Leica Geosystems and Matterport, a cloud-based 3D media company, announced a partnership to deliver a fast, simple solution for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and digital images. The effort is aimed at the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector.
The partnership is focused on integrating the new Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner and encompassing Multivista’s construction progress documentation services into Matterport’s cloud-based platform. The solution is expected to offer an easy, flexible and automated way of capturing detailed images and using the resulting data to create immersive 3D visualisations.
“With our new partnership with Matterport, combined with our recent acquisition of Multivista, we are fulfilling our commitment to supporting the AEC industry and bringing the sector added value,” said Hexagon Geosystems President Juergen Dold. “As AEC professionals continue to progress their work in the Design, Build and Maintain (DBM) lifecycle, we are there with them supplying the solutions they need to achieve their goals. With this latest offering, these professionals can now easily visualise their projects to shape the change needed in a digital reality for real world advancements, leading to reduced costs and increased time savings.”
Hardware, software and platform in one
The integration of technologies from Leica Geosystems and Matterport is designed to create a complete solution that simplifies capture, automates reconstruction and provides the ability to integrate third-party apps. It is further amplified by artificial intelligence (AI) technology which provides an added level of intelligence, automation, and time savings. The extremely simple user experience includes real-time feedback and is designed to enable the capture and confirmation of images and 3D data from both the BLK360 imaging laser scanner and Matterport Pro2 camera on-site, resulting in lower costs, less time on site, and quicker deployment across a distributed set of projects. For the customer, this means not only a revolutionary new way to capture a space but, in addition, it enables immersive visualisation and the most state-of-the-art way to interact and collaborate around a real-world space.
“We are excited to be aligning with the market-leaders to integrate the new BLK360 imaging laser scanner and support end-user applications to serve a broader range of use cases," said Bill Brown, Matterport CEO. "As the leader in next-gen 3D reality capture and distribution, we are focused on offering an end-to-end platform that is extremely easy to use, quick, and inexpensive. Our new part-nership with Leica Geosystems plus our recent Multivista partnership are huge steps forward in this platform development."
Leica Geosystems and Matterport expect to deliver the integrated solution to the AEC market in 2018.