case study

THE CHALLENGE

• Reduce time spent labeling and organizing photography of a job site

THE SOLUTION

• Matterport’s 3D scanner automatically creates shareable, interactive 3D visual walkthroughs of job sites

THE RESULTS

• Hensel Phelps eliminates 100% of time spent organizing and relabeling photos

 

In 2015, Will Plato, VDC Manager for Hensel Phelps, was exploring ways to reduce the manual effort spent on organizing and labeling photographic data captured on job sites. On an average full build-out of approximately 200k sq ft, Hensel Phelps would typically take up to 10,000 photos, which would each have to be individually labeled and organized. This manual effort represents well over 40 business days of systematic data entry. 

When Will Plato discovered Matterport, they realized the automated stitching process would eliminate the need to spend countless hours sorting through photos and creating folders to share with other project stakeholders. Scanning a job site with Matterport’s 3D scanner takes the same amount of time as it does to photograph it, but automatically stitches the photos together to form an interactive 3D walkthrough. This eliminates the need to organize or label individual photographs. The walkthroughs - which also include zooming options - are available online in a matter of hours, with no post-processing or registration required. 

When compared to 2D photography, Matterport’s interactive walkthroughs are far superior because a user can self-navigate through a space as if they were actually there. The 3D Dollhouse, floor plan views, and self-directed navigation provide superior context to the job site than 2D photography. The 3D tours are also automatically available in virtual reality. Since acquiring Matterport, they have used the 3D scanner over 250+ times to document various job sites and have integrated it into their standard 6-Step Quality Process workflow. 

““Standard methods of construction documentation are expensive to deploy when you factor in the cost of labor and the extra steps needed to close the information gap. Matterport is the cost effective solution that allows us to capture a complete picture and seamlessly share that with all of the project stakeholders."”

William Plato
VDC Manager

Hensel Phelps also uses the following Matterport features in their workflows: 

  • Virtual Reality 

  • Mattertag™ Posts to attach spatial notations to specific objects in a Space 

  • Hazard recognition & safety training

  • Colorized Point Clouds 

  • Floor Plan Images 

  • Reflected Ceiling Plan Images 

  • Integrated Measurement Tool 

““Standard methods of construction documentation are expensive to deploy when you factor in the cost of labor and the extra steps needed to close the information gap. Matterport is the cost effective solution that allows us to capture a complete picture and seamlessly share that with all of the project stakeholders."”

William Plato
VDC Manager

““We’ve integrated the Matterport system into our day-to-day operations... We can now capture construction conditions for documentation and as-built conditions as a single file and share that instead of managing 30,000+ individual photos.””

William Plato
VDC Manager

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