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Leica + Autodesk = a Reality Capture Game Changer

Reality Capture Guru
November 15, 2016

Leica BLK 360

Did you hear the exciting news announced at AU?!?

Leica Geosystems has developed the smallest, fastest, easiest to use imaging/laser scanner in the world: the BLK360. Better yet, Autodesk has developed a ReCap Pro mobile application to remotely control the data collection process of the BLK360.

So why is this such a big deal? To anyone using or investigating scanners for capturing existing conditions at a project site, you know the issues. Scanning technology—both hardware and software—is awesome. The technology is powerful and precise. But let’s face facts. It can also be expensive and complicated. So, even though the cost and complexity of the technology has fallen dramatically over the last few years, it still represents a significant barrier for many companies and industry professionals. This is particularly true for small to mid-size companies that can’t afford large capital expenditures or internal scanning specialists.

As such, the vast majority of building renovation or expansion projects rely on 2D drawings, or manual measurements, or outsourced scanning to capture existing conditions. But we all know the issues. As-built documentation doesn’t necessarily reflect as-built conditions. Manual measurements are inherently error prone. And the expense of hiring scanning contractors for every job can be overwhelming.


BLK360 and ReCap Pro for mobile app to the rescue

The cost of a standard, industry-grade scanner—capable of capturing the distances required on a typical building project—can range from $75,000 to $100,000. Whereas Leica’s new BLK360 scanner has a retail cost of just under $16,000. In addition to this comparatively low cost, the scanner is extremely easy to use, featuring on-the-fly image and point cloud processing. With the push of a button, the scanner captures both 360° image documentation and laser scan data, which are automatically stitched and registered in the ReCap Pro for mobile app.

The cylindrical-shaped scanner is small and lightweight—6.5 inches tall, 4 inches in diameter, and only 2.2pounds—making it very portable. It has a range of 60 meters and you can scan in high, standard, and fast resolutions. It takes less than 3 minutes (using a standard resolution) for a full-dome scan with 150-megapixel spherical image generation.

All aspects of the reality capture process are controlled with the ReCap Pro for mobile app, which will be available July 2017. The ReCap app allows you to automatically register and visualize scanned data in the field, and then upload 3D models and panoramic images to the cloud for sharing and collaboration. And the ReCap data can be seamlessly used in Autodesk design solutions such as AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, 3dsMax, Infraworks, Inventor and more.

Autodesk ReCap Mobile App

Check it out!

If you’re still at AU, you can stop by the ReCap booth (#2033) to see the products for yourself. To pre-order the BLK360 and the new ReCap for mobile app, or for more information about the products, visit

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