Since 1917, NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) has been conducting aeronautical and aerospace research on military and civilian aircraft and spacecraft. Located in Hampton, Virginia, LaRC includes more than 290buildings on 788 acres. To support facility management, operations, and remodeling/retrofitting construction, LaRC’s GIS team uses a variety of technologies including GPS, optical total stations, and Reality Computing to collect and share spatial information.
For example, the team recently used Reality Computing to scan and generate an as-built 3D model of LaRC’s Hypersonic Facilities Complex, which houses multiple hypersonic wind tunnels. The team used a Faro Focus 3D laser scanner to capture 1,544 scans that were processed in Autodesk ReCap with target-less registration. The resulting point clouds were then used in Revit to develop very accurate as-built architectural and structural steel models.
NASA reports that its use of Reality Computing dramatically reduced the time it normally spends on this process. “Autodesk ReCap has allowed us to minimize user interaction saving us time with target-less registration,” says Jason Hall, a NASA measurement specialist. “What once took 16 weeks of work is now done in 4 weeks. ReCap has been a key factor in reducing the time spent on the overall workflow.”
For more information about how LaRC’s GIS team used Reality Computing techniques and technology to map several other buildings and over 2.7 miles of utility tunnels, check out this article!
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