The technology for aligning the real world of construction data with the virtual world of design and BIM is very much a work in progress. A ‘single source of truth’ has always been the holy grail, but the construction process has made it elusive. The ability to add recurring high resolution actionable imagery data to BIM models is a gamechanger. BIM no longer has to be only the design/engineering model; it can be the constantly updated record of construction.
Start-ups like Skycatch and Reconstruct and others are working from the drone-and-imagery side, while experienced AEC technology vendors like Autodesk, Bentley and Trimble are working from the design data side. An overview of the leading vendors and their work reveals a variety of approaches to the challenge of aligning the real and the virtual in construction.
In this issue, let’s take a look at some of the most promising software, tools and technologies for real world scanning, also known as reality modeling or reality capture.
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