Leica Geosystems Offers 3D Reality Capture Solution for Boston Dynamics Spot
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Leica Geosystems Offers 3D Reality Capture Solution for Boston Dynamics Spot

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced a reality capture solution combining Boston Dynamics’ agile mobile robot Spot with the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner. By programming the devices to repeat automated scanning paths through sites, this significantly reduces the scanning time spent by human operators. Since this requires minimal monitoring by the user, it allows for increased scanning efficiency, productivity and flexibility when planning reality capture tasks.

Professionals in many different industries such as construction, manufacturing, facility management, public safety, defence, media and entertainment or any other industry with autonomous scanning needs can benefit from programmed scanning tasks, especially for locations that must be repeatedly scanned for up-to-date digital twins.  

Combining captured scan data from station to station

Whenever accurate, reliable and up-to-date 3D data is needed, the integration of Leica Geosystems’ RTC360 technology onto the Spot mobile robot provides significant additional customer value. Spot’s ability to cover many types of terrain and the RTC360’s Visual Inertial System (VIS) both support flexible and agile laser scanning workflows. While mounted atop Spot, the Leica RTC360’s VIS technology uses five cameras to track the scanner’s movement within the site between the scans. The VIS system provides highly accurate and automated in-field pre-registration to streamline the reality capture process. While scanning, the user only needs to trigger each scan remotely via a mobile device while Spot and the RTC360 navigate the programmed scanning path.

This allows users to speed up routine as-built documentation tasks and capture data accurately, quickly and frequently. It also automatically combines captured scan data from station to station as it knows its location in the space. This results in a completely pre-registered point cloud of the entire scanned site, which makes final data processing in the office much easier.

“Making the RTC360 and VIS technology available on Spot is a great step forward to provide autonomous reality capture solutions,” said Thomas Harring, CEO of Leica Geosystems. “Customers benefit from the user-friendly combination of both devices. Our relationships with leading technology experts enable us to accelerate our delivery of these technologies while addressing the growing need for autonomy, automation of construction processes, and precision in 3D scanning.”

The benefits of a mapping robot

Once Spot and the RTC360 learn a programmed scanning route through a location, they can more easily and quickly repeat that route for regular scanning. The remote control of the Leica RTC360 via a mobile device allows Spot’s agility and mobility to cover terrain that may be difficult or hazardous for a human operator.

The new Leica RTC360 for Spot includes all the necessary installation accessories, a protection bar for the scanner cameras and Leica Geosystems software ensuring that users can get started within minutes. The RTC360 installation kit for Spot is available through Leica Geosystems’ distribution channels and Spot through Boston Dynamics’ channels.

Further information can be found at: Leica RTC360 3D Laser Scanner

Leica RTC360 on the Boston Dynamics Spot mobile robot covering scans in difficult or hazardous terrains.

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