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Reality Capture takes flight with ReCap Photo and Xeon processing

Reality Capture Guru
October 5, 2017

Harnessing the power of cloud-computing produces more immersive design visualizations and precision.

The advantages of using reality capture technology for design and construction are clear. No one disputes that extremely accurate records of conditions lead to efficiencies and better quality throughout the process. But with any new technology, the barrier to industry adoption comes down to time and money. Fortunately, reality capture technologies are getting faster and less expensive.

From a money perspective, the cost of LiDAR scanners continues to decrease even as their features increase. The same is true for drones. So now, companies use cameras mounted on drones instead of costly fixed-wing charters. Cameras on drones can take lots of pictures from different angles (a basic requirement for photogrammetry) at an affordable price. And companies can avoid the expense of creating as-is models from scratch based on traditional survey information.

But how about time? The sheer amount of math needed to stitch together a large number of photographs and generate a 3D model requires a powerful processor. Your everyday desktop PC might take hours or days to process the photos.

Enter cloud-computing, ReCap Photo, and Intel Xeon processors.

Powering photo-to-3D workflows

Autodesk ReCap Photo is a new cloud-connected solution tailored for drone-based capture. Available with a subscription ReCap Pro subscription, ReCap Photo cloud processing uses Intel’s multicore Xeon processors. In fact, the ReCap Photo application and cloud-service take advantage of these powerful processors.

The photogrammetry process of the ReCap Photo software happens in the cloud on Xeon processors. But other features of ReCap Photo (and ReCap Pro)—such as 3D model visualization, editing, and model exporting to other Autodesk solutions like Revit, InfraWorks, or Civil 3D—are performed locally on the user’s workstation. These features can also benefit from powerful Xeon processors. For example, you can use ReCap locally to merge laser scanned point clouds from LiDAR surveys with drone-based point clouds or post-process 3D models for web viewing.


ReCap Photo and Intel Xeon workflow

ReCap Photo and Intel Xeon workflow

ReCap Photo can be used to create virtual 3D simulations that require heavy local processing power without latency. Xeon processors support these workflows—enabling projects team to better explore and communicate their design visions.

Earlier this year, Autodesk and Intel benchmarked the scalability of ReCap Photo on local Xeon processors. Creating a 3D model from 164 test photos was 44 percent faster when performed on the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processor–based workstation, compared to a 3-year-old platform*.

The payoff

At the end of the day, more affordable and capable drone hardware solutions coupled with faster automation of complex processes can lead to a more successful project delivery. The technology is cost-effective for companies of all sizes.

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* Configurations: Baseline: 2x Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2697 v3 (28 cores, 2.6 GHz), a 1.2 TB Intel® SSD 750 Series drive with NVMe*, and 2x NVIDIA Quadro P6000*. Newer system: Intel Xeon processor W-2156 (8 cores, 3.7 GHz).



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