Site Scan is out!
I was hired at 3DR around a year ago with the mandate to build our first enterprise product. A year later, we have delivered. I am proud to announce that my team and I have released Site Scan, an intuitive, tablet-based ground control station that is deeply integrated with the Autodesk software stack so familiar to enterprise users in infrastructure, transportation, and construction.
Site Scan enables a novice user to automatically inspect, survey, or scan a project with a few taps or swipes. The imagery then uploads to the Autodesk ReCap engine to seamlessly generate an ortho, mesh, and point cloud which is scaled, georeferenced, and ready to drop into any Autodesk application via the A360 Cloud.
This workflow has already driven increased efficiencies in construction in combination with BIM360, infrastructure with Infraworks, and transportation with Civil 3D. Click here to see one of my favorite Autodesk Technical Account Managers, George Hatch, walk through the Site Scan workflow at a cement plant in Texas.
While I see the power of Site Scan, it was also really incredible to see how the mainstream news media picked up on our launch. More than 13 articles were published that cumulatively generated tens of millions of impressions.
Take a look at a few of them below and check out my little Easter egg from the website in the image below.
Quote: “All the data the drone collects is stored in 3DR’s cloud and sent to the Autodesk Cloud for analysis. It can also be sent to other professional design and engineering systems, 3DR says.”
Quote: “3DR is aiming the system at telecommunications, energy, infrastructure and mapping operations in addition to construction.”
Outlet: Fast Company
Quote: “The next version of 3D Robotics’s high-end Solo drone will feature Sony’s new UMC-R10C camera, which not only takes far more detailed images than ever before, but also can upload those images to the cloud right from the camera. “
Quote: “Using 3DR’s 4-pound, tablet-controlled Solo, surveyors simply trace a flight pattern on a Google Map and then keep eyes on the drone as it flies autonomously over a construction site.
Quote: “If you’re worried about flying into restricted airspace, Site Scan will lets users draw geo-fences on the tablet screen with their fingers. The Site Scan app also runs 3DR’s airspace safety information software, so you’ll get an alert if you’re about to fly in restricted airspace.
Outlet: PC World
Quote: “Construction is one of the uses for Site Scan, a system that drone maker 3D Robotics announced on Monday with Sony and Autodesk.”
Outlet: Civil + Structural Engineer
Quote: “Site Scan makes it safer and easier than ever for people in construction, telecom, GIS, mapping energy, infrastructure and related fields to aggregate and process multiple forms of reality capture data and perform inspections, the company said.”
Outlet: Construction Dive
Quote: “3D Robotics has announced a collaboration with Autodesk and Sony that enables work-site drone data collection and processing on a single platform, or “drone to cloud solution,” called Site Scan”
Outlet: Directions Magazine
Quote: “3DR Announces Site Scan, The Premier Aerial Analytics Platform for Data Collection And Cloud Analysis with The Solo Smart Drone 3DR collaborates with Autodesk and Sony to deliver a best-in-class solution for collecting and analyzing aerial data.”
Outlet: Robotics Tomorrow
Quote: “3DR collaborates with Autodesk and Sony to deliver a best-in-class solution for collecting and analyzing aerial data.”
Outlet: The Verge
Quote: “3D Robotics, one of the biggest US drone makers, announced this morning that it is partnering with Autodesk and Sony to create a high end version of this Solo Drone.”
Originally published at Daniel D. McKinnon.