Cloud solutions have changed the way companies approach their 3D survey projects. Huge advances in connectivity and bandwidth have combined with advances in surveying technology to provide robust solutions based on cloud platforms.
Cloud computing brings a number of interesting possibilities to the world of Reality Capture. From field acquisition to accelerated recording of large data sets and remote work to new ways of interacting with customers, transformation must be taken seriously.
What we will detail here are the main points that you must take into account to exploit the possibilities offered by Cloud solutions.
Understand how cloud solutions change your 3D survey methods
In every industry, technology is just a tool – not a solution. To take advantage of technological advances, you must modernize your workflows.
For surveyors, the Cloud brings flexibility, scalability and power on demand – many of the same attributes that make the Cloud so popular in the business world. It is essential to think about how these attributes affect workflows to make the right investments and turn those investments into money.
In terms of modeling and visualization, remote collaboration and remote access are probably the biggest advantages. For processing and registration, scalable access brings additional transformational benefits.
3D imaging improves coordination, communication and design
Point clouds can be shared between teams. Information and tasks can even be integrated into 3D models. New scan data can be integrated into existing BIM (Building Information Modeling) digital mockups, or used to create a new BIM database. This simplifies the establishment of commercial proposals and facilitates 3D visualization and collaborative design. The teams on site can communicate with their colleagues in the office while exchanging on the same data. No more sending site photos, 3D models can be shared with project stakeholders.
When point cloud data is used in conjunction with 3D imaging software, the design applications are almost limitless to test the viability of the designs. Designers can create and share experimental plans before investing in building materials. If you are looking to limit site visits, this data can be combined with VR (virtual reality) technology. With or without VR extension, 3D modeling improves your business relationships and allows you to delegate tasks to your team members. They will therefore have access to all the information they need to make decisions on a project and optimize the time spent on site.
The use of 3D imagery and point clouds for your projects will inevitably result in significant savings in time and money. This technology allows you to reduce your site workforce while working on larger projects, thereby opening up new business opportunities. When working in dangerous or inaccessible environments, point clouds improve security for your teams and expand communication.
1. Remote access
The basics of cloud revolve around remote access. Hosting your data in the ATIS.cloud allows you to access it whenever you want and instantly. Results:
- more flexibility in terms of management,
- simplified communication with a remote workforce
- shares deliverables and data iteratively with customers.
2. Flexibility on demand
Each step of recording and modeling 3D data sets requires significant CPU resources and large deliverables are difficult to store. The bandwidth requirements of cloud solutions have been an obstacle to their development. However, it also means that the benefits of the cloud are even greater once these issues are resolved.
The Cloud offers efficient access to unlimited processing power and storage. This provides the ability to access the computing power you need to complete a task when needed, without the initial costs of purchasing new hardware. This can be extremely beneficial if you are looking to support larger customers than your standard customers, if you are going through a busy season or if you are looking to acquire increased capacity for a limited time.
The ATIS.cloud is revolutionary: use it to your advantage
The cloud has changed almost every industry it has come into contact with. Remote collaboration, scalability, and flexibility open up possibilities for new use cases, new workflows, and new market entrants. By adopting early to change early, you will have time to experiment with different solutions and stay one step ahead. This type of avant-garde approach is essential to stay at the forefront of your market.
Investigative technology has experienced a number of interesting changes in recent years. The standardization of laser scanner technology and the evolution of third-party software developers have provided better ways of working and more efficient processes that are opening up new possibilities for the Reality Capture market.
The technology is great, but it is through the creative application of technology that real change is made. Use these changes to your advantage and evolve in a changing industry to redefine the way laser scanners and survey technology are deployed – in the cloud and on-premise.