New York State is encouraging innovation and investment in the commercial real estate industry to hit Climate Act targets. Aetos Imaging is leveraging NYSERDA funding for enhanced sustainability and improved operations.

Aetos Imaging: Pioneering Sustainable Tech Solutions for NYSERDA Compliance

August 23, 2023

Racing to Meet New York’s Sustainable Ambitions Sustainability has become an essential part of standardized management – particularly in commercial real estate. As such, Building operations and maintenance (BOM) professionals have emerged as essential change-makers in Commercial Real Estate (CRE).  In dynamic locales like New York – with its towering skyscrapers and robust commercial infrastructure – BOM personnel are CRE’s quiet, yet critical component to operating buildings in a sustainable way. NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is at the forefront of this vital movement towards cleaner energy. Using innovation and investment, NYSERDA is keen on combating climate change in the Empire State. New York State’s Climate Act is an ambitious law structured to have increasing milestones every decade. By 2030, buildings are required to meet a 70% renewable energy mark; in 2040, 100% zero-emissions electricity; and by 2050, the Climate Act calls for an overall reduction of 85% in greenhouse gas emissions from New York. Organizations throughout New York have been charged with meeting more stringent standards in order to change the way the built environment targets sustainability measures. Because of these high benchmarks, training current (and future) BOM workers is essential for optimized operations.  Aetos Imaging's Technological Triumph in NYSERDA Compliance In a recent Bisnow article, Aetos Imaging was featured as a major contributor in the space. Using the NYSERDA program to fund the implementation of Aetos’ powerful platform across multiple CRE sites, BOMs were able to operate with more clarity in their buildings and cut down on emissions.  Aetos is known in the industry for being the premier solution for visualizing facilities management. By leveraging 3D scans for better clarity, asset management, site-specific training, remote collaboration, preventative (and predictive!) maintenance, and more, Aetos is pioneering the integration of tech solutions – leading with NYSERDA compliance.   Connor Offutt, CEO of Aetos Imaging, illuminated the company's approach. “Aetos consulted subject-matter experts from various sectors to craft immersive training content for each specific building. Through this innovative method, building staff gained access to a visualized work space that features site-specific training, preparing them for their roles, and enlightening them about their facility and crucial energy-saving techniques and practices.” Aetos exemplifies the integration of technology with compliance, harnessing the potential of NYSERDA's program. The platform provides virtual training for building engineers across multiple NY properties. BOMs were given an immersive representation of their maintenance areas, alongside a visual asset database, augmented training modules, and even remote collaboration capabilities.  Our Sustainable Vision Aetos Imaging isn't just a technology company; it's a beacon of change in the realm of sustainable infrastructure. Rooted in a profound understanding of the built environment's impact on our planet, Aetos passionately integrates cutting-edge digital solutions to address the pressing need for cleaner energy.  In the bustling race towards conservation compliance, Aetos Imaging stands tall, demonstrating the art of melding technology with sustainability. By providing dynamic solutions tailored to the unique needs of the built environment, Aetos isn't just adapting to NYSERDA's rigorous standards – it's setting new ones. With a visionary approach to facility management, coupled with its unwavering commitment to environmental preservation, Aetos is the innovative leader in building management system integration. Contact us today to learn more about how Aetos is helping buildings contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.

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Aetos Connect: Revolutionizing Remote Collaboration.

August 02, 2023

Aetos Imaging prides itself on the transformational features found in its platform. From Visual Asset Management to Site-Specific Training, Aetos has been revolutionizing the built environment – helping facilities and their teams operate with better clarity and more efficiency. Aetos Connect is yet another powerful management component provided by Aetos. By leveraging their own 3D scans, organizations are able to meet and collaborate remotely within the virtualized digital twin.  Unlike any other video conferencing platform, our most effective clients utilize Aetos Connect for engaging with their team in meaningful ways, unlocking unprecedented functionality and efficiency. Streamlined Communication & Collaboration Navigating a complex built environment can lead to significant communication challenges and misunderstandings. Aetos' ability to allow team members to virtually "walk and talk" through space together clears this obstacle. Remove vague directions like "down the hall… keep going…" or "further left, further – oh you passed it…" and collaborate in a far more seamless and efficient way. Avoid this major pain point in managing large, complex spaces.  With shared control over mobility, team members can easily and precisely point out specific locations, equipment, or issues without confusion. This leads to much more dynamic and effective communication. Even third-party service providers can be involved in a digital walk, progressively streamlining communication and collaboration even outside internal operations.  Enhanced Training & Onboarding Traditional onboarding and training in large facilities can be time-consuming and confusing. Aetos Connect's integration of real-time video conferencing within a 3D environment synthesizes this process, enabling trainers to guide new hires through each detail of their workspace. It accelerates the learning curve and fosters a deeper understanding of the facility, overcoming the disconnect often felt with conventional – even outdated – training methods. For training new employees or introducing a team to a new workspace, the combination of video conferencing within the 3D environment allows for a guided, interactive experience. Managers can walk new hires (or veterans!) through the facility, showing them distinct tools, equipment locations, asset specific, safety measures, or operational details, all while engaging in real-time dialogue from any device. Remote Troubleshooting & Support This resource-saving benefit is the feature that some of our best clients enjoy and employ most.  When technical issues arise in vast industrial facilities or across satellite campuses, expert intervention or direction may not be available, or even feasible. Aetos Connect provides immediate remote support, where experts can guide on-site personnel through the problem-solving process within the actual 3D environment. This can drastically reduce downtime and costs associated with delays in maintenance, a common pain point in facilities management. Maintenance teams, technicians, or even external consultants can support workers on location to specific areas or pieces of equipment to troubleshoot problems while using Connect. This remote collaboration feature facilitates rapid expertise without the need for on-site visits, saving establishments an immeasurable amount of time, money, and other essential resources. Beyond the benefit of solving problems faster and more accurately, Aetos Connect can considerably impact sustainability targets for a facility. By employing 3D scans, the capability to dramatically decrease avoidable emissions tied to air and ground transportation becomes possible. Virtual Project Management Aetos Connect is designed to save resources for facilities. As such, project managers and stakeholders can have collaborative meetings within the 3D space, walking through project stages, evaluating progress, and planning next steps. This adds a new dimension of clarity and speed to project meetings and allows for a more in-depth understanding of the project status. Additionally, meeting notes and sequential tasks can be itemized in a visual way – within the digital setting and with reference to any assets involved.  Project delays and misunderstandings can lead to cost overruns and inefficiencies. The ability to hold project meetings within Connect – assessing progress and planning collaboratively – ensures that all workers have a clear and consistent understanding of the project status. This minimizes confusion and aligns the project team, addressing the frequent challenges of coordination in construction, renovation, or other initiatives. Enhanced performance, safety, insight, accuracy, and confidence become much more attainable when using this substantial level of visibility. With Aetos Connect, project managers can effectively communicate and track essential information, resulting in quicker and more precise exchanges.  Real-Time Decision Making Big decisions typically require visual aids and conceptual support. These “big decisions” typically take weeks to properly organize, plan, coordinate, and execute due to complications in travel, schedules, or anything of the like.  However, Aetos Connect allows just that: the ability to connect stakeholders, workers, managers, or any other personnel. Teams can assess the situation together within a digital twin environment, forgoing historic logistical limitations. This shared visual platform supports better-informed decisions, based on a mutual understanding of the space; Connect empowers project crews to discuss and decide in real-time. Because Aetos Connect grants real-time collaborative decision-making within the actual spatial context, operational dominoes line up and fall more easily. With Connect, well-informed decisions that reflect a shared understanding of the space lead to faster processes, better clarity, enhanced collaboration, quicker timelines, and alleviates the common frustration of misaligned methods. Emergency Planning & Safety Drills Organizations can use this technology to plan and run virtual safety drills, guiding participants through evacuation routes, emergency responses, and critical protocols within the actual layout of the facility. This real-time guidance makes safety training more engaging and effective. Save time and money without sacrificing vital visual framework to drills, plans, and hazardous work environments.  Safety training in industrial settings often falls short due to unrealistic simulations or outdated materials. While Aetos does boast a transformative feature in Site-Specific Training, there are times when emergency exercises need to be conducted at a prescribed rate. Aetos Connect enables realistic, digital safety drills, embedding them within the true layout of the facility. This enhances engagement and effectiveness in disaster training, directly addressing the crucial need for realistic and regular preparedness in industrial environments. Aetos Connect: Revolutionizing Remote Collaboration. Connect is a groundbreaking feature that can revolutionize how technicians, plant managers, and other personnel interact in their facilities. The built environment is leveraging remote collaboration now more common than ever; Aetos Connect is redefining virtual teamwork, reshaping how the industry interacts with workers, assets, budgeting, management, and production. It ensures a safer, more efficient, and interactive approach to daily operations and specialized tasks.  By understanding and targeting specific industry challenges, Aetos is providing a dynamic tool that not only seamlessly adapts to the current landscape of facilities management (and makes it easier), but shapes its future: leading to safer, more efficient, and increasingly innovative operations.  Request a demo today and see how Aetos Connect is revolutionizing remote collaboration.

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Transforming Industrial Operations with Site-Specific Training

July 19, 2023

Industrial facilities are the powerhouses of our economy. From factories churning out consumer goods to energy plants powering our cities, these are complex, dynamic environments where safety, proficiency, and innovation are vital.  Alongside complexity, distinctive challenges arise. Providing efficient and effective guidance to new personnel becomes difficult (particularly when crucial institutional knowledge resides solely in the mind of the senior plant manager). Industrial facilities aim to perform in a streamlined fashion, but there is nuance and subtlety when operating technical equipment.  With so much sophistication to capture – not to mention the size of a facility’s footprint – three-ring binders and outdated training videos are inadequate. What if there was a way to leverage technology for more visibility, better insight, enhanced safety, and superior operations? Aetos Imaging's Site-Specific Training is stepping into the breach, offering a transformative, 3D visualization solution for industrial facilities. “Safety First” One of the most significant aspects of Aetos Imaging's Site-Specific Training lies in its contribution to workplace safety. The saying "Safety First" holds particularly true in industrial settings where equipment is complex and potential risks are high.  The ability to train and prepare in a risk-free, virtual environment significantly enhances safety measures in several ways. A virtual replica of the facility unlocks great opportunities. New hires and existing staff can leverage the Aetos Operate platform to become familiar with the layout of the facility, the placement of machinery and assets, and the location of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and first aid kits. The use of Site-Specific Training also allows for the safe simulation of potentially dangerous scenarios. Workers can practice emergency shutdowns, spill containment, evacuation plans, or hazardous materials handling in the virtual environment – and be assessed on their individual understanding.  Lastly, the ability to conduct safety drills on the Aetos platform means these important exercises can be performed more frequently, without disrupting production schedules or daily operations. This can lead to quicker response times, better resource management, more efficient evacuations, and ultimately, safer work environments. Assess Personnel Understanding Beyond immersive learning and realistic simulation, the Site-Specific Training by Aetos Imaging also includes robust features for assessment and reporting.  Each user's interaction with the virtual environment can be tracked and measured. Organizations can use this data to make more informed decisions about their workers, their training modules, and where gaps could be filled to promote better procedures.  Managers can easily access these reports to gain insights into the skills and competencies of their team. Is a new hire showing mastery over a particular machine quickly? Are seasoned veterans consistently adhering to safety procedures during a virtual drill? When answering these kinds of questions, the platform empowers managers to make data-driven decisions about training and workforce development. These reports are digitally stored for long-term records, useful for both regulatory compliance and internal review. This not only ensures accountability, but it also forms a transparent basis for continual improvement. Aetos combines the power of 3D visualization with analytics, Aetos is setting new standards in training effectiveness and workforce readiness. Visualize an Entire Facility Industrial facilities are often sprawling complexes, stretching across acres of land and filled with a dizzying array of machinery, equipment, and infrastructure. The sheer scale and complexity of these environments can make training (and curriculum development) a daunting task.  However, Aetos Imaging's Site-Specific Training presents a powerful solution to this challenge as we capture the entirety of a facility and present it in a digestible, interactive format. By creating a comprehensive 3D replica of an industrial facility, Aetos makes it possible to virtually traverse the entire complex without leaving your desk. Each section, each machine, each control room can be explored in detail, allowing workers to understand the context and location of their tasks within the larger facility. This ability to visualize and interact with the whole facility makes training more engaging, comprehensive, and effective. The Site-Specific Training feature on the Aetos platform ensures every nuance of a facility is captured and replicated in an interactive 3D model. This isn't just about a virtual tour of the factory floor – it's about providing workers with 3D visualization support in their specific workspace. Moreover, this approach can drastically reduce the time it takes to get a new hire up to speed. Traditional onboarding processes take weeks – sometimes months – as new hires are shown around the facility, introduced to various equipment, and walked through their tasks.  Adopt and implement Site-Specific Training and new hires can immerse themselves in their work environment from day one, significantly reducing the learning curve with an enhanced onboarding process. Beyond training, this 3D model serves as an invaluable reference tool. Any time a worker needs to locate a piece of equipment, understand a process, or even find the nearest emergency exit, they can refer to the model. (Read more about how our Visual Asset Management feature is the comprehensive database you’ve been looking for.)  Minimize Conjecture. Maximize Confidence Too often, on-site personnel rely on outdated binders and their own memory to perform a task. How often does a technician read a task on a clipboard and think, “I wish this would just show me which lever to turn.”  When it comes to industrial settings, there’s no room for speculation and guesswork.  With Aetos, we help organizations minimize conjecture and maximize confidence. Our most successful clients leverage our platform to deliver clarity and technical know-how to their workers – and some even use our platform for assisting their service providers.  The ability to repeatedly interact with Site-Specific Training of the facility also means that personnel can become deeply familiar with their work environment. This familiarity breeds assurance, as employees know exactly where everything is, how everything works, and what to do in different situations. This repeated and practiced exposure can greatly accelerate onboarding, reduce downtime, and improve overall operational productivity. But the benefits go beyond just training, as Aetos can help with sustainability goals, collaboration opportunities, troubleshooting, innovating, and live network readings to name a few.  Site-Specific Training: A New Dawn for Industrial Operations In a rapidly evolving industrial landscape where technology, automation, and innovation are transforming operations, Aetos Imaging's Site-Specific Training feature offers an opportunity for companies to leapfrog into the future. It's an intelligent investment that can deliver measurable benefits, from enhanced safety and facility understanding to increased operational proficiency and worker confidence. With Site-Specific Training, organizations are elevating safety standards, instilling confidence in employees, and contributing to the creation of work environments where safety is deeply ingrained in the everyday operation. Industrial facilities can now provide a powerful, user-friendly tool that enhances understanding, accelerates training, and simplifies daily operations, making them more accessible, comprehensible, and manageable than ever before.

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Asset Management Innovation: Leveraging the Power of 3D Visualization

July 06, 2023

Vision and action are tightly bound together. In the built environment, sight is the most critical sense for technicians, engineers, and building personnel, who must see their surroundings and observe their equipment before they act. Operations and Facilities Managers (FMs) fulfill a multifaceted and demanding role, requiring them to juggle various tasks. Maintenance planning, equipment optimization, resource allocation, and safety protocols are just a few of the responsibilities they oversee.  The key to their success in these roles is having a comprehensive understanding of all assets under their supervision. Top managers use data to make informed decisions, so traditional management methods involve color-coded spreadsheets and shelves of binders: a comprehensive way to hold meaningful information. (Some facilities don’t have any information written down and instead rely on one building professional’s brain alone – a precarious place to be as an organization.) But what if those spreadsheets could tell more of the story? What if those binders could give greater clarity without the scavenger hunt? What if facilities teams could see more than simply cataloged data points?  That's where Aetos Imaging's Visual Asset Management feature comes in, acting as a game-changer in the field of operations and facilities maintenance. Better Clarity, Better Management First, let's really set the stage by discussing the traditional approach to asset supervision.  Conventionally, managers use spreadsheets or dedicated software to track assets and their schedules. This approach provides crucial data such as location, status, maintenance records, and more.  Teams also use binders and clipboard-and-pencil systems, along with the method where “one guy knows all”. However outdated or inefficient these practices are, they’re also disconnected from the real-world, physical context of the equipment (and the facility itself). These approaches are less intuitive and require greater training time investments in order for FMs to connect their data with real physical assets.  Aetos' Visual Asset Management feature revolutionizes this approach by integrating a 3D virtual model of the facility with a comprehensive asset database (and more) for clearer visibility. This means that every piece of equipment, component, or infrastructure element is not just a row in a spreadsheet but a visually identifiable object within a digital replica of the facility.  Practically speaking, this visual context greatly simplifies both understanding the building and operating it efficiently. By clicking on a specific asset in the 3D model, an FM can immediately access all its relevant information. This could include details like specifications, warranty information, historical maintenance records, upcoming maintenance schedules, and more. (Like, “integrating-IoT-live-network-component-readings” more.)  It’s clear that having this information immediately accessible in a visual context saves time and eliminates the need for tedious cross-referencing (and the mistakes that can happen in the process). More Visibility, More Efficiency When a physical problem arises in the built environment, there may be multiple ways to get to a solution. And sometimes the simplest solution isn’t the easiest, or even the most efficient. The color-coded spreadsheet data and the shelves of binders can become the proverbial haystack preventing a technician from solving the problem. The Visual Asset Management feature from Aetos enables more effective planning for routine maintenance and rapid response to equipment breakdowns. A detailed digital twin of the facility allows FMs to identify the exact location of an asset needing attention, as well as tying explicit documentation and processes to the equipment at hand. Aetos lets organizations plan the most efficient service steps for maintenance personnel, whether the organization is using internal technicians or – more critically – third-party service providers.  Further Use, Further Impact Lastly, Aetos' Visual Asset Management feature is not static. It's an interactive tool that can reflect equipment history, service notations, and a facility’s work order schedule – historical, live, or upcoming. A typical blueprint or CAD can’t simultaneously deliver site-specific visual renderings, as well as preventative maintenance procedures and history. Organizations accurately display their equipment and spaces within a photorealistic setting on the Aetos platform. As changes occur in the physical facility, the virtual model can be updated to reflect these changes, promoting clarity and confidence for team members.  Without delving too deeply into the full array of features within Aetos, it’s worth noting that FMs can also use their visualized environment to do things like: augment site-specific training, cross-reference equipment across an entire portfolio of facilities, and even collaborate directly with vendors and team members within their digital scan. Visualize Your Operations In essence, the Visual Asset Management feature offered by Aetos brings an unprecedented level of visibility and control to Operations and Facilities Directors. It combines the detail of traditional asset management software with the intuitive understanding offered by a 3D representation of the actual facility. It’s more than just an innovative tool: it's a transformative approach to operations that is poised to redefine the industry standards. Reach out to us today to learn more about how Aetos can help you visualize your operations.

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Advancing the Power of Visibility in Facility Management

June 21, 2023

Facility management is multi-faceted and complex, meaning visibility and clarity are vital. Understanding the intricate layout, resources, and potential challenges of a facility's physical space can be the difference between successful operations and preventable inefficiencies.  Aetos Imaging, a leader in the sector, is leveraging 3D scanning technology to bring new levels of lucidity, productivity, and safety to facility management. Although not limited to the following five examples, Aetos is providing organizations with the power of unprecedented visibility.  3D Virtual Rendering At the heart of Aetos' offerings is its sophisticated 3D virtual rendering. Beyond just creating a digital replica of facilities with 3D scans, the Aetos platform is a fully interactive, immersive experience. Now, facilities teams are given an incredible tool for internal operations.  With these virtual models, both managers and staff can gain an in-depth understanding of their environment, enhancing strategic planning, and daily initiatives. In the Aetos platform, a revolutionary level of detail and accuracy is transforming the way organizations perceive their physical space – and how they operate within it. Visualized Asset Database Traditional asset management typically involves spreadsheets or databases that, while functional, lack intuitive visual context. Aetos is turning this notion on its head by tying an interactive visual model to a cloud-based asset database.  This innovative approach links equipment, components, and historical records to their precise locations within a 3D model of the facility. Not only does this lead to more streamlined and efficient resource management, but it also helps organizations better understand the interconnectivity and dependencies of their assets. Site-Specific Training Knowledge transfer and training are crucial elements in facility management. Whether it’s bringing in new employees or new equipment, having clear, standardized skill-building can have a significant impact on the efficiency of an organization. Aetos is optimizing its 3D models to create site-specific training programs. Trainees can interact with a virtual version of their workspace, enhancing their understanding and preparation without physically being on site.  By making training more relevant and practical, Aetos is helping organizations build more skilled, confident, and prepared teams, leading to greater operational efficiency, while promoting safer learning conditions, should an organization have hazardous settings.  Safety Routes & Procedures With Aetos' 3D models, safety takes on a new dimension – and companies are afforded even more clarity. Safety routes and emergency procedures can be visualized and understood more intuitively. Personnel can virtually walk through evacuation routes and safety protocols, helping to ensure they are prepared for any situation.  This enhanced focus on safety can lead to fewer incidents, a stronger culture of safety, and improved peace of mind for everyone in the organization. Additionally, should an institution need documentation for meeting mandates, Aetos provides an easier, clearer solution for regulated cooperation. Remote Collaboration One of Aetos' game-changing applications is in the area of remote collaboration. Cloud-based 3D scans on the Aetos platform can be accessed from any device, anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need for team members to be on site for discussions or planning, significantly reducing travel costs and improving sustainability.  Moreover, it provides an invaluable resource for teams that are geographically dispersed, making distance a non-issue for efficient, collaborative decision-making. This ability to virtually "be there" ensures that all stakeholders can contribute their insights and expertise, no matter where they are. Harness the Power of Visibility The power of Aetos is found in what we allow facilities and their personnel to truly see in their spaces. Whether organizations leverage our platform for visualized inventory, collaborating and connecting in a virtual space, providing step-by-step support with unprecedented clarity, or in any other way, we are here to help your team visualize your operations with more than just a neat scan. Aetos is not just adding a technology layer to the facilities management industry: we are fundamentally redefining it. Aetos offers a new perspective on how facilities can be managed, how teams can be trained, how safety procedures can be implemented, and how collaboration can be achieved.  Through visualization, Aetos is giving organizations the tools they need to better understand their facilities.  Contact us today to learn more about the power of visibility! See how the Aetos platform can bring new levels of clarity to your operations.

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What is Aetos? Who is Aetos for? Where is Aetos used? How does Aetos work? Which Industry uses Aetos? Why does Aetos do it? Continue reading to find out more about Aetos and its revolutionary platform.

Discover Aetos: Revolutionizing Facilities Management

June 07, 2023

An Introduction to Aetos Aetos is not just a shiny new tool—it's a game-changing solution in the realm of facilities management. Built with meticulous attention to detail, Aetos is an all-encompassing platform designed to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and bring clarity to complex processes. With features that include site-specific training modules, a comprehensive equipment database, a sophisticated work order system, and immersive remote collaboration calls, Aetos is revolutionizing the way facilities operate.  Aetos goes beyond the norms of traditional facilities management tools or software, truly setting the bar higher in the industry. By continuously innovating and adapting to the needs of modern facilities management, Aetos has become the go-to solution for organizations looking for an intelligent, responsive, and robust visual platform that can handle the complexity of their operations. Who is Aetos For? Aetos is designed with an inclusive mindset—it aims to empower all facilities personnel, regardless of their role. Whether you're a hands-on technician navigating through daily tasks, a chief engineer coordinating large-scale operations, an executive responsible for strategic decision-making, or an owner ensuring everything runs smoothly. Aetos is crafted for teams and technicians. It is created with the intent of facilitating a smooth and efficient operational flow, aiding everyone involved in facilities management. The adaptability of Aetos ensures that it caters not only to the needs of seasoned professionals but also to those just starting in the field, making it a versatile solution that can fit into any facilities management scenario. The Expanding Reach of Aetos Since its inception, Aetos has continuously broadened its horizons. As of now, this rapidly expanding platform has a solid presence in ten US States and continues to grow. It is the preferred choice of several organizations from Atlanta to Manhattan, reflecting its reliability, ease-of-use, flexibility, and cutting-edge functionality.  More organizations are adopting Aetos, recognizing the immense value the platform brings to their operational management and the potential it holds for future enhancements in the sector. The Working Principle of Aetos The distinctive advantage of Aetos lies in how it operates. Harnessing the potential of advanced 3D cameras, Aetos captures the unique aspects of each facility, transforming them into accessible institutional knowledge. From there, this information is systematically displayed on the user's dashboard, giving them a visual, intuitive understanding of their workspace and allowing operations to leverage data and clarity like never before.  This not only simplifies navigation and troubleshooting but also facilitates quick decision-making and collaboration. By providing an in-depth, three-dimensional view of facilities, Aetos helps personnel visualize their work environment like never before, promoting a more thorough understanding, and fostering a closer connection between technicians and their workspace. Aetos Across Industries Aetos is not confined to a single sector. It has found a place in various industries, demonstrating its versatility and adaptability. Commercial real estate agencies use Aetos for managing their extensive portfolios, work orders, and marketing needs. Industrial manufacturing units employ Aetos to streamline their complex operations and enhance safety trainings. Educational institutions and healthcare facilities alike have found the platform incredibly helpful in maintaining their premises.  Regardless of the industry, Aetos has proven its ability to revolutionize facilities management. The universal applicability of Aetos underscores its comprehensive nature, making it a one-stop solution for managing and maintaining facilities in various sectors with disparate needs and challenges. Why Choose Aetos? Aetos is driven by a desire to make a difference. Its mission is to infuse safety, sustainability, clarity, and efficiency into operations teams. We envision a world where facilities management is not a cumbersome task but a seamless process that propels organizations forward.  With Aetos, facilities management teams can expect more than just a platform — getting a commitment to excellence, a dedication to continual improvement, and a partner who genuinely cares about promoting operational success.  Choose Aetos and invest in a platform that continuously evolves -- staying one step ahead of the industry's demands, and fostering an environment where quality, safety, and efficiency are paramount. Contact us today and see how your teams can visualize their operations.

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How 3D Scans Can Assist Service Providers

April 19, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, outsourcing maintenance tasks to third-party service providers is a common practice. However, this process can sometimes be time-consuming and costly, leading to inefficiencies and resource wastage.  3D scans can revolutionize the outsourcing of maintenance tasks (i.e. mechanical, electrical, plumbing, jobs) by saving establishments valuable time, money, energy, and other resources. Q: What are 3D scans, and how do they work? A: 3D scans involve capturing and displaying detailed digital representations of physical objects or spaces using specialized equipment. High-resolution cameras that use laser and/or photogrammetry imaging technology enables a physical space to be virtualized and visualized in a digital format.  Q: What are some ways that 3D scans could assist institutions when contracting out maintenance or repair tasks? A: 3D scans offer several advantages that can significantly enhance the outsourcing process: Clearer Communication: 3D scans grant detailed visual information to technicians, ensuring clear and precise communication. Instead of relying solely on verbal descriptions or 2D drawings, service professionals can access the virtual replica, both before and during their task. Improved Planning and Preparation: By sharing 3D scans with specialists in advance, companies permit contractors to thoroughly analyze the task and develop a well-informed plan. Third-party experts can assess potential challenges, identify necessary equipment, and devise efficient strategies, reducing the time spent on-site and the likelihood of unexpected complications. Remote Troubleshooting: In some cases, service providers can offer remote troubleshooting while utilizing 3D scans to diagnose problems, propose solutions, and recommend the required parts or tools. This minimizes the need for physical visits, saving time and expenses associated with unnecessary travel. Accurate Quoting and Bidding: Contractors can utilize 3D scans to generate accurate quotes or bids for maintenance tasks by having a digital model to virtually walk and observe. This can accelerate the bidding process as travel is mitigated; a comprehensive understanding of the space, project scope, and potential complexities enables them to visualize more precise estimates, reducing the chances of unexpected cost overruns. Efficient Resource Allocation: With 3D scans, operators can better allocate their resources. By analyzing the virtual replica, they can determine the specific tools, equipment, and materials required for the task. This minimizes the risk of carrying unnecessary inventory or making multiple trips to the site, ultimately saving time, money, and other resources. Q: Are there any additional benefits of using 3D scans for subcontracting tasks? A: Some other notable benefits include: Improved Safety: Service professionals can assess potential safety hazards using 3D scans, allowing them to plan accordingly and take preventive measures. This helps minimize accidents, injuries, and associated costs. Historical Documentation: 3D scans serve as valuable historical documentation of the object or space. Companies can maintain an archive of scans for future reference, making it easier to track changes, plan renovations, or address recurring maintenance issues – as well as providing information to the expert. Increased Accountability: Digital replicas can create a transparent and accountable environment. Technicians are able to refer back to 3D scans to demonstrate the scope of work completed, facilitating accurate invoicing and resolving any disputes regarding task fulfillment. Q: We’ve talked mostly about how 3D scans help organizations. But how can 3D scans assist service providers? A: When a professional is subcontracted to inspect and repair a facility, the most significant variable for a project is always time. Whether that’s time finding the right facility, locating the correct piece of equipment, or traveling back and forth for additional tools or inventory, an unpredicted amount of time is expended for each work order.   On some jobs, technicians spend up to 40% of the project hours looking for the right machinery at the right location. 3D scans can alter the variable of time and expedite the entire process.  A quick virtual tour can be offered to third-party specialists. Contractors can also be granted access to the 3D scan while completing their task if there’s pertinent historical information or component specifics; this offers significant visual support and equipment wayfinding to contracted technicians. Now, service providers are given unprecedented clarity, leading to quicker close-outs, more confidence, better communication, clearer expectations, faster repairs, and shorter facility or equipment downtime.  Q: How do 3D scans contribute to a more sustainable outsourcing process? A: By minimizing physical visits and optimizing resource allocation, organizations can reduce carbon emissions associated with transportation and minimize waste generated by unnecessary trips or duplicated efforts. This aligns with the global trend of establishments embracing sustainable practices and reducing their environmental footprint. Q: Can 3D scans improve the quality of outsourced maintenance tasks? A: Although it can’t be explicitly claimed, a detailed, visual understanding of the task through 3D scans would lead to improved quality. Clarity is powerful. Leveraging a digitized space can reduce errors, enhance precision, and ensure that maintenance tasks are carried out to the highest standards. Q: How much time can organizations save by utilizing 3D scans in outsourcing maintenance tasks? A: According to a 2016 study conducted by McKinsey & Company, establishments using 3D scanning technology in maintenance processes reported a reduction in project duration by 20% on average. This time savings can be attributed to improved planning, enhanced collaboration, and more efficient task execution facilitated by 3D scans. Q: What is the cost-saving potential of using 3D scans in outsourcing maintenance tasks? A: An estimated cost savings ranging from 10% to 25% can be achieved by companies that properly utilize 3D scans for third-party work orders. Deloitte found that organizations adopting 3D scanning technology for design, maintenance, and repair has a positive impact on supply chain logistics and metrics. These savings result from reduced travel expenses, optimized resource allocation, accurate quoting, and minimized rework, leading to improved operational efficiency and cost containment.  Q: What other ways can corporations use 3D scanning for? A: This special technology can be advantageous for multiple uses across multiple industries. 3D scans unlock a new dimension of operation and support, enabling institutions to take on new initiatives, augment current procedures, or better their bottom line:  The British Museum is looking at leveraging 3D technology to monetize special artifacts: digital scans can be physically printed, allowing customers to hold and interact with ancient replicas. Ford Motor Company used 3D scanning to accurately recreate details and reproduce components from their 106-year-old Michigan Central Station. Airbus is employing drones and other 3D equipment to conduct inspections and giving operators more data for their decisions. Q: What if my facility doesn't have 3D scans yet? A: Reach out to Aetos! We are the premier provider for organizations looking to streamline their operations and leverage technology to fit their management needs. With Aetos, partners can unlock advanced site-specific training, user-friendly equipment databases, high-visibility remote collaboration and more. Q: How does Aetos capture and display 3D scans? A: Aetos captures facilities with top-of-the-line, 360° cameras. Our professional-grade cameras use lidar technology to record and visualize accurate 3D models that can be viewed, measured, and analyzed on any smart device. We scan your designated spaces and digitize it in the cloud; Aetos creates a virtual replica that you can use to explore, train, document, and collaborate collectively on our platform.  Visualize Your Space. Upgrade Your Operations. By capitalizing on 3D scans in the outsourcing of maintenance tasks, organizations can experience significant savings in time, money, and other initiatives. The detailed visual information supplied by 3D scans enhances communication, streamlines planning, enables remote troubleshooting, facilitates accurate quoting, optimizes resource allocation, and promotes safety and accountability.  This innovative technology is a game-changer in the service provider landscape, revolutionizing the way companies collaborate with third-party professionals. Reach out to Aetos today and see how your facilities could benefit by bringing 3-Dimensional clarity to your operations.

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6 Ways One Tool Makes Sustainability More Attainable

April 06, 2023

Sustainability and measures to fight climate change are hot topics in the built environment. As we continue to witness the impacts of greenhouse effects and the need for responsibility involving natural resources, it’s clear that new ways to design and operate more sustainable buildings are judiciously necessary. A critical, up-and-coming tool that is being used for better environmental stewardship is 3D scanning. This technology is quickly gaining popularity and can function as a companion for sustainability initiatives in the built environment – from simple waste reduction strategies to comprehensive energy audits. What is 3D Scanning? 3D scanning is a process of capturing the shape and appearance of physical objects or spaces and then digitizing them in a virtual space. Utilizing laser scanning and/or photogrammetry technology, 3D cameras document the geometry, geolocation, and texture of an item or area. This data is then leveraged to create a 3D model which can be used for a range of applications only limited by human imagination. So How Can 3D Scanning Be Used for Sustainability in Facilities Management? Specifically for building and facilities operations, there are a variety of ways that 3D scanning can improve sustainability. 1. Building Lifecycle Stewardship We can better our environment by augmenting lifecycle stewardship. 3D models of a facility can allow FMs to better understand the building’s layout and systems, which can help their teams optimize maintenance schedules and minimize waste. Areas that are prone to wear and tear can be better visualized and addressed, while more efficient routes for cleaning and maintenance crews can be curated for optimized performance. Reducing waste and lowering operating costs leads to better building lifecycle management.  2. Retrofits and Renovations This technology can be invaluable in assisting with retrofits and renovations. By creating a 3D model of an existing building, architects and engineers can design new systems and features that will diminish the building’s environmental impact. Executing more efficient systems or optimizing facility features – like taking advantage of natural light and ventilation with improved window placement – can lead to better sustainability metrics.  3. Equipment Management  3D scans can be used to design and optimize the management of new and existing equipment at a facility in a few different ways. Replacing a component can be clearer and quicker with visual referencing. Changing out larger machinery is easier with a virtual space to ideate and plan in. And when adding new equipment – like solar panels, ventilation systems, or other sustainability mechanisms –  architects and engineers can determine the optimal location and orientation for maximizing energy objectives. This technology can easily lead to a reduction of a facility’s reliance on traditional energy sources, resulting in lower energy bills and a mitigated carbon footprint. 4. Remote Collaboration Hundreds of transit hours – sometimes thousands – could be saved each year by organizations that intentionally leverage advanced 3D scanning technology. Visual copies of internal spaces and equipment can lead to heightened clarity for on-site technicians, off-site managers, and even third-party vendors. Within a digital space, teams can virtually walk and discuss an area, solving problems in a digital environment. 3D scans unlock the ability to drastically cut unnecessary gas emissions associated with air and ground transportation.  5. Disaster Response When dealing with a major disaster, the most powerful responses have the most clarity and confidence. What follows after a hurricane or earthquake can look very different, depending on the level of preparation and information an organization employs. 3D scans are advantageous for pre-disaster data, emergency response routes and procedures, and even post-disaster decision-making: a comprehensive capture can allow engineers to observe and identify areas that are unsafe and in need of repair or reinforcement, improving overall safety and minimizing the risk of further damage or collapse. 6. Energy Efficiency Audits Finally, 3D scanning can improve sustainability in building operations by performing better energy efficiency audits. Engineers and architects can analyze the building’s energy usage and identify areas for improvement by gathering representational data about systems and components. Lighting, HVAC, and insulation are just a few ways that 3D visualization technology can provide clarity and data for owners and managers, making energy efficient audits more accessible and expeditious. (IoT data can also be linked to 3D scans, permitting live readings for critical spaces – leading to even more clarity and better energy efficiency.)  Use 3D Scanning Today Visualizing facility logistics and initiatives with 3D scans leads to enhanced sustainability in the built environment. By documenting and recording valuable spaces and their components with this technology, architects, engineers, facility managers, and other building personnel can identify areas for improvement and optimize systems for energy efficiency. A real-world impact and benefits of utilizing 3D scanning on building operations exist. And as we pursue improving our environment and charge toward sustainability goals, there is a prudent obligation to leverage every resource available for our buildings, ecosystems, planet, and future. If you or your organization is interested in taking the next steps in environmental stewardship and want to see how 3D scanning can benefit your facilities, reach out to Aetos today. Empower your technicians. Visualize your operations. Facilitate sustainability.

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6 Reasons Why Top Facilities Managers Leverage 3D Scans for Their Internal Training

March 30, 2023

Operations managers worldwide are constantly looking for ways to streamline their systems and promote better efficiency within their assets. One of the newer methods many OMs have implemented is immersive 3D scans for internal training.  A 3D representation is built using laser imaging (LiDAR) or photogrammetry to capture a physical environment. The scan is then leveraged as an immersive model that can be accessible and utilized with select software. This technology is advantageous for the workers within the walls when intentionally put to use. Visualized management platforms can be beneficial for engaging workers in safety-critical positions, such as security officers, maintenance staff, or emergency responders. But why are top management teams deciding to take the next step in tech for training their employees? We’ve narrowed down the top 6 reasons:  1. Realistic Representation: Immersive 3D scans can create a detailed and accurate representation of a facility, allowing technicians to familiarize themselves with the physical layout and structure of their space. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to understand the value of operating within a familiar environment – whether the exposure is physical or virtual. Engineers who work in a facility day in and day out benefit, as well as any third-party vendors who might need to view, examine, or interact with relevant context.  2. Secure Simulations: Virtual scans can provide teams with a visualized understanding of critical spaces without compromising the health of their employees. This engaging experience can be invaluable for staff who may be required to work in complex or dangerous environments. Limiting exposure to hazardous encounters for the sake of training keeps technicians safe, while retaining clarity of their service settings.  3. Improved Safety: By instructing personnel in an interactive environment, facilities can reduce the risk of accidents and improve safety. For example, workers can practice emergency evacuation procedures without the risk of harm. Additionally, visual guidance that promotes best practices improves overall safety within the workplace; informational scans can also help to identify and mitigate potential safety hazards, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. 4. Increased Understanding: Being on the same page is powerful. Visualizing the facility and its various systems is embedded in the function of a 3D scan. Engineers and service technicians can better understand how their machinery or equipment function. Cross-referencing and synergy across a network can allow facility personnel and senior management to work together and optimize performance. And an interactive platform permits all employees to gain a deeper understanding of its layout, features, and functionality. 5. Reduced Costs: Facilities can trim overhead associated with in-person instruction while still delivering specialized training. Obvious operational costs like travel expenses, re-training, and lost productivity can be mitigated; organizations can even save money during the hiring process, as onboarding times are shortened and retention rates are slowed. Reducing the need for constant in-person sessions can result in significant cost savings for facilities – especially for large or complex industries. 6. Customizable Site-Specific Training: The majority of top asset managers consider custom training to be the most potent feature of a 3D scan. Digitized virtual environments can be modified to meet the specific guidance needs of different departments, making learning more relevant and effective. Organizations can create visualized simulations tailored to the specific needs of their equipment and workers. This – along with capturing and retaining institutional knowledge – allows personnel to become familiar with operating equipment and its systems, leading to faster and more efficient work. Furthermore, some organizations can offer a platform that can deliver more targeted and effective training courses and curriculum; virtually, facilities can utilize the ability to make instructional changes within critical spaces, giving technicians the most up-to-date intel and methods. These virtual settings can then be used to create interactive and detailed informational databases, simulations, and models of the asset, allowing engineers and technicians to become familiar with the space and its various components.  Why Aetos? Aetos is intent on delivering visibility and efficiency to facilities personnel. Our immersive 3D platform is becoming an increasingly popular tool for facilities managers as they look to optimize their internal training and operational processes. These visual advantages help our partners reduce costs, increase efficiency, capture critical methods, realize operational data, and improve overall performance.  Now, organizations can provide customizable learning experiences that give workers familiarity with an asset and its systems. With the Aetos platform, environments can further promote best practices and ensure that all staff are on the same page; our partners also can update their dashboard whenever needed or utilize remote collaboration calls within their asset scans, conveniently providing service technicians with the most relevant guidance. As facilities become more complex and the need for efficient and effective training grows, it is likely that 3D scans will become an even more valuable tool for asset and facilities managers in the future. Reach out to our team today to request a demo and see our platform at work!

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Aetos Imaging and Valor Ventures partner together to bring better facilities management to the built environment.

Valor Leads Seed Round in Aetos

March 23, 2023

Valor Leads Seed Round in Aetos:  THE FACILITIES MANAGEMENT PLATFORM FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DO THE WORK Early customers include: Portman Holdings, Zeller Realty, Cushman & Wakefield, SL Green, Hines, CBRE, Teck Mining, Collins Building Services, (CBS), Atlanta Tech Village, Local 399 Operating Engineers Union (Chicago),  and Zeller ATLANTA - March 1, 2023 –  Valor Ventures Fund 2 leads the seed round in Aetos, and its keystone product Aetos Operate: an immersive 3D digital twin operations and training platform, enabling easy remote collaboration for efficient site operations and facility engineer training.  The rising Atlanta green building technology company offers a next-gen immersive 3D software intelligently designed to generate an ultra high-resolution digital twin of physical spaces and assets, for seamless remote supervision and management of facilities worldwide. Titled “Aetos Operate,” this ground-breaking software also helps to execute site-specific engineer training and knowledge remotely, cutting down onboarding time and building engineer training by 50%. “Valor is more than an investor” says CEO Connor Offutt, “they are a partner”. “Robin and I had an immediate connection around the problem we were solving for facilities management. Between her experience as an operator and the depth of Valor's team, I truly believe we have all the pieces we need to define a new software category for the built environment. Their network, vision, passion and work ethic are all contributing to make that potential a reality.” Valor General Partner Robin Bienfait joins the board, which also includes Connor Davidson from Atlanta Seed Company. Bienfait says, 'When I saw the Aetos capability, I wished I could have used this when I managed critical infrastructure. It's instrumental in day to day management and operations, creating a true view of facility infrastructure for a more effective support and engagement model. I was excited to engage with the team and see the many use case scenarios that can be enabled.'  Aetos was co-founded by: Charlie Cichetti, U.S. Green Building Council LEED Fellow and owner of green building industry companies Sustainable Investment Group (SIG), Green Building Education Services (GBES) and BlueOcean Sustainability; Nick Kassanis, President of SIG, Engineer, Former President of ASHRAE Atlanta and Georgia Tech alum; Patrick Couch, former Web Dev mastermind and co-founder of In addition to CEO and co-founder Connor Offutt’s visionary leadership, this team of co-founders brings a wealth of experience, past and present, serving nearly every major player in the Commercial Real Estate industry.  From 2012 to 2021, the commercial and industrial building operations industries - which Aetos serves - suffered major cost increases on skilled training, turnover, and remote asset management. Spending surged from $413.5 billion to $605.5 billion, a 46.5% increase, according to the IBIS World Report. Overall growth in these spaces continues to accelerate, due to emerging technologies that allow both new and existing facilities to achieve historic levels of efficiency. The trend is further amplified by an unprecedented departure of skilled facility engineers moving towards retirement, creating an equally unprecedented need to train the next generation and retaining valuable ‘institutional knowledge’. For more information, please visit or email Scott Thomas [email protected] to become a new customer today.   Go here ( to watch a short video where our CEO, Connor Offut, and board member Robin Bienfait discuss Aetos and the impact it’s making in the commercial building industry:     About Valor Ventures Headquartered in Atlanta, Valor Ventures leads seed rounds in fast growth B2B software companies anchored in the South. Find out more at About Aetos Atlanta-based Aetos was founded in 2019 as part of the green building industry leader, GBH (Green Building Holdings) and has entered the market with decades of green energy experience and leadership behind their diverse team. Headquartered at Atlanta Tech Village, Aetos strives to achieve the goal of lower energy consumption, reduced corporate travel, and optimized communication through the use of their Aetos Operate platform.

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