Reality Capture on a Challenging Construction Site

What’s the fastest and easiest way to document a changing and challenging construction site with multiple floors and tight spaces? Walking the site with a backpack mapping system offers a solution. This video shows a three-story building that was fully mapped and georeferenced in 25 minutes using a Leica Pegasus:Backpack. The data was processed in less than two hours, with no targets or registration needed. Where will these capabilities take the construction industry, and what applications do you envision for this technology? Watch the video and share your comments.

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Dec. 7 Webinar: What You Should Know About 3D Reality Capture

With the latest hardware and software innovations, 3D reality capture is more accessible than ever before. Simple data collection methods, automated registration capabilities, intuitive deliverable creation software and versatile sharing tools are increasing the demand for point clouds in applications ranging from construction and surveying to public safety. But the latest developments are also raising some important questions.  Continue reading…

New Laser Scanner Redefines Democratization of 3D

At Autodesk University 2016, Leica Geosystems and Autodesk announced an innovation that ushers in a new era of 3D reality capture. The new Leica BLK360  imaging laser scanner is so small and light that it fits in a typical messenger bag and can be carried almost anywhere. At the touch of a button, the scanner captures full-color panoramic images overlaid on a high accuracy point cloud.  The product is being offered at an extremely low price point and will be bundled with Autodesk’s ReCap 360 Pro and the new ReCap 360 Pro app for iPad, bringing laser scanning to the masses.

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How Backpack Mapping Transforms BIM Documentation

As every building construction professional knows, having accurate and timely documentation is key to ensuring that projects are completed on time and on budget. All too often, however, existing documentation is inaccurate, out of date or missing, and obtaining documentation during construction is time-consuming and complicated. This situation leads to guesswork and, ultimately, rework. Reality capture in the form of point clouds and imagery provides an attractive solution, but what’s the best way to capture reality indoors and out, as well as up and down stairs?

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Video: Reality Capture for Pre-Design As-Builting

Starting with insufficient documentation on a renovation or retrofit project can lead to “designing in” invisible constructibility issues. Capturing digital as-built measurements before construction starts can completely eliminate these issues, thereby avoiding change orders, rework, and schedule delays. Watch the video to see how laser scanning reality capture provides a solution.

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Video: Combining Layout And Flatness Scanning

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to perform flatness scanning on the fly during field layout? A scanning total station makes it possible. Watch the video to see how advanced hardware and software add intelligence to construction for more accurate layout, faster flatness analysis and improved elevation mapping.

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National Music Centre’s New Home Arises in Calgary

Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music”—Goethe’s aphorism comes easily to mind when contemplating the National Music Centre (NMC) and its new building, recently named Studio Bell, which was designed by superstar architect Brad Cloepfil and is set to open in the summer of 2016. It’s a big building—160,000 square feet distributed among nine towers—with a big budget: $168 million. And it supports the hopes of a revered institution, as well as the ambitions of Canada’s third-largest city. Continue reading…