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What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?
The company name is Neighborhood Innovations, LLC. and the product is LandMentor which can be found in www.landmentor.com
What problem does this solve?
The land development industry has not changed a bit since the 1960’s – yet the tools to reduce surveying from field to office, as well as civil engineering have changed over the past ½ century. LandMentor users save time and energy when it comes to large scale land development.
Homes are set individually and for the first time, interior walls, living spaces, and window locations within homes are coordinated with open spaces surrounding them. This new form of design that merges architecture and planning is called ‘site architecture’.
CAD produced contour maps often consume hundreds of thousands or millions of points, LandMentor created an internal digital terrain model which generates contours on demand – consuming 0 points, and allowing integrated civil engineering such as street design, earthwork and utility design – also integrated into it’s core engine.
The spatial data is draped over the natural or proposed digital terrain model for an effortless 3D model that can be massed on a single keystroke or with slight extra effort have 3D structures and models from other software (typically sketchup) quickly incorporated. The video gaming engine allows interactive live action movement using keyboard or X-BOX360 game controller (included) and can be displayed on the computer screen, 1080p high powered projector (included), or Oculus Rift VR Headset (included) using the high level gaming laptop (included) that is part of every landMentor ‘System’.
LandMentor teaches its users how to survey, engineer and design better, improving how the user ‘functions’ – no other software has ever been marketed with a complete education designed to solve many (if not most) of the problems in the industry. Bottom line: CAD obsoleted the Tee-Square and Triangle – LandMentor obsoletes CAD.
What is the full launch/release date planned?
Initial beta was in 2010 with a pull-back from market to pivot the business model from what we learned in initial beta. We then began a new round of beta in 2015, rolling into 2016. Sales to municipalities will begin 2ndQ 2016, and to the general consulting market 1stQ 2017.
Who is on the team?
Keith Willenson – Chief Programmer
Adam Harrison – Software Design
Travis Anderson – Lead Trainer
What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used? Is there any IP?
All software is developed in-house with the exception of the AutoCAD translator which we license from OpenDWG foundation.
What is the size/scope of your market and how will you scale?
Every city, every consultant involved with all aspects of growth and redevelopment, as well as the military.
Not sure how we will scale – we need expertise to help achieve market momentum, then market saturation.
What is your revenue model?
Currently direct sales. LandMentor for consulting firms begins at $50,000 a system (2 seats) and for government agencies $25,000 a system (site license).
What is your greatest strength?
We do not rely upon CAD, and have been developing software for this industry for 4 decades. We have developed new forms of user interfaces which we hold patents (Merchant & Gould). For CAD based systems (all of our competition) to catch up, CAD would have to change its core technology to favor the land development industry, not manufacturing, or other forms of design. that is highly unlikely to happen.
What is your biggest weakness?
We are self funded, while we have no debt (the development is 100% paid for), we also do not have the infrastructure nor funds (possibly) to hit the market hard.
What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?
We need a great sales manager or merge with a complimentary firm to take us to the sales level for market penetration on an international scale as well as into all the design universities.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We believe this system will change the world we live in for the better while significantly reducing both environmental and economic impact of growth and redevelopment. The world does not need technology to create fast subdivisions, it needs our system to create great neighborhoods.