What is Reality Capture?

Reality capture is not just one technology but a whole group of technologies revolutionizing the construction tech industry. It’s all based around the premise that being able to scan a building or object, then transfer that scan into a modeling or visualization plan, can help better represent what is taking place on the job site. 

There are a number of ways that reality capture software is making a significant impact on the industry, but even with that cursory explanation, it can appear obvious why it might be so important. 

The idea that you can 3D scan something on a construction site, gather all the data points, and then be able to create 3D models that anyone all over the globe can access is astounding. It has allowed for real-time analysis, and the ability for all stakeholders to get together in a virtual room and go through the current state of the project–even if the architect is in New York City, the engineer in Shanghai, and the owner in San Francisco. 

How Can Capturing Reality Help Me?

Someone using VR to look at a building project

Because there are more than one reality capture softwares, tools, and techniques, there’s more than one answer to this question. But here are some thoughts:

Drone Technology

Drone technology is becoming ubiquitous on the job site, especially on large sites spanning large areas, such as large commercial projects, industrial projects, and infrastructure projects. As drones become more and more affordable and easier to operate–and more intelligent and better at capturing reality–they can be an almost constant site buzzing over construction sites.

These drones create a map of the site, using a coordinate system, and can capture data in a point cloud. From the information that these drones generate, entire maps of job sites are manufactured and transferred through the reality capture tool into a BIM product. In BIM (Building Information Modeling) a wireframe is constructed digitally for the project. 

And from that BIM modeling, all stakeholders in a project, whether they’re down the street or across the country, can see in real-time the exact status of the project. Some BIM modeling can be as detailed as to show the individual studs and even electrical work. This all helps to save time and expense as the project continues, because these stakeholders can identify problems early and address them while they’re small. 

Far beyond the time that the drones land and are shut down, architects and engineers can access the BIM data to see the progress of the site, locate areas where there may be potential problems, look for oversights and mistakes, and prevent disasters before they happen. 

LiDAR Scanning

LiDAR, also known as laser scanning, fires pulses of laser light and then measures the amount of time it takes for the light to come back. You may have heard of LiDAR technology being used in archaeology fields to locate ruins in the thick undergrowth of Mexico or the Amazon. But it’s also used on a construction site for the same effect, with its 3D laser scanning producing highly accurate data sets. 

LiDAR can be used from the ground or the air, so it is seen in surveying equipment on the ground, in drones in the air, or even in low-flying aircraft–especially if using the LiDAR to survey a large span like a highway or bridge under construction. 

A step ahead of its predecessor, photogrammetry software (a type of 3D scanning that uses photography and triangulation to create 3D models), LiDAR is really pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished with the technology that we have right now. And the bright news is that this is only the beginning, as newer technologies based on LiDAR are being tested even now.

LIDAR is being used in construction in many ways. It’s penetrating lasers can help to map out a job site before the land clearing process has gone underway, to identify obstacles and even structures that exist below the foliage. It can even be used on clear-cut terrain to locate underlying structures such as culverts, water mains, and the foundations of buildings that have been covered in earth. All of this goes to make the process of preparing a job site for work so much easier. 

On-the-Ground Robots

We live in an age where robots move freely on job sites. While not as common sights as drones, robots, often tracked vehicles about the size of a large cooler, will roam the job site in a way similar to a Roomba. These roaming robots are recording more than just what can be viewed from aerial cameras and laser scanning, they are recording indoor things like positions of fixtures, columns, and even electrical outlets. 

It’s safe to say that any large construction project in the near future is going to have these roaming robots traversing the site and making highly detailed maps of the interiors of buildings. 

These robots, as they create detailed maps of structures, are building a real-time map from the ground level of the job site. This is different from the work which can be accomplished with drones, as the on-the-ground robots can work in buildings that already have roofs built. The mapping that these robots do can be uploaded and turned into a BIM graphical interface. 

BIM (Building Information Modeling)

BIM is where the rubber meets the road in terms of laser scanners and high-technology drones. If it weren’t for BIM to create a digital twin of the construction site that is being examined, architecture and engineering fields wouldn’t be getting much use out of it in the real world.

With these four methods of reality capture, one can continue to leverage point clouds and work with reality capture technology now and in the future.

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Ivan Marten

Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group

Ivan Marten is a senior partner emeritus at Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from April 2019. He has supported various companies in the energy, Oil & Gas, power, and environment sectors on developing their strategic visions for over 30 years. Ivan holds a degree in economics and business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was named one of the" Top 25 most influential consultants of the year by Consulting Magazine in 2003.

Javier San Juan

President of the Latin America Region at L’Oreal

Javier is the president of the Latin America region at L’Oreal. He is a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from January 2019. He has over 27 years of experience with a world leading cosmetic company where he held various positions across Europe and the Americas. Javier holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Economics from the University ICADE in Spain, and a Diplôme HEC from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris He is the co-founder of Gibraltar Corporation and is one of the advisory board members.

Elizabeth Coronado

Co-Founder and Head of Marketing

Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She has three years of experience supporting the management of internal and external communications. She holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Miami.

She works hand-in-hand with multiple departments including Quality Management System, Human Resources, and Marketing. She is currently involved in the process of raising funds.

Argenis Pelayo

Product Manager

Argenis has a bachelor's degree in Geophysical Engineering and an MBA. 

Argenis is experienced in the implementation of agile methodology, and project planning. He is knowledgeable in C++, MATLAB, and Python programming languages. He has almost two years of experience in his field.

King Yung

Data Processing Specialist

King is a mechanical maintenance engineer with an MBA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and certified in laser scanning. He is focused on industrial data processing in Panama, the Republic of Panama.

Eduardo Colmenares

Technical Sales

Eduardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and is certified in laser scanning. Eduardo has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Valentin Malave

Project Leader

Valentin is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience as a project engineer. In the last two years, he has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in Houston, TX. He has specialized and is certified in laser scanning.

Ana Gutierrez

Project Leader

Ana has 10 years of experience in the design and engineering area of telecommunications and networks, and digitalization. In the last four years, she has specialized and certified in laser scanning.

Customer and results-oriented. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering, a Master in Management, and a MBA.

Roberto Ocando Morales

Research & Development Leader

Roberto holds an associate degree in information technology and a law degree. He has an MBA and a specialization in strategic senior management.

He has been a scrum master focused on software and applications development. He has 24 years of experience in his field.

He was second place within the 100 Best Technology Projects Executed in Venezuela in 2006- according to IT Manager 100 Empresas High-Tech 2006

Marvelys Gonzalez

Head of Operations

Marvelys is a civil engineer with a master in project management and specialized in project design and hydraulic engineering. She also holds an MBA and a master in Big Data & Business Intelligence.

She has more than 17 years of experience in her field, and for the last three years, she has focused on industrial data processing. She is located in Mexico City (DF).

Hernan Ocando

IT Team Leader

Hernan has more than 20 years of experience in computer science, cryptography, IT, data center design, telecommunications, and digitalization.

He also has experience as an information security management system auditor, and data processing platform manager in both private and public corporations.

Hernan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Management.

Freddy Martinez

Partner and President

Freddy is a successful senior executive with more than 35 years of experience supporting global companies in their growth.

Freddy is a strong business development professional with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MSE focused on materials science & engineering from The Moore School, University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were simultaneously earned from 1984 to 1986.

Daniel Coronado

COO & Co-Founder

Daniel is the chief operating officer and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for leading the entire overall global operations of JP Global Digital and the implementation of organic growth.

Daniel has a law degree. He has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.

Ysaac Coronado

CEO and Co-Founder

Ysaac is the CEO and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for the overall business performance of JP Global Digital and is highly committed to the development of high-quality 3D digital solutions and to obtain the highest level of client satisfaction and growth for the Oil & Gas, Large Industrial, and Maritime Sectors.

Ysaac has a law degree with a specialization in corporate law. Ysaac has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.