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SPAR 3D News, resources, and events covering end-to-end 3D technology solutions for commercial applications.

Founded in 2003, SPAR Point Group investigates and reports on 3D scanning, imaging and position capture technologies used to improve the productivity, quality, safety and risk profile of engineering, fabrication, construction and manufacturing operations. The company was purchased by Diversified Communications in late 2009 and is now looking to rapidly expand news and research operations. Further, the company has added the SPAR Europe conference to complement its long-standing SPAR International conference and SPAR Japan conference. Our research and quantitative analysis supports engineering, manufacturing and construction managers in analyzing and making the business case for investing in new technologies. Our industry connections and in-depth reports help practitioners evaluate, qualify and select solutions and providers based on technology leadership, R&D commitment, financial strength and management strength. Our methodology is grounded in researching and documenting practitioner cases—both successes and failures—to identify industry best-practices for creating business value. Our deliverables -- publications, industry conferences and custom consulting help practitioners maximize the business impact of technology.

FREE Webinar: Introducing NavVis VLX! Hosted Tuesday, May 26th at 11am ET. Register Now: https://bit.ly/3g87Xzr
05/21/2020

FREE Webinar: Introducing NavVis VLX! Hosted Tuesday, May 26th at 11am ET. Register Now: https://bit.ly/3g87Xzr

It only took me about 20 minutes to scan / upload / view my own home office setup with the new Matterport Capture app. A...
05/12/2020
Matterport's new Capture app brings 3D digital twins to the iPhone - SPAR 3D

It only took me about 20 minutes to scan / upload / view my own home office setup with the new Matterport Capture app. Anyone else given it a try yet?

Matterport is a well-known name in photogrammetry-based 3D reality capture, producing detailed 3D models of interior spaces via their cameras and processing software. Their newest announcement – described by the company as a “breakthrough” – introduces a new means of creating, editing and sh...

#Earthquake damage assessment and #stockpile analysis for mining are two of the novel ways people have used data from Ge...
04/30/2020
New use cases emerge for GeoCue's True View 410 sensor - SPAR 3D

#Earthquake damage assessment and #stockpile analysis for mining are two of the novel ways people have used data from GeoCue 's hybrid sensor.

In 2019, GeoCue Corporation announced the industry’s first drone lidar/imagery fusion sensor, True View 410, to enable surveyors to produce 3D colorized point clouds, oblique imagery and orthophotos in a single flight. Six months later, Lewis Graham, President and Chief Technical Officer of GeoCue...

Keeping people safe - during and after COVID-19 - by providing virtual jobsites for training.
04/30/2020
Strivr aims to create "on-site" training without the real-world risks - SPAR 3D

Keeping people safe - during and after COVID-19 - by providing virtual jobsites for training.

The connection between worker safety and training is an obvious one – but in-person training comes with its own challenges. It is clear that when you provide workers with training and practice, they can become more productive, and safer at a real job site. On-site training for industries such as c...

Commercial UAV Expo is hosting a FREE webinar today at 11am EST. Check out all the details below!
04/28/2020

Commercial UAV Expo is hosting a FREE webinar today at 11am EST. Check out all the details below!

TODAY at 11am EST! Join industry leaders as they discuss how the drone industry will be impacted by COVID-19.

Attend the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2VJI4hj

04/23/2020
AEC Next Greg Demchak

Greg Demchak’s role at Bentley Systems is to work with customers and development companies to figure out “what’s next” in digital construction. As someone who is embedded in trying out new technologies, he’s an excellent resource when it comes to looking ahead to the technologies that will shape the digitization of construction going forward. AEC Next editor Carla Lauter joined Demchak for a video interview to touch on technology, from the SYNCHRO and Hololens 2 collaboration to the future of “4D” construction and visualizing construction through time.

Greg Demchak's role at Bentley Systems is to work with customers and development companies to figure out "what's next" in digital construction. As someone wh...

Is mm level accuracy not important anymore? - SPAR 3D
04/21/2020
Is mm level accuracy not important anymore? - SPAR 3D

Is mm level accuracy not important anymore? - SPAR 3D

In the past few years the reality capture industry has seen an explosion of new solutions entering the market. Many of these solutions are not following the typical aspirations we have seen traditionally from new products entering the market. Until recently, many of the new products entering the mar...

Is the #AEC industry approaching a 3D tipping point? Some interesting data to digest from a survey of professionals in A...
04/17/2020
Report Details How Real-Time 3D Technologies Could Revamp AEC Visualization - AEC Next

Is the #AEC industry approaching a 3D tipping point? Some interesting data to digest from a survey of professionals in AEC.

In October of last year, Unity commissioned Forrester Consulting to explore the applications of real-time 3D outside of the video game industry. The survey was answered by 358 professionals in AEC and beyond whose jobs involved creating 3D content for their respective companies (or having knowledge....

Pointly is the newest point cloud classification software on its way to public release. With a new approach to classific...
04/13/2020
Upcoming release: Pointly uses AI to accelerate classification - SPAR 3D

Pointly is the newest point cloud classification software on its way to public release. With a new approach to classification and AI training, Pointly aims to make the tedious process of #pointcloud classification a whole lot quicker.

Pointly uses AI in their cloud-based software for segmentation, managing, classifying and analyzing big data in 3D point clouds.

In this interview, we talk to an #AEC expert from ETRO Construction on connecting different software packages together f...
04/13/2020
Navigating the Digital Disconnect: A Test for AEC - AEC Next

In this interview, we talk to an #AEC expert from ETRO Construction on connecting different software packages together for effective workflows... an already difficult task, made even more challenging with lockdown orders and staff working from home because of COVID-19 safety.

At the VRARA conference in Vancouver in 2019, ETRO Construction’s Aubrey Tucker gave a talk about the challenges of navigating the landscape of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms available for AEC in design and construction. In the current climate where professionals at AEC may have limited jo...

COVID-19 has changed the way that may of us work. We talked to Gabe Paez, CEO of The Wild, to get his perspective on wha...
04/07/2020
What's the Future of Collaboration? - SPAR 3D

COVID-19 has changed the way that may of us work. We talked to Gabe Paez, CEO of The Wild, to get his perspective on what that means for collaboration - in the present and in the future.

It is without question that the global threat of Coronavirus has prompted a plethora of changes to the way that we work. For the AEC industry, it is more important than ever to have one’s “digital ducks in a row” to be able to continue working when teams are distributed, social distancing and ...

Our digital doors are open! Join the Geo Week News webinar Wednesday, April 8th at 12pm EST for a  panel discussion feat...
04/07/2020

Our digital doors are open! Join the Geo Week News webinar Wednesday, April 8th at 12pm EST for a panel discussion featuring industry executives from leading geospatial firms in the US to discuss the future of the lidar industry. Register Now: https://bit.ly/2JyCdUZ

Wondering what the iPad's lidar can do? A few users are already sharing what they've found out.
03/30/2020
iPad lidar demos and teardowns give a peek at its potential

Wondering what the iPad's lidar can do? A few users are already sharing what they've found out.

Since its release, a trickle (and then a flood) of iPad lidar demos have appeared online, as well as some new information about the lidar sensor.

“Essentially the problem we are trying to solve is that whilst we are mostly designing digitally, we’re still constructi...
03/27/2020
Beyond the robot: Scaled Robotics' reality capture tools provide actionable information - AEC Next

“Essentially the problem we are trying to solve is that whilst we are mostly designing digitally, we’re still constructing manually.”

When construction sites are not captured and digitized while construction is in progress, there can be unforeseen and time-consuming impacts, especially when contractors are trying check their work. Automation and robotics startup Scaled Robotics is bringing automation to reality capture specificall...

Are you - or do you know someone- who's award worthy? There's still time to apply to the Younger Geospatial Professional...
03/26/2020
Submissions Open for Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award

Are you - or do you know someone- who's award worthy? There's still time to apply to the Younger Geospatial Professional Awards, sponsored by Bentley Systems and presented by Lidar News and SPAR 3D.

SPAR 3D and Lidar News are pleased to announce that video submissions are now being accepted for the Younger Geospatial Professional of the Year Award.

“We’re looking for people that are interested in all sorts of things – we really think that ideas can come from outside ...
03/23/2020
CoVent-19 Challenge seeks engineers and 3D innovators to tackle ventilation shortage - SPAR 3D

“We’re looking for people that are interested in all sorts of things – we really think that ideas can come from outside of our field. We bring the medical expertise to the table, but we need everyone who isn’t biased by what we see everyday to come up with something new.” -Sarah Low, Mass General Hospital

As elective and non-essential surgeries were cancelled to free up hospital resources for critically ill patients, a group of anesthesiologists at Mass General Hospital (MGH) found themselves with a lessened workload, instructions to remain isolated, but a strong desire to help their colleagues deal....

Topcon Positioning Group showed off some of their solutions for intelligent construction workflows at #CONEXPO.
03/18/2020
Topcon Defines What Intelligent Construction Products and Workflows Look Like at CONEXPO 2020 - SPAR 3D

Topcon Positioning Group showed off some of their solutions for intelligent construction workflows at #CONEXPO.

Making a product, process or workflow “intelligent” or “smart” has been a talking point in numerous industries for years now. Whether it’s smart point clouds, smart measurements or intelligent data collection, there’s clearly a push to incorporate intelligence of some sort to enable more...

Hexagon's ConX connects workflows to enhance the usefulness of AR for construction.
03/13/2020
Hexagon Showcases the Power of AR with ConX at CONEXPO - SPAR 3D

Hexagon's ConX connects workflows to enhance the usefulness of AR for construction.

While Hexagon utilized CONEXPO 2020 to announce things like the latest addition to their one-for-all MC1 software platform, the story of the show was centered on utilizing AR (augmented reality) in construction to create truly digital workflows. What it means to do so on a practical level can someti...

This DIY scanner takes advantage of some key new features on the Raspberry Pi 4 platform and applies them to an infrared...
03/12/2020
DIY 3D scanner leverages Raspberry Pi 4, infrared camera and SLAM - SPAR 3D

This DIY scanner takes advantage of some key new features on the Raspberry Pi 4 platform and applies them to an infrared camera to help fill in the "gaps" from traditional photogrammetry.

In a recent project, detailed in a blog, Frank Zhao set out to see if infrared scanning could fill in gaps where more photogrammetry techniques struggle.

Teaching robots to "see" in 3D, Canon's machine vision systems are continuing to revolutionize #automation.
03/05/2020
Canon machine vision systems let robots "see" in 3D - SPAR 3D

Teaching robots to "see" in 3D, Canon's machine vision systems are continuing to revolutionize #automation.

Imaging and optical giant Canon has been working to create 3D machine vision systems, allowing them to identify, select and pick up randomly-oriented parts.

Geo Week news recently caught up with Patrick Cunningham of Blue Marble Geographics to talk about the growth of their co...
02/27/2020
Blue Marble Geographics focuses on the "hard stuff"

Geo Week news recently caught up with Patrick Cunningham of Blue Marble Geographics to talk about the growth of their company and products, and some thoughts on the geospatial industry at large.

Blue Marble Geographics provides tools across many aspects of GIS, and geospatial mapping providing tools that are affordable and designed to be intuitive.

Have you seen our 2019 Post-Show Report? Relive all of the action with a complete recap and show highlights from SPAR 3D...
02/26/2020

Have you seen our 2019 Post-Show Report? Relive all of the action with a complete recap and show highlights from SPAR 3D and AEC NEXT!

Download the report: http://bit.ly/2VqJTA6

We're getting really close to having the ability to 3D scan any room from any smartphone...
02/24/2020
Occipital teases smartphone 3D scanning backed by deep learning - SPAR 3D

We're getting really close to having the ability to 3D scan any room from any smartphone...

A few months ago, SPAR 3D explored the possibility that Time-of-Flight or depth cameras could pave the way for everyone to have a 3D scanner in their pocket. While the jury is still out on that, the possibility of regular smartphones doing the job is about to become a reality, thanks to Occipital. K...

DJI's Livox introduces 500 meter lidar with unique scanning pattern - SPAR 3D
02/14/2020
DJI's Livox introduces 500 meter lidar with unique scanning pattern - SPAR 3D

DJI's Livox introduces 500 meter lidar with unique scanning pattern - SPAR 3D

Livox, a DJI subsidiary, has unveiled the price of the two new high performance, low cost, mass market lidar sensors at CES that were first announced in January 2019. The announcement came with more information on how the company’s unique lidar scanning pattern works. While conventional lidar sens...

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02/13/2020

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