Poised to have an economic impact of between $80 and $90 billion (according to a CNN Money article), these unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will become a fast-developing part of our architecture, engineering, and construction industry. First, we will go over the potential uses for different disciplines. We will also discuss what the current and developing FAA or local guidelines, laws, and/or jurisdictions are for commercial use. Get tips regarding how to maneuver around your targetwhether it is a site, building, or group of objectsfor the most effective and safest results. Safety should always be top priority. We will go over the different types of drones, capabilities, and accessories, and we'll talk about camera resolutions. Then we will use ReCap software to generate an object, building, or surface point cloud. From there we will edit our cloud before exporting out for use in AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Civil 3D software (tips regarding how to locate in real-world coordinates), Revit software, Navisworks project review software, or even 3ds Max software.
- Get a basic understanding of the developing commercial drone uses and applications in regards to possible regulations and laws
- Understand what type of drones work effectively, discover safety tips, and get a basic understanding of camera resolution
- Learn how to import drone data into ReCap software, then learn how to edit and export point clouds
- Learn how to import into AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, Revit software, InfraWorks software, Navisworks software, and 3ds Max software
James Lord has been in the civil engineering field for over 10 years. As an early adopter, he likes to find ways to simplify tasks by reducing the amount of time it takes to get the desired results through testing new tools or workflows. As Building Information Modeling (BIM) manager, he is the pioneer for testing and pushing any BIM-related software on his fellow colleagues. He creates and maintains companies' workflows and standards. Responsible for training his fellow teammates, he has become the 'go to' person when something is wrong with a model. He likes a challenging model and when all others have long given up or said 'AutoCAD Civil 3D software cannot do that,' he will find a way to manipulate the program and get it to work for him.
I have been involved with the sale and support of Autodesk products for over 25 years. I take pride in staying on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. I made the move from classic AutoCAD to AutoCAD with third party add-on's to Revit. Then recently, I took on point clouds and photogrammetry. I was using point clouds in Revit before there was a tool included to do so. Now using ReCAP, UAV's and a variety of other tools, I am using photographs to create usable 3D data. I am also a licensed B-General Contractor in the State of California with experience in a variety of projects. My work with some high profile BIM projects has helped me to develop my skills. Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a bit of a technology geek. Prior to joining the Reseller channel I worked in the field doing construction and in the light gauge steel framing industry, modeling in 3D for prefabrication and field delivery.