How Laser Scanning Software Innovates Construction Workflows

US construction company Howard Shockey & Sons has greatly improved construction sequencing and significantly reduced project schedules following the introduction of Pointfuse laser scanning software into its scanning and VDC workflows. Used to convert vast point clouds generated by laser scanners and photogrammetry, Pointfuse creates manageable, intelligent mesh models that automatically classify building features and aid in clash detection and other construction processes – all in small, portable files that can be up to 100 times smaller than the original point cloud. This level of product integration provides for a seamless union of technologies resulting in considerable project cost savings. ... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:32:48

How Pointfuse Laser Scanning Software Helps to Transform Infrastructure CAD

Engineering consultancy Hatch has transformed its handling of laser-scanned data on major infrastructure projects by using Pointfuse software to classify and manipulate billions of individual measurements. Originally used on a project to produce as-built plans of an aluminium casting plant, the application of Pointfuse realized significant savings in data processing time, reduced the impact on Hatch’s IT infrastructure and delivered CAD-compatible floor plans for the first time since the facility was constructed in 1973. The Mississauga, Ontario, office of Hatch was originally commissioned to produce detailed floor plans and undertake flow studies of a multi-level, mixed use facility comprising both... (read more)
2020-03-05 10:43:20

Pointfuse Laser Scanning Software Set to Transform Digital Construction Workflows

Pointfuse has released the latest version of its advanced point cloud processing software that converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry. Featuring new streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and multicore processing for unlimited conversion power, the new version of Pointfuse is set to transform workflows within digital construction, facilities management and virtual design applications. “Pointfuse is designed to make the use of point cloud data more accessible by removing many of the traditional barriers to use,” commented Mark Senior, regional sales director at Pointfuse. “Obstacles such as processing time and computer power, incompatibility within... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:40:47

Leica Geosystems Introduces New 3D Laser Scanning Bundle

Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, has announced a new 3D laser scanning bundle for the Leica BLK360 and greater integration with Autodesk ecosystem. The new bundle consists of the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 (BLK Edition) desktop software, and Leica Cyclone FIELD 360 for tablets and phones. Customers can get started straight out of the box with seamless connectivity and workflows from Leica Geosystems Reality Capture products to Autodesk’s Reality Computing and design solutions. With this bundle, Leica Geosystems will deliver point cloud production while Autodesk’s technology will consume the data.     “We have been on... (read more)
2020-04-07 10:01:46

Applications of Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality and BIM in Existing Facilities

While laser scanning, augmented reality and BIM are often associated with design, they can also be powerful tools in managing existing buildings where complex systems are constantly interacting. The benefits of BIM in facility management are well known, but many buildings don’t even have a basic set of 2D drawings available. This is especially common in facilities that were built long ago, when computer-aided design was emerging or non-existent. Creating a smart 3D model of an existing facility from zero is possible, but the number of man-hours required and their cost can be considerable. While BIM is often associated with... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

Pointfuse Space Creator Extended with Toolkit for Laser Scanning in Space Utilization Workflows

Pointfuse has launched a new toolkit specifically designed to make it easier to adopt laser scanning within space management, planning and utilization workflows. Pointfuse Space Creator automates the conversion of features such as walls, doors and windows to BIM LOD 200, and is compatible with the latest mobile mapping systems that are increasingly being used for as-built and as-used surveys within the facilities management sector. Pointfuse will be showcasing the new functionality on stand 657 at New York Build 2020; the largest construction and design show for the NYC and the Tri-state area. New York Build takes place from the... (read more)
2020-02-27 11:40:37

FARO Launches 3D Laser Scanning Integration with Boston Dynamics Mobile Robot

FARO Technologies has announced the release of FARO Trek. Trek is a fully autonomous 3D mobile scanning integration built in collaboration with the Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The innovative solution combines the cutting-edge scanning speed and accuracy of the FARO FocusS Laser Scanner with Spot, a quadruped robot capable of remote and autonomous data capture in challenging environments. Ideal for general contractors and construction managers to verify production and quality on job sites, Trek leverages Spot’s Autowalk feature to create a repeatable automated scanning workflow. This allows for streamlined data collection and improved efficiency. The information collected is the same each... (read more)
2020-08-25 09:00:32

Understanding Laser Scanners

When complex or large environments need to be documented, laser scanners are a practical and economical solution. Laser scanning – also known as Lidar technology – can provide continuous in-field verification at every stage of a construction project lifecycle, helping predict and prevent errors and enabling significant cost, scrap and time savings. Traditionally, capturing large environments relied on tools that produced single point measurements, such as tape measures, piano wire, plumb bobs, laser range finders and total stations. While they are familiar tools, they are often time-consuming, often taking days, weeks or months depending on the space. Additionally, traditional tools... (read more)
2020-09-08 08:39:04

Introducing an Automatic Vertical Scanning Tool

Earlier this year, SPH Engineering, the company behind the UgCS mission planner for UAV platforms, launched the new automatic Facade Scan tool of UgCS. The solution, especially developed for drone inspection mission planning, is a time and cost saver for the construction, engineering and mining industries. Various tools for surveying horizontal surfaces, even the uneven ones, have been developed to a high standard and are widely available on the market. Inspecting vertical surfaces is a completely different story — previously it required a lot of manual work and so was a burden for professional drone users. But now, with the... (read more)
2019-10-07 10:13:26

Home Renovation Made Easy with Handheld 3D Scanning

As residential real estate prices continue to climb in many parts of the United States, property owners are increasingly investing in renovations and additions to their existing homes. To meet the demand, architects seek digital as-built documentation of the structures, so they can design the new construction. Many are asking for mobile 3D scanning by name as the technology they prefer to quickly capture the accurate, comprehensive as-built detail needed to start the design work. Business is booming for Precision Property Measurements (PPM), a Long Beach, California, firm that has provided as-built documentation services to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)... (read more)
2019-09-10 09:59:42
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