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OpenSpace: Changing access to construction sites

Technology in the construction world is developing fast. Will AI make it easier to get the job done?

Imagine your project manager is away and major changes need to be made on site. Plans can be emailed, and assessments can be made when your manager returns to site. But alterations still need to be signed off, which may involve other parties. Waiting to hear back from engineers, architects, suppliers, and safety inspectors takes time.

This can have a knock on effect across the industry and result in jobs lined up being pushed back or cancelled, which could see you miss out on work. There is always another tradesperson willing to pick up the slack.

Fact is, if you can’t access sites it’s difficult to asses how achievable alterations to plans can be. However, a San Francisco-based company has developed a solution.

OpenSpace uses a mix of hardware and state-of-the art AI- powered analytics to create 360 degree virtual environments that mirror live sites. The result is a multi-layered 3D reconstruction of the project that can be accessed and manipulated anywhere in the world.

Instructions can be left with tradespeople who can reply with progress updates, and every stage of the project is documented and can be reviewed.

For example, if issues have been identified with internal fixtures, external walls can be removed digitally offsite to reveal the network of pipes and electrical wires. The best course of action can then be put into place before tradespeople visit the building. This reduces disruption and minimises the need to close down businesses or public spaces.

To date OpenSpace has:

  • captured 20 billion square foot
  • taken 1 billion images
  • worked globally on 30,000 projects
  • connected 165,000 users
  • across 93 countries

To find out more, visit the OpenSpace website or watch the demonstration video below.

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How is technology changing the way you work on site? Do you think artificial intelligence will replace tradespeople?

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Mark McPherson

Mark McPherson has an MA in Creative Writing and has been crafting content for over a decade. He writes for a range of niches, including the construction industry and insurance sector. Mark has worked internationally as a content writer and teacher.

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