The Value of Reality Capture Services


February 26, 2022
By: Robotic Imaging

The commercial building construction industry is valued at more than $225.3 Billion in 2022. Also, the market size of commercial construction is going to increase by 1.9% in 2022. On the other side, the complete US industry (retail + commercial) has a growth forecast of 3.7% in the year 2022.

The commercial building construction industry is valued at more than $225.3 Billion in 2022. Also, the market size of commercial construction is going to increase by 1.9% in 2022. On the other side, the complete US industry (retail + commercial) has a growth forecast of 3.7% in the year 2022.

However, there are challenges ahead in the construction industry. Rising material & labor costs, and a saturated industry are making for a competitive market, affecting the profits of construction businesses. It is more important than ever to operate efficiently. In today's day and age, a major key to efficiency is technology adoption. Optimizing modern technology is crucial to efficiency and maximizing profits in the modern commercial construction industry.

One of the more proven and ubiquitous tools for optimizing commercial construction projects are reality capture services. Reality capture services are the creation of 3D models that allow someone to 'see' and 'walk around' a construction site on their phone, computer, or VR headset. These aren't models created from data points, they are generated from 360 degree photographs taken by specialized reality capture cameras, meaning the imaging is an exact visual replication of reality.

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Why Use Reality Capture Services in Commercial Construction?

The biggest advantage of using reality capture services for a construction business is that it allows contractors to see the status of the site from anywhere, at anytime. Depending on the size of the site, but reality capture services can usually be executed within a couple hours, and so can be conducted pre-project and on a regular basis throughout, allowing project managers to have an up-to-date visual of the project without having to be on-site. It expedites the review and evaluation process, and helps contractors make informed decisions and give clients accurate updates and timelines.

Advances in technology over the last few years have optimized the hardware and software required for reality capture services, reducing the cost to a very affordable point. For many projects, the cost of regular reality capture is easily offset by the increased efficiency, likely reduction in labor costs and mistakes.

Matterport

The leading technology in reality capture is Matterport. They are the oldest and biggest player in the space, and there are plenty of skilled technicians able to conduct these services across the country. Matterport not only creates models, but also allows users to share notes, and integrates with ReCap, AutoCAD and other imaging/modeling tools important to the commercial construction industry. The size and efficiency of their operation has further reduced the cost of reality capture services.

Closing

Commercial and retail construction projects naturally require careful planning, tracking, and documentation. In today's indsutry, maximizing a projects efficiency is crucial to a project's success and profitability. Reality capture services are one of many different kinds of tools out there to aid contractors. These services are cost-efficient, easy to integrate into new or existing projects, and inevitably a good investment for anyone conducting large-scale short or long term projects. To find out more about pricing or the reality capture services that Robotic Imaging provides, fill out the form below.

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