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The launch of Verity signals the next leap
for ClearEdge3D, but the company is also
expanding by acquiring complementary
they were going to catch it early because they
weren't checking there," Cone notes.
Speed is the other reason contractors are
jumping onto Verity. Like EdgeWise, Verity's
automation capabilities save time in the construction verification process. One customer
used to dedicate one person and eight manhours to validate that penetrations were
installed correctly for a single 40,000-squarefoot concrete slab. "Running our software,
they got that down to less than an hour for
the same task," Cone says. "Our software can
check all of that work in a fraction of the time
it takes to check it all manually."
"Laser Larry" Kleinkemper, CTO of Lanmar
Services, which models historic buildings for
architects, engineers and contractors that are
managing renovation, historic preservation
or addition projects, plans to utilize Verity
in upcoming jobs to improve quality control
checks. "Verity will make sure my staff are
accurately modeling and matching all the
building elements that are there and finding
the items they haven't modeled yet," he says.
Anton Dy Buncio, COO at VIATechnik, a
company that creates as-built models and
virtual reality simulations for construction
projects, says Verity has been helpful in
retrofits and renovations. "When you're
trying to build something around existing
conditions, that's when the as-built matters,"
he explains. If a hospital is planning an addition or equipment installation, for example,
having an accurate as-built model can help it
design the project around real conditions to
avoid disturbing critical life support systems.
Using Verity enables VIATechnik's team
to better use their time while the software
validates the model against the point cloud.
"Instead of having multiple people wok on it,
we can have Verity check while working on
other things, then we'll look at the report,"
Dy Buncio says.
software systems. Earlier this year, ClearEdge3D purchased Pericept,
the Texas construction verification software firm. Pericept is the developer behind BIMtrace, a product that captures recently installed
scopes-of-work on a construction site and compares the as-built
work to the design model to check for accuracy and proper installation. BIMtrace shares similarities with Verity; however, instead of
point clouds derived from laser scans, it uses iPhone or iPad images
to compare the real-world work with the CAD model.
The types of scanners that can be used to populate the point cloud
are also expanding. ClearEdge3D has partnered with GeoSLAM, a
leader in 3-D mobile mapping technology, to enable Verity to work
with as-built construction data measured using GeoSLAM's handheld laser scanners.
Aside from more affordable laser scanners, Cone believes the
biggest impact on automated verification software will come from
machine learning. Advancements in hardware and machine learning mean there is potential to use it to train the software to identify
building components and improve automated extraction, or to more
accurately identify whether the installed work is the correct type.
"We've put all the feedback infrastructure in so we can really leverage machine learning down the road," Cone says.
Machine learning could be the key to increasing Verity's accuracy
from 90 percent to 95 percent, or 99 percent. "It turns out that it is
actually pretty hard to teach a computer to see things in point cloud
data the way a human can, so it's really fun to see some of the early
applications of machine learning in the AEC space and it's something we want to deploy in the near future," Cone adds.
believes the biggest impact
on automated verification software will
come from machine learning.
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