Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

Plangrid Brings Cloud Based App for Construction Industry

The construction industry has gone digital with the PlanGrid makes a cloud-based app that construction crews use to view blueprints, instead of using plans printed on paper

The company has raised nearly $60 million from investors, including Northgate Capital, Base Ventures and Tenaya Capital. Plangrid’s application, which has been used on more than 450,000 construction projects, has users in 72 countries.

Additionally, Plangrid’s construction collaboration platform has become the world’s largest digital blueprint repository, with more than 40 million blueprints.

By replacing physical blueprints with digital files, the company allows workers to access plans on mobile devices or tablets, rather than carrying bulky books, that can run to 70,000 pages for the largest projects.

It also allows version control, cutting down on mistakes. Every minute saved on the job cuts costs, but it also benefits workers by cutting down on long days.

The challenge now for PlanGrid is to apply machine learning to the PDF files of the blueprints, allowing their system to understand where doors and walls are, rather than simply reproducing the images.

Ralph Gootee, chief technology officer and co-founder said that rather than thinking of the blueprints, thoughts must be focused on how can machine learning be applied.

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