Planit Measuring

The Digital Edge: How Innovations Keep Engineering Business on Top

Client

Planit Measuring

Industry

Real Estate

Introduction

As digital technology development continues momentum, it becomes increasingly challenging for companies to keep up to date. This is particularly evident for businesses that aren't directly involved in software development or deeply intertwined with IT services.

Planit Measuring, a high-tech engineering company, realizing this challenge, sought technical support from Focus21 to develop new software as part of a collaborative partnership.

Core Technologies

Swift

Xcode

Apple RoomPlan API

Hololens

Services

UI/UX

Digital Transformation

Software Development

Background

Planit Measuring is an engineering firm that offers a wide range of services in the fields of architecture, property management, and civil construction. Their primary focus is environmental scanning as well as digital representation of spatial data related to the architecture of residential and commercial spaces, surrounding infrastructure, and other objects.

For each project engagement, the company deploys two specialized teams. One team is dispatched at the customer site for capturing the required data with laser rangefinders, LiDAR scanners, and various other devices. The second team is based at the home office to continuously process all the gathered data produced by the on-site team.

Planit Measuring then uses the collected data in conjunction with Autodesk AutoCad or Revit software to produce three-dimensional building models. However, given that each of their projects is unique and often requires additional software solutions, Planit realized they needed help from outside and thus turned to the specialists at Focus21.

Challenges

When drafting two-dimensional or three-dimensional floor plans, point measurements, which typically aren't known for simplicity or efficiency are required. A team equipped with heavy gear is dispatched for site sketching which is time-consuming and frequently inconvenient for Planit Measuring's clients.

Moreover, since there is always pressure to complete measurements as quickly as possible, the on-site teams tended to make mistakes that were only detected back at the office where the data was being compiled for the final model. This often necessitated a return to the site for new measurements, adding to production time and cost.

In addition, projects that required extensive detailing and the creation of a three-dimensional models brought new challenges. Specialized laser scanners are needed and although fast, require extended post-processing of the data they produce, further adding to cost.

Finally, many of these scanners use proprietary software and unique file formats, resulting in additional processing and some manual steps, further complicating the process, and adding more expense.

Process

As a first step for providing software development, Focus21 experts conducted a discovery phase - essentially a deep dive into Planit’s world to understand its primary challenges and set business objectives.

During this phase it was revealed that Planit specialists used the PMTools application that posed many challenges and as a result, decreased operational efficiency. Some company staff noted that “…it is essentially still in Alpha or Beta testing.” Among the frequently cited key issues were:

  • Glitches and Pre-Documented Issues. Delays were detected that could postpone task completion by up to 15 minutes. These needed to be addressed.
  • Opportunities for Increased Productivity. Accessing certain features required too many unnecessary steps, while the usage of others was not intuitive. This had to be rectified.
  • Interface Design. The software lacked gesture-friendly controls for operation without a keyboard. Moreover, the visual representation of some elements didn't align with their functionality. These were important tasks to tackle.
  • Reducing Unnecessary Errors and Communication. Field staff lacked the feature of adding contextual images and notes to the plans. This would have simplified information transfer to the office.
  • Ergonomics & Strain. Professionals often work in constrained conditions on-site, so the software needed comprehensive modifications from an ergonomic standpoint.

The challenge for Focus21 was to plan modifications for the PMTools application that would address all the above issues.

While working on PMTools, the team developed a Task Checklist outlining the tasks needed for a specific site, a Stairs Suite for staircase scanning, revamped the Wall Clean Up Tools for wall interaction, and much more. The list of required enhancements is continually updated in line with changes in legislation and the company's objectives.

This collaboration between Planit Measuring and Focus21 was just the beginning. Our developers also provided partner support to the company's specialists when they needed to establish a connection between the data retrieved from room scanners and the modeling tools ultimately used.

This is why Planit Measuring turns to Focus21 for a wide range of tasks arising in its operations. The company frequently undertakes new, intriguing projects that demand innovative solutions, making a reliable partner with the requisite expertise indispensable.

Outcome

The initial outreach from Planit Measuring to the experts at Focus21 resulted in a long-standing partnership between the companies, facilitating regular collaboration. Our specialists continue to work on the company's projects, striving to find ever more efficient ways of space scanning.

As devices for scanning surrounding spaces become more available and advanced, Planit Measuring's clients are increasingly considering the possibility of scanning their premises independently. Focus21 managed to find solutions for this need.

For independent space scanning, LiDAR sensors can be utilized, which are now integrated into certain iPhone and iPad models. They create a rather realistic 3D representation of the space, which can then be processed by Planit Measuring specialists.

To make this feasible, developers at Focus21 have incorporated the RoomPlan API, accessible through Apple's native development tools and the Swift programming language. Moreover, this is not the only solution in this domain they are actively working on.

Conclusion

It's precisely these innovations that keep this engineering business at the forefront. Focus21's expertise in software development allows Planit Measuring to carve out new business opportunities and effectively bring them to life with cutting-edge solutions, staying at the forefront of progress.

Thanks to Focus21, Planit Measuring secures new contracts for scanning objects and processes vast amounts of information, doing so more and more efficiently. They continuously experiment with scanners and the software that accompanies them.

Beyond the iPhone and iPad's embedded LiDAR space-depth sensor, Focus21 developers have also tested Microsoft Hololens augmented reality headsets for Planit Measuring to work with 3D spaces. Yet, this collaboration doesn't end here.

A wide array of remarkable innovations, simplifying life for Planit Measuring's clients, have become a reality due to the extraordinary symbiosis between the company's expertise and Focus21 developers. This is a tremendous experience that drives innovation and makes the world a better place.

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