SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Unearth today announced the launch of their OnePlace construction software and a funding round of $3 million led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Vulcan Capital. OnePlace brings together real time construction data – aerial and ground photography, site maps, blueprints, and drone surveys – to create a live and transparent record of build progress accessible from any browser, on any device. Designed for horizontal and vertical construction on large-scale commercial and civil projects, OnePlace unifies the growing visual and digital data sources fueling the construction industry’s tech boom.
"The ability to have live interaction from the office to field and field to office utilizing Unearth has streamlined our communication process,” says Casey Dougherty, Unearth customer and construction manager at IMCO construction. “It allows us to be more efficient, better prepared, and more profitable. The historical documentation we are able to compile from the product helps reduce claims, quantify materials and production, and helps build a solid jobsite portfolio."
Founded by long time technology executives, Brian Saab, Amy Hutchins and Nate Miller, OnePlace is rapidly gaining traction with ENR (Engineering News Record) Top 10 contractors, as well as small and mid-scale construction companies. The platform’s real time collaboration improves alignment between a host of stakeholders, including landowners, general contractors, subcontractors, and regulatory agencies for transparent communication on day-to-day activities and unexpected issues. Its democratized record of progress documentation and build evidence improves project outcomes across the board by helping avoid rework and speed dispute resolution.
“The construction industry is slow to change, but over the last several years data from drones, IoT devices and mobile phones have been flooding outdated systems based on decades old approaches,” commented Brian Saab, founder and CEO. “We’re taking advantage of this explosion in technology and the rapid pace of adoption to build a truly unique lens that lets you view what is happening on a construction project.”
“Brian and his team are applying modern technology in a simple and effective manner to a huge issue – productivity in the construction industry,” commented S. Somasegar, managing director, Madrona Venture Group. “Unearth takes a place-focused approach to an industry that is at its heart about place – bringing together disparate sources of data to describe and record multi-million dollar land and building projects. We are excited about the opportunities in front of Unearth as they continue to build their customers and product.” As part of the financing, S. Somasegar will join the board of Unearth.
Every construction project is bespoke and runs into unpredictable circumstances, making documentation essential; a record of what was built and why is necessary to effectively communicate change orders and progress. It is also essential for protection in legal disputes and incredibly useful for operations and maintenance of the life of the structure. Unfortunately, creating this record is a painstaking and manual process. Until now, no one had really figured out a way to simplify and automate documentation. Unearth solves this problem by using a combination of aerial imagery, mobile devices, and IoT to organize construction by place automatically, instead of manually within files and folders.
The OnePlace feature list is growing almost weekly, and includes:
- Integration of plans, aerials, photos and more into one simple, place-based view
- Automatic organization of photos by place within aerial surveys or plans using GPS metadata
- A simple staking tool to perfectly align blueprints to aerial imagery
- Software access from any browser, anywhere, on any device
- The ability to track change over time, including volumetric measurements
- Support for a wide variety of file types and imagery including 360° photos
Unearth is a Seattle software company focused on revolutionizing construction productivity through the introduction of place-based progress documentation.