While 2020 was no doubt a challenging year, there were some decidedly sunny breaks, says Jerry Hardy, integrated marketing director, architecture engineering and construction, FARO Technologies. He explains that the use of cloud based reality capture technology is one of the bright spots to emerge in 2020.
One of the brightest spots came through technology, specifically remote collaboration and the sharing of digital data.
From an article in BIM Today.
For the public, that sharing came through videoconferencing. Key to the technologies’ success is the seamless and instantaneous exchange of information, especially the ability to collaborate faster and safer with documents, shared screens and real-time chat functionality.
It’s a digital transformation not lost on AEC professionals. Just as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have transformed sharing digital data, cloud-based reality capture is having a similar effect on the AEC industry, leading to more accurate and secure information shared with project stakeholders anywhere in the world – meaning faster decisions with less error.
The Winds of Change
To be sure, reality capture – a technology that converts physical assets into millions of X, Y, Z coordinate data, and with software assistance, registers that data into 3D models – is nothing new. But neither is videoconferencing. Each platform capitalizes on the current moment as newfound need drives newfound innovation. For AEC professionals, the ‘innovation’ happens when the technology merges with cloud-based data sharing.
FARO’s Focus Swift is an example of the laser scanning component of the technology at work. As the first fully integrated indoor 3D mobile mapping solution, Swift accomplishes large-area as-built capturing tasks with minimal time and effort, providing better data faster, and is ideal for indoor scans of factories, office buildings, hospitals and retail shops.
Depending on accuracy requirements, the device can scan large, complex areas up to 10 times faster than traditional static scans, while allowing users to directly import in any CAD system with 3D point cloud capabilities, optimising their scan-to-BIM workflows. Unlike traditional surveying tools prone to human error and manual delays, 3D laser scanning produces a highly accurate digital replica of the physical asset in record time.
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