A Liberty Twp. man’s new company provides 3D tours that can be used in numerous ways.
Patrick Hudepohl recently launched Already Home 3D Photography to offer virtual walk-throughs and tours via a technology he said will be “the next big tool” in many industries, including real estate, construction and property insurance claims.
“It creates an immersive experience for users that don’t have time or live too far away from a place to visit in real life,” Hudepohl said.
That includes places like landmarks, real estate listings, schools, churches, restaurants and any other building or structure that someone would benefit from touring.
Hudepohl recently recorded a virtual walk-through scan of the Mason Veterans Memorial, something he said is special to him for a personal reason.
“My father was the contractor who helped coordinate the build,” Hudepohl said. “I was a young teen at the time but was eager to help wherever I was needed.”
Establishing the business involved investing in a camera, accessories, insurance, license and software, as well as establishing a limited liability company.
Additional features available to clients include accurate measurements within 1 percent from the 3D scan, CAD ready scans for construction, designers and architects, as well as point cloud scans, which offer the capability for product designers to duplicate any scannable item.
There are multiple large insurance companies that are investing in the technology to implement in property claims, which could significantly reduce the need for property claims adjusters, Hudepohl said.
“It’s a technology I truly believe will change the landscape of a lot of industries,” he said.
The technology, which has been around for only a few years, comes from Silicon Valley-based manufacturer Matterport, Hudepohl said. It was released in that area and slowly made its way out east.
“It can be integrated into Google Maps,” he said. “So if you search (Google for), let’s say, a restaurant, you can have the capability to go in and take a tour.”
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