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Leading UAS solution, Site Scan, leverages the next generation of ReCap engine

Mitko Vidanovski
November 22, 2016

Leading UAS solution, Site Scan, leverages the next generation of ReCap engine

As we know, UAVs have become an increasingly popular tool for virtual design in construction, engineering, and surveying to capture existing conditions, monitor progress, and drive day to day decisions on-site. Over the past two years, 3D Robotics have developed a premier software solution for aerial data aggregation via the Autodesk Forge platform to deliver the most accurate UAS tool for AEC. This week, 3DR and Autodesk are proud to announce the next generation of ReCap photogrammetry engine, available now to Site Scan customers.

Now process 500 photos

Site Scan customers can now process up to 500 images-double the previous limit. This enables the generation of orthomosaics much larger than was previously possible, and the integration of more oblique images for enhanced detail on vertical surfaces.


80% faster

Site Scan customers can get their results 80% faster than before. Improvements to code and server architecture mean no job will take longer than 8 hours to process and typically processing completes in an hour or two.


Optimized for orthomosaics

When the 3DR team released Site Scan with the 20MP Sony UMC-R10C camera, they knew they needed the best possible photogrammetry engine to deliver actionable intelligence to the work site. Having focused on perfecting the 3D model of buildings and built objects, the ReCap team turned their attention to the 2D orthomosaic, which is at the core of the 3DR aerial BIM tool. The team-wide initiative led to the next generation of ReCap, designed specifically for the orthomosaic while maintaining the same level of model quality and accuracy as previously achieved. The result is that Site Scan users will see noticeably improved resolution and quality (see below).


Leading UAS solution, Site Scan, leverages the next generation of ReCap


Improvements like optimizing images for orthomosaics are essential for Site Scan users who plan to overlay their BIM and CAD models on top of the data they’ve collected from their UAS. Any issues with construction identified in the morning can be fixed, documented, or a change order can be created by the end of the day. Other improvements that are launching include an option for viewing the orthomosaic in Site Scan Manager, the web viewer.


Interested in using UAV technology at your company? Want to hear more about Site Scan? Reach out to the team at

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Mitko Vidanovski

Mitko Vidanovski is an author and manager of the Autodesk ReCap blog. A Master's Degree Architect who joined the Reality Solutions Team in 2012 helping Autodesk lift two new innovative products on the market ReCap and ReMake. He is responsible for leading the online community efforts, developing product analysis, and making pilot tests of new technologies involving 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry. Previous to Autodesk, Mitko worked in progressive environments such as Otherlab and Because We Can, where he gained experience in various fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling.