the group. The reason why we hold technology in such a high regard is, by and large, predicated upon its skill-set, which guided us towards a reality that nobody could have ever imagined otherwise. Nevertheless, if we look beyond the surface for a second, it will become clear how the whole runner was also very much inspired from the way we applied those skills across a real world environment. The latter component, in fact, did a lot to give the creation a spectrum-wide presence and initiate a full-blown tech revolution. Of course, this revolution then went on to scale up the human experience through some outright unique avenues, but even after achieving a feat so notable, technology will somehow continue to bring forth the right goods. The same has turned more and more evident in recent times, and assuming one new discovery ends up with the desired impact, it will only put that trend on a higher pedestal moving forward.

OpenSpace, a leader of the construction space, has officially announced a decision to expand the insights from its reality capture solution, doing so with the help of tools that can make the solution a bigger part of the building information modeling (BIM) space. To give you some context, the company had recently launched a dedicated mobile app feature, which would allow field workers to easily navigate and view their model side-by-side with actual site conditions. Across the latest development, though, we have a new functionality named OpenSpace BIM+ at the heart of everything. This functionality, according to certain reports, comes decked up with a capability to provide BIM analysis tools that drive insights by overlaying BIM, 360° photos and point cloud data. Next up, it will deliver at your disposal a set of BIM coordination tools that gives OpenSpace Capture’s popular field note feature more prominence in BIM workflows, thus ensuring the realization of a more streamlined operation. Notably enough, this operation is expected to be supported at length by OpenSpace’s new partners in Revizto, Navisworks or BIM Track. Anyway, the users of OpenSpace BIM+ will also have uninterrupted access to model management tools. These tools should be useful when trying to improve revision control, something which becomes especially crucial if they are any overlaps between plan revisions and construction timeline.

Among other newly-added enhancements, OpenSpace, from here onwards, offers integration with thermal imaging and infrared imaging camera leader FLIR.

“Infrared cameras see heat emanating from the world,” said Neel Sheth, Vice President of Product at OpenSpace. “What is even more exciting is these types of cameras are becoming a lot more accessible, so more teams can find issues and correct them more quickly,”

Hold on, we aren’t done yet. We referred to OpenSpace awarding more prominence to its field note feature, but the company also took this opportunity to introduce customizable tags that can let a construction team use those notes more aggressively in terms of tracking activity or productivity in the field. Apart from that, we even saw a new capture heatmap functionality, which can identify areas of the jobsite that have been previously captured and the ones that might have been missed to ensure the entire site is optimally documented.

“We started, obviously, from the standpoint of capturing what has been done on site. And then we started to move towards the middle through defect detection and defect tracking. But we’ve already started to get a further towards tracking not just defects but progress on site. We allow for manual progress tracking, or at least manually verified progress tracking so you can see what our AI says about progress but then also look and verify it has been done. Next, we’re starting to look at progress tracking against the BIM model,” said Richard Acton-Maher, Director of Product at OpenSpace.

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