Provident opts for OpenSpace to track site progress

By Dominic Ellis
OpenSpace allows Provident to check items were installed correctly and see what is buried within walls...

Provident General Contractors is to use OpenSpace's technology on all new job sites.

The firm decided to enter into an enterprise agreement with OpenSpace based on the benefits they've experienced already, from tracking site progress to creating a "ground truth" for insurance claims. 

"OpenSpace is a great tool for construction - it allows our project team to view all areas of the jobsite remotely and see what progress is being made," said Damian Millisor, Project Manager with Provident. 

"With this information, we are able to adjust manpower on the job to make sure the project schedule is on track. It also is great for going back in time at any particular spot in the building to check to see that items were installed correctly and see what is buried within walls, to avoid potential issues when rework is required."

OpenSpace empowers builders to be more efficient by automating job site photo documentation and image analysis. Builders attach a small 360-degree camera to their hardhat, mark their starting point on the OpenSpace app, walk the site as normal, and then OpenSpace's software automatically handles imagery capture. 

After the data is uploaded, OpenSpace organizes the images, pins them to the correct location on the floorplan, and stitches them together. Customers can virtually walk through a site using the latest imagery, see how sites have changed over time, add notes and change requests, and more. Provident currently deploys OpenSpace on a multi-family project in Downtown Oklahoma. 

"There are many companies that offer simple photo documentation of construction; however, OpenSpace provides much more than that," said Blake Pearce, Vice President of Operations at Provident. "OpenSpace has already released a few additional extremely beneficial features and their pipeline of product development could change the way we manage construction forever."

Last month Shimizu Corporation signed a partnership agreement with OpenSpace to use their 360° photo documentation and analytics platform in combination with its own construction data and expertise to enhance remote management of its construction sites. 

People and AI-equipped autonomous robots collaborate in performing construction work in the Shimz Smart Site. The autonomous robot, Robo-Welder, has six arms which move like human arms. It uses these to freely manipulate the shape-recognition laser sensors and torches at the tip of each arm to weld as it confirms the shape of each groove to be welded. 


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