Announcing QuantifyAR™, a new iOS augmented reality estimating app from mind.sight.studios!
- Perform on-site measurements and cost estimates
- Record field measurement estimates using the power of augmented reality (AR)
- Capture accurate length, area, volume, and weight measurements from scale drawings and satellite images
- Assign customized cost templates and create instant cost estimates
- Send out project quotes and material lists to customers
How is QuantifyAR different from the recent flood of iOS 11 AR measuring apps?
- It is designed for contractors, estimators, home owners, and project managers
- It is focused on generating project material lists and cost estimates from measurements rather than a simple pure measurement tool.
- It contains a complete, easy-to-use cost estimating system.
- It allows you to import and measure accurately from scale drawings (PDFs or image files)
- It allows you to select any location in the world, import a satellite image and start measuring distance, areas, and even volumes
- It generates 3D extruded rectangles, triangles, circles, and pipes along any path to automatically calculate length, area, and volume quantities on the fly
- It can be used to estimate the height, width, and even weight of various objects
- It is designed by a former professional engineer with over 12 years of experience working with contractors and estimators
- It allows you to create 3D objects on a scale drawing and then tap a button to perform a full-scale virtual walk-through using 1:1 scale mode.
- Supports a wide variety of metric and imperial units as well as international currency.
- It is designed for both professional and casual use.
With all of these powerful features, you might think that QuantifyAR is complicated to use but the opposite is true. Simplicity and ease-of-use was paramount in the design of the app and new users are treated to a friendly welcome screen explaining the basic functions of the app as well as an animated guided tour describing how the AR measuring features work. The entire app has a professional and polished feel. If more help is needed, there is an easily accessible link to the QuantifyAR website which provides video tutorials, FAQs, and customer support.
The Innovative AR Experience of QuantifyAR
One of the coolest features is how the AR measuring tool finds the ground surface. As you move your device slowly to find the ground, footprints appear on the detected ground surface. This accomplishes several purposes:
- It provides a sense of scale to the ground surface to give confidence that the AR is correctly tracking the real-world
- It provides an easy visual cue for the user to confirm that the detected ground is in the expected location. If the footprints ‘stick’ to the ground, it must be correct. With other measuring apps, you might think you are measuring on the ground sometimes you are really not!
- It encourages the user to make virtual footprints around their project area which actually helps to refine the accuracy of the AR tracking and measurements
- It’s also really fun!
Once the ground is detected and confirmed by the user, you can import a drawing / map, or jump right into measuring real-world objects. A unique feature of the app is the height and width bars which you can swipe to adjust the size of the object you are measuring. You can also set the height and width manually by tapping the current value. The current unit system is easily changed by tapping the current unit and choosing a new one.
Probably the most powerful and useful feature of the app is the ability to import scale drawings and maps. Imagine receiving a drawing from a customer, importing it into AR, and being able to measure lengths, square footage and volume with real-world accuracy from the drawing!
The ability to import and measure from Apple maps is yet another killer feature for many professionals as it allows them to quickly get an estimate of large distances and areas at their project location. For example, grassy park areas and fields for farming can be estimated in seconds.
Another set of features that sets this app apart is that you can draw 3D objects with rectangle, triangle, or circle profiles. Circular profiles can have a wall thickness to create a pipe profile. This opens up a huge amount of potential use-cases for volume measurements such as:
- Estimating the volume of soil against a retaining wall (triangular prism volume)
- Estimating the volume of a concrete column or foundation pile (cylindrical volume)
- Estimating the concrete volume for a sidewalk or strip footing (rectangular volume)
- Estimating the volume and weight of a sewer drain pipe (pipe volume)
Similar to some other AR measuring apps, QuantifyAR has an ‘Area’ mode which is used to trace out an irregular shape on the ground to calculate the area. However, this app goes a step further and allows you to give the area a thickness to instantly find the volume.
One more unique feature to this app is ‘Count’ mode which is a fun and useful way to count items. Red pins are dropped to show you which items have already been counted so that you don’t accidentally double-count.
Once you are finished measuring, your new quantity can be saved and used to create a cost estimate.
How does the Cost Estimating Feature Work?
In order to create material lists and cost estimates, you simply create a cost template and assign it to a quantity. A cost template includes all of the information needed to convert a measurement, or quantity, into a cost. For example, if you wanted to estimate the cost of fence-posts for your fencing project, you would create a Fence-post template and assign it to your fence measurement.
Cost templates include things like unit costs, waste factors, and tax rates. They are completely customizable and re-usable so for typical estimates, you might only need to create a template once. QuantifyAR provides a simple question / answer interface to create a cost template and the process takes only seconds to complete. For a sample tutorial on how this is done for a fencing estimate, watch the video below.
Example Professional Uses of QuantifyAR:
- Find out the volume of concrete you need for a driveway
- Calculate how many studs you need to frame your new garage
- Create and send a complete quote for a bathroom renovation
- Find out how many tiles you need to replace your flooring
- Appraise the value of a home
- Create a complete list of material required to build a fence
- Visualize the size of a 10 acre plot of land to be subdivided
- Quickly measure square footage from a scale drawing
- Find out how much fertilizer you need to cover the grass of a park
- Estimate quantities, material lists, and costs for pretty much anything!
What about casual uses?
- Import a map and measure walking, biking, or vehicle travel distance along your route
- Measure lengths and areas around the house or yard
- Estimate the roof height of a multi-storey building
- Visualize the size of a new piece of furniture in your home before you buy it
- Import your dream home floor plan, draw the walls with QuantifyAR and do a virtual walkthrough
QuantifyAR is available now on the app store!
It is a free download until November 30, 2017. After that, there will be nominal one-time fee to download the app.
QuantifyAR requires a device running iOS 11 or newer with an A9 processor or better. This includes iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and iPad pro models.
The QuantifyAR name and logos are trademarks of MindSight Studios Inc. and are copyright 2017.