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Trimble Builds 3D Models via Scanning Data

By CIOReview | Friday, April 25, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS: Trimble, a provider of GPS, and internal navigation systems has launched Trimble Scan Explorer Extension, to simplify the process of creating, accessing and sharing precise 3D models of the real world for SketchUp Pro. This easy-to-use tool help architects, engineers and geospatial professionals to create models via 3D scanning data.

Trimble Scan Explorer Extension rapidly decreases the time required to generate a SketchUp Pro 3D model from scan data. Its streamlined tools and one-touch features allows users to quickly gather points and lines involved in construction, which would further be used as a path to simplify and expedite the modeling process. While modeling building interiors and facades, the efficiency of the modeling is increased by automated plane extraction tools.

"SketchUp's enormous popularity as a design tool is rooted in its capacity to make many complex processes easier and more efficient. The Trimble Scan Explorer Extension for SketchUp Pro reinforces our mission to deliver SketchUp’s benefits to new users and for new uses," said Chris Keating, director of the Architecture Division, Trimble Buildings Group.

When working with cloud points, the extraction tool of the extension helps users to easily decrypt important signs from the scan data directly into their model building space for visual references. The Structural edges are then brought into SketchUp as guidelines and a click on the button displays outline of the structure.  

"By seamlessly integrating powerful tools across our broad range of best-in-class solutions, Trimble is helping transform the way our customers work and accomplish more every day. The integrated workflow provided by Scan Explorer brings the accessibility of 3D modeling to more users for as-built analysis and design changes. Professionals can now easily create visual 3D models that provide a true representation of the environment they are working in—improving the communication, collaboration and quality of deliverable that they can provide to their clients," said Alain Samaha, business area director of GIS and Software, Trimble's Geospatial Division.

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