A consistent fixture on the ENR Top 100 Construction Managers list since 1971, Dimeo is a New England based construction and preconstruction service provider. With a portfolio that spans healthcare, corporate, life sciences/ R&D, academic, public, commercial, and residential buildings, they have over 225 professionals in Boston, Providence, and New Haven.

Adopting 360 innovation early

“Get in as early as we can as comfortably as we can,” is how Erik Sanford, Director of VDC/BIM describes Dimeo’s approach to new technology. They consider themselves part of the “early majority” who wait for new innovations to prove themselves, then move quickly to bring them into the workflow.

As part of “The Festival of BIM & Digital Construction” panel 360° Photo Capture Best Practices for Construction Progress Management in a Post-COVID-19 World, Sanford told the virtual audience that the timing was perfect when they discovered HoloBuilder about two and a half years ago. Dimeo had a system in place to capture job photos but knew they could do more. They looked to 360 images, which at that point were widely accepted in the industry. They choose HoloBuilder as the tool to help them make the best use of those photos. …


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In March of 2020, organizations around the world were forced to quickly pivot to a new way of working. Responsible for designing and managing major construction, environmental, and infrastructure projects, Arcadis turned to already-adopted digital tools to continue engaging their clients and protecting their workforce.

Already well-versed in the value of 360° photo capture, Arcadis employees frequently used the technology to advance projects and connect team members in different geographies. With 360° photo capture implemented, Arcadis was able to continue providing pivotal engineering expertise and move projects forward despite the pandemic. Their teams captured photos of sites using fewer crew members; allowed remote, virtual access to those who needed it; and were able to simplify stakeholder communication. Without physically traveling to the site, team members used HoloBuilder tools to review progress, identify issues, and make informed decisions. …


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Remote site access is a key enabler to building new workflows around virtual site inspections.

There’s little debate that when we’re through the worst of COVID-19, we will have uncovered new and better ways to do things. Municipalities are adopting virtual technology to carry out site inspections so projects can continue to progress. But video inspections are just a jumping-off point. The technology behind 360° photo capture is at a point where it can simplify site inspections without compromising outcomes.

Using simple technology to bridge the gap

A recent International Code Council webinar shared that 93% of building departments are still performing some type of inspections. Most are using social distancing best practices and have modified their procedures to include only specific types of projects or exclusively exterior inspections. However, 60% of those surveyed said they don’t currently have the capability to accommodate remote inspections. To help move departments toward more virtual inspections, the International Code Council published suggested steps for municipalities to start using video for site inspections. …


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Many job sites are dormant during the COVID-19 crisis, but that does not mean that nothing is happening!

The global coronavirus pandemic is a challenge for many industries and construction is no exception. With many job sites, the “hearts of progress”, being dormant, General Contractors were facing a particularly hard hit. But tech-savvy ones have mastered it and successfully transitioned into working remotely, making use of technology to move things forward and to keep teams in-sync. Here’s how they do it!

There are many industries that can transition easily into working remotely. Construction is not one of them. The industry relies on active job sites with hundreds of skilled workers and has a culture of face-to-face meetings and decision making. But today, construction projects have either completely shut down or been significantly limited and in-person meetings, including on-site meetings, aren’t happening. Contractors are prioritizing employee safety on job sites that look very different than just a few weeks ago.

That doesn’t mean projects are completely idle, however. Contractors have tools and skills to continue to focus on project schedules, budgets, and progress while securing the safety of their employees and partners. …


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There are only very few events at which the key players of an entire industry get together: CONEXPO-CON/AGG is where it happens for construction! After 3 years of waiting, it’s back in 2020 and with more than 2,800 exhibitors (HoloBuilder being one of them) and 150 education sessions on 2,500,000 square feet of venue space. It’ll be a week full of networking, learning and more — and one dominant topic will be technology!

Construction technology (ConTech) is a massive leap in the history of construction innovation, but it would be easy to overlook the technological revolution happening in construction. New artificially intelligent solutions are swarming in on every industry — many with so much media appeal that they conceal the danger of outshining the hard working men and women in hard hats and hi-visibility vests.

It would, however, be a mistake to ignore the tech currently being deployed by the industry, and the role construction sites have had as a home and a birthplace to incredible innovation over the centuries. …


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That was a blast: We’re now back from what was an incredible Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas, and we took the time to reflect on some of our experiences, conversations, and takeaways from what was a phenomenal event for the entire industry that showed one more time what community means!

Autodesk University never disappoints and 2019 was no exception. It’s hard to put all the great interactions and our excitement into words, but we’d like to try it and present you with a recap from the perspective of a construction technology provider.

For us, all the buzz kicked off at Connect & Construct with the launch of SpotWalk — our brand new job site offering that combines our AI-powered 360° reality capture technology with Boston Dynamics’ sophisticated and adaptable robot, Spot.


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SpotWalk, the first of its kind robotic 360° capture solution, enables you to put your construction documentation on autopilot.

SpotWalk combines world-beating robotics with an incredible 360° image capture to equip projects with next-generation site documentation.

The San Francisco Airport Harvey Milk Terminal 1 redevelopment is a $1.2 billion construction project that promises to be one of the most spectacular airport renovations in the United States once complete. The contractor, Hensel Phelps, is understandably conscientious about this work which — as with all big projects — to their exacting standards.

To do that, they are onboarding some of the most sophisticated new construction technologies around, and if you were to visit the site you may well get to see one of the most game-changing innovations in action.

SpotWalk is an innovative new product that integrates our HoloBuilder technology with Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. Controlled by the HoloBuilder SpotWalk app, the Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot can walk job sites autonomously, capturing 360° images that record the progress of a construction project over time.


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Capturing all important locations on-site automatically once you arrive with SpeedMode, while not capturing every single step you take in-between, provides a structured data set with relevant information for your team and keeps the data lightweight.

360° reality capturing has revolutionized the way the construction industry tracks project progress. We understand that what you value most about it is the time that you save. Thus, we are working hard every day to reduce that capturing time even further. After countless field tests, we finally found a new way of capturing which also is the most efficient and fastest way to create organized and structured documentation to date: SpeedMode for automated progress tracking!

The Basics: What is SpeedMode?

Making use of your device’s Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities, SpeedMode locates yourself on your Sheet¹ in the JobWalk App that is connected to your 360° camera, allowing you to automatically track your location during job walks on the construction site. This way, you can simply walk from one capture point to another while the JobWalk App automatically triggers your 360° camera when you arrive at the location. It ensures that the exact same locations are captured during each job walk, keeping images in an organized structure that allows for perfect TimeTravel and higher data quality. Besides, the automated process reduces the need to interact with the app and speeds up capturing significantly. Once you upload the data, it will instantly appear online — with no cloud post-processing time needed!


The wait for a new high-quality option for your construction documentation is over! Our partner Ricoh just announced their new flagship 360° camera “Theta Z1” that is supposed to ship in late March 2019 and it is a huge step forward in almost every aspect. While it might not be for every jobsite due to its nearly $1,000 price tag, we think there is great potential for the larger jobs out there, and here is why!

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Highlights of the new Ricoh Theta Z1 360° camera for your construction documentation at a glance.

5 Highlights — The Ricoh Theta Z1 for construction documentation in a nutshell:

  1. 23-megapixel resolution paired with larger sensors increase the overall image quality and result in more details — especially in low light situations.
  2. A new magnesium alloy body brings more robustness, yet easy handling while retaining a slim profile.
  3. The new OLED display lets you identify relevant shooting and camera status information at a glance.
  4. A variable aperture allows for high-quality images in various lighting situations.
  5. Many enhancements under the hood that build upon the great foundation of the predecessor model Theta V.

For us at HoloBuilder, the most important aspects in a 360° camera are ease-of-use, capturing speed, and of course image quality, and we are excited to see that Ricoh continues to improve all of them with their latest model.


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Learn how to utilize 360° Reality Capture in industrial facilities with 3 scenarios from the perspective of CEO of a technology and communication consulting firm

The United States is now the largest global crude oil producer. As drilling operations expand to new, remote and geographically challenging areas where travel is dodgy and communication options limited, an opportunity to improve connectivity for professionals working in those rural areas has emerged.

Our startup company TotalView Industrial Imaging, a technology and communication consulting firm, is leveraging the HoloBuilder platform to create 360° virtual tours of industrial facilities in rural communities throughout Alaska. …

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