Trimble plans to begin distributing a branded version of ClearEdge 3D’s EdgeWise software. EdgeWise uses automated feature extraction and modeling to significantly reduce the time required for professionals to generate CAD models of pipes, conduit, structural steel and gridded concrete from data captured with 3D laser scanners.

“In today’s world of ever-increasing data, our customers are looking for innovative technology and solutions that enable them to work more efficiently and produce high-quality results in record time,” says Alain Samaha, business area director of Trimble Geospatial Software. “Our focus is to provide customers with complete solutions that optimize their workflows by providing easy data collection with fast and accurate processing as well as enhanced and automated modeling to quickly and accurately transform basic data into actionable intelligence.”

In combination with Trimble’s laser scanning instruments and Trimble RealWorks software, the EdgeWise software provides a complete workflow that can deliver as much as 50 percent time savings for professionals engaged in data collection, point cloud registration, editing and final modeling for industrial and building construction applications.

Trimble’s TX8 laser scanner can scan a station location in as little as three minutes. The new Trimble RealWorks version 10 software automates and simplifies multiple station scans and cleans field datasets to quickly produce high-fidelity point clouds representing scanned subjects. Traditional methods to produce models of structural and process elements from these dense point clouds can easily take twice the time of the field collection and initial processing operations.

EdgeWise augments Trimble’s strategy to provide efficient end-to-end workflows that result in accurate, actionable models, and enables model deliverables to be imported as native objects with popular building information modeling (BIM) applications. Trimble EdgeWise software automatically detects structural elements, pipes, conduit and other standardized components and models them using industry-standard dimensions and geometry.  

“We are very excited to be working so closely with Trimble,” says Chris Scotton, CEO of ClearEdge 3D. “Trimble’s laser scanning solutions are among the best in the industry. EdgeWise technology is especially powerful when applied to precise, well-registered point clouds from Trimble instruments.”

The Trimble EdgeWise software is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2015 through Trimble’s Geospatial, MEP and BuildingPoint Distribution Channels.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.