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A Big Week: Newmetrix at REAL 2016 and AGC National Conference

Last week was big for us. We had never spoken publicly about what we’re doing before, and last week we did it twice! 

I co-presented with our customer BONE Structure at the REAL2016 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, and Todd Wynne from Rogers-O’Brien Construction, another customer of ours, spoke about our work together at the AGC National Convention in San Antonio. In keeping with the theme of greater disclosure we also started to expand the website and have added a dedicated product area.

REAL 2016 is all about reality capture in design and construction (capture, compute, create is the motto). Usually, this means 3D scanning and relating the scan results back to a 3D model. Charles Bovet, VP of operations, West Coast at BONE Structure and I kicked off the sessions on Tuesday AM with an expanded definition of what reality capture means. BONE Structure is a custom home builder with an innovative direct design to fabrication structural steel assembly system. They use the automotive supply chain to laser cut structural steel and use a specialized component system that results in zero waste onsite and zero energy footprint for the home. Charles and I presented on how we’re taking model objects and connecting them to video footage from the job site as the components are assembled. Our patent-pending Smart Tagging technology is able to tie the field video to the specific parts. This results in better progress tracking for BONE Structure across their multiple sites and better communication to the owner. It’s the kind of reality capture that connects the real world with the model-defined world, using the phone in everyone’s pocket to capture the videos.
And there is more to come! We’ll be presenting together on the Stanford Campus in June… stay tuned for more info on that.  

At the AGC National Convention, Todd Wynne and James Benham of JBKnowledge, Inc. delivered a talk on Future Forecast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules. As they put it: “Everywhere you look, there’s a new mobile, drone or wearable device. How are these technologies evolving construction projects?” We are asking ourselves the same question every day, building out our media management platform.

REAL 2016 was a great opportunity for me to catch up with current beta users and new prospects.  If you’re on the private Beta list - thanks for your patience while we onboard new users as we grow our service and support team.  If you’re not on the list yet, sign up here.


Bone Structure

BARE BONE event coming up in June on the Stanford Campus will also feature Newmetrix

REAL 2016 speakers

Yours truly with Charles Bovet of BONE Structure (customer) and Syd Mead (designer of Blade Runner universe - had to include him, even though he didn’t speak in our session)

Live presentation at REAL

Charles Bovet and I kick off the “REAL Live” presentations on Tuesday AM

Written by Josh Kanner

Josh Kanner has been involved in enterprise-focused software startups since 2000 with a focus in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry since 2005.

Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. There he led the company’s product, marketing, and business development functions. Vela Systems grew from bootstrapped beginnings to include over 50% of the ENR Top Contractors as customers and deployments all over the globe. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM 360 Field.

Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company with customers including Motorola, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, and American Express.

Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He still gets excited to put on a hard hat and walk a job.

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