Digital Twin Consortium publishes Reality Capture paper

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White paper introduces fundamentals of reality capture and how to use for digital twins


The Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) has published a new white paper that introduces the fundamentals of reality capture, which can play a key role in the lifecycle of a digital twin.

The paper – Reality Capture: A Digital Twin Foundation – is designed to provide organisations with an understanding of reality-capture devices, their applications, and knowledge of essential industries where reality capture has specific considerations.

“Reality capture technologies play an important role in providing context and, depending on the scenario, delivering real, on-time decision support for situational awareness. This in turn enriches digital twin predictive accuracy and outcomes,” said Dan Isaacs, CTO of Digital Twin Consortium. “Situational awareness serves to augment event intelligence for timely, high confidence, data driven, and evidence-based decision making.”

“Reality capture technology has rapidly evolved in the past two decades and continues to be in a state of accelerated change. We work with building owners looking to transform their projects but constantly losing track of this evolving field,” said John Niles, Technology Consultant with Gafcon Digital. “This white paper demystifies the principles that make reality capture successful, guiding users on which tools and techniques to deploy and when and how to integrate reality capture into their strategy.”

Reality-capture is different across different industries as each industry has its own use cases that drive the various hardware and software selections and drive different capture frequencies and accuracy requirements. For instance, a surveyor building a bridge may require a scanner with a range of thousands of feet, whereas an electrical designer surveying an electrical room may only need a scanner with a range of a few feet.

“For digital twins to play a growing role in the industry for simulations, remote control or metaverse experiences, they must accurately reflect built reality,” said Dominique Pouliquen, CEO of Cintoo. “Various technologies are available to capture these conditions, ranging from passive cameras to active laser scanners, but navigating the reality-capture landscape is not easy. There isn’t a single scanning device that meets the criteria for all possible use cases and workflows. Today’s white paper provides information organisations can use to make the right investment decisions.”

The authors of the reality capture whitepaper are hosting a webinar on July 27, 2022

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