2 Oct 2018

Augmented Reality Powered App for NDT Launched Globally on the Apple® App Store

New Technology

A ground-breaking, augmented reality (AR) enhancement to a Tectus Dreamlab iOS app that lets users see inside concrete is now available on the Apple® App Store.

The AR-enhanced app, when used with the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) Live device from non-destructive-testing (NDT) technology leader Proceq, projects tomographic time-slice and 3D representations on to and into concrete structures via an iPad screen.

It gives an intuitive and easy- to-understand visualisation of measurements and radically boosts on-site data interpretation.

With on-site 3D, on-board AR and commercial options including hardware-as-a-service (HAAS), Proceq GPR Live products give unparalleled clarity when looking into concrete.

Tectus Dreamlab’s expertise in AR is further boosting Proceq’s already world leading NDT range of equipment.

Proceq CEO Ralph Mennicke said: “The release of this feature is just the start of a planned move into AR across the multi-technology Proceq Live product range. Our paradigm is to transform NDT workflows in ways most cannot even yet imagine”.

Marcel Poser, Tectus Dreamlab’s co-founder and Tectus Group CEO pointed out: “From early on, we have invested into IoT, AR, VR and A.I. for the benefit of all our group companies. The formation of Tectus Dreamlab and the cooperation with A*STAR, the governmental Research Agency in Singapore, has given to all our Tectus Group companies a unique and extraordinary innovation boost. Proceq in particular is adopting such new digital, mobile technological advances to give us a tangible competitive advantage in the NDT industry. The fact that we have become a sought-after employer by top talents from multiple disciplines endorses our innovation strategy.”

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13 Jul 2018

iOS Crack Detection App Enhances Screening Eagle

New Technology

Tectus Dreamlab, revolutionising infrastructure management with the Screening Eagle platform, has enhanced the platform’s capability with a machine learning iOS app that detects and measures concrete cracks.

The app enables you to photograph a crack from your Apple device, then automatically digitises and measures it, and stores the data.

Improve your infrastructure management capabilities simply by taking a photo and letting the app automatically process the data.

Measurement accuracy will be further improved with data and machine learning algorithms.

Screening Eagle uses Building Information Modelling (BIM), smart devices, wearables, drones, sensors, IoT connectivity, cloud computing, big data, predictive analysis and neural networks to remove all guesswork on asset valuation and condition.

The Screening Eagle crack detection app adds a small but vital component to the platform enabling quick identification of concrete cracks in your infrastructure.

18 Apr 2018

Milestone Reached as Autonomous Drone Flies Reliably Indoors

New Technology

Tectus Dreamlab is proud to announce a milestone in its “indoor navigation of drones for construction productivity” project.

The fully autonomous drone has now demonstrated an amazing reliability to fly indoors without GPS, Wi-Fi or beacons.

The technology that makes this possible is the drone’s processor that generates a real-time map from onboard LiDAR and pre-defined waypoints for the drone to follow.

Reliable indoor drone flight will allow for a wide range of industrial applications, including safety inspections, defect inspections and as-built check on high-rise or large-scale construction sites.

Tectus Dreamlab is now carrying out more in-depth testing and sees the indoor autonomous drone being ready for commercial industrial use in the near future.

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“Indoor navigation of drones for construction productivity” is a joint research project between Tectus Dreamlab and National University of Singapore (NUS). We sincerely thank Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to fund this project under its 2-Stage Innovation Grant (iGrant).

16 Jan 2018

Groundbreaking AR Technology for GPR Systems Opens Up New Ways to View

New Technology

Tectus Dreamlab has created a world-first, augmented reality (AR), ground-penetrating radar (GPR) visualisation tool that gives you real-time tomographic views simply by looking at a test object though an iPad.

Put simply, users collect the data from a GPR scan and visualise it in a graph. The graph automatically aligns with the ground. On your iPad, in real-time, it gives a highly accurate 3D view of objects under the ground by superimposing a computer-generated image on your view of the real world.

Developed on iPad and Apple ARKit technologies, the system has been developed for the GPR Live system from Proceq, the global leader in non-destructive testing equipment.

It is the world’s first device that allows real-time computer tomography of concrete on-site, in 3D and real-time.

Do away with grid paper. Forget downloading scan data to a PC and having to do time-consuming post-processing to get your 3D data. Use the power of AR, Tectus Dreamlab and Proceq to view immediate results and boost your GPR productivity.

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The AR GPR tool can also be used as a module on Screening Eagle, the infrastructure management platform from Tectus Dreamlab.

It is the world’s first GPR device that connects wirelessly to an iPad to sync to the Screening Eagle cloud for syncing to multiple iPads, and providing live data export and sharing.

Find out more about Screening Eagle here

23 Nov 2017

Tectus Dreamlab Creates 3D AR View of Rebar for Global NDT Leader Proceq

New Technology

Tectus Dreamlab has successfully trialled a 3D augmented reality on-site view of rebar for Proceq, a global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) technology.

Using HoloLens, the Microsoft mixed reality smartglasses with self-contained, holographic computer, Tectus Dreamlab has created a new way to view NDT data, and opened up new avenues for innovation and efficiencies in on-site NDT.

15 Oct 2017

Tectus Dreamlab Demonstrates HoloLens as a Workplace Management and Mentoring Tool

New Technology

Tectus Dreamlab is developing a tool for remote workplace management and mentoring using HoloLens, the Microsoft mixed reality smartglasses with self-contained, holographic computer.

Mixed reality is the result of blending the physical world with the digital world.

The Tectus Dreamlab demo used HoloLens to track a wearer’s activity path and generate a “heatmap” highlighting where the wearer focused their gaze.

Tectus Dreamlab proposes using data analytics combined with the heat map to give an accurate logbook of the wearer’s activity.

The company sees a strong future to integrate the remote management tool with its proprietary Screening Eagle Platform and use it in industrial workplaces to help guide and manage workers, especially junior technicians.

Watch the heatmap tracking trial here.

21 Jul 2017

Tectus to Lead the Development of Autonomous Drones

In the Media

Tectus Dreamlab and the National University of Singapore’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering develop autonomous drones using artificial intelligence for building inspection.

A Tectus Dreamlab collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on an autonomous drone project, supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), is set to revolutionize construction engineering and asset management while drastically increasing productivity and driving down inspection and maintenance costs.

The project will see the development of self-fly drones on building construction sites to collect photographic data. The drones will be able to fly to multiple floors autonomously and automatically generate a report containing the images with their specific locations.

A primary objective of this project is to increase the potential use for drones in building construction by achieving autonomous indoor navigation and drone flight – without an operator and without requiring access to GPS, Wi-Fi or beacons. While unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – are increasingly being used in construction, primarily flying outdoors, these are remotely controlled by a drone operator and have mission planning based on GPS data.

Full press release can be downloaded here.