3 Trends to Look for at SPAR 3D 2016

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Dynamic and fit-for-purpose imaging

Over the years we have seen hardware trends that have taken us from static to mobile, more recently airborne to UAV, mobile outdoor to mobile indoor. Now we see what I will term as ‘static to dynamic imaging’ and ‘high-specification 3D imaging to fit-for-purpose imaging’. At SPAR3D 2015 we saw strong showings from both DotProduct and GeoSLAM. Both offer their own takes on tools that enable the rapid capture of structured imaging information as personnel move through a facility. I think that we can also expect both to make a big impact on this year’s event.

Undoubtedly, GeoSLAM will be showing their new ZEB-REVO that, from initial acclaim, appears to offer an improvement in the clarity of data produced. Also exhibiting will be Viametris–and I hope they will also be showing their hand-held scanner, the IMS-2D that many of us first saw at last year’s Intergeo. I dare say that we will also see mapping backpacks in action too.

As yet, none of these systems provide the relative accuracies that we are familiar with when using our traditional tripod-mounted laser scanners that are designed for the survey community. What they do provide, though, is speed, ease of use, economies of workflow and data that is good-enough. Typically, these systems are highly portable and deployable, can be operated by one person and can cut a data collect that would usually take hours down to minutes. For an asset manager trying to validate the dimensions of an instrumentation room that needs to be renovated, or if there are going to be conflicts when moving machinery from one side of a facility to another; relevant measurement data can potentially be collected without needing to bring in a specialist survey crew.

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William Tompkinson

While technology providers continue to strive to provide tools that are faster, lighter, higher, this blog aims to look at what the implications might be on the value of a firm's solutions.

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