The focus group “Aachen area” of the digitalHUB Aachen and AGIT Mbh have awarded bitstars – a HoloBuilder company with the digitalPIONEER award. The goal is to honor companies from the region that aim to move forward digitization and are considered best-practice examples by the jury. We are proud to be one of the pioneers of the Aachen region and to represent the innovative strength of this region with HoloBuilder!
We are extremely thankful for the award. The majority of our team members looks back on a great student time at the RWTH University, that’s why the award besides being a great honor is a personal achievement for us.
HoloBuilder Inc., parent company of bitstars and the leading solution provider for 360-degree reality capturing of construction sites, is releasing a new product featuring new capabilities for real-time collaboration and offline handover for project close-out. Accompanied by a new pricing model, which is based on project size, HoloBuilder’s new solution provides a unique functionality for the construction industry.
HoloBuilder enables construction teams to capture & share 360° virtual jobwalks
With today’s update, HoloBuilder offers a scalable SaaS solution that can be deployed company-wide across projects or at an enterprise level. It is the collection of all features that HoloBuilder offers as a collaborative enterprise package: 360-degree reality capturing with the JobWalk mobile app, TimeTravel for progress documentation, the measurement tool to measure within 360° images, and annotations. Users can now collaborate with their whole team and enjoy enterprise level service and security. HoloBuilder lets entire construction project teams contribute to the documentation process. Having the entire team on board allows users to set up large projects quickly while allowing the project owner to decide who has access and editor rights. Notifications are shown when team members update the project and allow everyone to see who is working within HoloBuilder at the same time.
During project close-out, the project can be downloaded and saved as a view-only deliverable for the owner to keep throughout the lifetime of the building.
With HoloBuilder’s new solution comes an all new look. The new company logo represents the two worlds that are linked at their core, the digital world as a perfect blueprint of the physical world. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to accurate, reliable, and secure reality capturing of construction projects.
HoloBuilder’s customers see the new solution as a big step in the right direction. It is the first reality capturing solution that enables efficient progress documentation for large-scale construction projects. With collaboration, the responsibility of capturing progress is distributed, data silos are removed, and reliability is increased by providing a workflow that is built around an entire construction team.
User Access Management: Enable team members to collaborate within your project
„We have been able to leverage HoloBuilder’s collaboration platform for about two months now. To be able to arm multiple staff members with a camera who can jointly collaborate to track the status and the history of the project, not only for us but also for our clients and stakeholders, makes a lot of sense,“ says Andrew Cameron, Area Superintendent at SFO Airport Terminal 1 Construction site by Hensel Phelps.
„Our new solution is the result of co-development between HoloBuilder and many of the top U.S. General Contractors. In countless discussions and beta projects, we’ve learned what is most important to them and the construction industry as a whole. Together we have been thinking about all stages of a project, from project set up, to the building phase, and the close-out phase. HoloBuilder is the best in class for all three categories. To provide truly unlimited scalable projects, now unlimited collaborators can work on one project with different access settings. With our new Handover Package, projects can be downloaded and kept offline in a view-only mode for decades to come. It was important that our new solution provides all enterprise requirements that work for the industry. I am proud that we have not only achieved this but also offer the most scalable reality capturing solution in the market,“ says Mostafa Akbari, CEO of HoloBuilder, Inc.
HoloBuilder’s JobWalk App allows you to capture 360° photos and locate them on a floor plan by connecting your Ricoh Theta S 360° camera through WIFI.
All you have to do is upload a floor plan, and then tap on the places on the floor plan that you want your 360° photos to be linked to. When you’re done taking all of your pictures, an automatically generated tour will be uploaded to the cloud! Your finished tour is ready to be accessed from anywhere.
If you want to know more about the 360° Job Walk App, or have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com visit our product site www.holobuilder.com and initiate a live chat – we are there for you! As always, we have prepared a detailed tutorialabout this App, available on our blog.
On 28 January, we opened the doors of our Headquarter for 6 enthusiastic girls who were motivated to create awesome Virtual Reality content with Holobuilder.
The goal was to create a 360° Tour through Aachen. So we started with a short introduction to “What’s Virtual Reality? What’s Augmented Reality?”.
Then we explained, how a 360° camera works and the girls took their first 360° Photos with a Theta S.
We started our Tour at our office and walked to the city center to get some 360° Photos from the town hall and the cathedral.
Back in our office, the girls started to compose a tour with Holobuilder.
It was great to see how fast the girls were able to create a 360° city tour and how much fun they had to give their creativity free rein.
More and more frequently, we were contacted by educators, who tells us about their experience with HoloBuilder in school. The feedback is consistently positive and we often heard, that HoloBuilder.com is used for making Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality touchable, but we never gained this experience by ourselves.
It was an awesome day, sharing our office with such creative and motivated girls.
The postman just delivered a brand new Theta Model S camera directly to our headquarter’s door, sponsored by Ricoh!
Due to a lucky coincidence our CEO Mostafa Akbari was on site today as well, instead of being in the office in San Francisco. So he was able to use the opportunity and start to unbox the great piece of technology right away. Of course we captured this great moment in proper style in 360 degrees with a Ricoh Theta camera (on PC use Google Chrome for 360° view and make sure to select 1080s resolution):
The camera will definitely support us essentially at the continuous, further development of HoloBuilder.com and will help us to get more users enthusiastic about great 360-degree content. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Ricoh at this point and are looking forward to a good further cooperation.
In the good company of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators, bitstars is a presenting company at the Pioneer Summit 2015. From Wednesday, October 7 to Friday, October 9, 2015, HoloBuilder is shown at the annual meeting of leading entrepreneurs from venture-backed startups, investors and innovation executives from technology companies.
To „Build Tomorrow Today“ (the gathering’s slogan) they come together in the centre of Silicon Valley at GSVlabs, a campus and community network, aiming to use their resources to accelerate innovative companies in the areas of „EdTech, Sustainability, Big Data, and Mobility“. GSV is short for „Global Silicon Valley„, a collective of businesses focused on media, strategic services and investments that are hosting the event. In general, they want to find what they call „the Stars of Tomorrow“, the most dynamic growth companies in the world, to invest in and partner up with them.
Amid those visionary people and highly innovative companies that are shaping the future of the Silicon Valley as well as of the whole industry, it seems to be the perfect place for bitstars to present HoloBuilder. As a one-of-a-kind web app for easily creating and consuming 360-degree images as well as augmented and virtual reality content, it provides cutting-edge technology to everybody. Being based on WebGL, it requires only a browser, thus creating and experiencing 3D content becomes possible on almost any (mobile) device. HoloBuilder enables many new possibilities and opportunities for professionals from diverse areas as well as all new options for private persons to create and share amazing content quite easily.
This combination of the latest, innovative technology with ease of use contains great potential for high acceptance and thus dynamic growth as well. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see which possibilities, chances, and opportunities will arise from this meeting with other leading innovators and top companies of the Silicon Valley.
One for holo, holo for all! – Team Holo(Builder) starting at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf
On October 2nd bitstars participated for the first time at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf (‚Aachen Company Run‘). Six eager runners volunteered to accomplish the 9.26 km run in under 80 minutes. Being fully booked out, a total of 7.000 participants and 462 companies came together for a good cause running a distance of either 4.63 km or even 9.26 km. It was never so easy: doing good for a cause and doing good for yourself with only a few hours of breath taking engagement. Supporting three local charity projects a sum of 15.000€ was donated to the Förderkreis Schwerkranke Kinder E.V. (‚Association for the Promotion of Severely Ill Children‘), the Malaika E.V.-Verein zur Förderung der Lern- und Lebensfreude (‚Association for the Promotion of Enjoyment of Learning and Living‘) and the Evangelische Frauenverein Aachen (‚Evangelical Women’s Association Aachen‘) as a result of a total of 48.615 km run.
Six of our dear colleagues took it upon them starting at the 9.26 km run. Our mixed team made it to an awesome 206th place of 317 – presenting a total time of 3 hours 21 minutes and 22 seconds for a distance of 9.26 km. We are proud of our team accomplishing such great things. Showing – even during the run – an extraordinary commitment to provide superior content in HoloBuilder we took some very special 360° snapshots to make everyone feel like a part of it.