Christina Cardoza

Mar 7, 2016 3:31:13 PM

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3DR is releasing a new solution to help users safely, quickly and easily inspect, survey and scan work sites with the company’s Solo smartdrone. The company has announced Site Scan, a new intuitive, open and extensible aerial analytics platform designed to deliver data to the cloud for processing and analytics.

“Capturing site data today is costly, time-consuming and often dangerous,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR. “Drones can easily go where it’s inefficient or unsafe for field personnel, making it easier to accurately measure our world so we can better manage it.”

Site Scan is part of a collaboration with Autodesk and Sony. The platform will leverage innovations in image capturing from Sony and cloud processing capabilities from Autodesk in order to provide an end-to-end solution for reality-capture workflows. “We’re delighted to partner with two industry leaders—Autodesk and Sony—to deliver Site Scan: a complete solution for site capture that will help our business customers save time, save money and keep humans out of harm’s way,” said Anderson.

The Site Scan package includes a Solo drone, a Sony Xperia tablet preconfigured with the Site Scan app, a Sony UMC-R10C or GoPro HERO4 black camera, unlimited storage in the 3DR cloud, and unlimited processing and publishing credits with the Autodesk Cloud.

The Site Scan app provides three modes: inspect, survey and scan. The inspect mode allows users to examine and photograph towers and other structures. Survey mode captures images to create high-resolution georeferenced maps and digital elevation models; and the scan mode captures imagery to create 3D models.

“Sony is thrilled to work with 3DR to provide our UMC­R10C as their flagship imaging solution,” said John Monti, director of visual imaging solutions, component solutions business division at Sony Electronics. “As an overall leader in imaging innovation, there is no higher-leverage partner for us in the drone market than 3DR, North America’s No. 1 drone manufacturer. We’re extremely excited about the opportunities this great partnership will present for us.”

In addition, 3DR is an early adopter of Autodesk’s FORGE platform, and will be collaborating with Autodesk to create a complete drone to cloud solution for enterprise customers.

“Capture technology is rapidly transforming the way people collect information and make insightful decisions in the field,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of products at Autodesk. “We are excited about our expansive collaboration with 3DR—from deep integration between Site Scan and Autodesk products to leveraging the FORGE platform—to accelerate the development and use of reality capture across the AEC industries.”

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