EarthCam, the leading webcam technology and services provider for the AEC/O industry, has introduced EarthCam 4D to empower virtual design and construction (VDC) teams with overlaid live imagery of construction sites with construction sites digital twins data.
An intuitive timeline view allows users to scrub through time, backward, and forward to view live imagery in relation to 4D models.
Built on Bentley iTwins platform technology, EarthCam 4D augments Bentley Systems’ SYNCHRO 4D models with high-resolution photographic data from multiple camera positions on a job site, overlaid with precise alignment.
“EarthCam 4D is a great and quick tool to help communicate project schedule with our customer, trade partners, and public,” said Michal D Wojtak, Mortenson’s Integrated Construction Director for sports and entertainment. “The ability to easily compare current and future states of work is valuable to project leadership teams.”
Viewers can zoom in and out of associated live images while synced with 4D digital twin models. Unique transparency/opacity controls enable users to precisely focus on what data interests them; they can use model color adjustments to encourage new and powerful ways to compare and contrast models with reality over time.
The partnership between EarthCam and Bentley is bringing construction digital twins to life by simplifying the visual communication of project status to all stakeholders.
“We are delighted to collaborate with EarthCam, and their EarthCam 4D application, which allows for construction teams to monitor planned construction against actual progress. In addition, EarthCam’s solution integrates time-lapse imaging with interactive 3D models that are tied to the construction schedule data, adding tremendous value to clients,” said Sheena Gaynes, Director, Business Development, iTwin platform, at Bentley Systems. “In doing so, EarthCam joins the growing innovation ecosystem building digital twin applications on the Bentley iTwin platform.”
“Digital twins are radically increasing productivity in construction,” said Brian Cury, CEO, and Founder of EarthCam. “Thanks to Bentley iTwin, we’re able to merge the highest resolution imagery from our cameras to SYNCHRO 4D models, and build valuable applications to increase our clients ROI.”
“The partnership between EarthCam and Bentley is bringing construction digital twins to life by simplifying the visual communication of project status to all stakeholders. Now anyone can compare what is happening on the job site to what was planned virtually within a simple web viewer powered by Bentley’s iTwin technology. By mixing 4D models from SYNCHRO with EarthCam’s reality models, all stakeholders on the project can quickly see the progress of the project, identify issues, and keep the project on time and on budget from anywhere,” said Rich Humphrey, VP, Construction, at Bentley Systems.
Industry First Solution
EarthCam 4D is the first solution that fully synchronizes time-sequenced images to 4D planning models—stakeholders no longer need multiple software interfaces and different stored image sources to access this critical comparative information. According to FMI, 13 percent of working hours are spent looking for project data and information. Having real-time imagery synched with a SYNCHRO 4D model in a single interface provides immediate, real-time evidence of every steel beam placement, and every window installation against 4D models, simplifying project management for SYNCHRO users worldwide.
EarthCam’s Control Center 8 has long been the software of choice among industry leaders for smart project documentation, promotion, and security. EarthCam is driving productivity for a more visually informative job site, providing camera rentals, same-day delivery, and professional installation. EarthCam works with industry leaders around the globe to make construction project management less costly and more efficient using robust visual data.
To learn more about EarthCam 4D and Control Center 8, visit earthcam.net/earthcam4d/.