13 Jun One year on, the growth of magicplan
To celebrate London Tech week, Avamore is looking at all things PropTech over the coming weeks. Last year, we learnt about magicplan, a handy tool which allows users to automatically measure, draw and publish an interactive floor plan, just by taking pictures via an app.
We are checking back in with magicplan this year to see how the app has advanced since we last spoke to the team and to see how far PropTech has evolved in just 12 months.
magicplan 8: More transparency and efficiency by combining AR and AI: Scan rooms in 3D and plan your projects based on data
magicplan 8 (iOS only) now combines the power of Augmented Reality (AR) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable users to scan rooms in 3D. Once a room is scanned, magicplan automatically detects and captures windows and doors – adding these dimensions to the digital floor plan.
The mapping of three-dimensional spaces is placed into the hands of property developers worldwide. By transforming built space into data, magicplan enables new planning opportunities in uncertain times.
From vision to realisation
magicplan pursued one goal right from the beginning: facilitate and automate the planning and realization of projects around the house by capturing data from existing built space. Since the launch in 2011, mobile devices could be utilized for the creation of digital, two-dimensional floor plans and data capturing with AR. magicplan 8 has now entered the third dimension.
The next dimension: scanning rooms with AI
magicplan 8 captures a floor‘s shape and size as well as the ceiling height. This is the first time that rooms can be mapped in three dimensions with magicplan. But that‘s not all: real-time image recognition and processing automatically recognizes, locates and sizes all windows and doors in a room during the floor plan creation process.
The benefits of 3D room scanning and AI-supported automated window and door capturing are manifold. It streamlines the process, making it simpler but also ensuring the captured data is more complete. There is no need for manual post-processing. Floor plans, including all openings, can be created even more quickly and accurately.
Transforming built space into data to plan projects
The captured on-site data is the foundation for further project planning. All the built space is transformed into data and can be used to estimate materials and costs, generate quotes with a tap, or to conduct surveys. With its estimate feature, the app calculates the required materials and costs of materials like paint, flooring, or even work hours. All a user has to do beforehand is to upload their companies price list.
With another tap, magicplan generates a transparent quote, listing all materials. Quotes with magicplan aren‘t assumptions but based on solid data, that was captured on-site. And finally, custom questionnaires and markups can be added to any plan to turn magicplan into a surveying tool. The magicplan Cloud allows everyone to manage its plans and teams from anywhere as all collected data is sent to a centralized source.
3D room scanning and the automatic capture of windows & doors is only the beginning. magicplan’s aim is to enable the capture and display of entire rooms, including equipment and furniture, in three dimensions. All of the data in a room will be recorded, recognized and systematized utilizing the power of Artificial Intelligence. In the future, billions of users will use mobiles to map interiors. The possibilities of using this data for planning and realizing projects are limitless.