Applying Reality Capture to Civil Site Projects

Applying Reality Capture to Site Civil Projects: A Digital Twin Consortium User Guide

When implemented and managed correctly, reality capture technology accurately and efficiently creates digital duplicates of physical things. As you might expect, reality capture is a critical component underpinning the lifecycle of a digital twin. To help understand the relationship, the DTC’s AECO Working Group is developing user guides that apply reality capture as it pertains to specific industries. These user guides supplement the original DTC white paper “Reality Capture: A Digital Twin Foundation.”

The Working Group has published “Applying Reality Capture to Site Civil Projects: A Digital Twin Consortium User Guide.” Site civil projects can both benefit from and contribute to the development of the digital twin. The guide advises on how to use reality capture for site civil projects to modernize technology and improve operational efficiencies.

The user guide breaks down site civil reality capture for digital twins into areas including:

  • Reality capture devices used for site civil projects
  • Standards, compliance, and specifications, and
  • Future use cases, trends, and technologies supporting digital twins.

Site civil reality capture can benefit project stakeholders in many ways. First, by capturing every visible feature of the existing conditions in a way that can be shared across the team as a visual communication tool. Cloud-based platforms, which are hardware agnostic and easily accessible, are an easy way to view, manipulate and share reality capture data. Second, the data analysis of scan data enables users to extract information like site grading changes and clashes detection of underground utilities with proposed design.

Download the paper below.