BGC ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES SPIN-OFF OF HOLOGRAPHIC VISUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY TO CLIRIO INC.

BGC ENGINEERING ANNOUNCES SPIN-OFF OF HOLOGRAPHIC VISUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY TO CLIRIO INC.

Today, BGC Engineering Inc. (BGC) announced that it has transferred its holographic visualization software technology to a new spin-off company. Clirio Inc. has been formed to manage, develop, support and sell the technology known as The Ada Platform™ (Ada).

BGC, with its commitment to innovation, created Ada to turn its experience and knowledge of client project data into action. With this solution, using the Microsoft HoloLens, experts and non-technical stakeholders can visit an augmented reality digital twin of their project site from anywhere in the world. The Ada Platform has been successfully deployed with customers globally, helping to shape decision making on complex projects.

Steve Hedberg, CEO of BGC says: “I am hugely proud of the work our team has done to get Ada to this point. The ability for holographic visualization of data to contribute to BGC projects and to global earth science practice will be enhanced by this new structure; we should all feel proud about where we are today. I am excited about the future prospects of Ada and look forward to continued collaboration with Clirio, our team and our clients.”

Clirio was formed to set the Ada technology free to fly under the management of a team focused on scaling the software business into new markets and ecosystems. Clirio is headed by CEO Ron Klopfer, who has a track record of over 20 years of leading high-tech startups. Joining Ron in the new venture is the original software development and product management team from the Ada project, eager to move forward on this new venture.

“We are at a moment in time where humanity can truly leverage holographic visualization to fundamentally improve the way we perceive and steward our use of Earth’s surface and subsurface. I’m thrilled to be joining a team that has pioneered extended reality technologies from the very earliest stages,” says Klopfer.

BGC will retain a minority stake in the new company and continue to champion the use of this revolutionary technology internally, and with its clients. Ada has proven itself to be a powerful solution for communicating complex 3D data, such as GIS, CAD, Photogrammetry, LiDAR and subsurface modeling. It allows multiple participants to view and collaborate with true three-dimensional holograms, from desktop to life size.

“The ability to take data out of a monitor and put it into the middle of a room as a hologram, to be able to walk through it and talk to others, is a generational change in applied earth science practice. With this new venture the development will accelerate and better solutions for more projects globally will result,” says Bill Burton, BGC’s VP of Innovation.

Clirio has a distinct advantage as a new entrant in the marketplace, as it is inheriting a proven software solution and seasoned team to develop and implement exciting new features such as remote collaboration and data annotation in the near future. Ada is already a powerful and easy-to-use tool that allows users to drag-and-drop the 3D data they are already using today to quickly create and implement holograms in the cloud. Ada uses Microsoft’s secure Azure cloud technology, with viewing available on the HoloLens 2 mixed reality device, and iOS phones and tablets.

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BGC Engineering Inc. (BGC) is a privately-owned, international consulting firm that provides professional services in applied earth sciences. It has 500 employees in offices across Canada, as well as in the US and Chile. Our practice was established in 1990, based on a specialized appreciation of the impacts of geology on engineered structures. This continues to be our foundation today, enabling us to address a broad spectrum of engineering and environmental issues related to development in challenging terrain.

For more information on BGC Engineering, please contact Lindi Braund (lbraund@bgcengineering.ca).

For more information on Clirio, please contact Keith Lay (klay@clirio.tech)

Web resources:

www.bgcengineering.ca

www.adaplatform.io

www.clirio.tech

ADA IS NOW ‘CO-SELL’ APPROVED

ADA IS NOW ‘CO-SELL’ APPROVED

BGC Engineering, with The Ada Platform™ (Ada), has become a Microsoft ‘Co-Sell Ready’ partner. This achievement allows BGC to take advantage of global sales and marketing efforts towards Microsoft’s substantial customer base in the areas of energy, infrastructure and transportation. This will allow us to drive international sales of Ada software and services.

Ada is an Azure cloud-based solution to bring the data that engineers are already using into the three-dimensional world via Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset. With Ada, engineers can design, share and collaborate on their complex projects using 3D holograms.

As a member of the ‘Co-Sell Ready’ program, BGC can pursue commercial opportunities in conjunction with Microsoft’s top-notch sales and marketing teams. Our go-to-market activities will include sales initiatives that combine the Ada software with the power of the Azure cloud, and the unparalleled collaborative features of the HoloLens. BGC will also benefit from Microsoft’s marketing assets, campaign content and global sales expertise.

We are excited to add another sales channel for Ada via our co-sell relationship with Microsoft. This will help us expand our sales by extending our customer reach and marketing capabilities, leading to new revenue opportunities.

BGC’s Innovation Team Lead Gerald Magnusson said: “Achieving ‘Co-Sell Ready’ status brings us closer to our goal of changing the state of practice in applied earth science engineering. Our strategy involves the direct sales of our software, as well as services in building 3D holographic visualizations for our clients. This relationship with Microsoft will significantly improve our market exposure and revenue potential. We are particularly gratified by the enthusiastic praise our solution has received by Microsoft team members.

Ada was created to respond to the opportunity for better tools in 3D engineering visualization as a scalable, data driven solution. By providing a tool that engineers can use to quickly and easily create holographic digital twins of their projects, we have reduced the turn-around time to build compelling presentations from weeks to minutes.