I think it is fair to say that Greg Bentley was one of the first CAD industry leaders to highlight the importance of laser scanning and point clouds, some ten years ago. Their acquisition of Pointools in 2011 is evidence of that.
At last year’s Be Inspired Awards I recommended to one of the organizers that they needed to add a new category to recognize innovation in the use of laser scanning and point cloud processing. They took my suggestion. I will be attending the presentation by the three finalists on Tuesday morning at this years awards and will report back.
The projects are impressive – the longest tunnel in the U.S. needed to be scanned for clearance, the creation of a 3D city model of Brussels, Belgium and restoration of St. Leonhard’s Church in Germany, built in 1219. That is not a typo.