NEWS: UAV-to-cloud solution forged with Autodesk platform

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3D Robotics uses Autodesk Forge to develop inspection, survey and site scanning solution for unmanned aerial vehicles

Leading drone maker 3D Robotics (3DR) is using Autodesk’s Forge platform to develop a new UAV-to-cloud solution that enables construction professionals to perform inspections, surveys and scans of sites from its unmanned aerial vehicles.

3DR is an early adopter of the Forge platform, which consists of a set of Autodesk cloud services, APIs, and SDKs for developers to quickly create data, apps, experiences, and services.

The company has used Autodesk’s ReCap Photo Web application programming interface (API) to develop its reality capture solution. 3DR’s SOLO drone captures data and it is then processed in the cloud by the Autodesk ReCap engine. The resulting reality data (3D point cloud, 2D orthographic views, 3D mesh) is made available on Autodesk A360, from where it can be downloaded to be consumed by Autodesk software to support various use cases such as monitoring sites, measuring stock piles, getting the as-built context, survey and mapping, etc.

3DR’s SOLO drone captures data then processes it in the cloud for to be consumed by Autodesk software

“We are excited to collaborate with 3D Robotics to help field service professionals collect information and make insightful decisions across a variety of industries,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Products at Autodesk. “From the integration of Site Scan and Autodesk cloud services, to their use of the Forge platform, 3D Robotics is opening up new ways of working for our architecture, engineering and construction customers.”

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