2525 220th St. SE, Bothell
EagleView Technologies offers a high-tech solution to what has been a low-tech problem: how to acquire accurate roofing measurements for contractor quotes and insurance claims. Founded by roofer Dave Carlson and computer programmer Chris Pershing, EagleView created innovative 3D modeling software that uses detailed aerial maps and photographs to generate highly accurate measurements of a roof’s square footage, pitch, ridge lengths, valleys and other elements. These estimates are often more precise than in-person inspections that would otherwise require clambering over a roof for a couple of hours. EagleView is changing the way roofing contractors do business, with many walking into initial estimate meetings with measurements already in hand. That acceptance by the industry has helped this 6-year-old firm, even in the middle of the housing bust, to thrive and grow revenue by more than 2,000 percent during the past three years.
221 Yale Ave. N, Seattle
Employees: 51,645 (worldwide)
This large-scale contractor has been a pioneer in the use of 3D virtual plans, increasing efficiency and lowering cost through its Building Information Modeling system. Skanska continues its effort by incorporating Microsoft’s Kinect hands-free gesture technology to make digital project documents accessible directly on the worksite. Teams at the recently completed University of Washington Medical Center were the first to have access to construction plans and models through the simple swipe of a hand.