PlanRadar's 'SiteView' AI: construction's bigger picture solution

PlanRadar, one of the leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platforms, announces the upcoming AI-powered ‘SiteView’ feature, enhancing the platform's already robust documentation, communication and reporting capabilities. SiteView empowers users to capture 360° imagery of a project while walking the site, with the images automatically mapped onto a 2D plan, creating a detailed visual record of activity across every stage of the build.  Group Co-CEO Ibrahim Imam noted, “This feature’s a game changer for PlanRadar users, combining the easy to use experience with the highest levels of accuracy, making it possible to achieve complete visual as-builts and field, progress, and photo documentation, in place of taking thousands of photos. In addition with our core documentation, communication and ticketing platform, SiteView means anyone working on a project can now easily go back and look ‘behind the wall’ to see exactly what was built or installed, often reducing rework.”    While powered by cutting-edge technology, the simple solution means construction teams can walk a site with a 360° camera attached to a helmet, and SiteView does the rest. Reality capture images are automatically transferred from camera-to-app and ready to review in PlanRadar shortly after a site walk is completed, aligning the path walked onto the 2D plan. This provides a level of efficiency that makes it easy to document visual ‘as-builts’ in minutes, as well as quickly maintain any visual site documentation required.   Additionally, a compare feature makes it easy to view images captured on two dates side-by-side during the build to see progress and spot any deflections.  Clemens Hammerl, Chief Product Officer, comments, “SiteView reduces on-site inspection time and speeds up team collaboration, allowing a complete view of the site, even when working remotely. 360° photographic images provide all the documentation needed to see what has happened, delivering complete project transparency. With minimal training required, users simply set a starting position on a 2D construction plan within the PlanRadar mobile app, walk the site, and press stop when finished; our sophisticated algorithms take care of the rest.”  SiteView uses SLAM technology (Simultaneous Location and Mapping), the same tech used to power driverless automobiles, to survey unknown environments while simultaneously moving through them. It operates by estimating the path of the site walker on a digital construction plan, with algorithms constantly aligning sequential data to determine position and path. The path is then aligned to the plan, using AI-powered computer vision algorithms, which integrate depth estimation and accurate localisation.  Crucially, it provides project teams with a detailed, 360° overview of activity and progress, all within the easy-to-use interface of PlanRadar’s platform. The addition of SiteView adds another layer of functionality to PlanRadar, which already includes document management, reporting and integration features, enabling customers to connect all project processes in one place.  -IMAGE-  With a comprehensive view of works available throughout each phase of the build, all project stakeholders can experience full transparency of activities. This not only helps prevent miscommunication but also mitigates potential disputes. The upcoming launch is just the beginning for SiteView, with ongoing updates to follow, including BIM integration, and the ability to link to Tickets on the 360° images.

PlanRadar Surpasses 50% Global Growth in 2023 Despite Challenging Landscape

PlanRadar announces remarkable global growth of more than 50% year-on-year in 2023, underlined by a ntinuing spirit of innovation and strategic entrepreneurship in the face of industry challenges and geopolitical turmoil.PlanRadar is a leading digital construction, real estate, and facilities management platform that since its founding in 2013, has fast established itself as one of the world’s leading PropTech companies. Its significant growth comes in the wake of the company’s substantial territorial expansion, workforce growth and R&D amplification over the past year after raising about $70m in its Series B funding round in 2022. Strong presence in European marketsPlanRadar’s growing footprint is in response to the huge global appetite for its technology and its continuing success in transforming an industry that historically has been reluctant to go digital. Europe, a primary market for PlanRadar, showcased a 50% revenue increase, despite reports of a projected decline in the construction industry. This growth is driven by consistently strong performances in DACH countries, Italy and exceptional growth in Great Britain. Also, Spain experienced a notable 90% customer growth, signaling a positive response to European sectoral instability. Successful expansion into MENA and APAC regionsThe MENA and APAC regions emerged as rising stars, in line with reports and forecasts of steady growth in both regions (MENA, APAC). PlanRadar has been present in these areas since 2022 with offices in Dubai, Singapore, and Sydney. The Asian expansion led to a doubling of PlanRadar’s client base in 2023, underscoring the market's potential and confirming the company's ambitions for the coming year. Group Co-CEO Ibrahim Imam states: “We are committed to deepening our roots within the regions we’ve expanded into. We see very dynamic economies, both established and emerging in these countries. As construction takes on a growing role in these countries’ growth, PlanRadar is committed to being a stable partner, on hand to help to drive their acceleration. 2024 promises to be a year filled with advances for the platform, with the launch of several AI features.” PlanRadar also reflects this positive trend within its overall employee growth, with over 150 new hires recorded during 2023. Strategic planning in the face of geopolitical instability The past few years have been marked by increasing instability, resulting in economic shockwaves. This has placed a growing strain on companies at both a domestic and international level, not least in the construction industry. As a matter of importance, PlanRadar works in partnership with customers to adapt to the volatile environment, supporting them to continue to thrive. Sander van de Rijdt, Group Co-CEO explains: “The nature of PlanRadar’s business model is such that we are constantly working with and encouraging our clients to future-proof their organizations. We have seen firsthand how companies that choose to keep on advancing and optimizing their processes, and technology investments are subsequently better prepared to confront the fallout of global economic shocks.”  Client-Centric InnovationsThe company’s continual focus on evolving industry demands and client satisfaction has pushed significant innovations in R&D and new product features.  In 2023, PlanRadar released its Document Management feature, giving customers the power to manage plans and documents centrally, with all updates tracked for full traceability. All document approvals and authorisations are handled in PlanRadar’s platform, instead of scattered across email and elsewhere, with robust versioning to keep all files organised. This new functionality helps users manage plans and documents from the very early planning phases of a project through to construction and into operations. Centralisation is a core feature of PlanRadar’s proposition and has proven to increase transparency, while cutting hours of process time allowing companies to focus on matters more important to them such as business growth and client service.  Feature enhancements: Along with ongoing improvements and new features, there were two key enhancements. The “Calendar view” was introduced for users to see tickets more accessibly. Users wanted to be able to align tickets with their own diaries. Where previously they could see the tickets on a list or a visual plan, having them detailed in a calendar helps greatly to incorporate tickets into their day-to-day planning. The “Schedule” functionality was refined further to help users’ project management needs allowing them to link project dependencies and see the complete critical path. Essentially, they get a clearer view of the full project and any and all potential bottlenecks and delays, and can better prepare any contingency plans.  All improvements are made with the aim to both simplify clients' lives, as well as to encourage them to use PlanRadar comprehensively across project phases.  Here’s how users have been actively using PlanRadar in 2023: ·      More than 8.5 million tickets created ·      More than 14 million images uploaded ·      More than 700,000 plans uploaded ·      Around 1.2 billion interactions ·      Around 28 terabytes of down- and uploaded storage per month  As a business that started in Vienna and has since grown into an organization which spans across the globe, PlanRadar continuously adapts its strategy and continuously innovates. And, despite global challenges, its success in 2023 has shown its ability to turn obstacles into opportunities to innovate and thrive.