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smartgeometrics 2014 For more Solutions visit velocity 45 TOP: Scanning a unique space with the glide- arm vest rig. BOTTOM: The ATProfi ler with boomattached. capabilities," says Frei, "because we want to deliv- er the best accuracy possible. The data through- put as well as the communication capabilities— Ethernet instead of serial communication—are critical elements as well. "In addition, we use the GNSS time-synchroni- zation device for all involved measuring sensors in our ProScan system, so it really plays a central role in the entire system morphology. This capability is not just used in outdoor environments, when satel- lites are being tracked, but also in indoor environ- ments, when no satellites can be tracked." The use of the FlexPak6 as a time-synchroni- zation device for outdoor and especially indoor applications is unique and represents a totally new approach to capturing objects in 3D with high precision. Frei says collaboration with R&D specialists continues: "Currently, there is a daily exchange of test data, test results and new firmware releases to optimize the capabilities of the FlexPak6 for different measuring scenarios." The entire ProScan system is controlled and operated via p3dsystems software, which also performs the calculations and computations to transform the measurements, creating a fully geo-referenced point cloud. Fast friends Billingsley says the relationship between SmartGeoMetrics and p3dsystems actually pre- dates p3dsystems: "It began, as most things do, with a problem that we were trying to solve. We had a video game developer who was trying to find a new way to capture auto-racing circuits. They had several criteria that needed to be met: 6-8-cm accuracy, the ability to capture an entire circuit in 1-2 days, and to mobilize and be onsite in 4-5 days, worldwide. "We started with Christian Hesse on what became the ProScan system and, along the way, Hesse, Harald Vennegeerts and Erwin Frei launched p3d systems." "Contacts intensified," Frei adds, "and even- tually led to the purchase of a demo system by SmartGeoMetrics. They then became the first reseller of p3d system products in the USA." Pack it up Billingsley says p3d systems built the only solu- tion that met their client's criteria. "As time has passed, they have been very supportive as we at SmartGeoMetrics have continued to push the envelope by mounting the ProScan on every- thing from ATVs to canoes." Indeed, Billingsley says, it was the need for fast mobilization that tipped everything in favor of the ProScan: "The entire unit breaks down into 3–4 Pelican cases so that you can fly anywhere with the ProScan as your checked luggage. "It's almost like having a half-a-million-dollar mobile LiDAR rig that fits in a couple of suitcases. That adaptability extends to the laser scanner as well, because the unit will work with any of sev- eral profiling terrestrial laser scanners." "The versatility is almost limitless," says Frei. "Whenever a task demands precision, low cost and high speed, the ProScan system is a solution to be considered. It is the only system that can be used in indoor environments for high-precision, high-productivity applications, including the cap- turing of 3D data for architecture, engineering, civil engineering, gaming, virtual reality, prog- ress monitoring, security, forensics, petrochemi- cals of course, and more." " " It's almost like having a half- a-million- dollar mobile LiDAR rig that fi ts in a couple of suitcases. Photos courtesy of SmartGeometrics.

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