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OpenSpace Best Practices
OpenSpace Best Practices
Tips for success when using OpenSpace
Written by Michael Amaya
Updated over a week ago
  1. Make your jobsite capture ready with proper lighting. All cameras like to take pictures in good lighting; when they are in dark areas and/or moving quickly (or both), images quality goes down. Cameras are not quite as good as human eyes yet!  That said, jobsites with OSHA level lighting generally yield nice images in OpenSpace, and we can recommend lighting systems that achieve that - most modern LED task lighting meets OSHA requirements. However, if you are getting blurry pictures, there are a few easy remedies: First, in small spaces, a hardhat light like the Illumagear helps a lot. Second, pausing or walking a little more slowly does wonders! Finally, there are a host of computer vision based techniques in our platform that improve the quality of the images from what is in the raw video automatically. We have experience with these techniques, and we have more in the pipeline - image quality will improve over time in our software.

    And to note, if the video we receive is dark or blurry, it will slow processing times. Our system will mark captures that have issues like this for you so you can adjust your setup for subsequent walks.

  2. For your first capture, we recommend taking a short walk and capturing only one floor. This will allow you to check out the capture quality and make any adjustments to the lighting using the above tips.

  3. Use the provided mount on top of your hardhat for the best quality captures. If you’ve supplied your own camera, we’re happy to mail a mount to you directly.

  4. Your first captures will take longer to process than subsequent ones, as our system learns your space. Your first capture (also known as a “walk”) or two might take 4-6 hours to process. Subsequent captures of the same space will get faster and faster. The longer your captures, the longer the processing times. 15 minute walks process faster than 45 minute walks. Our system will often publish a “preview” capture before a final one, to keep you moving. Once our system has learned your space, it will begin to publish a preview capture you can use quickly. It will then make additional corrections if needed, resulting in a final capture.

  5. The average turnaround time for preview captures is 15 minutes. This statistic is something we are proud of! But if your walks are longer than 5-10 minutes, your turnaround times will be longer.

  6. Depending on the rate of construction at your job, we recommend a capture frequency between once a week and three times a week. We have many customers who capture almost every business day!

If you have any additional questions please reach out to the OpenSpace support team at

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