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Glossary

Learn the definitions of common terms used in CupixWorks software and support articles.


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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 a 360° reality capture taken on a specific date.


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Admin

A user role for administration in CupixWorks. Some capabilities:

  • Edit, remove, and access folders (workspaces and projects) and data within a team. 
  • Edit, remove, and access security permissions.
  • Edit and access account settings.

Annotation

A form users fill out to describe a condition, action item, or resolution in a SiteView or in the Cupix Capture App when capturing a site.


Area

A record of each time you start and stop a capture mode. It is created with either Video or Single Shot Modes in the Cupix Capture App. It can also be created for a SiteView by uploading point cloud, 3D mesh, or 360° photo/video files.


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.


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BIM

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


Blur

The appearance of smearing in a photo caused by the camera moving too much during a capture. 


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Capture

A collection of 360° photos and videos recorded at a single site on a specific date.

Capture App

An application for mobile devices that is used with a 360° camera to capture current 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

Metadata generated during a capture. It includes 360° photo locations, selected project setup data (reference plans and levels), and annotations made during the capture. It doesn't include the actual 360° photo and video files.


Capture Mode

This is the method used to record 360° imagery in the Capture App. Currently, we offer Video and Single Shot modes.


Cluster

The result of processing an Area in CupixWorks sorted into a group of panos. Ideally, you only want one cluster inside a single Area for best results.


Connect App

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


Constraint

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


CupixWorks

A web platform where team members can:

  • Manage Projects and Workspaces.
  • Create SiteViews for sharing reality capture data.
  • Track site progress and check for deviations.
  • Generate project timeline reports.

D

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.


Drift

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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No glossary items.


F

Feature

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


Folders

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

Form Templates

A form with preconfigured fields used to create Annotations in SiteViews.

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Group

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

H

HDR Mode

A photo mode available on some cameras, such as the Ricoh Theta Z1. We recommend using Single Shot with HDR enabled when taking still 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. Use Handheld HDR for selfie-stick/ helmet mount and Bracketed HDR for tripod + monopod mount.

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Image

A photographic image file, otherwise known as a single panoramic 360° photo, or pano. This can originate as either a photo or video file.


Imagery

Multiple photographic images and/ or videos.


J

No glossary items.


K

No glossary items.


L

Level

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

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Markup

In SiteView, this is a 2D screenshot of a 360° pano used to convey the location of an issue or other note within an Annotation. You also have the option to "mark it up" by adding shapes or text for further context.

Member

A user on a team in CupixWorks.


Model

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.


N

No glossary items.


O

No glossary items.


P

Pano

Short for panoramic image, it is a 360° photo in a digital twin. It is also known as a single equirectangular image. In SiteView, all images that you are see are called panos.


Pano Bubble

In SiteView, it is a grey translucent bubble with a stem attached that represents the height and location at which a pano was taken by a 360° camera.


Project

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


Q

No glossary items.


R

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.

Report

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.

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Single Shot

A shooting mode available in the Cupix Capture App. It lets you take a single 360° photo at a time and manually mark its location on the reference plan.


Site Insights

A CupixWorks web platform feature used for % Progress tracking during construction, asset status & location tracking, and BIM vs. reality capture 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.


SiteView

The CupixWorks web-based app used for viewing, sharing, and annotating 3D digital twins. Team members can share access based on project, capture, level, and area.


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Team

A CupixWorks team contains all members, workspaces, projects, and data under a unique URL.

Team URL

The CupixWorks webpage for a specific team. This unique URL is needed to log into the Capture App, Connect App, or CupixWorks web platform.


Template

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


U

Upload

A term used interchangeably with "submit" as it relates to adding photos, videos, or reality capture data files to the CupixWorks web platform for processing.


V

Video

A shooting mode available in the Capture App. With it, you can record from 7 to 60 minutes of 360° video footage while walking.

W

Workspace

The top-level folder within a team that holds data such as projects, captures, SiteViews, reports, and templates.

X

X-axis

One of the horizontal planes used for picking a point in 3D space along with the Y-axis.


Y

Y-axis

One of the horizontal (side to side) planes used for picking a point in 3D space along with the X-axis.


Z

Z-axis

The vertical plane (up and down) used for picking a point in 3D space, perpendicular to the X and Y-axes.

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