Tag Archives: scanning

HoloLens users are able to see both the real world around them and virtual-reality objects, such as design features that have not yet been built.

Blending Realities

A 3D design and visualization tool with phenomenal potential in the AEC world is coming from a collaboration between Microsoft and Trimble. Imagine designing an object, in 3D and color, using only gaze, gestures, and voice (GGV) commands. Imagine designing an entire building the same way—or modifying an existing one. Imagine moving in a physical...

Tunnel Vision

Dis-located What do you think of all this new technology? Do you love it? Do you fear it?  Does it keep advancing faster than you can keep up?  In our industries, new technology usually means change.  We will probably need to learn something new to make this new thing work.  That’s a good thing, right? ...

Isometric view of 3D model of centralized benches, barbeques, and gazebos at Prescott National Forest.

Easy Park Datasets

Above: Isometric view of 3D model of centralized benches, barbeques, and gazebos at Prescott National Forest. Collecting lidar data for as-built plans opt a busy national forest recreation site The Prescott National Forest (PNF) is a 1.25-million acre United States National Forest located in north central Arizona, with more than 20 developed recreation sites and an...

Pix4D Mapper

Imagine walking up to an object with practically any camera and taking photos of it at different angles. Now imagine uploading those images onto a computer and being able to create a survey-accurate point cloud. Sounds impossible, huh? Too good to be true? That’s what I thought when I first heard of Pix4D. When I...

Reality Show Material

So when are they going to do a reality show about us scanner jockeys? The ship owner (I’ll call him Bill) flew me up to Alaska specifically for this project and told me not to worry about anything, that he would arrange for my food and boarding. Usually that means I’m put in a nice...