As digital collection of construction sites gets more common, the issue of accessing the right data at the right time is always front of mind. To answer this concern – and to attempt to make photo sharing more efficient among distributed teams – Ricoh has launched RICOH360 Projects, a new collaboration portal and app designed to facilitate the sharing and capture of photos of large-scale commercial projects. As developers of 360 cameras and platforms for image capture, Ricoh is now entering the SaaS space with a solution designed for rapid sharing of photos and information across complex construction project teams.
“RICOH360 Projects optimizes construction site workflow for workers both onsite and remote,” said Yasuo Nishiyama, Director of New Business Development at Ricoh USA, Inc.
“RICOH’s THETA camera makes it easy to acquire 360° immersive images and the cloud-based RICOH360 reality capture and communication platform make it easy to upload, share, organize and collaborate.”
The newly-launched RICOH360 Projects provides a means of creating, annotating and sharing immersive 360° views via a mobile app. From the planning phase through maintenance management, construction companies and designers in the AEC field can effortlessly share 360° capture locations on-site across multiple projects accessible from anywhere. These digitized sites better document progress with immersive 360° views from mobile and web browsers without the need for specialized software.
With RICOH360, Ricoh hopes that project managers, foreman, safety managers, designers and any construction stakeholders including owners will be able to more quickly and easily view what is happening from anywhere at any time, share ideas from experts worldwide, and accelerate project workflow by optimizing activities, avoiding costly mistakes and reducing rework.
A single 360° image can replace up to 10 regular photos, capturing the walls, ceiling and floor of a room with one single press of a button. With this simple process, project managers can ensure they secure all images necessary for optimal site surveys, planning activities and spot inspections to complete the project efficiently and avoid reshoots.
Smart features within the RICOH360 Projects platform also enable users to annotate 360° images after capture. A TimeLine feature allows users to organize all progress in chronological order or compare before and after views side-by-side of the same jobsite during the development phase.
Starting at $50 per month, users will be able to capture and host up to 250 images. The only gear needed is the RICOH360 Projects app — available for iOS — and the user’s Ricoh’s THETA camera. A Teams feature allows users to invite members to the team, and assign and collaborate on a particular project with secured access control options.