Digital Twins Collected in Harsh Environments

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Digital Twins in Harsh Environments

Digital twins are a relatively new concept, but 3D scanning and inspection methods have been around for decades. Traditional scanning methods are time consuming, expensive, and hazardous for operators in some locations. These methods often interfere with construction sites or the public’s use of infrastructure, during the data collection process. In addition to these pitfalls, conventional mapping uses highly specialized equipment and software. Operators need weeks of training and experience to safely and effectively use the equipment. The high cost, time commitment, and required skill have created a significant barrier for companies or municipalities that want to create a digital twin of their infrastructure, or survey their new construction site. This has slowed the adoption of infrastructure mapping across industries and has prevented outsiders from benefiting from digital twin inspection or site surveying.

Lux Modus was founded with the vision to eliminate these barriers. Lux is a remote sensing company, founded in 2017, that is disrupting the industry with their LuxGear 3D mapping platform. The LuxGear mapping platform is lightweight, cost-effective, easy to use, and more accurate than traditional methods, saving their customers both time and money.

The LuxGear Platform

LuxGear is a user-friendly remote sensing platform that is designed to collect data, process, and produce digital twins in some of the harshest environments. Users are able to mount the platform on a vehicle or any moving object traveling up to 60 mph. The platform is both mobile (functional at speeds up to 60 mph) and ruggedized for rough terrain and extreme temperatures (-35 ℃ to +45 ℃). Once a user has collected the data, they simply upload it to LuxCloud and have a fully processed visual representation of the environment within minutes. This technology drastically reduces the cost and time required for 3D data collection. The easy-to-use and affordable nature of Lux Modus technology has allowed municipalities, construction managers, and asset management companies to have detailed 3D data that previously was not an option.

Leveraging near-infrared data

After thorough research and development for the LuxGear platform, Lux Modus decided to use Ouster digital lidar as the primary sensor in their sensor suite. Ouster’s industry-leading reliability, IP68/69K rating, and small lightweight form factor were important features for Lux’s decision to integrate, but the key difference-maker for Lux was the additional data layers that Ouster lidar sensors provide. While most lidar sensors provide only range data, and sometimes reflectivity data, all Ouster sensors output: range, signal (intensity), reflectivity, and near-infrared data (“NIR”).

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