SiteScout 360 - Fusion Reality Capture™: Making Reality Capture More Project Friendly
Reality Capture and Digital Twins should be incorporated into every building and infrastructure project. Unfortunately they are often viewed as a "Nice to Have" or something to consider in the future. We reject that mindset and have embarked on a mission to make Reality Capture and Digital Twin creation more accessible for projects. Through extensive research, customer and industry expert interviews, we have developed a process and toolset called Fusion Reality Capture™ that combines technology with a human-centered approach to delivery, education, and customer service.
Technology plays a crucial role in Reality Capture, and we believe we are only scratching the surface of its potential. Advancements in various sectors have led to the availability of incredible technology at affordable prices. One of the most exciting aspects of our work is the ability to combine technologies in innovative ways. This forms the foundation of Fusion Reality Capture™. We have designed a unique rig called "Rolly," exclusive to SiteScout360, which serves as a platform for integrating all available data collection technologies. The laser scanner is the standard for data collection, and Rolly supports two different ones out of the box: Emesent Hovermap and Ouster. We also include a 360° video camera for each digital twin project, providing comprehensive video walkthroughs. Recently, we were challenged to add a non-spatial sensor for light information collection—a spectrometer. We met the challenge and built this device:
Why stop at one sensor? Incorporating spatial data as a backdrop for traditionally non-spatial data is incredibly beneficial. Think of a weather map without the labeling of cities and roads—it becomes impossible to make informed decisions based solely on a precipitation report. This mindset is what drives the introduction of Fusion Reality Capture™ because the possibilities are exhilarating. In the near future, we plan to add various sensors to Rolly, such as those for WiFi signal, sound level, and cell signal. (Please comment below with suggestions for different sensors that might be interesting to overlay on spatial data.)
We hope to make this service available to our customers soon.
While technology ignites our passion, it alone is not enough to justify the inclusion of Reality Capture and Digital Twins in every project we mentioned. This is where the "Process" aspect of Fusion Reality Capture™ comes into play: Delivery, Education, and Customer Service.
Undoubtedly, the rapid convergence of technology will render the current version of Rolly obsolete over time. Look at Apple, which has integrated laser scanning into iPhones and iPads. What used to be a bespoke and expensive product is now available on millions of devices. To prepare for this equalization of the playing field, SiteScout360 focuses on Delivery, Education, and Customer Service. We have always prioritized these areas, and now, under the banner of Fusion Reality Capture™, we can reach even more people. Our aim is to reach as many individuals as possible because we are determined to change minds. However, one cannot effect change without compelling reasons. The convergence of technology alone is compelling, as it reduces on-site time and enables the capture of more data than traditional reality capture methods. To truly captivate the broadest audience, we choose to concentrate on Delivery, Education, and Customer Service.
We have discovered that most customers have specific requirements for their deliverables. Whether it involves specifying Revit 2021, delivering 360° videos in .MP4 format, providing e57 or LAS files, or using the customer's designated Revit families, we focus on meeting these individual needs to ensure our service is worth their time and effort. It may sound obvious, but we have learned that this attention to detail is anything but the norm.
We are on the verge of launching an educational video series that instructs our customers on how to utilize our deliverables and clarifies the relevance of these deliverables for their specific roles. We have observed a lack of resources, even on the vast internet, that address the issue of customers receiving reality capture deliverable files without knowing how to use them effectively. Our intention is to change that by providing in-depth educational videos that cater to specific customer roles, removing barriers to the full acceptance of reality capture across all projects and stakeholders.
The final component of the Fusion Reality Capture™ process is customer service, an area in which we take great pride. Over the past two decades, we have cultivated relationships with our customers across various industries and job types. From our founders to every individual employee, we prioritize customer service because we genuinely want to. It is the reason for our longevity. We ensure that each of our employees is trained in customer service, seek out this quality in our hiring process, and consistently strive to deliver valuable work to our customers. Understanding why customers return is no secret—it's all about the customer experience.
The Fusion Reality Capture™ process was created to merge Technology, Delivery, Education, and Customer Service into a single package that defines SiteScout360 and our commitment to our customers in "Making Reality Capture More Project-Friendly."
-mike and chat
Are you an engineer tired of spending hours reporting on every detail of a project site? Let our “Spec & Val” report work for you! At SiteScout 360, we understand that accurate project data is essential for the success of any project. That's why we developed the Specification and Validation Report, or as we like to call it, the Spec & Val report. This report provides a comprehensive summary of the work that was completed, including the time it took to scan and model the project site, verifiable site dimensions, and comparisons of the site scan versus the site model.
But that's not all! Our Spec & Val report also provides data on floor area, structural volume, counts of site features, and site renderings. It's like having a 3D map of your project site at your fingertips! And the best part? We provide this report after final deliverables have been provided, giving our customers a way to verify that the data we provided was accurate and true to the project site.
In addition, the Spec&Val report serves multiple practical purposes beyond simply impressing colleagues at project review meetings. It proves to be a valuable resource during any discussions related to the project, providing reliable and accurate site dimensions and counts of site features. Should the need arise to make changes to the project design, the Spec&Val report becomes an indispensable reference, ensuring precision and informed decision-making.
Whether you're a project engineer, project manager, or upper management, the Spec & Val report is the perfect tool for ensuring the success of your project, much like how Miranda from Sex and the City’s astute decision-making and no-nonsense attitude helped guide the characters on the show through their various personal and professional struggles.
Miranda is the analytical, detail-oriented lawyer in the show who is always focused on getting the facts straight. She is a perfectionist who doesn't settle for anything less than accuracy and precision. Similarly, the Spec & Val report is a comprehensive document that provides accurate technical data and details about a project. It is focused on getting the facts right and ensuring that there are no discrepancies between the project site and the final deliverables.
Miranda is practical and pragmatic in her approach to life, just like the Spec & Val report is a practical tool that helps engineers and project managers get their work done more efficiently. Both Miranda and the Spec & Val report value accuracy, reliability, and practicality.
In our humble opinion, the Spec & Val report is such a Miranda.
-mike ‘n chat
Hi, I'm ChatGPT, a large language model trained by OpenAI based on the GPT-3.5 architecture. I created this blog post on adopting new technologies like GPT-4, reality capture, and digital twins to make better decisions and save costs for a multitude of industries and applications.
Technological advancements have been transforming the way we do things for centuries, and the pace of change seems to be accelerating. The introduction of artificial intelligence and machine learning has revolutionized many industries, and the latest addition to this list is GPT-4. Reality capture and digital twins are also making waves in several fields. In this blog post, we will discuss how adopting new technologies like GPT-4, reality capture, and digital twins can help businesses make better decisions and save costs.
GPT-4: A Game-Changing Technology
GPT-4 is the next-generation of AI language models, which is expected to be even more powerful than its predecessor, GPT-3. It will have the ability to understand context, sentiment, and intent at a deeper level, enabling it to generate human-like text that is indistinguishable from content written by a human. GPT-4 is expected to have applications in fields like natural language processing, machine learning, and text generation.
One of the most significant benefits of using GPT-4 is that it can help businesses make better decisions. By analyzing vast amounts of data, GPT-4 can identify patterns and provide insights that humans may miss. It can also help organizations automate tasks, saving time and money.
Reality Capture and Digital Twins: Transforming Industries
Reality capture and digital twins are technologies that are revolutionizing the way businesses operate. Reality capture involves using tools like 3D scanners and cameras to capture real-world data and create digital models. Digital twins, on the other hand, are digital replicas of physical assets, systems, or processes.
One of the biggest advantages of reality capture and digital twins is that they can help businesses save costs. For example, in construction, digital twins can help identify potential design flaws before construction begins, reducing the risk of expensive rework later. In manufacturing, digital twins can help optimize production processes, minimizing waste and improving efficiency. In energy, digital twins can help monitor and optimize the performance of wind turbines and solar panels, reducing downtime and improving energy production.
Another significant benefit of reality capture and digital twins is that they can help businesses make better decisions. By providing accurate and up-to-date information about assets and systems, businesses can make informed decisions about maintenance, upgrades, and investments.
Applications of GPT-4, Reality Capture, and Digital Twins
The applications of these technologies are virtually endless. For example, GPT-4 can be used in industries like healthcare to analyze patient data and assist doctors in making diagnoses. It can also be used in customer service to generate human-like responses to customer inquiries.
In construction, reality capture and digital twins can be used to create accurate 3D models of buildings, enabling architects and engineers to design more efficient structures. In manufacturing, digital twins can help identify bottlenecks and optimize production processes. In energy, digital twins can be used to monitor and optimize the performance of renewable energy systems.
In conclusion, adopting new technologies like GPT-4, reality capture, and digital twins can help businesses make better decisions and save costs. These technologies have applications in a multitude of industries and can be used to automate tasks, optimize processes, and provide insights that humans may miss. As these technologies continue to evolve, they will undoubtedly transform the way we do things, enabling businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively.
ChatGPT, Mike Russalesi