Reality Capture Offers Suffolk Work Verification and Time Savings

Suffolk Construction uses OpenSpace software to capture 360-degree video and photos from the jobsite without needing manual input like traditional tools.

  Through the use of OpenSpace, Suffolk Construction can easily record project data that can be shared with other stakeholders.    SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION  Through the use of OpenSpace, Suffolk Construction can easily record project data that can be shared with other stakeholders. SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION

Based out of Boston, Suffolk Construction is a $4 billion company that specializes in commercial construction across the United States. In 2019, they signed an Enterprise agreement with OpenSpace to use its software to capture 360-degree video and photos without any manual input and in a fraction of the time of traditional tools.

This ability is due to OpenSpace’s proprietary patent pending Vision Engine platform — the first fully automated reality capture system. Leveraging advanced technologies like computer vision and 3D modeling, OpenSpace’s AI system automatically maps images to project plans with no manual corrections or location pinning necessary.

However, prior to signing an enterprise agreement, the company trialed OpenSpace on a few projects. One of those projects is the Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz-Carlton is a 53-story luxury residential building located in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, scheduled for completion later in 2020.

Adopting automated reality capture onsite

Suffolk Superintendent Max Sanchez implemented the technology on that project.

“I was assigned to the critical path of the job, which included the installation of the glass system for the 53-story building,” says Sanchez. “Much of my time was spent walking the building to analyze the progress of the installation, and on a project of this size, you can imagine the importance of efficiency to help manage a critical component such as the glass.”

According to Sanchez, learning the software was easy. “I was able to learn how to use it by participating in a 20-minute Skype conversation with one of the staff at OpenSpace,” he says.

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