Sphere SaaS platform solution designed to unite point cloud data and 360° reality capture
Faro has unveiled its new 4D Construction Progress Management Solution on its Sphere SaaS platform, providing a central location for users to capture, view, share and analyse reality capture data.
The central component to the new solution is the Sphere Viewer, which uses a combination of computer vision, photogrammetry and artificial intelligence to create what Faro describes as a comprehensive virtual jobsite.
The new viewer is said to analyse point clouds and 360° photos in a unified environment, removing reality capture data silos and enabling faster analysis.
In addition to the Sphere Viewer, the solution includes: VideoMode, which uses 360° videos to enable faster and easier site documentation; ProgressAI, which uses AI to detect and report site progress; and a brand-new Robotics API, which allows robotic manufacturers to integrate and directly import reality captured data from robots straight into the virtual jobsite. The first robot to leverage the Robotics API will be Spot from Boston Dynamics.
“Our 4D solution brings together 3D models from different capture devices and different accuracy levels to ease navigation, increase user accessibility, and enable unprecedented progress management with the ability to report, verify and compare all angles of a project over time,” said Patrick Bohle, president, Faro Building Insights.
“For the first time, we can unite speed, accuracy and analytics capabilities of stationary and mobile 3D laser scanning as well as 360° photo and video,” added Will Plato, senior VDC manager at Hensel Phelps, a leader in general contract and construction work for the planning, building and management of landmark buildings. “Gone are the days of static, standalone point cloud and 360° projects.”
Thr Faro 4D Construction Progress Management Solution is expected to be released later this year.