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March 31, 2015

Trimble expands availability of 3D scanner for building design and construction

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US-based Trimble Buildings is planning to expand the availability of DotProduct’s DPI-8 handheld 3D scanner for the building design and construction market.

The company will distribute the 3D scanner technology to diversify its portfolio of 3D scanning solutions.

According to Trimble, the DPI-8 lowers the cost and technology barriers for increased adoption of 3D scanning in the construction market.

DotProduct’s Append technology is integrated into the DPI-8, enabling users to capture and automatically register multiple scans on the tablet.

"The DPI-8 enables users to verify as-built conditions even in difficult-to-reach or obstructed locations."

The handheld solution also simplifies the process of collecting required ‘as-built’ data to better manage building projects.

Contractors, engineers, field managers and site inspectors at construction sites will be able to capture and process accurate, as-built spatial data.

The scanner, powered by DotProduct’s Phi.3D software, has a self-contained, lightweight design incorporating a 3D depth sensor and a commercial-grade Android tablet. It allows one-handed operation for ease, speed and safety.

Trimble said that the DPI-8 enables users to verify as-built conditions even in difficult-to-reach or obstructed locations. Users will get data-quality feedback with the software while scanning, making it simple for novice users to produce accurate point clouds directly in the field.

A tight integration between the DPI-8 and Trimble RealWorks point cloud modelling software has been developed by Trimble and DotProduct to process data, combine complex data sets, and generate 3D construction deliverables.

Trimble Building general contractor / construction manager division field solutions and mobility market manager Jim McCartney said: "Scanners, the point cloud data they generate and the intelligent integration of this data within highly accurate and constructible 3D models, deliver significant value to building construction, but cost and complexity have prevented more widespread adoption.

"We’re excited to bring more accessible scanning and imaging solutions to the market that can stimulate the broader use of 3D laser scanning among construction users."

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