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4/20/2020 | 2 MINUTE READ

Exact Metrology offers portable 3D laser scanner

Originally titled 'Portable 3D laser scanner for large objects'
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The Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner is a portable coordinate measuring machine designed to measure large-scale objects.


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3D laser scanner

Source | Exact Metrology


Leica Geosystems’ (St. Gallen, Switzerland) Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner, distributed by comprehensive metrology service provider Exact Metrology (Brookfield, Wis., U.S.), is a portable coordinate measuring machine designed to measure large-scale objects.

The RTC360 3D laser scanner is designed for professionals managing project complexities with accurate and reliable 3D representations. This scanner combines a high-performance 3D laser scanner with Leica Cyclone Field 360, a mobile device app for edge computing that automatically registers scans in real time and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360, an office software that integrates the 3D model into the workflow. Additional features include capturing scans, including enriching HDR imagery, in less than two minutes, automatically recording moves from station to station and augmenting data capture with information tags.

This laser scanner uses 3D reality capture, a process of scanning and capturing any site in a 3D digital model, combining measurements and imagery. The model can be used for design and comparison purposes in various situations, capturing details with to-the-millimeter accuracy, says Exact Metrology. This technology combines one-touch operation with portability and speed to deliver accuracy, automation and the ability to create 3D environments in minutes.

According to Exact Metrology, many industrial sites present inhospitable environments, where the health and safety of the employees and visitors are at risk due to temperature, corrosive materials, moving machinery and heavy objects. In addition, sites often have networks of pipes, tunnels, storage vessels and other structures that need to be examined. 3D reality capture is said to permit complete site visualization for safety training. Site visibility also greatly improves plant management efficiency. Accurate measurements help designers create extensions without needing to visit the site and enhanced planning of workflow avoids disruptions.

Thanks to 3D reality capture, Exact Metrology says, Building Information Modeling (BIM) experts save time and money as BIM processes become more efficient, from the accuracy of construction documentation to design and build quality assurance. The latest laser scanning technological developments improve understanding and documentation of the build environment through the use of millimeter-accurate laser scanning and High-Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery. By using 3D reality capture, previews of data and imagery are viewable onsite directly from a tablet, enabling scans to be checked and verified before going to the office. 

With a measuring rate up to 2 million points per second, automated targetless field registration (based on VIS technology) and automated transfer of data from site to office, the device and software is also said to reduce time spent in the field and maximize productivity.

Furthermore, the scanner’s portable design and collapsible tripod are designed to fit into most backpacks. Low noise data allows for better images, resulting in crisp, high-quality scans that can be used in a variety of applications.

As part of the RTC360 solution, the Cyclone FIELD 360 links the 3D data acquisition in the field with the laser scanner and data registration in the office with Cyclone REGISTER 360. The user can automatically capture, register and examine scan and image data.


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