Building 3D Scanning - Matterport
Matterport is the leading spatial data company focused on digitizing and indexing the built world. The all-in-one 3D data platform enables anyone to transform a space into an accurate and immersive digital twin that can be used to design, build, operate, promote and understand any space.
Its technology, which is based on artificial intelligence (Cortex AI) and deep learning, makes it possible to capture any space or building in 3D via a 3D camera but also via an application available on Iphone and Android. Converting buildings into data is what Matterport's spatial computing platform offers. It thus produces a 3D digital twin.
The main feature of Matterport is to create what they call immersive 3D digital twins, which are actually photos and captures of reality transmitted in three dimensions. With the rise of virtual tours, Matterport has seen its activity and its turnover considerably increase for years, even becoming the leading platform in the market for 3D virtual tours.
Technology has made it possible to buy thousands of properties without seeing them. Over time, the number of applications for our technology has grown. The technology is so precise that:
- Architects and engineers use Matterport to plan and manage construction projects
- Retailers use Matterport to remotely manage layout and inventory of physical locations
- Insurance companies use Matterport to assess risk and process claims
The evolution of 3D mapping technology in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) has come a long way since its early days of sketches, designs, and models. Today we have the opportunity to enter a virtual world and see our project in its entirety, from the pipes behind the drywall to the colors and finishes. The impact and development of 3D mapping has not only opened a new connection between the construction industry and business owners with a vision, its implementation is only expected to grow by around 15% d 2025.
As the value of investing in virtual assets becomes more recognizable, our team, like those in many other industries, has discovered a number of benefits to using 3D mapping technology for our projects, not just from a from the design point of view, but also from the construction point of view.
How does the digitization of spaces affect the future of the construction industry?
First, the accessibility of 3D mapping has changed dramatically. A unique feature that was once expensive and time-consuming to implement has become a mainstream tool on smart devices, with complete files finalized in minutes.
Looking to the future, we can expect to see the use of virtual reality (VR) and 3D mapping circulating in the industry and extending beyond architecture and design to structural elements as well. For example, our team used mapping technologies such as Matterport to record spatial data for retail spaces, hospitality spaces and more, then applied it as reference files for future builds. This not only creates a cohesive end product, but also opens up the possibility of creating similar structures for multiple locations, such as franchises.
Additionally, those digitized renders that we see through our VR glasses could be taken a bit further. Currently, virtual reality is only a digital experience, allowing us to walk through 3D space in a controlled environment. However, this could evolve into a fully immersive augmented reality experience, blending the digital experience with our reality.
Finally, extending the 3D application could open the world to new ways of construction. An example could be transforming commercial structures that we have assembled in 3D and bringing them to life through 3D printing. Although 3D printing of structures is still in its infancy and mostly limited to the residential sector, the digital future of construction continues to look bright as we innovate and optimize our industry.
Matterport 3D Capture Camera
Matterport's Pro2 and Pro3 camera are the standards for 3D capture. It is the perfect device for applications ranging from simple living spaces to large and complex commercial spaces. No other camera captures detail with exceptional dimensional accuracy and stunning image quality at the speed of the Pro2 or Pro3. Matterport is a 3D capture platform known and used around the world.
The Pro2 is the industry-leading complete capture solution that customers have relied on to capture buildings and spaces of all kinds in over 100 countries around the world. The Pro2 meets a wide range of 3D capture needs that demand professional high-resolution image quality and dimensional accuracy for reliable space planning purposes. The Pro2 works great for most indoor capture needs, but there are some industries where it has become indispensable:
Residential Real Estate: Our digital twins help close sales and leases quickly. The Pro2 camera is the industry standard for creating captivating 3D tours and high-quality photography, ensuring that potential owners and tenants feel confident in their shortlist and inspired by a space and its staging.
- Commercial real estate: Manage buildings more efficiently by capturing detailed information about space allocation, floor planning and maintenance – made available to stakeholders, regardless of location. This makes it easier to maximize the value of each building and control costs.
- Industrial Manufacturing: The Pro2 camera captures detailed information that allows teams to visually document safety protocols, perform remote inspections of a factory site, or document assembly line equipment and components for faster employee training and onboarding.
- Architecture and construction engineering: Matterport helps architects and project managers document milestones and collaborate from anywhere. The Pro2 camera makes it easy to document the site, create checklists, discuss change orders, and sign off the scope of work.
- Insurance and Restoration: Documentation is essential for the insurance industry to ensure an accurate description of the event, from first notification of loss to final restoration efforts. Matterport 3D scans can be imported into Xactimate for easy property claim estimation.
The Pro2 creates immersive, photo-realistic, high-precision digital twins. With a battery that lasts up to 8 hours, the Pro2 is a capable device that offers the ideal balance of quality, speed and value for professionals in a number of industries.
The Pro3 camera takes 3D capture to the next level, setting new standards for speed, fidelity, versatility and precision to create a digital twin of any space of any size and complexity. Pro3 goes further, powered by an innovative high-power LIDAR sensor and field-replaceable batteries, which dramatically increase camera range, while simultaneously unlocking the ability to capture building exteriors, landscapes and other significant outdoor environments. It is becoming the camera of choice in commercial environments such as large resorts and hotels, campuses, factories, construction projects, airport terminals and large retailers, where scale and precision go hand in hand.
The Pro3 is truly a breakthrough in 3D capture with an industry-wide price-performance combination that stands alone. Nothing else comes close and no camera goes as far as the Pro3. And at nearly half the price of the Pro3, the Pro2 camera has for years led the industry and captured more 3D digital twins of homes, offices and other spaces than any other camera in the world. The Pro2 offers excellent value for money, unmatched reliability and image quality, especially for indoor work.