One feature of RTC was the increased application of 3D scanning and point cloud technology in architecture. In some ways this topic showed the breadth of RTC as all aspects of scanning were covered.
In the exhibit hall the capture technology was represented by hardware suppliers and consultants offering scanning services. Sessions covered a variety of topics including:
- The capture process: Scanning consultants and their clients sharing the reality of reality capture. Practical advice to get the best captures and avoid pitfalls.
- Use of Revit tools and add-on packages to import, manipulate and process point clouds into a working BIM.
- Government and professional organisations looking to incorporate scan info into requirements, best practice and certification processes.
- Users showcasing local projects which made extensive use of point cloud capture.
Unfortunately recent seismic events in New Zealand have made the use of scanning a growth business. The challenge of many damaged buildings to rebuild combined with lost or inadequate records mean this technology has arrived at the right time.