3D Robotics launches drone tech collaboration with Autodesk, Sony

Dive Brief:

  • 3D Robotics has announced a collaboration with Autodesk and Sony that enables work-site drone data collection and processing on a single platform, or "drone to cloud solution," called Site Scan.
  • 3DR's Solo Smart drone will collect data and capture images using Sony technology and then that information will be uploaded to the 3DR cloud and processed using Autodesk’s ReCap. The resulting data could then be used in a variety of Autodesk products, according to 3DR.
  • 3DR said Site Scan, which is managed 100% on a Sony tablet, targets the construction, telecom, GIS, mapping, energy and infrastructure industries and related fields. Although teamed with Autodesk, 3DR said the collected information can be integrated into several design and engineering platforms.

Dive Insight:

"Capture technology is rapidly transforming the way people collect information and make insightful decisions in the field," Amar Hanspal, SVP of products at Autodesk, said in a release. "We are excited about our expansive collaboration with 3DR — from deep integration between Site Scan and Autodesk products to leveraging the FORGE platform — to accelerate the development and use of reality capture across the AEC industries."

Drone technology has taken off in the construction, surveying and real estate industries in the last year, prompting the Federal Aviation Administration to launch expedited online drone registration beginning this spring.

The 3DR partnership isn't Autodesk's first collaboration with drone technology. The company invested in drone startup Skycatch last year, with plans to collect data and have Autodesk’s ReCap software process that as well. German startup FairFleet has also entered the drone game by launching a service that matches clients in construction, real estate marketing and media with a pre-screened drone pilot.

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