On June 13, Pasadena, Calif.–based design and construction software developer Bluebeam announced its acquisition of digital mapping startup Project Atlas, based in Dallas. Founded in 2017 by Todd Wynne and Joe Williams, both of who come from construction and technology background, Project Atlas functions like Google Maps, but for construction drawings, allowing users to map their position in-person or virtually inside a structure under construction.
“We are incredibly excited to add Project Atlas to our portfolio of solutions to continue delivering on this promise," Bluebeam CEO Jon Elliott said in a press release. "Project Atlas provides users an entirely new way to visually organize and unify location-based documents and data, bridging the gap between 3D models and 2D drawings."
The platform—modeled after the familiar online mapping interface—allows users to intuitively toggle from room to room with varying levels of detail that can include site photos, drone imagery, HVAC systems, materials, measurements, and architectural elements.
"It's this combination of visualization, collaboration, and project documentation that our industry needs to make those last-minute decisions in the field, which are often the most critical and expensive decisions in a project," Wynne said in the same release. "By working collaboratively using a visual map of a project, customers can understand projects in a familiar context and break down the barriers that often keep information from getting to the people who need it most."
To continue their work, Wynne and Williams have joined Bluebeam as the vice president of business development and partnerships and as the vice president of product management, respectively.
Bluebeam will demonstrate the Project Atlas technology at its Bluebeam Extreme Conference in Austin, Texas, this September.