Making 3D Building Models with Your Tablet


Lately, building information modeling (BIM) software giants have been all about bringing models and information to the building site. This usually involves a cloud platform that links up to your tablet so you can see what’s going on. But what if you could actually create those models and information on-site using your tablet? 

Using Machine Vision for BIM

For quite some time, apps like Autodesk’s 123D Catch have given us the ability to scan objects in 3D using cell phones. However, we’ve been limited to relatively small objects like that Roman bust you saw at a museum or the ultimate Instagram picture of your dinner.

A new type of software developed by a research team at ETH Zurich, an engineering university in Switzerland, gives a tablet computer the ability to see, record and generate a 3D model of an entire building.

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