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A simple 3-D imaging platform could change the way you see architectural plans

The process of drawing up architectural plans is in flux. For more than a decade, assorted software programs have attempted to bridge the gap between two and three dimensions by taking flat drawings or field data collected onsite and migrating them into modeling platforms, which create photorealistic renderings or 3-D virtual reality walkthroughs of a project. But what if the process began with what exists in three-dimensional time and space instead? That’s a question 3-D media company Matterport has answered by creating what it calls True3DTM imaging of real-world environments using its proprietary platform, which includes its Pro2 3D camera and cloud-based services. “What’s really happening in the industry is this shift and transition that’s been happening for a number of years from 2D to 3D,” noted Matterport’s Director of AEC, John Chwalibog. “That’s where everything has been going and continues to go with some of the augmented reality and virtual reality type technologies. It’s kind of taken 3D to another level of ‘actual 3D,’ or what we at Matterport call ‘True3D,’” he said. “So, instead of having rendered models of the design process, especially with existing spaces, why not start with the actual model of the space and use that as the backdrop to really drive and start that design process?”

How It Works

What makes the Matterport platform unique is its simplicity and efficiency. Scanning a room in 3-D previously required trained technicians and complicated software that took countless hours to capture and process. Matterport has simplified the experience by creating its Capture app for iPad that allows users to operate its 3-D camera with the push of a single button, which takes just 20 to 30 seconds per scan (total time to document an entire building depends on the size). Once the space has been captured, users can upload the data to Matterport, which processes and hosts the files for sharing within a matter of hours, Chwalibog says. The Pro2 camera generates high-quality 4K, 2-D photography in addition to state-of-the-art 3-D and VR walkthroughs and floorplans all from one device. The software and cloud services work together to capture and automatically weave together thousands of digital 3-D images into an accurate, immersive photorealistic model that can be shared, annotated, and exported to a variety of tools such as Autodesk ReCap or Revit, improving efficiency and collaboration on the front-end of the project. Additionally, Matterport adds value to the entire building lifecycle, including construction documentation and maintenance. Chwalibog notes that on the job site, project team members use the technology to record milestones, such as when structural steel, foundation work, rough walls, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing are in place. “What you end up with is a series of three-dimensional models of particular moments in time during that construction process, so it meets the needs of construction documentation to actually document what was built,” he said. “I can identify any changes from what was actually built versus the design intent, so now I can proactively make some decisions about how that’s going to impact the next milestone.” Likewise, Chwalibog says the three-dimensional record of the project gives property owners much better intelligence about existing conditions which can prove invaluable years later if or when a renovation takes place.
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Products> High-Tech Hardware for Architects

The right hardware can go a long way toward easing the design process. From analyzing infrastructure and documenting site conditions to monitoring construction and updating archives, there's a tool for every task. Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series FARO These ultra-portable scanners enable fast, straightforward, and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. They record architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities, accident sites, and large-volume components. Models are equipped with GPS and offer the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile. Instant Transmitting Paper to iPad Pen Hammacher Schlemmer This pen digitizes handwriting to instantly transmit notes written on paper to an iPad. Combining the ease of handwriting with the convenience of electronic backup, editing, and emailing without the tedious steps of retyping or scanning, the comfortable stylus writes like a familiar ballpoint pen, and it pairs with a small 3” receiver clipped at the top of any piece of paper. The Bluetooth device transmits handwritten notes or drawings to a tablet or smartphone. The pen is ideal for sharing sketches on social media, marking up work files by hand, or jotting a missive in a cramped airplane seat while your tablet stays packed away. The receiver stores up to 100 pages of content. Compatible with iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPhone 6, 5/5s/iTouch 5c, or 4/4s. GigapixelCam X10 EarthCam This camera is capable of auto-generating 360° panoramas up to 10 billion pixels in size. The user-controllable PTZ system can capture jobsite progress in super-high-definition for verifying compliance, disputing claims, and historic archival records. A specialized Nikon lens adds another element to this project management tool: With high-powered optics delivering a 17x optical zoom, users can examine specific areas on the jobsite in extreme detail, via 24 megapixel images. RollerMouse Red Contour Design The ingenious device, with its integral roller design, eliminates the need to grip or reach for a mouse, which can strain the neck, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Centered on the keyboard in an optimal work zone, it corrects posture and prevents repetitive-stress injury. ScanSnap SV600 Contactless Scanner Fujitsu The ScanSnap SV600 Contactless scanner provides a new perspective on document scanning. It easily scans newspapers, magazines, documents, or books directly without cutting or damaging them, and compensates for curved pages with an image-flattening technology. There’s even a function that erases any errant appearances by a fingertip. It automatically detects when pages are turned, and allows users to set a timed interval for that operation. The scanner creates searchable PDFs and JPEGs. Sprout Hewlett-Packard Part of Hewlett-Packard’s "blended reality" initiative, this machine is more than a Windows-based desktop computer. It's also a dual-screen creative console with its own projector, a giant touch-enabled screen, and a 3D-capable scanner. Sprout aspires to bridge the gap from the real world to the virtual one, allowing users to interface with 3D products and hands-on creation. The product is the result of a partnership between HP, Microsoft, Intel, and 3M.