Software Advances Push Point Cloud Use to New Level in Building Documentation

Users cite breakthroughs in registration speed, simplicity as key drivers. — Point clouds captured with professional-grade 3D laser scanners have long been the gold standard for as-built documentation because of their unrivaled accuracy and level of detail. More recently, innovations such as the imaging laser scanner have promised to make point clouds accessible to everyone. But achieving maximum usability of these rich 3D datasets has been impeded by a few hurdles. For one, registration of the point cloud – the process of aligning various views into a complete model – in the past required a certain level of expertise and manual manipulation. Loading and processing large point clouds could also be laborious and time-consuming, often adding hours or even days to the office side of the workflow. Fortunately, recent advances in software have eliminated these obstacles, paving the way for point clouds to become the universal foundation for building documentation. Continue reading…

A Powerful Tool That Is Transforming Construction Project Management

Every construction project is unique. At each phase, challenges can emerge that put the entire project at risk of schedule delays and budget overruns. These issues can be avoided through timely and effective communication, but achieving this goal is often elusive. Base planning documents may be flawed or inaccurate; coordination is often lacking during the pre-construction phase; and feedback from the construction site back to the office is limited .or nonexistent. As a result, establishing accountability is extremely difficult. Solving these problems requires a system that gives project teams easy access to real-time information.

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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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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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A Better Way to Use Point Clouds in AEC Projects

Laser scanning helps lower building contractor risks by ensuring as-built drawings are accurate and by exposing any inaccuracies early in the process, before they turn into change orders during construction. One area where contractors increasingly want to use point clouds is in the QC/QA process. Scanning the real-world construction site and comparing the point cloud data with the models can help identify potential problems and clashes before they occur. However, most commonly used modeling software was not designed to manage and manipulate point cloud data, making it difficult to leverage the power of rich, high-accuracy 3D point cloud data sets for project review and analysis. A recent development provides a solution. Continue reading…