New Method for 3D Scanning Buildings Uses Machine Learning

As 3D scanning technologies continue to become more accessible, industries are finding new applications for using them. Among others, these include construction companies that are now using 3D scanners to acquire detailed building information. While many newer buildings may still have accurate construction data stored electronically for remodeling or refurbishing existing buildings, this isn’t always the case—particularly for older buildings built long before the advent of computer-aided drafting (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM). In an effort to streamline the time-consuming and tedious task of collecting architectural details by hand, a team of Stanford researchers has recently added a level of automation to the existing process of collecting reliable building information with the aid of 3D scanners.   The system replaces the manual method of using a measuring tape and…


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