Nearmap launches 3-D software (2022)

Along with the new software, the company also announced its AI program.

August 22, 2019


Posted by Lauren Rathmell

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, – Aerial imagery business, Nearmap,launched its new 3-D product, Nearmap 3-D. The company is also previewed its AI technology at its customer event, Navig8.

Nearmap 3-D allows customers to stream and export 3-D imagery on-demand on a large scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information.

Nearmap has developed new AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a decade, multiple times a year, into datasets. These datasets can be used to more accurately and efficiently measure change and quantify attributes, such as solar panels, pools, roofs or construction sites. Organizations ranging from small businesses to large companies and cities will be able to take advantage of AI-driven location intelligence.

“Product innovation is in our DNA. Everything we do has the customer at the core,” said Tony Agresta, executive vice president of product at Nearmap. “Our customers’ worlds are evolving every day. We need to keep innovating to continue to give our customers a competitive advantage through technology breakthroughs like the ones we are sharing today at Navig8.

“Nearmap 3-D is the result of a significant investment in R&D, but also listening to our customers and what they need to transform the way they work. Accessing 3-D imagery up to now has typically been an arduous, time-consuming and expensive process - but not anymore. This represents the single largest, most frequently updated footprint of 3-D accessible through a browser. The ability to measure in 3-D space, size up an area and then export Nearmap 3-D for use in other platforms will transform the aerial imagery market.

“The AI technology that we’re working on will allow organizations to identify locations with specific attributes and in so doing, reduce site visits, generate more leads, and eliminate the time involved to inspect properties manually. Nearmap AI does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to,” Agresta said.

Instant Access to 3-D through MapBrowser

The light-weight platform offers customers a fully immersive 3-D experience, allowing them to visualize cities in 3-D from any direction, measure distances, and immediately export a custom area in a variety of 3-D formats at unprecedented speed – the download time is a matter of minutes for most requirements and only a few hours for very large footprints.

And like many streaming services, Nearmap 3-D comes with an extensive library, more than 400,000 km2 covered. It is updated once a year and covers major urban areas in Australia and the U.S.

Petabytes of images, and a living data set

Nearmap AI technology is the result of more than two years’ worth of research and development, and a team of close to 20 data scientists and machine learning engineers. The team, led by Dr. Michael Bewley, is using the petabytes of imagery that the business has captured over the past 10 years and turning it into a living dataset to accurately identify changes or quantify attributes from the Nearmap library of aerial imagery.

Nearmap has built machine learning models and deployed them on a massive scale. The automated process, and the constantly learning engine, means that the AI technology can be applied to any new geography. Nearmap also applies the models to new surveys, generating fresh results with current imagery.

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Circumstances are forcing Gary Hardy to trust his team. So far, it’s working.

August 22, 2019


Brian Horn

Turnaround Tour

There have been a couple of major developments for Brunner’s Lawn & Services. But before getting to those, one issue the company was figuring out earlier in the year was pricing. CEO Gary Hardy was skeptical of the gross profit margin percentage the Harvesters wanted him to bid into commercial maintenance jobs.

Turns out that he’s not necessarily sold that Brunner’s can get those high of margins (50 percent) on the contracts, but can on selling enhancement work to existing customers.

“It’s really customer-dictating,” he says. “We have a client right now that (accepts) pretty much every proposal that we give to them because they care about our quality. I think we may have to, on new contracts for like total maintenance, suffer at a little less of a margin than what the Harvesters want, knowing that we’ll get the higher margin on all the enhancement stuff.”

Two key changes.

While it may not sound like a major change, the addition of a part-time receptionist has made a noticeable, positive impact on the company.

The position was filled by a friend of COO Josh Brunner’s mother, and she will be working 20 hours a week during the peak times – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The addition of a receptionist has come just in time because of another change. Hardy has been experiencing post traumatic stress from his time in the military, and will need to briefly step away.

“She’s made it to where I’ve been able to take time off to try to get my head straight without there actually being any real gap in the business,” Hardy says. “The business has actually been running with me working about 20 hours a week over the last month.”

Hardy will be spending a week at Save A Warrior, a program that specializes in connecting active duty military, returning veterans, and first responders experiencing psychological trauma.

“She’s going to work full time to make sure that the office is running and I don’t miss phone calls. And if an important call comes in, she can direct it and let them know that I will be calling them back as soon as I get back because our clients are pretty much going to think I’m on vacation,” he says.

Brunner doesn’t see his role changing much while Hardy is gone.

“I think we’ve got stuff set in place to where it’s just kind of turnkey right now,” he says. “It’s a lot of the things right now are just automatic. The only thing my fear is that, you know, I have a couple guys not show up next week.”

The PTSD combined with the hectic nature of the season has essentially forced Gary to delegate and trust his staff – and he’s found out it’s working.

“I’ve pretty much stopped micromanaging Josh, and Josh is able to just run with stuff and get stuff done. I’ve stopped dealing with the day-to-day employee stuff and that’s something that the Harvesters have worked with me on – just letting them sink or swim,” Hardy says. “My leaders right now, they’re swimming pretty well. They’re doing a pretty good job.”

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Maple Hill is pressing to find immediate help while tabling an acquisition discussion until next year.

August 22, 2019


Jimmy Miller

Turnaround Tour

When it came time to start the season, Bobby and Lauren White just ran out of time.

They were in the process of acquiring a landscape maintenance company, which would’ve added somewhere between 100 and 200 more clients and a new account manager to Maple Hill Lawn & Garden’s staff. But ultimately, negotiations just stalled a little too long and both parties agreed to table the conversation until January. The last thing they wanted was a messy transition.

Instead, the Whites opted to focus on their own company and hire a new account manager they knew from years of working in the same industry. He has 20 years of experience and one day, after meeting over lunch with the Whites, decided he was open to jumping over to Maple Hill. He’s already proven helpful, though it’s not quite what the Whites had in mind: He’s jumped onto undermanned crews and served as quality control when needed.

“The plan was not to do too much labor-intensive stuff,” Bobby says. “The hardest part for me right now is that I want to get him out of the role he’s in right now, but I can’t tell you the benefits of having someone who’s versatile like that to be able to place him where he’s needed.”

The new guy’s been tasked with other responsibilities largely because Maple Hill lost some valuable employees before the season started for varying reasons, like finding a slightly higher-paying job or wanting to switch industries.

The Whites have also dealt with an unexpected rash of disciplinary issues they’ve never had like this before, like someone on their crews placing business cards – but not Maple Hill’s business cards – in clients’ mailboxes. Lauren also recalled an incident where Bobby pulled one of his employees randomly for a field job he jumped in on, but Bobby noticed the employee – who had been at Maple Hill for several months – simply didn’t know how to do their job.

In searching for new talent, the Whites agreed to pay more for less people, but those new hires will be held to a higher standard than before. In particular, they’re looking for two new drivers. Lauren admits the search isn’t going well yet, but the opportunity to start fresh and trust their crews with more responsibilities is exciting.

“We’re cleaning house, which is a good thing,” Lauren says. “Sometimes it’s good to get rid of old blood because they learn bad habits and tricks. To really get some really good crew leaders and drivers, pay them well but expect the world of them. He’s been able to rethink what we need out of those drivers.”

One thing the Harvesters have tasked Bobby with is devising a list of 200 possible clients they’d like to have someday. This campaign, which the Harvesters call “2@200,” involves an effort to become somebody’s second choice for their landscaping business.

“To me, it honestly makes sense. When your guy sucks, call us,” Lauren says. “It’s okay to be No. 2, but you’re the first person they think of when they’ve had it with their current person.”

Bobby says just about every landscaper thinks about their ideal clients. Maybe it’s a lot of retail stores or a cluster of apartments or homes they pass every day. Either way, marketing plans like the 2@200 promote taking a stab at clients who would be a good match for your landscaping company.

Bobby says he’ll reach out to these clients with branded, practical gifts like a notepad, as well as a bid packet and a list of the pain points Bobby identified on their properties that Maple Hill could help improve.

“We’re looking for some of the game-changers, as Ed calls it, some of the locations that you’d think would be outside of your realm and still go after them,” Bobby says. “You’d be surprised at how many people follow up. It’s to be on the mindset of those decision-makers so that when bid time comes around, they remember that stack of sticky notes on their desk that has the company logo on it.”

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If it’s not snow, it’s something else. The team at Pratt’s Lawn Care & Landscapes has to grapple with mother nature and a lack of employees as the busy season picks up.

Turnaround Tour

Although the snow has cleared, the team at Pratt’s Lawn Care & Landscapes is facing another curveball from Mother Nature. The nearby town of Muskoka was devastated by flooding in early spring, leaving many of Pratt’s lakefront clients with severe property damage.

“I’d say 95 percent of our properties are lakefront properties,” Jennifer Davies says. “Maybe 75 percent of them have really been affected, so we’re getting in, getting a bit of work done, but we can’t finish projects.” Their plans to start the construction on the greenhouse site was also delayed.

There’s also been a surplus of phone calls coming in from people in the community hoping for some help getting their lawns back in shape. Davies says she and her husband, Bob Naylor, have had to prioritize current clients instead of taking on anyone new.

Recruiting woes.

The influx of work requests coupled with the lack of a full labor force has left the owners of Pratt’s turning down a substantial amount of work.

“We’re really still focused on recruiting,” Davies says. “We can’t not be focused on that right now. We just can’t take a lot more work on so which is unfortunate, because our phone rings off the hook.”

With job fairs at local colleges proving to be unfruitful, Davies says they are in the early stages of looking overseas for more workers. She’s not quite sure how the process will work, but she knows other businesses have had luck with it.

And, with the added cost of renting a house for the summer for potential employees, the couple is eager to get the rooms filled. Yet, they remain empty and the owners are eating the $14,000 in total rent costs for the season.

The Harvesters are hoping to see the couple beef up their recruiting efforts by enhancing their referral program. In the past, they have offered a $100 bonus for recruits. Davies has been tasked with implementing the new tiered system, which will offer $100 after 30 days, $200 at 90 days and $300 at the end of the referral program.

“We’ve started (the new program) but haven’t seen much luck with it yet,” she says.

Mounting pressures.

Davies and Naylor have both been focusing on staying in their own lanes when it comes to managing their team. They were worried that the start of the season would prove to be a struggle, and with the unexpected weather, Davies admits they have slipped here and there.

“Things have been pretty good with Bob and I,” she says. “But we’ve been able to recognize when we may have handled something wrong.” She says they’ve been able to reflect back on situations where they should have deferred the decision making to one another, and the employees have been understanding.

ProGanics DUAL is designed to accelerate the development of depleted soils and offer erosion protection.

August 19, 2019


Posted by Lauren Rathmell

Supplier News

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. –Profile ProductsintroducedProGanics DUAL, a new environmentally friendly, hydraulically applied product formulated to accelerate the development of depleted soils while simultaneously providing effective erosion protection in a single, concentrated application.

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“We know time is money on job sites, and Profile’s new ProGanics DUAL will save contractors time through fewer loads per job, freeing them up to move onto the next project that much sooner,” said Adam Dibble, director of marketing at Profile Products. “This product will be a game changer for the industry, and we are excited for our customers to give it a try and see how much time and money they can save.”

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