BLK2FLY Indoor

BLK2FLY gets autonomous indoor scanning

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Adds capability to autonomous flying laser scanner to scan indoor spaces safely and accurately


The Leica BLK2FLY, the autonomous flying laser scanner from Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, now has the ability to scan indoor spaces.

The new feature, which can be delivered through a free firmware update for existing customers, is designed to provide expanded coverage for complex scanning projects, including digital twins.

The BLK2FLY can now scan in areas without GNSS availability, opening reality capture opportunities in new settings and with new applications, including hazardous indoor areas like nuclear power plants.

Increased performance of the autonomous navigation system are said to heighten the sensor’s spatial awareness, allowing for obstacle avoidance in more confined spaces.

This new capability relies upon advancements to Hexagon’s visual SLAM system, providing real-time spherical imaging that improves the BLK2FLY’s operating range to a radius of 1.5 metres.

“The BLK2FLY, with its advanced autonomous UAV-based scanning, redefined reality capture workflows for multiple industries, especially digital construction, architecture, historic preservation and utilities,” says Pascal Strupler, business director autonomous reality capture at Hexagon’s Geosystems division.

“Digital realities are a crucial component of those workflows, and now that the BLK2FLY is able to scan indoors, users can create complete, comprehensive digital twins of buildings and structures.”

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The BLK2FLY complements Hexagon’s terrestrial and autonomous sensor portfolio. According to Hexagon, when combined, they create complete coverage for any scanning project.

Users can also take advantage of Reality Cloud Studio, powered by HxDR, Hexagon’s cloud application that enables uploading of data to the cloud from the field using a tablet or smartphone to register, mesh and create 3D models of their data from the field automatically.

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