Monthly Archives: October 2009

Leica UC Wrap Up and Revit PC Feature

1. The last day was as good as the first. Word from the feedback session was the majority of the requests were software related.
2. Dr. Hesse is using a phase based scanner turned on its side in 2D mode to record structural deformations in real time under dynamic loads.
3. They are using scanning and other remote sensing techniques to search for a missing da Vinci painting.
4. Quantapoint announced integration support for point cloud images in Revit.

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Istanbul – World’s Largest Scanning Project

1. The City of Istanbul is getting a Level 3 CityGML database with over 100,000 scanned buildings.
2. Cyclone II Topo is much easier to learn and the new Cyclone 7 has been built on a new pcE platform.
3. The North Sea is still the home of the most sophisticated civil engineering projects in the world.

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Opportunity in Times of Change

1. This was really the theme of the first day at the Leica UC – there is opportunity out there if you are willing to make it happen.
2. Construction applications were prominent on the first day.
3. The challenge is to push the technology down to the smaller projects in order to open up the mass market.
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First Impressions of the Leica UC and Autodesk Follow Up

1. The meet and greet was well attended, as it appears the conference will be, and people seemed upbeat.
2. It sounds like people are finding new ways to innovate with the technology which has Leica seeing a flat year.
3. I have provided additional info on the AutoCAD point cloud feature.

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Autodesk Announces Support for Point Clouds

1. Autodesk just announced the release of their point cloud feature.
2. It will only be available to Map 3D and Civil 3D customers via the subscription center.
3. Now that Autodesk is in the game it will be interesting to track how this progresses.
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2009 Leica HDS User Conference Preview

1. I will be attending the conference which begins Sunday and runs through Thursday in San Ramon CA.
2. Geoff Jacobs organizes one of the best events of the year.
3. I will attempt to report on the important announcements and presentations.

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3D Printing and AEC

1. The Z Corporation recently announced the world’s first monochrome 3D printer.
2. At $25,900 this is an investment that every design office, including the AEC world should consider.
3. Regardless of the advances in 3D computer graphics, there is still no substitute for a physical 3D model.

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FIATECH and Integrated BIM

1. FIATECH is a very important AEC industry organization.
2. One of their primary areas of interest is integrating BIM into work processes and business models.
3. I would like to see FIATECH broaden its base of membership as they have created an important foundation.

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3D Innovation Center

1. The ROI for moving to 64 bit and Linux appears to be very rewarding.
2. The W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation at UTEP is focused on manufacturing and medical apps.
3. We need a consortium for the built environment that is focused on 3D integration and innovation.
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Open Source and 64 Bit Feedback

1. A number of valuable comments were recieved from those who are already using 64 bit technology.
2. Performance is outstanding and ROI appears high, especially if you go with GRASS and Linux since these are free.
3. Looks like pressure is needed to move the big players, but QT Modeler is already there.
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