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Capturing Reality: Incorporating Reality Capture into Utility Design and Use in SUE
Aaron Mason
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Description

There are more than 20 million miles of underground plant in America. That's more than one football field in length for every person in the United States—and more are being put in every year. It is critical that engineers and designers have the best data available. Traditionally this has come from field visits, photographs, and survey points. As the cost of the technology decreases and the accuracy increases, we are able to provide designers with highly accurate, reality-based 3D models to work in. Accurate preconstruction data can reduce subsurface costs by almost 5 times! We will discuss using reality capture to provide point clouds, photogrammetric mesh models, panoramic photos, underground locates, and 360-degree photos to facilitate design. We will discuss the differences between the different methods under the circumstances in which we use them. Finally, we will discuss using them to generate line work and terrain models for use in AutoCAD Utility Design software. Also see: Designing Reality, Incorporating Point Clouds into AutoCAD Utility Design. This session features ReCap 360 and AutoCAD Utility Design.

Key Learnings

  • Discover different use objectives for point clouds and photogrammetry
  • Learn how to gather data for a SUE model
  • Learn how to use cameras to gather data for photogrammetry
  • Learn how to use laser scanners and structured light scanners

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Lead Drafter/CPR Engineer at Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
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Forrest Roy has been working in the utility industry for over 15 years. He is currently the lead underground cable locator for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power (AMLP). In this role, he is responsible for managing the excavation damage-prevention program for the entire utility. In 2014, using ReCap software, he helped develop the 3D modeling program that has enabled AMLP to begin modeling their underground vaults and infrastructure. Forrest Roy and Everett Clary of AMLP submitted and won the Excellence in Infrastructure award during Autodesk University 2014. Forrest is currently involved in using new technologies and techniques to create 3D models and point clouds in ReCap software, Remake (formerly Memento) software, and InfraWorks software. He is leading the charge for more reality-capture technology to bring realism and substance to current 2D drawings, including laser scanning, structured light, photogrammetry, and 360 photography and providing a true mobile solution for field crews.
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