SiteScape is a novel 3D scanning technology for the LiDAR enabled iPad Pro and the developer recently launched the beta for a real-time point cloud capture app. To understand the implications of this technology for the AEC industry, especially when it comes to the iPhone 12 Pro, we engaged into a short interaction with Andy Putch, Founder, SiteScape.
A. Beta testers are looking to use this as a progress monitoring, documentation, and remote site access/collaboration tool. I believe ultra-low barrier 3D scanning will be a valuable extension to tools like OpenSpace and Matterport.
Q. How Does SiteScape compare to SLAM devices (e.g. BLK3D or GeoSLAM) or traditional laser scanners?
A. This is closer to DotProduct3D and is not an alternative to SLAM or traditional laser scanners. It comes at a vastly lower price point, is suitable for novice users, and produces results in the field that can be immediately shared.
Q. What is the accuracy of SiteScape point clouds?
A. The underlying tech is the same as the Apple Measure App and our testing shows that accuracy is similar (+/- 1″ for linear measurements). The max range of the LiDAR sensor is 15′. We’ve found that indoors, tracking drift is very low (1″ – 2″) for distances below 40′ and increases for larger distances. A single scan can cover 1500 sqft with suitable detail and multiple scans can be captured back to back and then registered into one continuous model.
Q. How much will the app cost?
The basic point cloud scanning and export will be free. Simple 3D capture on mobile devices is already becoming a commodity and will be standard on the next wave of flagship mobile phones (iPhone 12 Pro and Pixel 5). This mesh scanning app is a great example. The true value to customers will lie in a platform that organizes scan data, provides analytics/collaboration tools, workflow support, and integrates with industry tools like Procore, PlanGrid, or BIM360. That’s too much to build all at once so we are using the beta to identify a single high-value problem that we can address.
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