Shimizu Concluded Referral Agreement with OpenSpace, a Site Management Software Developer

― Alliance on Domestic Roll-out of 360 photo documentation software from Silicon Valley ―

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction

June 11, 2021

Shimizu Corporation (President: Kazuyuki Inoue) reached an agreement with OpenSpace, a start-up firm that provides site management software in Silicon Valley. The two companies agreed to work together on promoting sales of the company’s OpenSpace site management software, which uses 360°images. MILX CORPORATION (President: Masaki Yamaguchi), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimizu, and PD System Corporation (President: Hirofumi Fukazawa) concluded the first referral agreement with OpenSpace for the Japanese domestic market.

Shimizu will support the domestic expansion of OpenSpace from now on using nationwide sales channel of MILX, which mainly involved in leasing temporary equipment and materials for construction site, and customer base of PD System, which mainly involved in building design and also sells software for the construction industry.
Through supporting sales, Shimizu aims to create the environment using OpenSpace to be able to participate in digital transformation (DX) from customer, designer, contractor, subcontractor and a wide range of other involved people, from upstream to downstream, involved in construction project. Furthermore, we will expand sales promotion activities to users in industries other than the construction industry.

OpenSpace is an image management tool that builds a virtual space in which people can confirm job site conditions through a 360°view, based on 360°imaging data collected from within the job site. Collection of the imaging data is completed simply by walking through the job site with a camera. Imaging data linked to locations on a drawing are saved on the cloud. This not only enables confirmation of current site conditions; it makes it possible to display and compare with past images and BIM data. This makes it easy to ascertain the degree of progress on construction and discrepancies from the plan.

Shimizu began trial run of OpenSpace at job sites in March 2020, and has operated it on an experiment more than 30 building construction and civil engineering sites in Japan and overseas. We have confirmed its usefulness as a DX platform for site management and concluded a partnership agreement with OpenSpace in October 2020 aimed at expanding software functions. The conclusion of the referral agreement was the result of discussions as part of this partnership agreement.

Shimizu intends to strengthen collaboration with OpenSpace in the future by introducing new functions to the market. We will also look for technical partnerships with other start-up companies in Silicon Valley and other locations overseas and in Japan with the intention of linking this to digital transformation of site management.

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OpenSpace Profile

Location San Francisco., California, U.S.A.
CEO Jeevan Kalanithihas
Capital USD 87.7 million
Date established 2017
Business description Developing and selling site management software using 360°photos and videos


Location Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
President Masaki Yamaguchi
Capital JPY 372 million
Date established August 1946
Business description Mainly, leasing temporary equipment and materials for construction

PD System Corporation Profile

Location Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
President Hirofumi Fukazawa
Capital JPY 50 million
Date established April 1989
Business description Mainly, Design, production design and construction support

OpenSpace Site Management Functions (Comparison with BIM data and past images)

Comparison with BIM data
Comparison with BIM data
Comparison with past images
Comparison with past images

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