by: Rick Johnston
Once you have learned about the option of Reality Capture for capturing the best version of your data, you may be asking, “How do I even get started?” In this article, we provide basic background information around starting the Reality Capture process and the equipment involved.
To decide on the right equipment, we first need to consider some basic determining factors on environments to be captured:
If the answers to these determining factors are unclear, it is worth spending some time internally reviewing the requirements or getting advice from an expert. Many devices and applications are available and using the right one for the job at hand is essential.
One of the key determining factors as listed above would be what the captured data will be used for. A design workflow, such as a renovation or as-built? Or a simple visualization of the area and included assets? This determines the data density required for the job; whether you choose high or low point cloud data will determine if a high-end device is necessary, or a mobile device or camera is acceptable.
Various types of hardware can be considered for a variety of different projects:
There is no “one size fits all” solution, and many factors must be considered. We have listed a few of these factors, but they are all intertwined and there is no simple hard-and-fast solution for every situation. To illustrate this, let’s consider the following scenario.
A company needs to capture facility assets. For the most part, these spaces are small (approximately 10′ wide x 20′ long x 9′ high) and congested with wiring and potentially dangerous spaces to be in and to access. The company desires point cloud data to be used in a future design workflow.
In this scenario, the most appropriate equipment for the situation is driven by the determining factor of the small and congested spaces they want captured. While a camera would work, the best choice here would be a mobile scanning device, since the aim is to capture raw point cloud data.
Taking the appropriate considerations into account and understanding what the determining factors are is key to capturing and utilizing a 3D model, regardless of your workflow.
Is your organization or department anxious to get started but wants expert advice on how to go about it? We can help! Contact us if you want to get started on reality capture and begin planning and capturing your data.