THE PROBLEM OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
The world of technology is constantly changing and improving each industry. It pushes our capacity and budgets to the limit. In return it promises us efficiency and productivity. It simplifies our process and generally makes our businesses stronger. Still, there is a huge learning curve whenever a new technology touches an industry.
The end users have to figure out how to apply the new technology to their particular project . This often takes technical prowess and a certain level of imagination. The manufacturers, on the other hand, are constantly reviewing their product. They are looking to determine its limitations and find new ways to improve it, so that it will be more accessible for a wider range of applications. This process always takes longer than either side would like to admit.
HOW IT IMPACTS THE AEC INDUSTRIES
The architectural, engineering, and construction industries are in this situation with the flurry of interest in 3D scanners and new versions of architectural visualization. These machines have singlehandedly cut down on man hours and errors in both the planning and production phases. Companies are now able to manage more projects at once and save money on errors and RFPs in the process. It is an exciting time to be in the 3D Scanning and 3D Modeling industry.
Still, the issue of the learning curve for 3D scanning is actually steeper in some respects than other technologies. It has two layers to master in order to receive a quality deliverable.
A technician has to master the 3D scanner and the ways in which it captures the data of any given structure. Some even have to spend a good deal of time merging separate point clouds and decluttering areas where multiple point clouds overlap. This is often the result of a 3D scanner trying to capture the data of a space larger than their equipment’s limitations. In order to do so, they have to move their scanner to several different places within the space to ensure that no data points are left out in their final deliverable.
If that were not enough to learn, the data is fairly useless from a construction or engineering standpoint unless the pixelated image is traced and put into a 3D model. This data is not just pixelated; it is also layered in the sense that fields of depth are not always immediately apparent. 3D modelers have to be extremely cautious to ensure that each point of data from the point cloud is tied to its particular field of depth. While, the model provides the measuring standards for each nook and cranny of the space, it also provides the opportunity to specify gas lines from electrical lines and call out for specific building materials.
All of this detail still takes a great deal of time and a trained eye to ensure that the data points are represented correctly as they are converted to a 3D model. The slightest mistakes have often brought a domino effect of issues, adjustments, and redesign to the pre-production and construction phase of projects from small to large.
ENTER VIRTUAL 3D GROUP
We are dedicated to being on the front end of this learning curve with 3D scanning and 3D modeling because we feel it is necessary to know the full process of point cloud capture and rendering. Yet, we do not own a scanner and never scan projects. Instead, we are here to master the second layer of learning for you – 3D modeling. Our goal as a company is to be a support service to those companies and firms who own a scanner and either do not have a modeling team, or who have more work than their team can handle.
In this way, we come alongside companies to partner with them in their projects. This partnership creates a mutual responsibility for the end product. We want to continue to support the companies we work with in the future, so providing them with an exceptional 3D model or 2D drawing is extremely important to us. In this way Virtual 3D Group provides more than just a 3D model. It gives back some of your most valuable assets:
Your skills used elsewhere
Your time given to more pressing matters
Your sanity to focus where it counts most
SOME RECENT SUPPORT PROJECTS
AMC theaters is now the largest movie theater chain in the world with over 380 movie theaters. In an effort to redesign their customer’s viewing experience and maximize the seating capacity in their theaters, AMC set out to have over 100 of their theaters captured by a scanning firm based in Detroit, Michigan. This firm has captured the 3D scans with Leica P-series scanners to ensure maximum point cloud accuracy, but needed assistance with processing the point cloud data.
Virtual 3D Group has been tasked with providing a 3D model for each theater, averaging three to four models per week. At a Level of Detail (LOD) 300, these models are extremely detailed and provide significant data for AMC Theater’s redesign efforts.
Virtual 3D Group’s president commented that, “These projects are a part of our ongoing partnership with this firm and AMC Theaters. We take it personally that our models are of the highest quality and are delivered on time. That’s what we mean when we say we’ve positioned ourselves to be a Local Modeling Support Service.”
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HOSPITAL
Virtual 3D Group’s newest project is working closely with the University of Michigan’s hospital. The school’s medical programs are among the nation’s most highly acclaimed. Graduates go on to do significant work in caring for patients in every area of medical expertise and help to advance medicine through research efforts.
A recent initiative to remodel a specialized wing of the hospital between the second and third floors brought this project to Virtual 3D Group. As a medical project, precision is of the utmost importance. Everything from the interior components of the hospital wing, to the duct work, gas lines, and electrical in the ceiling have to be modeled accurately. These details not only impact the remodeling process, but also have the potential to set back the hospital’s capacity to serve their patients sooner.
When asked about the project, one of the Virtual 3D Group modelers said, “We are so excited to work alongside of the University of Michigan. They support our region by bringing life and healing to so many, so we are excited to support them in this way.”
The project is now well underway, and Virtual 3D Group is at the forefront of providing the information that will propel this wing of the hospital into a new era of healthcare.
While the interior of and building plays an important part in the productivity and service of any company, the exterior speaks volumes to customers, students, and patients. Just like any long-standing business, there comes a time to put a new face to your business. It is an opportunity to show growth and communicate that you know your customer’s needs. That is what one hotel administrator tasked Virtual 3D Group to support them on.
The point cloud data was a representation of the existing conditions of the hotel façade. In creating a 3D model of the exterior, the architects and engineers were able to collaborate on the hotel’s redesign project. Without a 3D scan and 3D model, these professionals would have had to rely on digital measurements and drawing done manually in the field. Not only did this process save time for the project, it also provided accurate data for them to work with so that their project could be executed smoothly.
“These types of projects often seem small and unimportant for businesses, but this hotel will reap the benefits of this redesign. Customers will see a clean and simple design that communicates that their stay will be immensely enjoyable and safe,” said Virtual 3D Group’s president.
ABOUT VIRTUAL 3D GROUP
Virtual 3D Group has been in operation since 2014 and has always been set on the goal of supporting the 3D scanning industry. Since its inception, Virtual 3D Group has completed well over 100 models ranging from large spaces to small mechanical rooms. It makes no difference if they are supporting an architect who needs an LOD 100 model to keep things on track with their latest project, or if an engineer needs an LOD 300 to dial in the specifications for their latest bid. No matter the project, Virtual 3D Group has positioned themselves to support the 3D scanning industry in modeling their point cloud data. They offer a comprehensive set of services, provide dependable support to their clients, and hire professionals who are easy for your team to work with.