Reality capture and the use of drones in construction
Good article from Autodesk BIM 360 on what is reality capture, why it matters and the types of technologies that can be used.
Reality capture refers to the process of scanning an object, building, or site in the real world and converting the scan data into models and visualizations that are useful for design and construction workflows. Today’s reality capture technology (including drones) can quickly and cost-effectively create textured, high-resolution, geometrically precise 3D models that can be manipulated in design and construction software.
Old methods of converting existing site and structure information into usable “as-built” models for planning renovations, demolition, and/or building/rebuilding are costly, time-consuming, and limited in their accuracy. Modern reality capture, however, changes the as-built game. Previously, it required expensive equipment operated by highly trained technical staff to get accurate reality capture data. Now, it can be completed in a fraction of the time using equipment that is readily accessible and affordable for any size project.
Many construction companies have begun implementing reality capture technologies at the project level. To get the most benefit from reality capture, leading companies are integrating 4 key technologies (drones, photogrammetry, LiDAR and Scan-to-BIM Workflows and CAD Integrations) into their system to ensure they begin with fast, accurate, cost-effective, and useful data.
A drone equipped with the right scanning equipment becomes a powerful reality capture tool. Instead of hiring a plane to take aerial views or ground crews to execute exhaustive surveying, a drone can be deployed quickly and the data made available within a day rather than weeks or even months.
Companies who understand and embrace reality capture now will be poised to lead the industry in the future. Some of our survey grade point cloud work is already being used in this process. To find out more please get in touch.
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