Cobuilder and Theatro360 – a collaboration that integrates 360-imaging with structured construction data

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Modified on November 4, 2021

Now, more than ever, it is important to understand the pivotal role of information management in construction. One way we can truly begin to grasp the limitless opportunities in front of us when it comes to utilizing the full power of data is through visualisation. A picture says a thousand words, right? Finding an easy way to visualise the data that we need can help us make well-informed decisions.

That is why Cobuilder and Theatro360 have teamed up to provide the construction supply chain with an innovative and pragmatic solution for integrating data into 360 photographs.

Now you can build 360 virtual tours with us and explore construction sites or existing buildings with instant access to essential information about the applied construction materials.

A simple first step could be using a traditional floor plan with embedded photos as shown in the following interactive image:

Press the play button to navigate through the interactive floor plan. If you click on the “i” icon you will find more information about each construction object. The image icon will show you a real photo of the object which also contains applicable product data. The “360” icon will bring you on a virtual journey in a real-time construction project showing the exact location of the object.

Data and 360 photography – a match made in heaven

With the help of Theatro360, Cobuilder offers a new option for embedding structured product data within a virtual environment. The result of this collaboration is a 360-degree virtual representation of the construction environment with integrated digital product data, structured in standardised Data Templates.

We see this as a pragmatic digital approach towards improving information management in the sector.

In simple terms, using our suite of tools and global network, customers can have 360-content integrated with structured construction product data in just minutes. Remote users can either do the integration themselves or a team of experts can help them. Getting on-board could not be simpler.

Press the play button to navigate through the interactive 360 virtual tour. Have a walk through and click the link icon to find more information about each construction object and to access the structured product data. In the top right corner you can expand to full screen mode.

360-tours are also applicable for virtual safety training during which many potential construction problems can be spotted. This visualisation also allows bringing tailored elements to the tour experience, 3D renderings and models integrations which makes possible the comparison between computer-generated image (CGI) with live environment.

Press the play button to navigate through the interactive 360 virtual tour. 

Benefits that this partnership brings to the users:

The combined expertise of Theatro360 and Cobuilder opens many possibilities for playing with ‘real-time data’ and ‘real-life photographs’ in all kinds of construction endeavours, including the marine industry (including superyachts, shipyards and marinas), international airports, construction sites, high-rise buildings, housing developments and more.

Press the play button to navigate through the interactive 360 virtual tour. 

Data visualisation allows users to look at digital information from different perspectives and helps actors make better-informed decisions. Transparent product information that can be accessed at any time by all stakeholders – clients, architects, designers, engineers, contractors, installers – will increase the awareness of what is actually specified, purchased, and installed in the project.

Through the integration of visual images and accurate data, actors can easily find the answers to key questions related to products and materials that improve their decision-making. Those questions are the ‘what is it’, ‘where is it’, and ‘what can I understand about it’.

  • What is it’ relates to how the product is described and the properties associated with it.
  • Where is it’ often means identifying the site, building, floor, room any given component is located.
  • What can I understand about it’ – this could be performance-related, health and safety, environmental data alongside any maintenance requirements, replacement cost, etc., to help us get answers to questions, such as what we can and cannot change relating to safety implications.

How is immersive imagery captured and linked to product data?

The process that we follow is very easy and user-friendly:

  • Take a photographic image (panoramic, 360 2D or 360 3D stereoscopic)
  • Upload images via app or CMS
  • Upload floor plan (image, pen sketch, CAD Drawing in PDF)
  • Drag and drop immersive images to the desired area of the floor plan
  • Link product data-sheet to objects in a photo (and add into main menu) using flexible tools
  • Create a virtual tour of some or all of the building (as a 360 walkthrough if required)

About 360 photography, Theatro360 and Cobuilder:

360-degree photography allows the viewer to explore an entire 360 scene in the most natural way we perceive things, by rotating a full circle from our initial point of view. When we apply this technology in construction, the opportunities are limitless. By either scrolling or swiping across the screen, any construction actor (be it client, contractor, designer, engineer, or a facility manager) will be able to quickly navigate through the information required.

Theatro360 is a versatile visualisation tool that spins off many ideas. It is perfect for showcasing construction sites, properties, yachts, airports, and hotels, allowing the user to explore every detail. The 360/VR imaging platform allows its users to edit and ripple-replace images, add graphics, notes, audio, video, and web links. It is designed for geographically widespread teams to ensure that they can create, view, share and interact with 360 VR content across the world. In a few minutes, this platform brings instant virtual reality within immediate reach of all businesses.

Users are well used to 360-content but the scope of the immersive imaging platform extends into inspections, guidance and comparisons of the states of a space over time. Revisiting scenes over time permits users to explore how a space might change and to add content to existing, live virtual tours and scenes.

Cobuilder applies a future-proof methodology for structuring product data according to all relevant industry standards. Through Data templates, build upon a special ‘digital data dictionaries’ framework,  Cobuilder aims to achieve a ‘common digital language’ in construction and thus improve the overall information management in the industry.

Why choose us?

Cobuilder Data templates are at the centre of Cobuilder’s software solutions and ensure high-quality data, while Theatro360’s visualisation tool makes everyone feel like they are part of the construction scene. This collaboration brings together the expertise of two companies that are deeply passionate about structured data and virtual reality to provide users with a simple, intuitive way of navigating through project information.

If you would like to explore some more virtual tours with us, follow the links:

Are you interested to see more?

Get in touch today and learn more about the 360-visualisation of structured and standardized data.

On 24-25 November 2021, you can meet our representatives onsite at the Digital Construction Week (DCW) in London ExCeL. If you are visiting the conference, come by Cobuilder stand A60 for a system demo. You are also invited to join Antony Brophy’s sessions on 24 November at the DCW Tech Stage and on 25 November at the Visualisation Theatre.  For more information about Cobuilder participation at DCW, please visit our event page.