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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Microsoft Unknowingly Revolutionizes the 3D Imaging Industry [Kinect] | SCANable.org - The future of field #BIM

Looks like this may be the next user interface for Revit, Navisworks and Virtual Construction. This is a little too close for comfort for me. A few weeks ago after having finished a presentation for a group of 10 people at a construction company looking to implement BIM, I was talking to our main contact at the firm after the meeting. I asked him what he was going to do to differentiate his company in five years when every contractor was fully using BIM. It wasn't enough that they were just about to start engaging BIM in a few days, I had to poke him in the eye to look further down the road.

I told him I had the answer. What is going to differentiate contractors once everyone is using BIM is going to be the contractors who are using robots in construction...and not just any robots, they're going to have to be union robots, because the non-union robots have inferior circuitry. He looked at me like I was nuts, and in the past few weeks, having used the same line on a number of other people, I've gotten a lot of strange responses. The reality is, robots are used in manufacturing, automative, airline industry and even to put the stuff in your Amazon.com boxes that you just ordered. If you don't think there are going to be robots putting up drywall, measuring distances (hello Trimble Total Station), painting and more, well, you just need to get out a little bit more.

So, you can call me crazy for talking about this stuff, or you can call me a visionary. Don't forget, I spend 24/7 researching BIM, so I get to talk to a lot of people, sign a lot of NDAs and spend lots of time finding stuff like you're about to see below. Let me know what you think.

Source: http://scanable.org/featured/microsoft-unknowingly-revolutionizes-3d-imaging-industry/

The possibilities of this technology are tremendous. We see a near future where we can navigate through a point cloud dataset or virtual 3D model using simple hand gestures (see Evoluce’s example below). Imagine being able to digitally record “true” 3D video and having the ability to easily remove data at certain depths instead of by color eliminating typical green screen procedures. Even better, what if you strapped one of these bad boys onto a robotic vacuum and used it to remotely capture 3D data of interior spaces. Think we are crazy? Keep reading…
How does it work?
Wired has a great article about!

Kinect-style device used to map the interior of a building:

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Evoluce, one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality multi-touch and gesture computing displays, demonstrates the future of how we interact with our computers.

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MIT early experiments with a Microsoft Kinect depth camera on a mobile robot base. Say hello to KinectBot. Is this the indoor mobile mapping solution we have been waiting for?

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Original link: Microsoft Unknowingly Revolutionizes the 3D Imaging Industry [Kinect] | SCANable.org


Chris at AU December 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

I was just having a similar conversation with a colleague, virtually building the building by hand. Laying up virtual gypsum board, putting in virtual screws. As long as I don't get a virtual cheque I'd be all right with that.

Brian Myers December 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

The interesting part of this is the "Virtual Liability" of it. Granted a lot of mistakes get made in the field, but imagine a mistake not getting caught in the field by those reading the prints, instead it's just manufactured on the spot. So a low cost draftsman enters the data in, it's not caught by his supervisor (as it may be just a tiny data entry) and it gets constructed wrong in real life.

It's going to take a level of "digital oversight" by design software to catch these scenarios before they hit the field too. So it's about more than "can the technology do it" it will also be "can the technology remove a level of liability" as well.

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