3D Robotics announces integration of its Site Scan with Autodesk BIM 360



3D Robotics (3DR) has announced the integration of its Site Scan UAS data platform for construction and engineering professionals with Autodesk BIM 360, which is a project management tool for virtual construction managers and field teams.

Made possible through the Autodesk Forge platform, this “one-of-a-kind partnership” makes it “easier than ever” for project managers, engineers, subcontractors, superintendents and other members of project teams to access UAS data, and use it in their day-to-day work.

“Now, project teams can have a single source of truth for their drone data and project files,” says 3DR’s CEO Chris Anderson. “This will improve communication and quality control on-site, and simplify the ways our customers share and access drone data.”

Through the integration of 3DR’s Site Scan with Autodesk BIM 360, three new capabilities will be available to Site Scan users.

First, users will be able “overlay up-to-date design files.” This capability will allow users to pull their CAD and PDF design files from BIM 360 into Site Scan, and overlay them onto their orthomosaics, so that they can compare design to reality and identify mistakes. In the event that a design file changes in BIM 360, the design file will automatically update in Site Scan, which will in turn give users the confidence that they are viewing the most up-to-date overlays at all times.

Secondly, users will be able to share UAS data with their team, as they will be able to push their Site Scan UAS data, which can include orthomosaics, point clouds, and digital elevation models, into their BIM 360 account, so that they are easily accessible in tools such as Revit, BIM 360 Glue and Field, to name a few. Users will no longer have to spend time moving large files between each platform, as they will now be able to complete that process with a click in Site Scan.

Lastly, users will be able to solve problems in the field. If a user identifies a problem on their jobsite that needs to be fixed, they can create issues directly on their orthomosaic in Site Scan and push them to BIM 360 Field, which makes it easy to work with their field personnel and resolve issues quickly and effectively.

VDC Director at Paric—a company that provides a complete range of construction services— Andy Leek, speaks highly about Site Scan and the capabilities it provides.

“Site Scan makes it easy for us to collect and process accurate drone data,” Leek explains.

​“Now, with this BIM 360 integration, we can easily share it across our entire project team [and they] can get the full benefit this data provides. Site Scan has become the go-to drone data platform for BIM 360 users.”