Automation of floor plans and space measurements for CRE

CRE professionals can drop the measuring tapes as computer vision and analytics technology is poised to take over, at a price and with some limitations, of course.

Engineers and scientists have been working for years on how computers can see directly with cameras. There has been an increasing use in commercial real estate. For example, using combinations of satellite imagery and manned aircraftit is possible to see if a roof is damaged, worn or potentially at another risk such as an overhanging tree.

But images and video can do so much more when introduced, with the right software, inside spaces. Thanks to complex mathematical algorithms and the ready availability of computing power, it is possible to process videos and still images into calculable data that can provide information, from floor plans to estimates of materials needed to duplicate interiors. damaged.

For example, CubiCasa specifically focuses on creating 2D floor plans. Scan a space using the company’s smartphone app, upload the results, and receive a floor plan, with or without dimensional annotations, with a variety of options, including multi-level, in one business day.

There are several companies that offer more extensive capabilities. Planitar’s iGuide system, which requires a special camera, scans a room to create a floor plan, but can also provide measurements between two points in 3D space as well as photos and a cool feature where a floor plan digital floor shows the locations in space where the camera operated. If a user clicks on one of these, the result is a 360 degree image capture with the ability to pan up and down to see the ground and overhead.

Locometric’s RoomScan Pro has what appears to be a more complicated capture process, but it can switch between 2D and 3D models. There is also Bluetooth laser measurement for additional accuracy.

Hosta.ai goes beyond a floor plan to analyze spaces from photos, then generate measurements, create elevations, and detail materials needed for insurance, mortgages, and home improvement. ‘habitat. A use case would be renovating a kitchen. By taking images and uploading them to the system, a developer can more quickly and easily understand the number of cabinets, their size, and material requirements such as tiles and countertops.

Just wait until someone thinks of combining infrared imaging with room planning and analysis to allow developers to see potential problems in a room, even if they are hidden by walls, floors and ceilings.