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How Aetos Operate is a Game-Changer for Site-Specific Job Training

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How Aetos Operate is a Game-Changer for Site-Specific Job Training

January 26, 2023

Designing a training program is hard. Designing an effective, efficient, site-specific training program is harder. Curriculum specialists and operations managers are tasked with providing excellent learning experiences for their employees. Safety regulations, emergency responses, building codes and practices, maintenance procedures, documentation, and visual supports (like images, pdfs, and videos) are pieces of an all-encompassing instructional package.  Because there are so many variables involved, it’s easy to understand that the task is immense. Trying to compile resources from external drives, folders, binders, zip files, and 3rd party vendors can very quickly lead to disorganization, oversight, and ultimately inefficiencies for workers. Adequate instruction is vital to an employee’s experiences on site: The purpose of practical learning is to provide workers with knowledge that keeps them safe, guides their decisions, and helps them improve within their environment. This compounds the pressure on curriculum developers to produce quality training and supports. Indeed, this can cause issues with trying to develop and deliver updated instructional methods.  Consider the mammoth task of creating and implementing educational courses that are relevant, accessible, and intent on refreshing old practices. This would demand a robust process of designing and building manuals, binders, flow-charts, and diagrams, while actualizing the source material with effective methods. Sometimes even the prospect of re-starting or re-designing instructional modules is enough to discourage curriculum specialists from taking their content to the next level; compiling, arranging, diagramming, delegating, and printing (let alone scheduling implementation strategies and meetings) are all roadblocks to the process.  “The creation of a great training program is a daunting task, partially due to the fact that multiple stakeholders need to be on the same page,” says Aetos Imaging CEO Connor Offutt. “The process is extremely difficult as subject matter experts, management, videographers, and more are all involved in an arduous, and very likely, lengthy process.” However, there’s a new and easier way to construct training programs that are substantially better for the designer, the bottom line, the planet, and the user’s experience. A relatively standard concept that Aetos Operate likes to showcase is its ability to overlay 3-Dimensional scans with customized training. The software uses 3D imaging to virtually display site-specific components, a visualization support that considerably benefits designer and trainee alike.  Virtual drilling and coaching for employees is a core feature of Operate. The software provides a clear and clean canvas for curriculum developers, as they are able to leverage a hyper-visualized digital twin for customized onboarding and instruction. To simplify: Operate’s cloud-based, 3D platform makes training development easier for curriculum specialists, which leads to better help, safety, and support for the workers on site. Imagine the possibilities for curriculum designers if they could superimpose their learning targets and objectives within a virtual replica. Not only would this expedite the composition process, but placing training lessons in a 3D digital twin provides overwhelmingly enhanced visualization that simply can’t be beat. That’s the add-value that Operate is providing to on site learning programs around the country. “Operate was designed specifically to streamline the entire process, functioning as a 3D platform where curriculum designers can capture, create, edit, assign, and monitor their learning content for the benefit of their employees,” continues Offutt. “Operate makes the whole process cheaper, faster, and better for the user, all while creating a much more engaging experience, as learners interact within a 3D virtual digital twin – as opposed to a more expensive, generic end product.”  Expensive outsourced videographers are no longer needed; employee onboarding is now sleek and deeply engaging, positioning new workers within the virtual space and providing them with bespoke source material; engineering trainings are now immersive and clearly pictured, and can be accompanied with helpful videos, written copy, intentional pdfs, or Senior-level insights. Again, this greatly improves the performance and experience of employees. Writing an entire manual from scratch – or even redesigning a current binder to fit new procedures – is a formidable task for many facilities managers; unfortunately, this can keep building operators from performing at a safe, high, and consistent level.  But concepts like safety procedures, orientation, and best practices shouldn’t be outdated, nor should they be pushed off “til next year”. It’s common for companies to orient themselves around safety and wellbeing, but what if those pillars aren’t totally realized due to the complexity of effective curriculum development and implementation? Now, organizations and their on-site professionals can leverage a digital twin to create and carry out desired learning objectives in a virtual space with customized clarity and exact precision.  Positioning itself as a viable option for effective, efficient, site-specific training programs, Operate is the dream solution for instructional specialists, as it provides its users – the workers on site – next-level safety protocols, helpful guidance on operational functions, and more. 

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Commercial Real Estate is Witnessing a Migration from Office Ownership to Other Industries

January 19, 2023

With the shifts in economic and professional fields occurring, a migration is developing. A growing percentage of commercial real estate investors and portfolio holders are now expanding their focus from office development to include residential acquisitions.  Mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal article, the move is already happening. Data and sources from the editorial highlight that this migration is most prominent in the US on the East Coast; massive office buildings have struggled with occupancy in the nearly-three-years since the pandemic hit.  As remote work has become more commonplace, building proprietors are having a hard time padding premium spaces that were competitive prior to March 2020. And as the workforce has received the advantage of choosing their desired environment, companies are much more comfortable with remote operations and permit Zoom-led collaboration in efforts to retain their top employees. This current job market status is emptying offices, but many large-scale investors and owners are finding ways to fill the vacancies via the residential housing market and other creative solutions. By now, many experts nationwide have agreed that the housing market is in a state of pressurized flux – with stabilization, deceleration, and crash all considerable possibilities. Mixed variables like mortgage rates, inflation adjustments, general home prices, wage modifications, and rental costs complicate predictions. Large tower and property managers anticipate a unique opportunity that is cresting the horizon: by retrofitting current office spaces for new types of tenants, owners are using commercial spaces for residential and professional reasons as a fiscal way to repurpose assets.  A big name in the commercial space is already developing next-step plans: Boston Properties Inc. “As the largest publicly traded developer, owner, and manager of premier workplaces in the United States” Boston Properties Inc. is partaking in the migration. The sizable corporation is finding ways to develop and redevelop along the East Coast, with a goal of holding 2,000 residential units. Building, remodeling, or buying real estate for non-office use is the new focus for many organizations. Living spaces are in high demand, particularly in urban populaces; profitable opportunities can be realized as physical work stations become less occupied.  Although the cost is up-front to retrofit and repurpose office property, many portfolio managers are seeing the benefit in taking this initial step. The goal of procuring large commercial real estate is to fill it with occupants – whether that be for office, residential, or other professional use.  This has led to an expansion from solely-office-space-usage into other functions and industries. Some have altered their buildings for unique transitions, like art or photography studios, professional training services, or hosting private events. Others still have branched out into the world of entertainment, transforming their assets into operational auditoriums, health clubs, and even casinos. Right now, Aetos Imaging is providing building owners a way to visually capture their properties and the critical spaces therein. Digital twin technologies allow decision makers to view their assets in a 3D environment, display current machinery and equipment, plan alterations, collaborate virtually with investors or project managers, and in so doing, greatly expedite projects. Furthermore, should an acquisition be made, the asset is considerably more valuable if the inheritance is accompanied with a digital twin – complete with a training database, hyper-visual representation, maintenance history, and more. The future of commercial real estate may or may not manifest a return to office space usage. In the meantime, many building owners are doubling down on reusing their properties: knowing that housing needs will be relevant and ubiquitous for years to come, while new business expeditions could yield profit in the foreseeable future. Capturing a digital twin could be invaluable in the years to come.

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Burn the Binders: Revolutionize Onboarding, Training, and Transitions with Aetos Operate

January 11, 2023

Aetos Imaging is optimizing the way the built world operates. We know that facilities management is responsible for the performance of their assets – whether that be providing quality training, implementing green initiatives,  regulating preventative maintenance, meeting energy efficient goals, or analyzing data for imperative decisions.  However, there is a core obligation that is unintentionally lagging in many organizations, putting workers at a disadvantage: training and educating employees. Aetos is stepping in and revolutionizing the way engineers, staff members, ownership, and agents are able to learn bespoke tribal knowledge within a virtual environment.  Many Current Training Practices Are Actually Outdated With the rise in technology – and the incredible rate of advancement in the digital space – practices and systems from years past are quickly becoming ineffectual. Because of this advance, companies that refuse to change will fall flat. The status quo of many corporations needs to change.  Systems like outdated computer programs, filing cabinets, or generic training videos are no longer a viable option for complex operations right now, let alone in the coming years. Millennials and Gen Zers are going to be the dominant generations of workers, and are generally known for their high expectations of software development, scaffolded implementation, and task support.  Burn the Binders In the digital age, bulky binders are antiquated – becoming more obsolete with each passing year. The information stored in a notebook is valuable, but it is hardly accessible. In order to review hard-copy files, being on-site is required. Imagine how facilities management (particularly those with larger spaces or multiple sites) benefit from digital storage of files and documentation. But take it a step further: consider how an Operations team is enhanced in their day-to-day tasks if they could allow team members to visualize their assets. Sure, stapled packets and clipboards have their place. But if a built environment really wants to capture a location and leverage that hyper-visibility to promote better instruction, troubleshooting, and safety demonstrations, they need something more. Aetos Operate allows for teams to ditch binders and digitize their training within a virtual environment that is an exact representation of the space(s) employees will interact in. Our flagship software comes with customizable content, curriculum development opportunities, hyper-visual 3D representation, data captures, and real-time notations – a massive improvement to binder-held details and protocols. Abrogate Archaic Software Sometimes a company’s strongest attempt to “modern management” of their systems is a generic computer program that is operating in the past. With the technology readily available for buildings and its management, organizations are attempting to run efficiently with a product that simply isn’t efficient.  Old, outdated software actually hinders a company’s ability to progress: with machinery as well as personnel. New instruments are introduced in the industrial spaces as a way to boost productivity; new engineers and equipment is brought in to replace and rejuvenate. Why would a competent company refuse to do the same with their software?  Aetos Operate is that software upgrade. It allows for organizations to access state-of-the-art visualization techniques by leveraging digital twin technologies with enhanced training and custom-built courses.  And more, as a tailor-made 3-Dimensional CMMS, Operate allows facilities operations to be conducted on a specialized 3D digital twin.  Train Before Day 1 Another value that Aetos Operate offers for its partners is found in the onboarding process.  By being able to access a 3D scan, new engineers and employees can virtually tour and train with the critical assets they will be operating. Instructional videos and procedures can be deployed within the platform. Onboarding becomes much more powerful, as individuals are permitted to observe, explore, interact, and practice specific exercises from anywhere in the world.  And this content is available in perpetuity. A crew member can access and review the intel within Operate at any time; instructional content and tutorials become dynamic, revisable, and readily accessible.  Gather Data About Personnel Know-How Take advantage of data collection with Aetos Operate. Statistics regarding a training module can be recorded. Submitted answers can be analyzed to see if employees are grasping the desired content, or if further guidance is required. Data is one of the most sought-after items within the business world, helping teams get a better understanding of current affairs. Learning the levels of tribal knowledge within an organization can be critical to optimized practices, and capturing that information can bring clarity to decision makers. Feel the Effects Immediately With Aetos, a major upgrade in onboarding, training, and transitioning is only one conversation away. We are confident that our services will greatly enhance the way orientation, education, safety protocols, data retention, and preventative maintenance is conducted in commercial and industrial spaces; it’s the upgrade the built environment has been waiting for. See how Aetos Imaging can help modernize and streamline your operational processes today.

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Companies Need to Change to Retain the Next Generation of Workers

January 03, 2023

The red flag of tribal knowledge gaps in the workplace is not a secret. Retiring baby boomers and experienced personnel are causing retention problems for companies all around the world. With so many employees looking to leave – for various monetary and/or personal reasons – the need for a solution is pertinent. In order to battle retention rates, organizations are looking for tools that can fill the knowledge gap – like utilizing data storage softwares or upgrading CMMS platforms. Companies are desperate for effectively training and retaining the upcoming generations of employees: Millennials and Gen Zers. Why Change? Both Millennials and Gen Zers have fundamentally different learning styles than that of previous generations. And it makes sense that they do: growing up during the internet/smartphone boom would yield an unprecedented exposure to technology and its potent applications. If companies can keep this in mind – and implement strategies that cater to this unique demographic – talent acquisition and retention will be much more feasible.  Millennials are 2.5x more likely to adapt to new technology than any previous generation. Similarly, Gen Z has never known a world without the internet, meaning they expect well-run, highly-functioning software, and can get frustrated with outdated systems. Visual instruction is imperative, as 70% of Millennials and Gen Zers use video tools like YouTube to learn new skills.  Over the next decade, organizations will be hiring and training these individuals, so it’s imperative to understand how these generations think, work, and interact with their employers. By establishing preferential systems for incoming personnel, corporations can begin boosting their retention rates today. What To Change? New techniques to find and keep younger workers revolve around providing a desirable culture and interpersonal aspects. Old methods of relying on employee loyalty and the power of pension promises are all but extinct.  The top practices that resonate with Millennials and Gen Zers include video content and training, intentional coaching and mentoring, relevant and functional technology applications, and collaborative, flexible e-learning platforms. Although it may appear generalized, these are key aspects to attracting and retaining the up-and-coming workforce. By providing bite-sized responsibilities, expectations, feedback, and trainings also generates momentum with Millennials and Gen Zers. Over half of these workers prefer to be given time to operate within provided examples. Giving smaller tasks – and supporting them throughout – enables Millennials and Gen Zers to have confidence in their work and a feeling of contribution. These two generations highly prefer online tools and interactions. Online tutorials, email, on-demand access, and interactive (even game-ified) training are critical elements to their overall engagement and learning styles. Outdated materials and protocols are a sure way to detract from the work environment. Why Now? It is estimated that by 2025, over 70% of the global workforce will be made up of Millennials. Gen Z (the oldest of which are 25 and just starting their careers) already account for 13% of the global workforce, with a projected 33% by 2030. Why is that important today, though?  As baby boomers begin to phase out and their posts become available, organizations are having a difficult time finding and keeping their positions filled. It’s becoming harder and harder to boast a retention ratio that caters to the younger generations. A study by teamstage showed that only 28% of Millennials are planning on staying with their current employer for 5 years or more, while 1 in 5 workers have changed jobs within the last 12 months.  Whether that’s providing modernized technology solutions, immersing their onboarding process in augmented reality, providing targeted on-site training, or incentivising with self-governing options, organizations are fervently looking for ways to manage the growing crisis of retention. A new generation of talent will require a new way of doing things.  This is a massive, yet unavoidable shift in employment operations. Organizations across the country are desperate to both retain and find quality personnel to join their teams. Companies that haven’t started this process will soon find themselves at a steep disadvantage to their competitors.  How Aetos is Providing a Solution Aetos Imaging recognizes the knowledge gap is widening between generations. The old ways of training, on-boarding, and retention are becoming more outdated as turnover rates continue to rise. How has our CMMS software adapted with the times? It’s simple: Aetos knows a shift in learning and development is critical for the next generation. We employ next-level technology to cater to relevant learning styles: custom training courses, on-demand learning, virtual reality experiences, clearly imaged resources, and collaborative meeting spaces within a Digital Twin.  New (and current) members are able to view, re-view, and review content, courses, operation elements, emergency responses – all within the digital twin that they are actually servicing! Millennials and Gen Zers are given the hyper-visualized work space and a state-of-the-art software interface. This methodology is a significant enhancement to any company’s current onboarding, retention, training, and vacancy plans. Aetos Operate is a revolutionizing software, transforming the way safety, training, and preventative maintenance measures are executed in the built environment. No longer are 2-Dimensional CMMS viable.  By partnering with Aetos, companies are immersing its users into a 3D virtual platform, tailor-made learning is now hyper-visualized and customizable for each industry, portfolio, and building – down to the individual critical spaces and machinery components. Reach out to us today to improve retention rates and training experiences for the imminent generational shift in the workforce.

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Why Visual Software Will Disrupt Facilities Management in 2023

December 19, 2022

Building functions and day-to-day operations are the dominant focus of facilities personnel. They’re tasked with continuous monitoring, scheduling, data collecting, maintenance, and project managing duties.  But if next-gen technology was intentionally implemented in an infrastructure, every component of a building (critical spaces, safety responses, mechanical items, data collection, etc.) becomes visualized. Sight is the medium through which building operations are conducted. Visual software is unlocking never-before-seen possibilities within the built environment.  Training Because every building is unique, it is not an illogical consideration to have one-of-a-kind training modules and resources tailored to each specific site; 3-Dimensional scans and the virtual environment are allowing facilities managers to have a stronger understanding and command of their assets. Old CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems) are organized in 2D platforms. Operating in one less dimension is becoming outdated, restricting facilities management. The rationale behind having a relevant CMMS is to help engineers and other personnel visualize their space.  But 2-Dimensional representation has its limitations.  By using a 3D model (called a Digital Twin) as the actual space where the training occurs, highly accurate digital walkthroughs of a building are visualized. Courses, quizzes, and assessments can be also assigned within the digital space so that users can see the content virtually. Without the 3D component, it’s impossible to realize specific zones accurately, efficiently, and comprehensively. And in some cases, on-site trainings can now be enhanced by off-site access and reference.  Preventative Maintenance The vast majority (an estimated 75%) of an engineer’s daily on-site duties is to perform preventative maintenance tasks; facilities personnel are constantly looking to save their corporations time and money in this sector. It’s no secret that binders are becoming more outdated in this digital world. Many industry experts predict that by 2023, 2-Dimensional CMMS will be put on the shelf for a better, clearer, more encyclopedic solution.  Imagine how much time could be saved if all data and service records were compiled within a 3D space on top of the digital twin being serviced. 300+ page documents become replaceable. Paper-bound checklists are no longer needed.  Picture how a 3D CMMS could streamline communication between engineers, chief operators, servicers, vendors – you name it – all within a virtual, augmented reality. Now when a vital belt is loose, or a significant chiller needs to be checked by a chief, a hyper-visual software allows for communication to be rapid, enabling problems to be solved more expeditiously and efficiently.  Safety To take visual software one step further: building owners can use the power of Digital Twin technology to greatly enhance safety protocols. This tech grants users a way to design and deliver emergency response procedures tailored to their site.  How valuable would it be to have a virtual copy of an emergency shutoff valve’s location? And how much safer would a building be if there was a digital copy of the specifics of critical control panels? Even escape routes can be hyper-visualized by replacing a highlighted piece of paper with a virtual 3D scan: a resource that is readily visualized and practiced via any smart device.  Additionally, if a building safety ordinance is altered, response plans can be adjusted in the cloud to fit the requirements without having to redo manuals, videos, or other time-consuming documentation. These changes remain hyper-visual by leveraging a digital twin to accurately depict the proper protocols.  Visual software that allows its users to see their spaces in a virtual environment is disrupting the way facilities personnel view their CMMS.  How We Do It Aetos Imaging is pioneering a hyper-visual, hyper-efficient operations management system within the virtual environment. Aetos is partnering with agencies and facilities managers around the world to deliver a digital twin that is packaged with revolutionary training, preventative maintenance procedures, essential data retention, safety solutions, and much more to their users.  Possessing a 3D CMMS to visualize the integral areas of a building is incredibly helpful for facilities managers and trainers. “The ability that Aetos gives the industry – to be able to walk a space, completely virtually, completely remotely – and it [is] seamless,” remarks Jacob Ruppel, an assistant Chief Engineer at Portman Holdings in Atlanta, Georgia.  The features that Aetos Imaging has been developing and deploying have seen incredible payoff for their users. “We get so excited about the ability to create custom training scenarios that are repeatable, trackable, and bespoke to each individual building, or generalized over a portfolio standard,” states Aetos President and Co-founder Connor Offutt.  “What our platform allows you to do is to create a sequence of operations simulations – Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, – and input any amount of learning data that you’d like,” reveals Offutt. “Video, images, files, etc… we can put all that information into the Aetos Operate platform.” 3-Dimensional CMMS are now available for facilities management – a resource that manifests another dimension of control.   Interested? If you understand the potential that Aetos Operate can unlock for your portfolio and have an interest in taking your assets to the next level, reach out to Aetos Imaging today! We would love to comprehensively show your team – in depth – how our transformative CMMS works.

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Accelerating Retirement Rates Are Causing the Knowledge Gap to Widen

December 14, 2022

The American workforce was hit with the most disruptive pandemic in history in 2020. Yet a viral issue that is quietly, yet rapidly sneaking up on employers across nearly all industries is the exponential uptick in retirement.  Retirement and resignation rates are outpacing the hiring rates in multiple industries. One in four workers in the United States is a baby boomer, nearly 41 million citizens. The experience of this generation is dominant and prevalent. Hence, as they start transitioning out of the workforce – particularly within high-level senior positions – there is an unavoidable gap created in the tribal knowledge of an institution.  Schools and universities, nursing and healthcare workers, and civil sectors are all facing a decline in retention rates. Personnel management organizations are desperate to solve this massive concern.  Engineers are undoubtedly essential to well-run infrastructure. Without engineers, there simply would be an absence of effective operations in every piece of architecture – and many are leaving the field. It’s no wonder that these crucial departures are having a significant impact.  In Detroit, nearly 1,000 salaried workers at Ford opted to retire due to pension payouts by December 1st of this year. While it’s very understandable why engineers and employees would make such financial decisions, there is a hidden repercussion within the move: hundreds of thousands of hours of experience held by such employees evaporated. And although nearly all of the 1,000 workers were anticipated to retire by 2024, the time that could have been utilized to train and educate their replacements is now gone.  And very recently, Boeing lost hundreds of experienced engineers in the Seattle-area for similar reasons. Pension payouts proved to be a leading cause for highly-accomplished engineers to leave the field at Boeing. More than 500 highly experienced engineers, along with nearly 130 additional technical workers left the company.  In situations like these, tribal knowledge that was obtained and professionally implemented by the workforce is lost. This, in turn, has the potential to cause a huge set-back in facilities management know-how, implementation strategies, and even nuanced responses to various scenarios It is challenging to restore qualified personnel. Yet even more so, industrial and commercial businesses and corporations are having an even harder time replacing their building engineers and experts. Even when considering advanced technologies and new AI automations, the engineering industry is the most critical component when implementing effective building management and systems.  Infrastructures throughout the country are tasked with progressing as a productive entity while retention emerges as a glaring issue. Retirement causes deceleration. Resignation prompts delay. And these withdrawals – regardless of the cause – are creating ominous, expensive implications for building managers to grapple with. The new generation is simply not getting into older industries in enough quantities to fill the retirement gap. Simply put, there aren't enough mechanics and trade-oriented professionals to go around. Portfolio and building managers are hard-pressed to find and keep the personnel required to effectively operate. These pressing conversations are compelling many institutions to find ways to fill the gap. Some companies like Aetos Imaging have decided to use their digital twin technologies to bridge the educational gap between generations.  A hyper-visual, hyper-functional software (called “Operate”), Aetos Imaging is intent on becoming the solution in the workforce rift. By leveraging a 3D environment – coupled with customized overlays of a virtual space – procedures are captured, logistics are saved, critical data is stored, augmented trainings are realized, conversations are recorded, and safety standards are upheld. That is some serious firepower to combat the race against time as retiring workers are making space for an incoming crew – whether that be internal promotions or new hires.  Previously, a senior chief engineer would need to instruct and train up a new crew member about all the critical spaces of a building and the proper responses tied to a myriad of scenarios – not to mention the continual refreshers that would need to coordinate with schedules, building access, and even individual professionalism.  It can take months (or even years) for a replacement to really grasp and remember the processes within. And with the impact of retiring baby boomers (25% of the workforce being 60+ years old) and the difficulty in retaining Millennials (21% leave within a year), a new technology could not be more punctual. It’s no secret that the American workforce is approaching a point of no return. Retirement rates are accelerating, and the knowledge gap is widening. What companies and organizations do in the meantime to prepare and implement this undeniable juncture will have the most significant impact on their respective relevance within their respective industries. 

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We’re Having Twins! 3D Scans Are Here

December 02, 2022

Across the globe, Digital Twin technologies are becoming more and more prevalent in the physical world. Many tech experts have predicted an uptick in digital twin usage and applications, anticipating 2023 as the year for the breakthrough. Organizations all over the world are having twins. And it looks like they’re here to stay.  Aetos Imaging recognized this trend months ago, and have found a niche to help serve building owners, portfolio holders, facilities management, and safety personnel. With the Aetos Operate Software, 3D scans can be hyper-visualized and specifically layered in efforts to unlock the full potential of streamlined operations within a building’s life cycle. 3D scans and the technologies implemented within the built environment are continuing to become more commonplace.  Summit European Digital Twin Summit 2022 occurred in Hamburg, Germany this September. The purpose of the meeting was to “advance the use of digital twin technologies across industries, ranging from Real Estate, to Complex Production Facilities, from Architecture, Engineering, and Construction to Taxonomy for Predictive Maintenance, Compliance Management, and combating Shortage of Skilled Workers by effectively preserving human knowledge and experiences in human-digital twin interaction.”  The attendees at the summit were introduced to further applications that digital twins can provide for commercial real estate, as well as provided a networking opportunity for like-minded individuals who are involved in making the built environment more sustainable and efficient. AECO AECO Innovation Lab recently launched a new research project to get a clearer, more comprehensive picture of the relationship between digital twins and a building’s life cycle. Based in Canada, AECO is keen on discovering more on the implications of this technology within the architectural, engineering, and construction sectors.  One of the key components of the project is to observe and measure “the economic, environmental and social challenges that can be addressed by digital twins such as visualizing land and building investments, predicting affordable housing needs, looking at developing sustainable cities, and aiding in municipal operations.” By looking beyond just infrastructure, digital twin technology has the capacity to enhance the experiences of project managers, investors, building operators, architects, engineers, and tax-paying citizens. Microsoft Household name Microsoft is pushing the envelope in the digital space. Using their Azure IoT platform, they’re aiming to “monitor and analyze the use of resources and resulting emissions” within infrastructure. Microsoft is trying to use this branch of technology to improve sustainability and explore equipment management and safety systems within buildings. (Sounds familiar!)  The tech is picking up speed, and the implications of this momentum is clear: industry leaders around the world are exploring ways to leverage digital twin technology across multiple trades, environments, corporations, and services. Aetos Imaging Aetos is encouraged to see so many different industries seeing the value of digital twins and utilizing the virtual space as a way to be more efficient, productive, clean, manageable, and environmentally friendly; 3D scans can be applied to a myriad of applications, and we’re ready to show the world what our software (Aetos Operate) is capable of.  Aetos is leading the charge on how to better implement system management, green building initiatives, training services, preventative maintenance, and safety regulations; Aetos knows that building owners, companies, and even government agencies are looking for ways to augment their modus operandi and improve their assets.  Our platform is breaking barriers and challenging the current environment to push even further than before. The experts believe digital twins will boom in 2023: Aetos has been anticipating this need, and are ready to help large-scale buildings take the next jump into better management.  Organizations all over the world are having twins; now it’s time to leverage the technology to save money, save time, and prevent unnecessary problems. And since Digital Twins are here to stay, Aetos Imaging believes there’s a bright future in professional collaboration with building owners everywhere. Find out today how we can serve your space!

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Commercial Building Management Just Got Easier

December 02, 2022

Right now, the newest marketing strategy in the residential real estate space is everywhere: 3D listings. Agents all across the country are using 3D technology to offer “self-guided” tours of a listed property; this enables potential buyers to explore and see their new home in a virtual space. By creating these “digital twins”, the real estate market is becoming more and more accessible for prospects. But what if that technology was used for more than just listing and selling a space? What if 3D imaging could actually be used as a tool for large-scale facilities management?  Enter Aetos Operate. Aetos Imaging is an industry-leading software service that provides and unlocks incredible potential for how large buildings are managed, maintained, viewed, documented, and appreciated (both in the monetary and general sense of the word). Essentially, Aetos Imaging has created a virtual platform to leverage the capabilities of a digital twin. A digital twin is basically that: a 3D capturing of a physical space that is then “uploaded into the cloud”; this process has an exponential impact on commercial spaces. And Aetos Imaging is leading the way. Aetos Imaging is driven to add astonishing value and convenience to commercial building owners. It’s flagship software — Aetos Operate — is opening up a virtual world where facilities management is simply better. Aetos Imaging has unlocked incredible potential for building owners to improve facilities management by using the Operate software to intentionally target digital storage, portfolio support, user interface, customized trainings, and asset appreciation.  Digital Storage Aetos Operate can digitally scan and store a building’s space in its entirety — from start to finish, top to bottom. Pre-construction, construction, and post-construction phases of a building are incredible pieces of data that can be stored and utilized for future decisions. How many times has a building owner wished they knew what was behind a wall before starting a project? Portfolio Support Not only can it securely hold data for a specific building, the Aetos Operate software was intentionally designed for owners of multiple buildings to utilize. Want to compare your 6 chiller rooms in your portfolio to see some specs and maintenance information? Great, click a couple buttons. That’s right, Aetos Operate has created an advantage for owners to compare, contrast, and evaluate their critical spaces at the click of a button — not digging through mounds and mounds of (potentially outdated) paperwork. Incredible User Interface The visibility benefit of Aetos Operate is spectacular. Within our software, we have developed a user-friendly experience where building documentation functions in a way that is best suited for commercial operations. Within the framework is the opportunity to cite past, current, and future maintenance data, have an accessible location for collaboration and correspondence, link files (or videos) to support facilities operations, and much more all within the scope of Aetos Operate. Customized Training By using Aetos Operate, facilities managers can implement onboarding or best-practice trainings to a multitude of employees all virtually. Imagine a day where mandatory building walk-throughs aren’t full of logistical headaches; imagine a way for meetings, notes, and critical space knowledge and strategies become more efficient, cost-effective, digitally archivable, and accessible to new and existing location workers. Asset Appreciation  And to bring it full circle, a 3D capture is powerful (and nearly becoming required) in the real estate world. Suppose a building owner is trying to market their space: wouldn’t a digital twin being included only strengthen the value of the asset? “My commercial property is for sale. Oh yeah, I’ll throw in an Aetos Operate digital twin of the entire thing — with accurately tagged and labeled critical locations complete with the online documents of knowledge and how-tos for how to run the space smoothly.”  These are just a sample of items that the power of 3D imaging can bring with Aetos. If you’re interested in taking your asset and/or portfolio to the next level with the industry leader, Aetos Imaging and Aetos Operate are ready. Request a demo today, and see how Aetos can help. 

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Better Training with Aetos Operate

August 09, 2022

The True Struggles of Training Engineers, owners and operators understand how difficult it can be to train employees about a building, current best practices and more. Buildings are bespoke, not mass-manufactured, so owners, operators, engineers, and everyone in between must be on the same page in order for these real-world assets to run efficiently. Remote collaboration and remote training offer solutions to some of the biggest problems in commercial buildings. Imagine a day when engineers can simply hop on a call with their building managers, who, in the past, might have had to take a flight or drive across the state in order to solve an issue or emergency. Time lost cannot be replaced, plane tickets and fuel costs keep rising, and hopping on a call would save both time and money. With Aetos Operate, that future is reality, with our in-scan virtual conferencing feature. Anyone can hop on a call and literally navigate through the 3D digital twin environment on any convenient device.  Train from Anywhere Aetos Operate revolutionizes the way that commercial operations, management and training succeed. Often, site-specific training must be done on-site, when many people’s road time could be used in a more productive way. Engineers can now receive site-specific training from wherever they are in the world, by the best trainers with the most curated and refined skills. Seasoned engineers can now work from where they are most productive, without having to worry about losing important information and knowledge while training new employees. With our in-depth 3D image capture of buildings using Matterport, Aetos Operate collects all of a building’s equipment information. This enables better training and better onboarding. In the same way remote collaboration in the 3D environment empowers building talent to connect with anyone, anywhere in the world.  Fully Customize Training Aetos Operate allows buildings to offer custom training simulations that are tailored to unique operations, not just an industry boilerplate. Building Operators  create a visual equipment database by tagging equipment, components and the systems to which they belong. This feature is completely customizable, so whatever information a building needs can be accessed with the click of a button. Staff can easily find and identify equipment, react to critical emergencies or even go through specific equipment maintenance procedures. Walkthroughs of the real-world asset are easier, less time consuming, and even help cut down travel costs. Operate makes it easier than ever to keep your entire facilities workforce up-to-date on the most critical training procedures. New hires can learn directly from the best trainers and most seasoned experts with minimal time lost.  Utilize the Full Power of Operate Aetos Operate enables better training. With our 3D scanning and implementation process, we capture and curate the tribal knowledge of your building and its operations. Every building is unique, and we understand that effective training also must be unique. Our training builder allows you to create training simulations in the virtual environment and train from anywhere in the world. The best training your building could ever need is just one demo away; schedule a demo today at aetosimaging.com!

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How the Future of CRE firms are Managing Their Assets

August 09, 2022

CRE Management is Messy Commercial Real Estate firms across the nation understand the struggle of staying organized while managing a large portfolio. With assets delegated among the management team, how can a firm with a large portfolio stay on the same page if their information is not organized properly? Aetos Operate eliminates unorganized facilities information and provides businesses with a clear, accessible dashboard to manage all of their real-world building assets, spaces and equipment.  Take Some of the Stress Off Management and Facility Operations teams can now access all of their buildings, spaces and equipment all in one place. Aetos Operate provides businesses with an appealing dashboard which houses their whole portfolio of buildings, individual space scans, and specific equipment. Operate also features truly immersive, 3D video conferencing, allowing team members to collaborate directly with each other within the digital twin itself, whether they are across the campus or on the road. There is not Enough to go Around “Remote” is a word everyone hears more often these days. Remote work, remote training, and more; but there hasn’t been much talk, if any, about remote operations. Now, Aetos provides a solution to one of the biggest Operational challenges: bandwidth. Everyone in commercial real estate operations understands how difficult it is to find qualified employees to fill important positions, now more than ever. Aetos Operate allows employees to be better equipped with on-demand learning and remote operations. This allows employees to handle their workload more effectively, and even retains qualified talent for whom excessive travel would be a deal-breaker.  Can Digital Twins help? Having a digital twin of your building has many practical applications and benefits, including leveraging technology for training and operations. Remote training can take your business to the next level. Imagine not having to purchase airline tickets for training a whole team of engineers. Now, that dream can be a reality. Check out this article to learn more about how Aetos Operate provides remote training capabilities.  Green AND Efficient Aetos Operate allows for green and efficient facility operations, by ensuring the best talent with the most relevant expertise is always calling the shots on how a building runs. Operate literally reduces a building’s carbon footprint by minimizing carbon-intensive long-distance travel, wasting daily fleet fuel locally, and by facilitating optimal facilities management. Not only that, but Aetos Operate provides remote work opportunities that never existed before, a critical advantage in winning the war for talent in today’s marketplace. Now businesses can utilize 3D digital twins to train employees, as well as operate and manage all their assets at levels of sustainability and efficiency impossible to achieve in the past.  Stay One Step Ahead Commercial real estate firms know they must find advantages wherever they can to sustain a leading position in the marketplace; operations management, training, and organization offer many opportunities to seize the lead. Leading CRE firms manage their assets and get ahead of the competition with Aetos Operate. Book a demo today at aetosimaging.com and see how Aetos is making waves in the ocean of commercial real estate! 

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