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Are 3D laser survey technologies and cloud solutions the future of scanning?
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Are 3D laser survey technologies and cloud solutions the future of scanning?

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Are 3D laser survey technologies and cloud solutions the future of scanning?

Cloud solutions have changed the way companies approach their 3D survey projects. Broad advances impacting connectivity and bandwidth have combined with advances in survey technology to provide robust solutions based on Cloud platforms.

Cloud computing brings a number of exciting possibilities to the world of Reality Capture. From field acquisition to accelerated recording of large data sets and from remote working to new ways of engaging with customers, the transformation needs to be taken seriously.

What we are going to detail here are the main points you need to take into account to exploit the possibilities offered by Cloud solutions.

Understand how Cloud solutions are changing your 3D surveying methods

In every industry, technology is only a tool - not a solution. To take advantage of technological advances, you need to modernize the way you work.

For surveyors, the cloud brings flexibility, scalability and on-demand power - many of the same attributes that make the cloud so popular in the business world. Thinking about how these attributes affect workflows is critical to making the right investments and turning those investments into rents.

For modeling and visualization, remote collaboration and remote access are probably the biggest benefits. For processing and recording, scalable access provides additional transformational benefits.

3D imaging improves coordination, communication and design

Point clouds can be shared between teams. Information and tasks can even be integrated into 3D models. New scan data can be integrated into existing BIM (Building Information Modeling) digital mockups, or used to create a new BIM database. This simplifies business proposals and facilitates 3D visualization and collaborative design. On-site teams can communicate with their colleagues in the office while sharing the same data. No more sending site photos, 3D models can be shared with project stakeholders.

When point cloud data is used in conjunction with 3D imaging software, the design applications are almost limitless, allowing designs to be tested for viability. Designers can create and share experimental plans before investing in building materials. If you are looking to limit site visits, this data can be coupled with VR (virtual reality) technology. With or without a VR extension, 3D modeling improves your business relationships and allows you to delegate tasks to your team members. They will have access to all the information they need to make decisions on a project and optimize their time spent on site.

Using 3D imaging and point clouds for your projects translates into significant time and cost savings. This technology allows you to reduce your field staff while working on larger projects, opening up new business opportunities. When working in dangerous or inaccessible environments, point clouds improve safety for your teams and expand communication.

1. Remote access

The bases of the cloud turn around the remote access. Hosting its data in the allows to be able to reach it when one wishes it and in an instantaneous way. Results :

  • more flexibility in terms of management,
  • simplified communication with a remote workforce
  • Iterative sharing of deliverables and data with clients.

2. Flexibility on demand

Each step of recording and modeling 3D datasets requires significant CPU resources and large deliverables are difficult to store. The bandwidth requirements of cloud solutions have been a drag on their development. However, it also means that the benefits of the cloud are even greater once these issues are resolved.

The cloud provides efficient access to unlimited processing power and storage. This offers the ability to access the computing power you need to complete a task when needed, without the upfront costs of purchasing new hardware. This can be extremely beneficial if you are looking to support larger than standard clients, are going through a busy season, or are looking to acquire increased capacity for a limited time.

The is revolutionary: use it to your advantage

The cloud has changed nearly every industry it has come into contact with. Remote collaboration, scalability and flexibility open up opportunities for new use cases, new workflows and new market entrants. By adopting early to change early, you'll have time to experiment with different solutions and stay ahead of the curve. This type of forward-thinking approach is essential to staying ahead of the curve in your market.

Survey technology has undergone a number of interesting changes in recent years. The standardization of laser scanner technology and the evolution of third-party software developers have provided better ways of working and more efficient processes that create new opportunities for the Reality Capture market.

Technology is great, but it's through the creative application of technology that real change is made. Use these changes to your advantage and move within an evolving industry to redefine how laser scanners and survey technology are deployed - in the cloud and on-premises.

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