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Reality Capture: 3D at the Speed of Sight

The term, “Reality Capture” sounds like something out of the sci-fi movies Avatar or Matrix. While the storylines of these two movies deal with alternative realities, reality capture scanners deal with measuring and documenting things that actually exist. But not all 3D scanners are alike. The true power of Leica’s reality capture technology - which Makepeace proudly sells and rents - is capable of digitally capturing pre and post construction environments with pixel perfect precision at warp speeds. Couple that with its short learning curve and device tracking technology for more accurate infield stitched images, you’ll be saving your company time and money on just about every project.

What Is Reality Capture?

Reality capture, Laser scanning, or HDS (high definition surveying), is technology that uses laser beams to quickly obtain complete detail of an entire construction project — it’s like a 360-degree photo, but with an accurate position for every pixel.  It’s then easily transferred digitally from the scanner to your office computer.

How Does it Actually Happen?

As the lasers move around the space, sensor cameras measure both the changes in angles and thickness as the lasers scan surfaces, and the distance the lasers travel back and forth from surface to camera. Often called a “point cloud”, this type of 3D representation is used for high-accuracy mapping and/or reality capture for building construction, refurbishing, maintenance and BIM - building information modeling.

How Will a Reality Capture Scanner Help Me?

Using Reality Capture equipment is crucial when doing modern building construction renovations or redevelopments that don’t have initial building plan documents on the existing space. The rich, complete imagery that can be captured with a 3D scanner can render required information on existing building conditions with the accuracy needed for construction planning.

The data can then be transferred and accessed offsite by architects and engineers and used for project strategy. The data collected also allows for comparison between newly constructed work and the initial model or drawings for quality assurance.

Scanning continually during complete construction development allows for as-designed model and drawing comparisons, documenting important stages of the building process and providing valuable archival records.

As an added value, reality capture scanning can also provide it’s users with an additional stream of revenue.

Leica reality capture scanners are designed for:

Speed: The RTC360 is the fastest scanner available today. Scanning 2million points per second, it takes less than one minute to scan a room, making measuring by hand a thing of the past.

Agility: The Leica BLK360 is the smallest, lightest (2.2lbs) and easiest to use image laser scanner available. At the push of one button, the BLK360 can scan 360,000 laser points per second - that’s a full-dome scan in less than three minutes. 

Precision: Leica scanners use accurate geo-spatial data scanning technology, which guarantees precision. The scanner can register measurements that are within 1/16-inch.

For more information on how to start working with our line of Leica scanners, or for help deciding what scanner fits your needs and budget, contact Makepeace today. 

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