Project Description

Who We Are

Shapetrace helps construction site teams prevent errors from becoming fiascos, by using mobile devices to compare what was designed with what was built. The longer those construction errors go unaddressed, the more expensive they are to fix, compounding into major delays, cost-overruns, and penalties. Shapetrace makes it easy for anyone to use a tablet with 3D sensing technology to prevent and detect errors immediately before and after installations.

“Shapetrace develops mobile software to help construction workers prevent errors using augmented reality and mapping. Using a smartphone, Shapetrace’s software overlays virtual designs over actual spaces to help field teams visualize before they act, access location-based instructions, and check for errors upon completion of work. “

Shapetrace’s team has a background in land survey and geomatics, and we bring precise positioning & surveying methods to augmented/virtual reality. We are focused on construction field operations, which is the the most difficult use case for AR/VR and vision-based navigation. Shapetrace patent-pending technology is built from our co-founder’s PhD research in map-based indoor navigation using low-cost camera sensors.

In our previous careers, we’ve collectively worked on construction sites as surveyors as we were the ones called to perform verification and quality control with our specialized equipment and training. Starting our company in January 2014, we’ve spent countless hours talking to construction workers in the field and office, seeking feedback on our vision and prototypes. Thus, in the past three years, our product focus has evolved from 3D scanning for error detection to error prevention with augmented reality. Our journey has taken us to cost estimators to residential developers, and stabilizing on a beach-head market in industrial and commercial building projects.” 

Our Team

Ernest YapCo-Founder and CEO
Ernest Yap, P.Eng is the co-founder and President of Shapetrace. He has 10 years of sales experience in the geospatial industry, previously working for Trimble’s Geospatial and Applanix divisions. Ernest is a professional engineer in Ontario, Canada, and he graduated from the Dept. of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. His interests include the convergence of robotics, 3D mapping, and mixed reality applications. Ernest is a contributing writer for xyHt magazine, which is a trade publication for the geospatial industry.

Ernest led Shapetrace to complete the Founder Institute Toronto 2014 startup accelerator program.

Julien Li-Chee-Ming PhD(c), Co-Founder and CTO
Julien Li-Chee-Ming is a co-founder of Shapetrace and is responsible for research and development. He is a Ph.D. candidate at York University, where he also obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering. His research interests include low-cost navigation systems, rapid mapping, and urban 3D modelling. His research involves utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles in real-time mapping, monitoring, and tracking applications. Julien has won numerous awards for his research and his publications can be found on his LinkedIn profile.
Sonal RanjitEngineering Lead
Sonal Ranjit is Shapetrace’s Engineering Lead because he is responsible for the development team for mobile AR and web applications. He takes R&D prototypes and makes them into commercial products. Sonal has experience in startup production environments having worked for two tech companies. Sonal has a background in geomatics with a B.Sc in Earth Science from York University.
AdilComputer Vision Developer, R&D
PraiseSoftware Developer
Si DaSoftware Developer, AR/VR
Adrian SlugaSenior Vice-President at JLL
Adrian is a Senior Vice-President at JLL, a Fortune 500 Company. Adrian oversees the Project Management, Commissioning & Building Analytics practice across Canada, and brings almost 20 years of leadership and experience on large-scale, complex projects, including more than $1.5B in construction project management and 20+ P3 projects. Adrian was previously the President of HFM Inc. (sold to JLL), and held executive, senior, and project manager roles with HFM, Skyline International Development, Cadillac Fairview, GWL Realty Advisors, and exp Global.

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