EEI is currently utilizing OpenSpace on more than a dozen projects, including the Grand Hyatt Manila Residences – South Tower, The Seasons Residences, and the SMDC Light 2 Residencies facilitated through Digiscript, a regional seller partner based in the Philippines. Other projects using OpenSpace's automated construction documentation technology include infrastructure and electromechanical work.
EEI continually pursues new ways to improve project delivery and exceed client expectations. As part of this goal, the company began exploring different ways to improve collaboration between onsite builders and offsite subject matter experts—a mission that became especially important amid travel and mobility restrictions during the pandemic.
"We thoroughly evaluated several products that were very similar to OpenSpace. In the end, we felt that their solution and its features had the best fit with our Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Roadmap," said Glenn F. Villaseñor, senior vice president for Business Transformation at EEI. "In addition to enabling our desire to bring the jobsite to our people who are 'off-site,' it was also compelling to let our field operations teams explore the use case for 3D models in their work. It was quite helpful that OpenSpace's technology had built-in integrations with our existing suite of VDC tools, as well."
OpenSpace enables remote collaboration from anywhere in the world by automatically creating a "digital replica" of a construction site through 360° photo documentation. A builder simply attaches a small camera to their hardhat, marks their starting location on the floor plan in the OpenSpace app, and then walks the site as normal. OpenSpace automates image capture and, once the imagery is uploaded, stitches it together to create a navigable "Google Street View"-style digital replica of the site. Collaborators can oversee and manage progress over time, compare site images to the BIM, and make Field Notes to flag specific issues, among other features.
"Collaboration using OpenSpace can potentially span various processes, from progress reporting, to quality control, to safety and security, to the handling of other types of project delivery issues," said Norman K. Macapagal, executive vice president for Construction Division at EEI.
The OpenSpace platform in action comparing a site photo to the project's BIM
AI-powered 360° construction photo-documentation and analysis, recently announced a new enterprise agreement with EEI Corporation, a top-rated international construction and engineering company based in the Philippines. The Manila-based construction company will use OpenSpace's 360° site documentation and analysis platform to improve collaboration among onsite and offsite personnel.