What data capture options do you offer?
We have a wealth of different data capture solutions to record 360 photos, 3D point clouds, and other measurements. Our team has experience with many standard 3D laser scanning, hand measurement and photo solutions, but also unique and cutting edge technologies like mobile scanners and advanced imaging solutions. The most important data capture option is the one that fits your project best.
How do you decide what technology is the best fit for my project?
Best fit does not only mean how awesome a technology is, but also how well it fits your budget, what speed, what accuracy, how it integrates into your processes, what the end deliverables are, if there are any potential additional uses, and what you are comfortable with. We provide the right approach because we have the confidence and experience with our solutions.
Are there any limitations to your data capture methods?
Always. No technology is unlimited of course. Here are a few examples... 3D laser scanning is all line-of-site, which means that if you can't see it, you can't record it; 3D laser scanning also has trouble with mirrors, glass, and water in general; additionally, some 3D laser scanners have great range (hundreds of feet!) while some have much less; some solutions rely solely on imagery and that means lighting must be better; other, simpler technologies take a much longer time in field; in some cases the process of recording and processing the data can be a limitation as well.
When would you recommend the use of mobile scanning over static scanning?
When it has to be done fast! If you can sacrifice a small amount of accuracy to achieve a much faster data capture then we may recommend mobile scanning. If you like using point clouds and imagery, but the cost of static scanning is outside your budget then we may also recommend mobile scanning if it fits the spec.
Can you collect site photos?
Not only can we, but we usually do anyway whether you need them or not. Depending on the data capture solution that works best, as well as the lighting at your site, we have technologies that will get the site photos you need.
What size and type of spaces can you work in?
Anything from a 2,000 sq. ft. coffee shop to a 1,000,000 sq. ft. building is within our wheelhouse. We have worked in water treatment plants, commercial offices, retail, industrial, food processing, warehouse, parking, museums, theaters, airports, schools and universities, construction sites, and more. You name it, we've worked on it.
Where do you typically work?
Where is your project? That's where we work. While we travel often for field work it may make more sense, logistically and financially, to have one of our partners accomplish the work locally for you. It just depends on your project needs and if we have the proper solution and expertise in that area.
In what formats do you provide data?
Our partners typically are working in Revit, AutoCAD, Microstation, and other similar software. The end deliverable will no doubt be in a format that is compatible with your software. Our point cloud standard format is Autodesk Recap and we can also deliver in just about any interchangeable point cloud file type. Imagery is simple .jpeg format. Any web viewer or virtual tour can be installed and up and running quickly and easily.
How much notification do you need before you can start my project?
For field work a week or two is always appreciated. For local jobs we can help you on short notice. For modeling, drafting, and consulting services we do not usually need any notice.
How long will it take for you to create my deliverables?
For data capture and initial data capture deliverables like point clouds, imagery and viewers we can deliver within a few days typically. For modeling and drafting it all depends on the size and scope of the service and number of technicians we put on your project.
If we capture our own site data can you produce my models and drawings?
Absolutely. We will even provide an initial data review to let you know if we see any issues prior to starting.
I'm currently live in the 2D world. Why should I consider moving to 3D?
Because 3 is one more than 2! Any other questions?... 🙂 Seriously though, most industries are moving toward 3D. Does that mean it is best for you? Not necessarily, but it means that you should look into it with us. A 3D model is a powerful tool not only for more comprehensive analysis, documentation and coordination, but also to manage and maintain your 2D drawings created from that model. We don't advocate any business changes without discussing your individual situation first.
What if I am not ready to move to 3D?
Then don't! However, there may be some stealthy incremental processes we can employ to get you moving in that direction without changing anything in your operation near term.
Can you advise us how best to achieve our goals?
We are confident that we can help you understand some options on how it would be best for you to achieve your goals. Our success ultimately depends on your success. As we are experienced with such a wide range of technologies, services, and solutions we will never be forcing a square peg in a round hole.
What's the best way to get started?
Usually a Guinness or two. If we can't manage that then let's get together or at least have a call to get acquainted. We love meeting new people and proving our passion for customer service.