Virtual & Augmented Reality App Development

BSD is an Interactive Innovation studio focused on building solutions that utilize immersive technologies to engage users. Our technology has been used for training, education, marketing, and more. We have experience working technology like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mobile games, mobile apps, and more. We work with companies that want to solve big problems and make a big impact.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
headquarters
  • 370-112 Market Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3B0P4
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Some of our key clients include: The Manitoba Construction Sector Council, IBEW Local 2085, IBEW Local 353, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Kohler Co., Safe Workers of Tomorrow, Red River College, University of Manitoba 

Level Up VR 2 is a follow-up to 2018’s popular Level UP VR experience, which helps teach kids about workplace safety. The game is meant to instill a culture of hazard awareness in today’s youth as they prepare to enter the workforce.

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/levelup2vr/

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Power Tools VR

Power Tools VR is a room-scale VR experience designed to help you learn how to use common power tools. It is meant to be a companion application for an instructor-led training class to give students hands-on experience with tools before they get to use the real thing.

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/power-tools/

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Aerial Work Platform

BSD Developed an immersive learning experience for working at heights. This tool used both a custom peripheral to simulate the controls of a scissor jack or boom lift but also an immersive world that trains and tests users on how they operate this machinery.

MITT Welding Simulator

We assisted the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in upgrading their welding simulator adding support for Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive, and future headsets. We added support for custom peripherals using the Vive Tracking Pucks and added the ability to assess the user. This project is a very exciting way to let users try the trades.

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Flag Person VR

Developed using Virtual Reality (SteamVR, HTC Vive) the user is placed on a virtual street where they are taught about flagging, the procedures, and how to safely flag for traffic. This experience was developed using the Manitoba Legislation and offered to organizations to enhance their training. 

https://levelupmb.ca/Home/LevelUpVR

Level Up brings you to a world where workplace hazards are all around and it's your job to fix them. The virtual experience helps you see how quickly a small thing, like an overstocked cupboard, can result in an injury. Can you make these job sites safe? Watch the video to see where your own skills

rank.

Developed with the Safe Workers of Tomorrow and Change Makers, Level up is an award-winning VR experience that was deployed for Google Cardboard & Steam VR compatible headsets. This game has been taken across Manitoba to communities promoting safety on the job site for kids getting their first job. 

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Living Space

Take off into space and learn about the solar system in virtual reality. Developed for Google Cardboard, kids can explore the solar system in their classroom.

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Trying The Trades 360 VR

The Manitoba Construction Sector Council partnered with Bit Space Development to create a series of educational videos to help students choose a career path in the trades. These short 360-degree video clips bring you to the job site to show you what it's like to work in the trades.

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Gerdau Steel VR

Gerdau approached Bit Space Development to help the company determine how it can best integrate virtual reality technology into its employee training processes. BSD worked with Gerdau to create a 360-degree training system for the steel production plant. 

Roadbuilder Safety Training Systems

WORKSAFELY, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association is dedicated to increasing safety in the industry. The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations provide legal controls for the many hazards you will face. The heavy construction industry also has control measures in place to protect your safety.

Hazard assessment provides this assurance of safety. A hazard assessment is the identification of a safety or health

hazard with the communication of implemented control measures. A hazard assessment must be completed before beginning each job and at regular intervals thereafter. Your supervisor is responsible for ensuring it is done. He or she must also request input from you if you are available.

When the hazard assessment is completed, the supervisor must review it and clearly describe the control measures that ensure it is complete safely. That is why you attended a safety orientation on the first day of work and why safe work practices and safe job procedures are reviewed with you to ensure your competency.

The electrical construction industry is inherently dangerous and safety is paramount. There are dangers on all job sites, particularly for inexperienced new entrants such as youth, Indigenous people, women and newcomers pursuing pre-apprenticeship training. Virtual reality technology is proving to be a powerful tool in developing immersive training resources that allow most-at-risk workers to experience the hazards of a job

site safely from a classroom. The resulting increase in awareness of safety hazards leads to the adoption of safe work practices.

Virtual reality refers to computer-generated environments that simulate a person’s physical presence in the real world, enabling the user to partially determine what happens in the environment. The technology allows a pre-apprenticeship trainee to virtually explore a job site through a 360-degree lens using a cell phone and an Oculus headset.

IBEW Virtual Reality (VR) Safety includes a virtual reality application and a generic Facilitator’s Guide that NETCO assisted in adapting for use in the electrical construction industry. Five one-hour modules feature typical hazards: 

Slips, trips and falls

Struck by, caught between

Fire, explosion, toxicity and asphyxiation

Ergonomics, elements, noise

Electrocution

Winnipeg VR

The Technology

We shot the content using a couple different cameras. All of the content is in 360-degree photos and video. The cameras we used were:

Ricoh Theta S - Great for shooting large areas quickly, like the CN Rail Training Facility

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) - This camera we actually got later on, it shoots great photos and uses HDR. We used this for our outside locations like with the Blue

Bombers.

Supported Devices

360-Degree Content 

Fossil Discovery Adventure

There are 12 newly discovered dig sites located within the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba. We need your help in finding these dig sites to excavate and collect fossils. Put the skeleton back together to unlock special scan technology to see “Bruce”, our Guinness World Record holding Mosasaur in true-to-life scale, right before your eyes. This Augmented Reality (AR) feature will put you in the room with

life-sized “Bruce” as they swim and move with amazing detail.

Kohler’s augmented reality app is made easy to use and fast. Simply open the app and select “enable camera”. Then scan your room space to define the area. Once finished, the list of bathroom items will appear. Select any of the Sunstruck®, Numi®, Sensate®, Verdera®, Prolific®, Corbelle® and Reveal® to position in your defined space.

Using touch gestures, users can move it around or rotate it until they find the perfect

spot. Once an item has been placed in the area, users can select a few different animations that typically demonstrate how the item operates.

The current mainly features some of Kohler’s signature bathroom items, and it does not have the purchase feature embedded. Users still have to go on the site or visit the store to place an order.

About the App

The concept for this app was simple, blend all the elements you’d expect from a festival app (such as event schedule, where to buy tickets and an event map) with an innovative location-based augmented reality game.

Users would navigate around the city using the in-app map to hunt down 25+ specially designed augmented reality “game posters.” Each game poster would be tied to a location that fit

within the festival’s history, with the core 25 posters each representing a specific festival year. In addition to a poster for each festival year, an array of bonus posters provided deep dives into behind-the-scene stories and other interesting historical facts.
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CineGUIDE

CineGUIDE is an augmented reality AR app with the mission of enhancing the way digital media art is interacted with, for discovering cultural entertainment from around the world, on a platform for engaging at a level of interactivity available now for the first time.

MCSC and Bit Space team have been working together to come up with a game idea that simulates one of the most popular board games ever – Monopoly. We believe such a board game can stimulate players’ learning by great interactions. On the one hand, it is fun to play with multi-players; and easy to absorb knowledge on the other hand.

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Scaffolding Awareness

The Manitoba Home Builders Association in partnership with Manitoba Construction Sector Council received funding from Workers Compensation Board, Research and Workplace Innovation Program to develop an awareness course for scaffolding. Scaffolds and ladders are commonly used on construction sites. Fatal or disabling injuries continue to result from workers falling from the scaffolding that has been misused or poorly constructed

on a construction site. The majority of the workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.  
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Fall Protection

The Manitoba Homebuilders Association (MHBA) proposed the digitalization of four safety courses for use in both blended and on-line delivery of training in support of the MHBA’s safety training courses. The safety programs will be delivered at and in partnership with the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM). The target group or audience includes general laborers, tradespeople, new supervisors and safety trainers

working in homebuilders, commercial and the heavy construction industries and transportation. It is the intention of MHBA to share these resources with Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, Work Safely at Manitoba Heavy Construction’s Association, RPM Trucking Safety Association at Manitoba Trucking Association and other safety associations who would benefit from these interactive resources. 
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PPE app

Personal protection equipment is used to reduce or minimize exposure or contact to physical, chemical or biological hazards. A hazard cannot be eliminated by PPE, but the risk of injury can be eliminated or greatly reduced. Throughout this session, participants will be provided with the information on how to assess, select and determine the correct PPE for the work they are performing.

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CSAM WHS Legislation

The WHS Legislation app for CSAM brings legislation to a user friendly pocket tool for CSAM members. The tool allows members to search and save resources and legislation to help educate the community and keep people safe.

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Changing Winnipeg Interactive Table

state-of-the-art touchscreen table provides the opportunity to understand how the city has changed over time by exploring digital maps, pinning specific locations, and even releasing virtual floodwaters and a plague of locusts!

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/changing-winnipeg/

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Food and Farm Discovery Center

Bit Space provides a web interface where they can create and edit their content with a WYSIWYG editor. The content is then displayed on their large touch-friendly displays powered by Unity. What you create on the online content editor is displayed in the Unity Application as shown in the editor.

The staff from the Museum have the full power to create as many categories and items they want. The Content displayed comes

with all the formats you would expect from Microsoft Docs. Within the museum, they serve as interactive digital media with the physical objects displayed.
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CSAM Auditor

The CSAM Audit tool automates and streamlines the audit process for COR companies in Manitoba. This web dashboard was developed to help make it easier to organize and perform audits for safety.

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Platform Dev for Nonprofit Organization

"His input was instrumental to how the dashboard developed."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2017 - May 2019
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. provided platform development. Their team built a data aggregator and a survey form. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Mike Jones
Former Executive Director, Construction Safety Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. completed the project. Their team showed an indicator dashboard that successfully worked. The communication lines were effective and they had a very functional product. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

At the time that I was working with Dan and BitSpace Development, I was the Executive Director of the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM). CSAM is a non-profit organization run by and for the building construction industry in Manitoba, with governance provided by the Winnipeg Construction Association’s Board of Directors and the CSAM Advisory Committee. Established in 1989, CSAM has earned the reputation as a leader in the safety landscape of Manitoba, as well as within the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

CSAM was involved in a two-year research project with the Institute of Work and Health surveying construction companies on the subject of Leading Indicators used in the Safety and Health program. The challenge was how to display the results of the research project and to provide a platform for the survey and benchmarking reports to live on past the research phase to ensure that companies could measure and react to progress in years to come.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to build a platform that would allow companies to take the survey, benchmark the results against anonymized aggregate data to show where the company stood against other construction companies in Manitoba The baseline data provides participating firms with an opportunity to benchmark their safety performance against other companies within their trade and region of Manitoba’s construction industry in areas such as safety culture, employee engagement, hazard identification, and ergonomics. The Dashboard, INDICATOR then provides links to resources to help improve scores for each of the survey measures. The intention is to move the needle on an organization’s average score for each measure and raise the standard of safety in Manitoba.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Having worked with BSD as a Project Advisory Committee member on multiple previous projects, Dan Blair and BitSpace Developments were well known to me. I had engaged with two other companies within Canada but Dan’s approach to his business stood out from the rest. During the initial concept meetings, BSD asked lots of questions and demonstrated a desire to fully understand the requirements of the project.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

In phase one of the work BSD developed a dashboard to display the results of the research project which included secure login for companies, tabular and graphic representation of the data and the ability for companies to retake the survey with an algorithm to produce benchmarking reports that compare to the original research project reports. In phase two links were developed to resources that were designed to help to improve scores for each of the survey categories.

What was the team composition?

CSAM Representatives – ED, Training and Communications Manager, Operations Manager. BSD Representatives – Dan Blair CEO/Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Design and Developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The successful completion of the project has provided Construction companies in Manitoba the opportunity to measure the effectiveness of their safety and health program and safety culture. By being able to compare against the mean results of other companies within their trade and region of Manitoba’s construction industry in areas such as safety culture, employee engagement, hazard identification, and ergonomics. It will give firms a wholistic perspective on their safety efforts where they can compare their results year on year to see improvement. With links to resources the Indicator dashboard not only tells companies where you need to improve, but it also shows them how.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Communication lines were set up between CSAM staff and BSD with regular meetings to discuss progress and look forward to the next stages. Dan was also involved in meetings with the IWH research team. His input was instrumental to how the dashboard developed which ultimately ended up with a very useful and functional product.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Dan is creative, flexible and has a very can do/will do attitude. This attitude is contagious which is evident when working with the BSD team. Dan immerses himself into everything that he does, on a previous project involving working at heights, Dan took a full fall protection course and spent time on job sites to fully understand the issues. Dan was always available for discussion and problem solving which kept the project on track and within budget.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I have been working with BSD since the very beginning and have seen this start-up grow from humble beginnings. The growth does not seem to have affected the quality and efficiency of projects, I am convinced that under Dan’s leadership BSD has a very bright future.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Educational VR Development for Local Union

“The high quality of their work is their most impressive trait.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Jun. 2017
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. provided VR development services for a plumbers and pipefitters union. Their team developed a VR application that walks users through a 360° view of a typical job site.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Steve Ducharme
Training Director, Piping Industry Technical College
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has been a practical tool in the client's trainings and classes. The Bit Space Development Ltd. team demonstrated transparency by sending project updates and monthly reports. What's more, they met all the project's requirements. Responsiveness is a hallmark of their high-quality work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the training director of Piping Industry Technical College. We’re the training arm of UA Local 254 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. I run the day-to-day dealings and training. That includes training premises as well as training contracts with indigenous groups and everything from military to hospital to service workers. We do all kinds of work beyond our membership as well.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We work with electricians as subject matter experts. In this engagement, we were creating a VR program funded through workers’ compensation. It was a grant proposal written by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and we came in because of our expertise.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

BSD provided VR development services. Although it was through IBEW, they built a version of the program for our use. We use it for our pre-apprentice students and at trade shows. The solution allows high school students to get an idea of what the job site looks like. Upon initiation, BSD came to all of our job sites to record site issues and show what an actual one looks like. The VR solution lets students walk around and through a 360° view of a typical job site.

The VR program is an application we run through a series of phones we have here. We put the phones into Google Cardboard headsets. We use the program in our classes and for additional trainings beyond that. It’s not necessarily intended for the program but gives us more resources and avenues for other courses.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Dan (CEO & Founder) for 99% of the engagement. There was another man who came with him to record the job sites, but I didn’t interact with any other individuals besides that.

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We came to work with them through IBEW. They had bid on other projects that BSD was already involved in so that’s how they met. I personally met Dan year ago on a welding project I was a subject matter expert for.

How much have you invested with them?

I wasn’t part of the financial part, but I’m pretty sure it was between $50,000–$70,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project ran from October 2016–June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The application has been a handy tool in our trainings and trade shows. Showing students our job sites and capabilities has been effective. Also, the app has been good in terms of pulling up bits and pieces of it for unforeseen opportunities. However, it’s difficult to quantify how its grown our business, but it’s definitely had a positive impact. It’s been a helpful tool to have, and we use it anytime we get a chance to.

How did Bit Space Development Ltd. perform from a project management standpoint?

They did an excellent job with project management. I’d send an email, and they’d respond within 10–15 minutes. Their responsiveness is top-notch. BSD is one of the fastest companies in terms of communication, and I’ve dealt with a lot of IT companies.

They provided monthly reports and emails throughout the engagement to update us on project status. That was more than we needed for the size of the project, so it was excellent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The high quality of their work is their most impressive trait. They did an excellent job with the application, and we’re very satisfied.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything. We’d been talking about starting other projects with them. It just depends on funding, because it’s not something we fund ourselves. I’d definitely work with them again.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about your expectations and what you want. Understand that BSD is not of your business. They’re here to augment your business. So, your job is to be clear in order to get the results you need. They’re good at what they do, but if they don’t understand it may be because you didn’t tell them exactly what you need.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

AR/VR Dev for Post-Secondary Institution

"They provided exceptional client support and went the extra mile to create an outstanding finished product."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. handled the AR/VR development efforts for a post-secondary institution. They designed a custom VR welding simulator as well as provided technical support and after-sales service.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Cary Tardi
Coordinator, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The simulator was successful and draws a lot of interest and attention. Bit Space Development Ltd. maintained regular meetings to discuss revisions and updates. They went the extra mile and provided exceptional client support. Their team is attentive, passionate, and fun to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

MITT is a post-secondary institution that provides training in Health Care, Human Services, Business and IT and Skilled Trades. I work as the Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Pathways, managing our domestic outreach strategies in Manitoba.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We hired Bit Space Development to create a custom welding VR simulator.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals for the project were to provide an safe and efficient means for prospective students to try welding and expose more students to careers in skilled trades.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We chose Bit Space Development based on an evaluation of the local marketplace and through a number of discovery sessions with Bit Space.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Bit Space Development designed a custom VR welding simulator for the college, including technical support and after sales service.

What was the team composition?

The team comprised of MITT's Student Recruitment and Career Services teams and sales, developers and technical teams from Bit Space Development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The welding simulator has proven to be a huge draw at career fairs and off campus events, allowing students the opportunity to explore this career in a safe and impactful way. This is contributing to more interest in skilled trade careers and a more economical means of career exploration for the college.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The projected was managed through an initial consultation to discuss our objectives, with meetings at regular intervals to discuss revisions and upgrades to enhance the user experience. At every turn, they provided exceptional client support and went the extra mile to create an outstanding finished product.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Dan and his team are extremely easy and fun to work with, and provided exceptional service and customer support at every turn. They were very attentive to our needs and goals for this project and stayed within the confines of a very tight budget. Furthermore, they're passionate about what they do and that translated to a finished product that exceeded our expectations and is vitally important to our department.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I don't have much to offer in terms of improvements, other than on one occasion the simulator was glitchy. They were very quick to offer solutions, and even went so far as to offer personalized support at the event. Thank you!

5.0
Overall Score They're extremely talented, service oriented and passionate about helping you solve your company's objectives.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was exceptional. They were always willing to make time to meet and provide tech support when required.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They stayed within the parameters of our budget and provided expceptional value for our investment.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Bit Space Development provided us with cutting-edge career exploration tools, and exceptional client service.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would not hesitate to recommend Bit Space Development to any of my colleagues, family or friends.

VR Training Tool Development for Electrician Union

“They bent over backward to meet our needs, and then to go above and beyond with support throughout the whole process.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. built AR and VR learning modules to virtually train electricians from remote areas. Bringing the job site to classrooms, electricians could get safety certificates without traveling.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Chris Taran
Director of Apprenticeship & Training, IBEW 2085
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Using the best technology available at the time, Bit Space Development Ltd. accomplished every goal of the project. They consistently exceeded expectations and met deadlines ahead of schedule. Remote electricians are now trained with this program, and the AR/VR modules have worked wonders.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of apprenticeship and training for the Manitoba and Nunavut region of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. We are a union organization that also provides for the educational needs of our electricians. We have our own school, which I am also the director of.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

In Canada, our northern regions are incredibly remote and rural, so we can't provide the same services that we do in city centers. 

Manitoban laws stipulate that for every apprentice electrician on a job site, there must be a journeyman on the site. This makes required site visits difficult and close to impossible in the North.

We went to Bit Space Development Ltd. to figure out how we could recreate a job site virtually to provide our training, without actually having to take students to the job site. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

We wanted to use AR and VR technology to bring the job site back to the classroom, instead of taking the classroom to the job site. We engaged with Bit Space Development Ltd. on a project that would move the required safety training for electricians in remote regions to a VR platform.

Their role was figuring out what form this project should take. As the experts in this space, they worked with us on how to make the courses and learning modules. Like with cell-phones, VR and AR technology changes all the time. Bit Space Development Ltd. helped us pick which AR and VR platforms we should use and buy.

Once we decided on a plan, they developed the program for us.

What is the team composition? 

I worked exclusively with Dan (Owner and CEO, Bit Space Development Ltd.). I believe he had quite a large team behind him, as well. We also had a hired project manager to help oversee this project.

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We reached out to several companies, got quotes, and met with their teams. Based on those interviews and our assessments of their cost-effectivenesses, we went with Bit Space Development Ltd.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested $100,000 CAD (approximately $76,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We began work in February 2017, and the project was finished in April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The technology is working well for us. Every school struggles to recreate the real world within the lab setting. With regard to the content and the makeup of the program, what we created with Bit Space Development Ltd. has worked wonders for us.

Having said that, there are some hurdles associated with VR and AR. For instance, some people can’t wear VR goggles for long. Regardless of those challenges, we’re very happy with the content and Bit Space Development Ltd.

How did Bit Space Development Ltd. perform from a project management standpoint?

We had zero issues with our timeline. The project finished ahead of schedule, and there was little frustration. They bent over backward to meet our needs and then went above and beyond with support throughout the whole process. 

We primarily worked in-person with them. Their office was a 10-minute drive from my office, which made communication very easy. If there was a step that required me to put the goggles on and start working with the software, it wasn’t a hassle.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Dan and his team were very proactive and reactive, and they were great to work with. Whenever there were any bumps in the road or if something didn't work, they were very quick to find a solution.

Are there any areas they could improve?

One constructive piece of feedback I could give is that they occasionally forget that you’re not in the VR/AR industry. They get so excited and will occasionally start throwing around acronyms and industry terms. I'll have to slow them down and ask for an explanation in English. But, this was also a testament to their passion and work-ethic; when they get on a roll, they just don’t stop.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you work with them to explain your industry. If you put in the time to explain what you want, it will be much easier for them to deliver it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Virtual Reality Safety Training for Construction Organization

"Their ideas were innovative and financially within reach."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. developed five virtual reality modules to promote hazard awareness in the construction industry. The technology employs 360-degree imagery. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Carol Paul
Executive Director, MCSC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Stakeholders were nationally recognized for their innovative approach, earning an industry award. The new training has already enhanced the way safety is taught to thousands of users. A client-oriented team, the vendor exceeded expectations with their responsiveness to feedback.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Manitoba Construction Sector Council is a not for profit organization funded by the province of Manitoba to address the HR needs of the construction sector.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

BIT Space Development Ltd. works MCSC and construction companies to develop virtual reality and augmented reality activities to engage and inform youth and adult learners in the classroom. MCSC and BIT completed three projects with funding through WCB Research and Workplace Innovation Program to improve the way safety in taught in the workplace.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal of the Hazard Awareness VR project was to inform youth about the 10 hazards on the construction site.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

BIT Space Development Ltd partnered with MCSC on other projects that were hugely successful so we knew they were the right fit.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. IBEW is attempting to change safe work practices of new entrants in construction by identifying, controlling and reporting incidents of safety hazards on the worksite. There are 5 modules developed for this hazard awareness resource that uses the latest virtual reality technology.

The five modules will include the following hazards:

1. Slips, Trips and Falls

2. Struck by, caught between

3. Fire, explosion, toxicity and asphyxiation

4. Ergonomics, elements, noise

5. Electrocution

Desired outcomes of this project:

 an increased awareness of safety hazards

 access to innovative safety tools by organizations who support youth transition to work in construction

 improved safe work practices of youth working on construction sites

Background The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in partnership with boilermakers, pipefitters, painters, other affiliated unions of the Manitoba Building Trades and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba developed a series of virtual reality resources that will allow youth and new entrants in construction to spot hazards, assess risk and develop a plan to prevent injury.

With the use of 360-degree imagery, youth will virtually walk through a worksite. They will look up, down and around the site using oculus lenses. They will spot hazards, assess the risks and as a result, they will be able to explain how to work more safety on a construction site.

When youth click on the icon they will learn about each hazard and what needs to be done to avoid injury. This is an interactive way to teach safety and one that is as close to real life situations without actually being there. It is not enough for youth to hear about the hazards on the worksite.

They have to see it and experience what it looks and feels like. This will provide another tool for youth to learn about safety and one that is completely in line with the way youth learn today. It is important for youth to see hazards from trades outside of their own scope.

This is because trades work collaboratively on the same site and youth may start in one trade and switch to another trade over time. Exposure to all hazards is of greatest importance.

This will not replace current safety training only serve to supplement and enhance the way safety is taught to our youth and new entrants. Note: This application is intended as an awareness application and does not replace safety training at local safety associations or on the job training. Content is specific to the Province of Manitoba and uses examples that may not apply to all situations.

What was the team composition?

MCSC Executive Director compiled an advisory committee made up of Safe Work MB, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Boilermakers Union, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, PCL and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to guide the direction of the project in partnership with the BIT team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

As a result, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers won a national award for their innovative strategies and their commitment to youth/adult learning. The resources have been disseminated across Manitoba in 40 remote Indigenous communities to youth grades 5-12, at career fairs and in schools in Winnipeg to over 3,000 youth. This technology is introducing educators to the changing face of learning.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The Executive Director of MCSC collaborated with the CEO of BIT Space Development to monitor progress throughout the project. BIT always went above and beyond expectations for the project.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The vendor's willingness to meet the needs of the customer was most impressive. If the advisory wanted something changed during development, BIT made every attempt to make the changes without question. This was excellent customer service. Their ideas were innovative and financially within reach. BIT helped us find the hardware at a reasonable cost to support the software developed. In addition, they helped us demonstrate the new hazard awareness at events across the province or were willing to have folks drop by their site to try it out!

Are there any areas for improvement?

none that I can think of

5.0
Overall Score Great tow work with the team
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    always available
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    worked within our budgets
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything met the desired outcomes
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    always recommend them

VR Module & Web Dev for Construction Safety Program

“…they’ve helped us step into the current state of the art.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development ventured to create a VR safety training program for a construction association. To further enhance the learning experience, they delivered video tools and also rebuilt the website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Don Hurst
Dir of Safety & Training, Manitoba Heavy Construction Assoc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bit Space’s efforts led to innovative products that revolutionized the learning experience. The VR and video tools have all received great feedback from students in training. They delivered a user-friendly website to ease administrative processes. The team was a true pleasure to work with.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of safety and training at the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association. We represent road and infrastructure builders in our province, and I specialize in training industry workers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development?

We brought them on to remodel our training program. New entrants into the workforce have to go through what we call "the road builder safety training system." We were seeking a more applicable and realistic training tool—so we engaged Bit Space to create a VR training program.

We were also operating on a legacy website that required updating. We wanted designs and functionalities that would help us streamline some of our administrative tasks.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Dan (CEO & Founder, Bit Space Development) and his team took our existing 15-module training course and converted each into a VR setting. They would physically walk through different construction sites to capture the specific environments so that they could recreate the scene in VR.

They also created video tools for flagger training (the people on construction sites who use flags to direct drivers). They’ve developed a few videos to enhance the learning experience—it’s very different from just listening to someone with a PowerPoint, in a classroom.

As for the website, their team spearheaded a complete redesign. We had an initial discussion about the design and features we wanted. We were quite behind the times, so they’ve helped us step into the current state of the art.  

They’ve consequently integrated several plug-ins, so we now have functions like online course registration, online payments, and even e-commerce. At the moment, they’re working on a learning management system that enables our clients to easily access online learning aids.

What is the team composition?

I worked directly with Dan. There were several others involved in our meetings and the production processes, but he was my main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development?

He was referred to me by the Manitoba Construction Sector Council, which is a government-funded organization dedicated to promoting and training the emerging workforce.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent somewhere between $40,000–$75,000.  

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in May 2016, and the engagement is still ongoing. They’re currently continuing to work on our website.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

Dan and his team have helped us use different technology to provide creative classroom solutions. With the VR training experience—the feedback from our students has been extremely positive. They’ve offered a learning solution that far outshines our old conventional training.

Their work on the website has also made things on our end easier. Our new website is user-friendly, as they’ve made all resources easily accessible to our clients, customers, and students.

How did Bit Space Development perform from a project management standpoint?

It’s difficult to speak to the management approach because the projects were extremely collaborative. For the VR projects, we had a third-party project manager, and the website was internally managed.

I did really appreciate the extent that their team interacted with ours. In order to capture construction environments as realistically as possible, they took a very hands-on approach. The product of the engagement was extremely good, and I think the direction they took the projects in was creative and interesting.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a personal stake in ensuring that they provide excellent service. In one instance, Dan updated our training instrument—at his own cost—to make the product even better. He’s extremely client-focused and personable. It was a real pleasure working with the team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We were pleased with everything we got from Bit Space. I think we focus more on how we’ve developed and learned from our engagement with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

This applies to work with any creative supplier, but make sure to be involved in the project. Don’t just tell them you want something, and expect delivery—be part of the process.

5.0
Overall Score They really helped us change.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We recommend them to others all the time.

VR App Development for Chamber of Commerce

"Bit Space Development Ltd. is responsible for the app going global. It’s a really positive offering for our members."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. designed and developed a VR app for both iOS and Android. They filmed local small business owners who are members of the chamber of commerce.

The Reviewer
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal and external feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Bit Space Development Ltd. executives not only enhance the project creatively but also demonstrate a vested interest in long-term success. Their responsiveness and ability to work with community members make them a valuable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there. 

I work for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. We’re a membership-driven nonprofit organization to help service members in the community.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development Ltd.? 

We wanted to create an app called Winnipeg VR. We wanted to give small business owners the opportunity to showcase their business and services through an interactive app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Bit Space Development Ltd. was responsible for all components of the app. We gave our input, but their team really took the lead. I don't know what technologies they used off the top of my head. The app is for both iOS and Android.

They also connected with our small business owners. We worked together to identify which members to showcase on the app, and then Bit Space Development Ltd. went out into the community to film the business owners. 

What is the team composition? 

Dan (CEO & Founder, Bit Space Development Ltd.) is our main point of contact. At least four members of their team have worked on our project. 

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development Ltd.? 

We're a community-driven organization, and Dan is an active member of the Winnipeg business community. He also sits on our small business advisory board. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent at least $15,000 CAD (approximately $11,400 USD). 

What is the status of this engagement? 

Our project began about a year and a half ago and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’re very happy with the close to 50,000 app downloads. The app showcases the Winnipeg market in Asia, which is a huge accomplishment. Bit Space Development Ltd.is responsible for the app going global. It’s a really positive offering for our members.

How did Bit Space Development Ltd. perform from a project management standpoint? 

Their team does great work. Dan has good ideas, but he excels at listening to the community and bringing their ideas forward. He’s able to work at the grassroots level to develop a unique product that’s specific to the community. 

Bit Space Development Ltd. is accurate with their timelines, which I appreciate. Dan is a man of his word. If he says he's going to do something, it'll be done. He always makes time for us based around our schedule. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

Bit Space Development Ltd. is able to create something from nothing. They focus on the end user even when a product needs to serve a wide range of people. Dan worked with everyone from the mayor of our city to a small business owner with 1–2 employees. He provides each person with the same level of customer service and expertise. They’re an amazing company. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

I don't really have anything negative to say. If our members had any concerns about the project or format, we bring it to their attention and they always respond with solutions.  Winnipeg is slow to adapt VR technology but I'm hoping this app will encourage more people to jump on board. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Come with a list of your wants and needs. The more specific you can be, the better Bit Space Development Ltd. can understand what would make you happy. Dan will find a way to make it happen. The challenge is getting what’s in your head down on paper so that you can communicate it clearly. 

5.0
Overall Score I'm a big fan.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

VR Training App Dev for Non Profit

“Now that we have a VR platform, people line up at our booth like it's a ride at a fair.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Bit Space developed a VR training app for iOS and Android devices that immerses users into different environments to teach them about workplace health and safety. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Torin Proulx
Community Liaison
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The VR platform Bit Space built has been a tremendously effective tool for getting people interested and discussing important topics. In addition to exceeding the organization's expectations, their team was also great to work–helpful, responsive, and passionate in their approach. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a community liaison at Safe Workers of Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization focused on providing safety and health training awareness and resources for workers in the province of Manitoba, Canada. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We reached out to Bit Space to develop a VR training app that would allow us to educate people about workplace health and safety through an immersive, interactive experience. We had done a lot of campaigns in the past but wanted to try something different to catch the attention of young workers about to enter the workforce. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Initially, we met with their team to brainstorm ways we could use VR technology in an educational format to grab the attention of our target audience. Then, they designed and developed a VR platform for iOS and Android called Level Up, which is an experience that immerses users into three different types of working environments: fast food, retail, and construction. Within the workplace simulations, users then interact with a supervisor and are asked to perform a hazard assessment of the workspace. This allows us to educate people about workplace hazards, workers' rights, and how to reduce injuries.

What is the team composition? 

We worked with Daniel (Owner and CEO, Bit Space Development), as well as a team of 4-5 others. 

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

Our marketing team put us in contact with Bit Space, and we already had somewhat of a relationship with them before the project came up. We were impressed by their portfolio of work and knowledge in the VR/AR space. We also liked that a lot of their previous work was focused on creating educational platforms.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together for about a year from 2018 to 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Prior to having a VR platform, we participated in a lot of career symposiums and events, but trying to generate interest from young people in workplace health and safety issues has always been a challenge. Now that we have a VR platform, people line up at our booth like it's a ride at a fair. The VR experience is so exciting and new to most people that it's been a hugely effective tool for us. I never imagined it would have such a significant impact on what we're trying to do: get people interested and talking about important health and safety topics. 

How did Bit Space Development Ltd. perform from a project management standpoint?

Daniel was phenomenal to work with; his correspondence was always very prompt and thorough. Their team was responsive and quick to troubleshoot any issues or questions we had throughout the process, especially when we were using the VR equipment for the first time. They were also more than willing to send someone to meet us to walk us through how to use the software. I couldn't have asked for a better team.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They could be taking on bigger, more lucrative projects from any company, but they're actually passionate about the kind of work nonprofits like ours are doing. It was also just great to be supported by a team willing to make our vision happen. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, but we're in constant discussions with them about how we can continue to evolve our campaign, and they've been very open to our ideas and feedback. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

AR/VR Development for Educational Technology Consultant

"Considering the short timeframe and the nature of the deliverables, the team proved to be exceptionally effective."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May - Sept. 2015
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development delivered a WordPress frontend and a custom CMS for an AR educational experience. The team embedded content on an interactive, 360-degree panorama interface.  

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Guy Dugas
Consultant, spright.ca
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bit Space Development exceeded expectations and delivered within project deadlines. The team leveraged an array of project management technologies to communicate effectively and organize development tasks. Customers can expect an innovative, supportive, and engaging partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I provided business consulting services, specializing in the areas of curriculum design and development, educational technologies, and agile methodologies. As a certified ScrumMaster, now retired, I operated my own incorporated consulting company, spright.ca.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

Then a project specialist under contract to Red River College (RRC), I was the ScrumMaster attached to the project for which Bit Space Development (BSD) was hired. The team was brought on to develop an Augmented Reality (AR) learning platform that would ultimately be deployed in Manitoba schools.

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to build a platform for Apprenticeship Manitoba that would allow students to explore a variety of skilled trades in a game-like, 360-degree augmented reality environment. The vision was an immersive 3-D virtual world where custom avatars used all kinds of tools and materials to build cool stuff.

Given that we had a small budget and only a few months to deliver, it was a tall order. Building interactive 360-degree panoramas was already possible, but the custom interactions, such as the word games and simulations, that we envisioned for the Apprenticeship project did not exist. What was needed was an editor to embed interactive hotspots onto 360-panoramas and a supporting game engine that could award and track points as users explored the environment.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Funded by Apprenticeship Manitoba, the project was managed by RRC's Teaching and Learning Technologies Centre (TLTC). Manitoba software development company, Bold Innovation Group, was contracted to build a prototype. The result was a WordPress frontend that was connected to a custom CMS. The prototype served up a gamified environment of high-quality, spherical panoramas of Winnipeg landmarks.

The primary Bold developer for that prototype was Dan (CEO, Bit Space Development), who subsequently spun off his own company, Bit Space Development (BSD). Following the successful proof of concept and Dan's proven expertise, development was transferred to BSD.

No other Manitoba company was known to possess BSD's skill-set at the time. Not only were VR and AR newly emerging technologies; nobody else was exploring the embedding of interactive 360-degree panoramas into a WordPress platform. The selection of Bold for the prototype and BSD for ongoing development was made by the director of RRC's TLTC. I was assigned to the project as a scrum master and project specialist under contract to RRC.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

BSD anchored to two separate projects. The first was completing WordPress development for Apprenticeship Manitoba, including a suite of embeddable JavaScript word games. The second, building upon what was learned in the previous project, was to design, develop, and launch BSD's own completely new CMS, called PanoPlā, that would serve up the embedded interactive content.

What was the team composition?

Development was undertaken by six senior RRC students working out of a project space in Winnipeg. Dan was the full-time resident development mentor, and I was the project’s dedicated ScrumMaster.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Both projects started in May 2015, and, by late August, the client’s expectations had been far exceeded. By September, both the WordPress system and PanoPlā were ready for beta testing. PanoPlā moved into further development with a new batch of students.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Considering the short timeframe and the nature of the deliverables, the team proved to be exceptionally effective. Although the students were new to agile development, they were expected to apply its methodologies within a framework of new communication tools that included Trello, GitHub, and Slack.

Daily standup meetings and diligent maintenance of our Trello boards proved to be very effective. A SMARTBoard connected to WiFi was also most helpful for both scheduled and impromptu live video meetings and demos with the client, as well as for communicating with other distributed resources.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Most impressive about BSD, which at the time was Dan himself, was the creativity, flexibility, and ability to leverage new and emerging technologies in innovative ways. Dan was committed to on-time delivery and consistently encouraged and supported interactions with his team. He was also constantly engaged with all stakeholders.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not that I can think of offhand. Having retired in 2016 and moved to Vancouver, I have not since been closely connected to BSD. But from what I read in the media every now and then, BSD is doing just fine.

5.0
Overall Score BSD is an exciting young company with a bright future.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Dan took to Scrum like a veteran developer, perhaps even better, since he had few bad habits to break.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Dan delivered beyond expectations while working with students on a very limited budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    For a new company with a young recent college graduate at the helm, BSD exceeded all expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer others to BSD without hesitation.

Custom AR/VR Game Dev for Applied Learning Group

"Their project management was superb."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. - Nov. 2015
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd created elements of an AR/VR game with hotspot technology, panoramic multimedia, and high definition visuals.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Michael Farris
Former Director of Learning Technologies, Red River College
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the solution never launched, stakeholders were satisfied with the vendors’ ability to deliver quality results that aligned with initial requirements. Bit Space Development Ltd is a client-oriented, tenacious team that tackles innovative projects with enthusiasm. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

At the time of the project, I was the director of the learning technology group at Red River College, a large institute of applied learning in Manitoba. We were working on a contract to promote awareness of the skilled trades among youth.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We hired Bit Space Development to develop a custom, AR/VR game built on top of a panorama visual. The goal was to build a points-based game for young teens to explore skill trades.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to develop a prototype to demonstrate the utility of AR/VR for teaching. Ideally, it would be a curriculum resource that teachers could use without special training. It would also serve as an alternative to visiting trades locations.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Mostly, it was a matter of Dan (Owner & CEO, Bit Space Development Ltd) stepping forward and saying, "Yes, we can do this" when we asked them. They understood this was a “first time anywhere” job that would require agile responses to shifting requirements. Also, Dan’s background was in e-commerce and gaming.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We provided the initial theory, and Bit Space Development adapted it from there.
They created high definition panorama media that would focus on selected trades. They also designed a user interface for students to enroll, log in, and keep track of their scores. The game included a virtual store where players could trade in their points for rewards, and it also featured hotspots, an interactive functionality.

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of Dan and a project manager/education designer as well as six students that worked on the final project requirements. There was also an occasional contractor for custom artwork

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

A dean and VP at the college canceled the project about a month before its completion. So, the anticipated demonstration for the provincial government did not take place. 

Nevertheless, Bit Space Technology ended up using the core technology in other projects (e.g. the high definition media was readily used). Ironically but thankfully, some of the prototype work for our project evolved into related projects for the Manitoba construction sector.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project manager used Agile/Scrum to organize the student team. As the product owner, I was constantly informed. Their project management was superb. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their willingness to tackle entirely new projects was impressive. They also got great work out of relatively junior developers. Their “hustle” method of working ensured they delivered the results exactly as promised.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Dan could learn (and no doubt has learned) to push back on requests that are more idealistic than a realistic task.

5.0
Overall Score It was a pleasure to be among their first projects. It's been satisfying to see their progress.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We got far more value than we paid for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They now have a track record of following through.