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From the BBC World Service

Sharper than Reality












Using reality computing in the form of laser-equipped drones to map Finland’s forests, Sharper Shape could be reducing utility company’s costs by up to 50%.

“We create a model that is sharper than the reality. We create a model within a centimeter accuracy of all of the components of power transmission – poles, pylons, isolators. But we also create a model of each individual tree, which enables us to understand the clearance distances.” The data is also used to model the vegetation’s growth, allowing the company to predict risks such as when a tree might fall onto the power cables. Mr Heinonen suggests that his firm’s UAVs could reduce utility company costs by up to 50%.

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Rick Rundell

Rick Rundell is a Technology and Innovation Strategist and Senior Director at Autodesk, where his roles have included launching and evangelizing building information modeling (BIM), introducing conceptual building design and simulation tools, and creating and launching cloud and mobile applications for construction. Rick created and leads the AEC Innovation Engagement program, which includes Autodesk Startups-in-Residence (STIR)—an incubator offering free space and support to selected startups—and the Autodesk BUILD Space, a 34,000 sf innovation lab and workshop for research in digital fabrication methods in the building industry in Boston's Seaport Innovation District.