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This glossary defines common terms used in CupixWorks software and support articles.


360° Camera

A camera that has a field of view covering approximately an entire 360° sphere. All cameras supported by CupixWorks have at least two lenses in order to create a 360° (equirectangular) photo.

360° Photo

A single equirectangular image in a 3D digital twin. It is also known as a “pano”, which is short for panoramic image. When we refer to a 360° photo, it applies to both photo and video files. Why? Because video files are processed as a single 360° photo every 2 frames per second within the CupixWorks web platform.

3D Digital Twin

A digitized record of a building or location, created using 360° photos from a capture taken on a specific date.



A user role for administration in CupixWorks. In addition to having access to all folders and data within a team, they can manage security and access, as well as administrative settings.


A filled out form typically describing a condition, action item, or resolution in a SiteView. Annotations are created using a form template.


A record of each time you start and stop a capture mode. It is created with either Single Shot, Video or Cluster Shot capture modes in the Capture App. It can also be created for a SiteView by uploading a point cloud or 360° photos from a drone.

As-Built Drawings

As-built drawings are a revised set of drawings submitted by a contractor upon completion of a project. They reflect all changes made in the specifications and working drawings during the construction process. They show the exact dimensions, geometry and location of all elements of the work completed.



Short for Building Information Modeling, a BIM is a 3D digital model representing physical properties and functional characteristics of a building.


The appearance of smearing in a photo.

Bubble Mode

In SiteView, the viewing mode for digital twins that depicts pano locations as grey spheres floating at camera height.



A collection of all records for a single day, at a single site. A Capture contains Levels and Areas.

Capture App

An iOS mobile application that works with a 360° camera to capture site conditions. The app organizes the user’s 360° photos and videos while keeping track of the locations they recorded at the site.

Capture Data

Data generated during a capture, aside from actual 360° imagery. This includes 360° photo locations, selected project setup data (reference plans and levels), and annotations made during the capture.

Capture Mode

This is the method used to record 360° imagery at a job site. The Capture App employs 360° photography techniques called Single Shot, Video Shot, and Cluster Shot. Other examples of techniques include SLAM, Laser Scanning, LIDAR, and more.


The result of processing an Area in CupixWorks. Ideally, you only want one cluster inside a single Area.

Cluster Shot

A shooting method available in the Capture App. Take up to four hundred 360° photos of an area while the app auto-maps them.

Connect App

Software designed for uploading and downloading data with the CupixWorks web platform. It is available on Windows or Mac computers (i.e. laptop and desktop types).


A limitation placed upon a cluster of panos to assist in measurement.


Our online platform where team members can set up projects, edit captures, create SiteViews, track progress, check for deviations, and generate reports.


Demolition Plans

Demolition plans show the current state of the structure and indicate what must be demolished as part of the construction project.

Design Drawings

A design drawing is somewhat similar to a concept drawing. This means that they are also useful in the case of fetching new conversions for a particular project. They are also useful in proposing the designs to the stakeholders, and then providing a rough idea to the design teams for their reference. Design drawings can also become a benchmark or can be used as a comparison.


A capture naturally accumulates location errors over distance. The larger the area, the more noticeable the deviation becomes. Because of this, we recommend separating large areas into smaller ones to avoid this drifting effect.


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It is a distinctive attribute or aspect of something in the scene being recorded. For example: 

  • Lines, edges, corner geometry of walls, furniture, & objects
  • Shapes or patterns in art, rugs, & books
  • Rough textured surfaces like wood, concrete, & brick
  • Stains on floor or smudges on walls


Hierarchical groups used to organize data in CupixWorks. Folders include the Workspace and Project.

Form Templates

A form with preset fields used to create annotations in SiteViews.



Team members that are put together in a list. Typically, members within a group require access to the same workspaces or projects.


HDR Mode

A photo mode available on some cameras, such as the Ricoh Theta Z1. We recommend using HDR (handheld for selfie-stick/ helmet mount or bracketed for tripod + monopod) mode to take photos in dim, low light locations. In this mode, cameras typically take three photos in quick succession using different predefined exposures and automatically combine them into a single photo.



A photographic image file, otherwise known as a single panoramic 360° photo, or pano.


Multiple photographic images and/ or videos.


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A floor of a building, or a deck in a ship, or any other separate space being recorded for a Project. You can capture as many Areas as you want in a Level.



In SiteView, a 2D screenshot taken from a 360° photo (pano) that allows the user to draw or type on it.


A user on a team in CupixWorks.


A Model is a virtual representation of how the building will look like when it's complete. Some examples are digital twins and BIM models. The benefit of developing a BIM model is that it streamlines the coordination between all disciplines. Everything is clear in a model: the design, elevation, internal and external detailing.


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Short for panoramic image, it is a 360° photo in a digital twin. It is also known as a single equirectangular image.


A folder used to represent one building or one location. Projects contain levels, reference plans, BIM, captures, SiteViews, and reports.

Project Setup

In the Capture App, download the project setup for offline access to the project template and data including address, levels, and reference plans. Using the project template, organize any captures you make while allowing the Capture App to auto map photos in Cluster Shot and Video mode.


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Reference Plan

A diagram depicting sections, dimensions, and other characteristics of a level within a building. Multiple reference plans (ie: floor plan, partition plan, MEP plan) can be uploaded and viewed in each level of a project.


Allows the user to see all data from annotations and markups created using the same form template in a project’s SiteViews. A report contains a spreadsheet (.xls, .csv) organized by name, status, SiteView, creator, date of creation, and most recent update time, and data within each form’s fields are also listed.



A shooting method available in the Capture App. Take one 360° photo and mark its location on the reference plan.

Site Insights

Our feature built to provide % Progress tracking during construction, asset status & location tracking, and BIM vs. point cloud deviation checking.

Site Plans

A site plan is a large-scale drawing that shows the full extent of the site for an existing or proposed development. Site plans, along with location plans, may be necessary for planning applications. In most cases, site plans will be drawn up following a series of desk studies and site investigations.


Our software platform for viewing, sharing, and annotating 3D digital twins for improved understanding and insight. Admins can control user access by project, capture, level, and areas.



An overarching structure that holds members and groups as well as workspaces. Teams are typically made up of a group of collaborators working closely together on multiple projects.

Team URL

The CupixWorks webpage for a specific team. The URL is needed to log into the Capture App or CupixWorks.


A CupixWorks template consists of all levels, reference plans, annotation groups, BIM and Integrations inside a project. 


A collection of captures performed on a site available as a 3D walkthrough. You can view a tour using SiteView.


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A shooting method available in the Capture App. Record up to seven minutes of 360° video footage while walking around an area.


Walkthrough Mode

The default viewing mode for digital twins in SiteView. Navigation in this mode is similar to Google Street View.


The highest folder within a team that holds data including projects, captures, SiteViews, reports, and templates.


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