Indoor Mobile Reality Focus of GeoSlam, Bentley Partnership
Laser scanning solution aims to expand mobile mapping applications
GeoSlam and Bentley Systems are teaming up to enable the simple and fast production of hybrid reality models in any environment.
“GeoSlam has already disrupted the reality capture industry by changing the economics of 3D laser scanning enabling buildings, infrastructure and other challenging environments to be mapped at unprecedented speeds,” says Mark Reid, VP of product management, GeoSlam. “The simplicity of the ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping system has also truly democratized laser scanning, enabling anybody to document their facility or construction site without being a survey expert. The next stage for us is to further improve how our results can be both interpreted and consumed within typical engineering and GIS workflows, and our partnership with Bentley is the perfect vehicle for this.”
Bentley Systems’ reality modeling software, ContextCapture, available on desktop and mobile devices, produces engineering-grade, textured 3D models for design, construction and operations derived purely from photographs. The software is commonly used for modeling outdoor environments, either from images taken from the ground or with the use of drones.
Francois Valois, senior director of software development with Bentley, says, “Bentley is really excited about working with GeoSlam to extend what is possible with both ContextCapture and ZEB-REVO. With the recent introduction of hybrid processing, it is now possible to produce reality models based on both photos and laser data. Certain environments such as indoors often prove to be a challenge for photogrammetry alone, due to a lack of texture change. Hence, by using a hybrid solution it is now possible to generate accurate reality models of almost any environment.”
Through a combination of using the GeoSlam ZEB-REVO mobile mapping system and ZEB-CAM, and the latest version of Bentley’s ContextCapture software, it is now possible to produce high-resolution, textured reality meshes of indoor scenes, complex infrastructure and other challenging environments faster.
About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems provides architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development and acquisitions.
GeoSlam was founded in 2012 as a joint venture between CSIRO (Australia’s National Science Agency) and 3D Laser Mapping (a global provider of 3D LiDAR solutions). The company specializes in the design and manufacture of geospatial SLAM hardware and software solutions, including the ZEB1 and ZEB-REVO handheld mobile indoor mapping systems. Based in the U.K., GeoSLAM has a global network of distributors with a presence in 38 countries across six continents.