September was a busy month for announcing new products related to drones, scanning, and surveying, in part because of the InterGEO 2017 conference and trade fair, Sept. 26-28 in Berlin. Following are highlights of some of the news.

Leica Geosystems and Matterport announced a partnership to deliver a fast, simple solution for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and digital images. The partnership is focused on integrating the new Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner and encompassing Multivista’s construction progress documentation services into Matterport’s cloud-based platform. It is expected to offer an easy, flexible, and automated way of capturing detailed images and using the resulting data to create immersive 3D visualizations.

“With our new partnership with Matterport, combined with our recent acquisition of Multivista, we are fulfilling our commitment to supporting the AEC industry and bringing the sector added value,” said Hexagon Geosystems President Juergen Dold. “As AEC professionals continue to progress their work in the design, build, and maintain life cycle, we are there with them supplying the solutions they need to achieve their goals. With this latest offering, these professionals can now easily visualize their projects to shape the change needed in a digital reality for real world advancements, leading to reduced costs and increased time savings.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs was scanned by both the Leica BLK360 and the Matterport Pro2 camera. Both cameras were operated by the Matterport Capture App and created one single 3D model.

The integration of technologies from Leica Geosystems and Matterport is designed to create a complete solution that simplifies capture, automates reconstruction, and provides the ability to integrate third-party apps. It is further amplified by artificial intelligence technology, which provides an added level of intelligence, automation, and time savings. The user experience includes real-time feedback and is designed to enable the capture and confirmation of images and 3D data from both the BLK360 imaging laser scanner and Matterport Pro2 camera onsite, resulting in lower costs, less time onsite, and quicker deployment across a distributed set of projects. It enables immersive visualization to interact and collaborate around a real-world space.

Leica Geosystems and Matterport expect to deliver the integrated solution to the AEC market in 2018. For more information about the Leica BLK360, visit For more information about Matterport’s cloud-based platform for AEC, visit

Topcon Positioning Group announced a new web-based service for integration with the MAGNET Collage desktop mass data processing software — MAGNET Collage Web — designed to simplify collaboration and sharing of 3D point cloud data.

“MAGNET Collage Web offers a sleek platform, accessible through a web browser, that integrates with the MAGNET Collage Office version to allow professionals to publish and share their mass data maps in a user-friendly and intuitive 3D web-based environment,” said Jason Hallett, vice president of Topcon global product management. “The solution offers more universal access to point cloud models by eliminating the need for installed software with high-performance computing requirements.”

MAGNET Collage is designed to offer a “single environment” solution for professionals processing and publishing data from laser scanners, mobile mapping devices, modern paving scanners, and traditional surveying instruments.

MAGNET Collage is designed to offer a “single environment” solution for professionals processing and publishing data from laser scanners, mobile mapping devices, modern paving scanners, and traditional surveying instruments.

Hallett said, “This new integrated web service features fast loading point cloud visualization combined with unique high-fidelity rendering to reveal precision data on demand. Free access to the software is available to see it first hand and ‘fly a model’ at the MAGNET Collage Web page.

“Use of scanning technologies in the survey and construction industries has experienced an uptick in recent years,” Hallett said. “Scanning hardware has advanced in its ability to capture jobsite data, and software innovation is accelerating to match that development. Overall, the technology is in an early adopter phase when it comes to some of the common industry applications such as creating topographic maps, stockpile volume calculations, as-builts, and quality control. Our new service removes previous barriers for project teams looking to share 3D point cloud models inside their company or as a service to others.”

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GeoMax introduced X-PAD Office Fusion, an all-in-one office software combining data from multiple sensors into one interface. X-PAD Office Fusion software manages, combines, and processes data from GNSS receivers, total stations, laser scanners, and other sensors in one single environment, whether from GeoMax or any other provider in the market. There is no need to export the data from one program to another, and X-PAD also offers all CAD features.

GeoMax X-PAD Office Fusion combines data from multiple sensors into one interface.

“The choice to use X-PAD Office Fusion is due precisely to its ability to handle different data and process: traditional topographic data with both GPS and laser scanners processes. X-PAD Office Fusion has made it easy to integrate captured data with GeoMax Zoom 300 and those acquired through photo modeling to get a complete 3D model of inaccessible areas, including surveys with traditional laser scanners,” said Federico Ferrari, Department of Architecture, University of Ferrara. “The ability to extract drawings directly from X-Fusion PAD without using other CAD products, including through the bubble view, makes it an extremely fast and practical product, even for those who do not have specific surveying skills.”

The new software handles many types of data, including measurements, coordinates, drawings, and point clouds. The software automatically detects the common points between the point clouds and performs a first rough alignment. The Bundle Adjustment feature performs the final and accurate alignment to reduce errors.

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The next generation of construction quality assurance/control methodology and technology is integrating simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) with BIM. GeoSLAM and ClearEdge3D announced an upcoming beta program that allows as-built construction data — measured using GeoSLAM’s hand-held, lightweight mobile laser scanners — to be compared against design/fabrication models using ClearEdge3D’s Verity software to identify installation status and out-of-tolerance or inaccurately constructed work.

GeoSLAM’s ZEB-REVO RT mobile scanner displays 3D scans in real time on either a mobile phone or tablet connected wirelessly to the scanner, allowing immediate visual feedback on coverage and data quality.

“Leading AEC firms from around the globe — users of both ClearEdge3D and GeoSLAM technologies — have been encouraging us toward this innovation,” said Mark Reid, vice president of product management for GeoSLAM. “Hand-held mobile laser scanning is faster and more accessible than traditional static terrestrial scanning. The savings, both in terms of verification time and reduced rework, is enormous.”

GeoSLAM unveiled ZEB-REVO RT, the next generation of its ZEB-REVO mobile scanner. ZEB-REVO RT will cut survey times in half, by collecting and processing scan data simultaneously while on the move, the company said. The 3D scan is displayed in real time on either a mobile phone or tablet connected wirelessly to the scanner, allowing for immediate visual feedback on coverage and data quality.

According to the company, nearly any member of a construction project team can use a GeoSLAM scanner to gather jobsite data for analysis. The need for traditional survey methodology is reduced because the ZEB-REVO is changing the economics of laser scanning, allowing users to scan more frequently — even daily. That data can then be analyzed in Verity software to make sure the work is being built on schedule and within tolerance, identifying mistakes before they become expensive problems.

“The plan is to have Verity do the same thing with SLAM data as it does with traditional terrestrial data — to very quickly and accurately verify installation status and tolerance,” said Kelly Cone, vice president of product management for ClearEdge3D. “Our customers understand the value of terrestrial scanning, but it can be cost prohibitive for weekly or daily use. Augmenting terrestrial scanning using GeoSLAM’s hand-held mobile scanners gives our clients the freedom to scan as often as they want.”

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