13 Jul 2017

Autodesk Forge Welcomes Fund Recipient SmartVid.io

Autodesk is proud to welcome the newest recipient of the Forge Fund, SmartVid.io.

Just announced today in the BuiltWorlds panel discussion, Autodesk has awarded funding to SmartVid.io.

SmartVid.io focuses on using artificial intelligence in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry and the built environment as a whole. 

All construction projects have a large amount of photos and videos taken every step of the way.  Smartvid.io has developed a “smart photo and video management platform” that uses synthetic vision and deep learning to tell you important things about your project. For example:

  • Safety related: Are people on the job site wearing hard hats or safety glasses?
  • Management: You can monitor quality and track projects.

Deep learning is used by Smartvid.io to recognize things like hard hats, ductwork and other things found on construction sites. Smartvid.io applies “smart tags” as its algorithms analyze images, so a particular stakeholder can easily find imagery related to their trade or interest—such as all the bits of video that show ductwork.

And this is where it get's interesting...

Smartvid.io works with Autodesk’s BIM 360 Field and the Forge Platform that Autodesk invested in the company, making Smartvid.io only one of the 10 Forge partners in which it took a financial stake.

“We see what Josh is doing with Smartvid.io as the future of technology in construction,” said Sarah Hodges, Autodesk’s director of AEC products. “The amount of data that is created on construction sites has exploded in the last couple of years with the use of smartphones and mobile devices. Also, this is very much aligned with our research in big data.”

Asked if future editions of Smartvid.io will use 3D scanning such as Google’s Tango, instead of or in addition to 2D imagery, Josh Kanner - CEO, said that is the plan.

Check out the video to learn more and stay tuned for updates on how they expand their services with Forge.

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