What Cloud Computing Means for Lidar in Construction - 07/05/2020


The construction sector is undergoing radical change. The industry is facing many challenges such as rising costs, tight project delivery and building sustainability. Above all, it must address the quality of construction and the need to constantly improve its processes. For a long time, the public clouds did not have what Lidar point cloud applications needed: high-bandwidth networking. But this has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years.

Digitalization will be crucial to making progress on these fronts, with 3D surveying and point cloud technology leading the charge. 2020 will mark a turning point in terms of innovation for the construction industry. We anticipate a focus on the cloud and point clouds, where we will see the delivery of new levels of speed, collaboration and real-time communication.

Tying together the main trends such as 3D printing, portable Lidar scanning, drones and AR/VR, to name a few, cloud technology and point clouds will disrupt this sector. What was a promising innovation a few years ago is today a fully-fledged trend.

Depending on your definition, cloud computing itself has been around for nearly 20 years, with some of its central ideas going back to the mainframe era. In some senses, it can consider itself as a mature technology, being made up of systems that underpin the modern internet. That said, it was not widely adopted until recently, with more services becoming cloud-first. Being a follower in cloud technology has its advantages. By combining mature, but still innovative technologies, with network advances in fibre and 5G networking, we are already seeing more novel applications that enable transformational process changes. 

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Last updated: 14/05/2020