Traceable 3D® Target-based
In the last few decades, 3D reality capture has become the preferred method of capturing the as-built condition of any physical asset. Millions of bits of data are converted into 3D point clouds, creating an accurate virtual representation of what was scanned.
But even a modest project can generate hundreds, perhaps thousands of scans, each one requiring point cloud registration. Not only must scans be taken, registered and aligned the first time, but throughout an asset’s lifecycle. It’s in exactly these situations — repeat scanning and repeat alignment — where target-less or cloud-to-cloud registration can run into challenges.
Traceable 3D de-silos data and brings it into a single compatible coordinate system through target-based scanning with specialized mounted targets. It provides a fixed, but re-locatable, anchor point, enabling repeatable scan alignment and ensuring that even the most minute changes in a physical asset are captured.
Save time and improve productivity
High accuracy, repeatable scans
Reusable data, incrementally updated
Georeferenced data to grid or map
High detail targeted scanning when cloud-to-cloud isn’t enough
Target-based scanning takes target-less scanning to the next level of precision and accuracy. That’s because even with extremely close scan positions and breaking the scans into many clusters, cloud-to-cloud registration struggles with geo-referencing and with very large projects. Traceable 3D goes further still and allows operators to put down targets and take multiple scans of a given location and use them to register the point clouds accurately with the ability to repeatedly update the data.
This is especially true when working with survey control and aligning scans to a known coordinate system such as tunneling or in industrial plants like automotive and manufacturing where it’s difficult to perfectly overlap scans and where small gaps in the data make the modeling process more complex. Likewise, the same challenges arise when scanning physical assets with repetitive features including long hallways, stairways, parking garages and concrete pipes, along with boiler rooms or utility rooms where conduits and other elements disrupt the space.
By employing targeted scanning/surveying versus target-less scanning, professionals with project oversight and equipment upkeep responsibilities, will have greater confidence in the accuracy of their builds. This is ideal for documenting how physical assets evolve and change over time and for geo referencing that data in a universal coordinate system that’s sharable with a variety of precision measurement tools. Traceable 3D and its suite of target accessories and tools, including hardware and software, guarantees project fidelity, over time by establishing repeatable benchmarks that support data capture and analysis in a traceable and reusable process.