Who Cares About Reality Capture? (EiCAD Does)

“Reality Capture” is a buzzword that permeates the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. I have been in the CAD industry long enough to remember transitioning from ink on Mylar to 3D-based CAD software. One particular project cemented 3D CAD in my mind as the way of presenting engineering solutions for all projects.

I recall thinking at the time and telling as many people as would listen that 3D CAD was the future of our industry. The caveat to that statement was always that I didn’t know when it would become the standard - that it could be 1 year, 5 years, or 50 years away - but I was (and am) convinced that living in a “3D world” necessitated the need for 3D data and design tools to effectively complete projects.

                                                                                       3D Model Rendering of Residential Subdivision

                                                                                      3D Model Rendering of Residential Subdivision

That was in 1996. Much of the past 20 years have been spent either cranking out or overseeing the process of generating plans, sections, elevations, details, and perspective views for $2,000 to $200MM commercial, residential, institutional, retail, and industrial, projects. Sadly, less than half of these projects have been completed in 3D CAD environments (that is another topic for another time).

I am a “glass-is-half-full” kind of guy and have been eternally optimistic that 3D technology and software solutions can be applied to any project. However, I am also a realist. And experience has shown that proven techniques and methods are the known quantity and “safe” for shareholders to grasp and understand.

Nevertheless, due mainly to software innovations in recent years, 3D Laser Scanning (LiDAR) technology and its “cousin,” Photogrammetry, have evolved into a well-publicized and marketed solution for seemingly all problems in the AEC industries.

                                                                                                3D Photogrammetry of Oil and Gas Operation

                                                                                               3D Photogrammetry of Oil and Gas Operation

The speed and accuracy of collecting 3D data using Reality Capture technology is astounding. But so far the result is mainly a “pretty picture.” Admittedly, “this pretty picture” is a 3D point cloud that provides color, intensity, and context to any measurement desired.

But the real need is to be able to utilize this rich data in your design tool of choice. This requires working with a CAD resource that understands your scanning needs and software requirements along with knowing how to integrate industry standard deliverables into new technology without interrupting the flow of your project.

The answer to the question of who really cares about Reality Capture is: WE DO.

EiCAD has the experience to understand your deliverable requirements and the vision, determination, and track record to integrate Reality Capture technologies into a solution that increases efficiency and keeps your costs at or below industry-standard levels.

Our prices start at 2.5 cents per square foot for BIM creation based on either traditional 2D plans or from 3D point cloud data. You can have it all with EiCAD: high quality, low cost, and fast!

                                                                                    2D Floor Plan generated from AutoCAD Plant-3D data model

                                                                                   2D Floor Plan generated from AutoCAD Plant-3D data model

Learn more about our mission at EiCAD's website and try out our BIM Modeling Cost Calculator to receive an early cost estimate for supporting your next modeling project.

 -Shale Robison, CEO - EiCAD