There are more than 20 million miles of underground plant in America. That's more than one football field in length for every person in the United States—and more are being put in every year. It is critical that engineers and designers have the best data available. Traditionally this has come from field visits, photographs, and survey points. As the cost of the technology decreases and the accuracy increases, we are able to provide designers with highly accurate, reality-based 3D models to work in. Accurate preconstruction data can reduce subsurface costs by almost 5 times! We will discuss using reality capture to provide point clouds, photogrammetric mesh models, panoramic photos, underground locates, and 360-degree photos to facilitate design. We will discuss the differences between the different methods under the circumstances in which we use them. Finally, we will discuss using them to generate line work and terrain models for use in AutoCAD Utility Design software. Also see: Designing Reality, Incorporating Point Clouds into AutoCAD Utility Design. This session features ReCap 360 and AutoCAD Utility Design.
Electrical and Civil engineers, construction managers, architects
Forrest Roy has been working in the utility industry for over 15 years. He is currently the lead underground cable locator for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power (AMLP). In this role, he is responsible for managing the excavation damage-prevention program for the entire utility. In 2014, using ReCap software, he helped develop the 3D modeling program that has enabled AMLP to begin modeling their underground vaults and infrastructure. Forrest Roy and Everett Clary of AMLP submitted and won the Excellence in Infrastructure award during Autodesk University 2014. Forrest is currently involved in using new technologies and techniques to create 3D models and point clouds in ReCap software, Remake (formerly Memento) software, and InfraWorks software. He is leading the charge for more reality-capture technology to bring realism and substance to current 2D drawings, including laser scanning, structured light, photogrammetry, and 360 photography and providing a true mobile solution for field crews.
Aaron Mason is Lead Drafter and CPR engineer at Anchorage Municipal Light & Power with over 15 years’ experience in civil/utility construction, including surveying, inspection, drafting, and geographic information system (GIS). Through over 10 years of drafting experience, Mason has developed drafting standards, workflows, and configuration requirements for how AutoCAD software works throughout the company’s Engineering department. He is currently working on innovating new ways to incorporate reality capture using different scanning methods into AutoCAD Utility Design software, including point clouds from photogrammetry (tripod and drone mounted cameras), ground-penetrating radar, handheld laser scanners, tripod mounted scanners, aerial LiDAR (light detection and ranging), and 3D underground electrical locates. Mason is currently working on upgrades to AutoCAD Utility Design 2016 software to automate infrastructure lifecycle by streamlining asset management and material allocations through integrations between AutoCAD software, GIS, and asset management systems.
3D technology has historically been reserved for large, exclusive, purpose-specific platforms. Users have been required to have advanced knowledge of laser scanning to operate high-tech scanners. As technology continues to evolve, laser scanning is just one piece that is moving to a smaller, inclusive, all-encompassing platform.<br/> <br/> In this presentation, Hexagon Geosystems CTO Burkhard Boeckem will take you through the journey of how this evolution led to the creation of the Leica BLK360, the world’s smallest and lightest imaging 3D laser scanner. Moving from the belief that AEC professionals couldn’t access the technology due to the high barriers of entry to democratising laser scanning for anyone with inspiration and desire to embrace new possibilities, the development of the BLK360 is opening opportunities previously thought unobtainable. Don’t miss this future-looking presentation and your chance to experience the latest in laser scanning technology.
Through a practical real-world example, investigate and understand the benefits that different reality capture technology can bring to your construction workflows. When and where would you use this technology and how do you bring this data back into the office to allow you to make decisions on accurate information. Utilising a range of Autodesk software to generate 3D deliverables from photography, scan data and mobile mapping data. Understanding how bringing reality capture data into Navisworks can generate clash reports, inform scheduling information and linking this back to our site teams through BIM360 glue and field. Discover what reality capture technology fits your requirements and how using Autodesk software, it can be used to its full potential. Real-World project: Construction site in Manchester: an area will be captured using a range of photogrammetry, laser scanning (BLK360 included) and mobile mapping technology. Project enabled through collaboration with Leica Geosystems
Can you really use only simple photographs as the base to build a fully parametric Building Information Model of existing buildings or infrastructure in Autodesk Revit? Don’t you need a laser scan? Or traditional survey? <br /> <br /> In this hands on lab, you will have the opportunity to use Autodesk Recap to take photographs taken on an iPhone to produce a Autodesk Recap point cloud. We will take you through the full the whole process of this, from signing up your account through to the advanced GPS powered coordination features. We will then look at how we can use the outputs of this, including the mesh within Autodesk Remake, where we will show you how to import the data and visually inspect it. We will also dive into Autodesk Revit, where we will build a simple Autodesk Revit model which could be used for continued development. And…. We have a few surprises in store as well if we get the time! <br /> <br /> Further to all of the above, we would love to share our findings of how we have utilised photogrammetry on large sites, such as a lift bridge on the Isle of Wight and to calculate cut and fill requirements to restore infrastructure after the floods in Cumbria. We will share our lessons learnt, best practice and even give you the opportunity to see the very impressive full dataset which was generated using over 600 30 mega pixel photos taken using a UAV (Unmanned Ariel Vehicle, or “Drone”).
The first part of this session will demonstrate the latest developments in ReCap 360 Pro software, focusing on features released since last year (2017 product year). Topics will include the Scan to Mesh service; registration of unmanned aerial vehicles and handheld point clouds; the use of ReCap software’s OEM tools for advanced workflow integrations; and advanced presentation tools, including high-resolution image export. We will cover in depth new features and workflows with real-world project data. The second part of the session will cover advanced workflow how-to topics pulled from our community forum and idea station. Examples may include aligning data to survey coordinates, optimizing edited data sets, and working with regions and view states. AIA Approved
Reality capture has become the new normal for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry in delivering and executing projects. But as is the case with any new method, the first few years are always the Wild Wild West—with minimal standards, compliance checks, and quality procedures in place. This roundtable will give participants the ability to have detailed discussions with industry experts who’ve been in the trenches on hundreds of reality-capture jobs, including static LiDAR (light detection and ranging), drones, and photogrammetry. This roundtable will focus discussions on methods for determining whether to procure services or move them in house, staffing requirements for project execution, and critical elements to better ensure successful usage of reality-capture data. This session features ReCap 360 and Navisworks Manage.
Utilizing point clouds from several different reality-capture methods (including photogrammetry, tripod-mounted laser scanners, handheld laser scanners, ground-penetrating radar, aerial LiDAR (light detection and ranging), and 3D underground locates) we will generate 3D designs in AutoCAD Utility Design software. Linework and terrain models generated from point clouds in AutoCAD Civil 3D software will be imported into AutoCAD Utility Design software to automate 3D design and elevations by accurately referencing 3D design elements to the terrain. We will reference in several other point clouds from different reality-capture methods, and generate 3D designs based off of the geometry of these point clouds. This will include aligning proposed underground utilities to existing underground utilities based off of point cloud geometry, and adjusting alignments of underground utility routes based off of 3D alignments of other utilities. This class is a good follow up to "Capturing Reality: Incorporating Reality Capture into AutoCAD Utility Design and Use in SUE" This session features AutoCAD Utility Design, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and ReCap 360.
Terrestrial laser scanning enables accurate capture of complex spaces, such as the interior of factories, hospitals, process plants, and civil infrastructure. Reconstruction of 3D shape and appearance from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based photographs enables operators to rapidly capture exterior structures and their surroundings. Merging these technologies helps users quickly and accurately capture their entire facility—including impractical areas such as rooftops—and provide outdoor context to indoor scans for complete site mapping. We will present workflows for combining terrestrial scan data and UAV photo models into a unified point cloud for visualization, interrogation, design, modeling, and analysis. We will highlight how operators can capitalize on the accuracy and reliability of laser scanning through UAVs’ capability to quickly capture expansive environments in great detail, and provide reality-captured context to improve downstream workflows in AutoCAD software, Revit software, and InfraWorks software. This session features ReCap 360. AIA Approved
In recent years, the architecture, engineering, and construction industry has actively explored efficient and cost-effective approaches to capturing accurate geospatial data. From laser scanning to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), from point clouds to photogrammetry, it is still unclear which tool favors which use cases. Do I really need 1,000,000 points to solve this problem? This course will focus on the technological aspects and provide a comparison of current reality-capture (RC) tools: oblique and nadir photogrammetry, structured light scanners, laser scanners, and reflectorless total stations. We will dive into metrics for each type of documentation, including accuracy, speed, file size, and investment. We will present data on projects of varying scale (a corporate headquarters to a suburban value office). By defining use cases and expectations, we will discuss which tools are appropriate for visual planning, calculating volumetric quantities, measuring productivity, documenting progress, and confirming accuracy on the site or in the building. This session features ReCap 360, BIM 360 Layout, and Revit. AIA Approved
Point clouds are a very important component in current infrastructure projects, and it is vital to know how to handle them for successful project execution. This class will provide all the necessary information to import, process, and extract information from point cloud data in Autodesk, Inc., architecture, engineering, and construction products. More specifically, this class will teach surface/terrain generation from high-resolution point cloud data in InfraWorks software and demonstrate how to use it in AutoCAD Civil 3D software. The class will also cover how to model city asset features to create a virtual city model, and how to bring those city assets into a design product (such as AutoCAD Civil 3D software) as COGO points. This class does not have any prerequisite. Any knowledge of InfraWorks software, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, and point clouds will be helpful in understanding the class material. At the end of this class, attendees will be able to use point cloud data with ease and confidence for their modeling and design projects. This session features InfraWorks 360, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and ReCap 360.
This lecture will begin with a regulatory overview of that which is required to operate drones commercially in the United States, and a history of B&G’s path to compliant operations on our projects. A simple introduction to types of hardware, outputs, and basic photogrammetry will follow, with lessons learned on what’s necessary to begin mapping and acquiring accurate 3D models. We will share our best practices for planning safe automated-flight missions to acquire 3D meshes and point clouds, and highlight these outputs using real-world examples. Furthermore, we will showcase what is possible when data acquired by drones is integrated deeply into existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, by overlaying point clouds in Autodesk, Inc., software such as Revit software and Navisworks software for use in conceptual modeling, site coordination, and quality-control checks. Finally, we will demonstrate how to share this data easily with entire project teams to provide actionable data for collaboration across locations. This session features Navisworks Manage, ReCap 360, and Revit. AIA Approved
In this presentation, we'll walk through the workflow used to capture 3D reality data with a drone, use that 3D reality data and building design in Stingray game engine, and create virtual reality proposals and client-status updates. Learn how to amaze potential clients with virtual-reality walk-throughs and win their business. This session features Autodesk Stingray and ReCap 360. AIA Approved
Project Case Study where deployed innovation and implementation of three different technologies 1) BIM 360 Plan 2) Revit/C3D Design Models 3) UAV/Drone image capture and point cloud generation provided the ability to isolate and recognize potential schedule risk impacts/conflicts between submitted weekly work plans and actual job progress in a real-time manner. (One page summary brief available upon request for additional detail)