3D Modeling Lidar Technology

3D Convergence

This may seem obvious to you, but in preparing a presentation on 3D/4D/5D modeling and as-found documentation techniques, such as mobile lidar it struck me that we are part of an amazing convergence of 3D (and more) technologies.

CAD industry veterans will tell you that 3D graphics have been around for a long time, it’s just that we couldn’t afford to put that kind of computing power on the average desktop. The roots of lidar and laser scanning can also be traced back some 20 to 50 years, but it’s just within the last few years that their use is becoming mainstream. Some would argue that is still not the case.

Have you ever stopped to think where we would be if we didn’t have both of these technology road maps converging? What good would 3D as found data be without the computing power to process it and vice versa? I don’t think this was anyone’s grand plan, but we are all benefiting from the collective vision and entrepreneurial spirit of the 3D industry pioneers.

Thanks and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.



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