P40 elevated.jpgADSK Solutions has elevated their rental pool. We have P40, P30, P20, C10, 7000 and other scanners available upon request. We aim to always have equipment available for rentals; if we don’t we will help you find what you are looking for.   RESERVE – CAPTURE – RETURN. Targets, target poles, elevated and inverted tri-pods available, and other scanning supplies are also available along with your scanner rentals. ADSK even offers UAV rentals upon request.

ADSK Solutions’s extremely tall, inverted, and easy to use tri-pod made capturing what was at first thought to be impossible, possible. This scan provided the data for the top of an extended construction crane. A simple turn of a power drill initiates the tripod to make it’s climb quickly with ease. No step ladders required. The same tripod was inverted to go where no man really wants to go, inside of a sewer manhole. The secure fasteners kept the scanner safe, and it eliminated those scary safety risks that we all encounter when we need to capture data in out of the ordinary places.



Remote Lite app connects directly with Leica P-series scanners

Once in place, the scanner was controlled via an iPhone (an iPad is also capable of running a Leica Scanner). All of the standard commands are still available when utilizing handheld devices.

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We have to give a shout out to the extreme capabilities of Leica’s P40. It was made for extreme conditions, longer ranges, and the terrible weather no one wants to scan in, rain. The P40 and our inverted tripod will give your firm the advantage to get these “out of the ordinary” scans and set you apart from your competition. Add in the invaluable remote control capabilities using an iPhone or iPad and the options are limitless. These scanning solutions and the training to get you ready to take on that next “out of the ordinary scan” are always available at ADSKsolutions.com. Send us an email to inquire info@ADSKsolutions.com or give us a call at 248.906.ADSK (2375).

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New Leica 3D laser scanners and software solutions

Contact ADSK Solutions - Leica GOLD dealer for complimentary presentation and VIP workflows to complete deliverables.

Contact ADSK Solutions for all of the latest insight and devlopments for new Leica 3D laser scanners, software and how this could impact you. 248-906-ADSK (2375)

What a great week at the SPAR conference! Leica Geosystems unveiled three new scanners, referred to as the P-Series, the P40, P30, and P16! These scanners have some really great advances for HDS workflows.  A few of these outstanding new features are listed below:

  • HDR Imaging (no more honeycomb images)
  • Scan in the rain and fog (IP54 rating for dust and water resistance)
  • Incredibly clean point clouds
  • Longer range (up to 270m)
  • -20 to +50 degrees C

*New firmware for P20 to be released May 1st. You don’t want to miss this upgrade!

Jetstream software


Leica Geosystems Announces New JetStream Software for CLOUDWORX, an Ultra-High-Speed Server for Laser Scan Data and Improved Project Data  Management Platform. Contact ADSK Solutions today to attend one of our live presentations! info@ADSKsolutions.com


Streaming Laser Scan Data for Big Office Productivity Gains
Instantaneous loading of point cloud data sets of any size. No waiting, no “regens”, and no patchy screen.
Centralized “Project Vault” for Data Management
Leica JetStream Project Vault is a true archive of project data, including point clouds, images, saved clips and layers from Leica Cyclone, and survey control.
Flexible and Affordable Deployment
Affordable deployment options to support their usage needs.
Contact ADSK Solutions Leica Geosystems GOLD dealer for details 248-906-ADSK (2375) – ADSKsolutions.com

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This new plug-in from Leica enables complete workflows for BIM. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing how buildings, infrastructure, and utilities are planned, designed, built, and managed.  BIM for existing structures are captured with 3D laser scanners for providing as-built conditions in brilliant fidelity. Millions of photo realistic, accurate measurements can be acquired in seconds and they turn information into insight and deliver business value at every step in the process. Now with the new version of Cloudworx for Navisworks (NAVISWORX) points clouds can be seamlessly intergrated into the entire design process utilizing there native format.

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Leica Geosystems announces TruView Global                  TruViews are now accessible via any Internet browser, on any device, without a plug-in.

TruView Global, TruViews are now a viable deliverable to any client. Users will find all the same important, popular, and familiar TruView capabilities such as zoom, pan, measurement/mark-up, geotags, and navigation between scan locations, with added and improved offerings including mark-ups being centrally stored for immediate visibility across project partners/concurrent users. This creates a better collaborative environment with easier information sharing between stakeholders.


TruView Global is also backwards compatible. All existing and previous TruViews can be imported and updated to the new TruView Global server format for improved access and collaboration—simply upload existing or new project data to the TruView Global server. Re-energising old projects with TruView Global offers end-users new capabilities from legacy data. All TruView Global point cloud views, from legacy or new data, will continue to take advantage of the “free for use” business model, allowing free access and viewing to end-users.

Lots of changes and more to come. Point clouds are becoming more and more common. Have you seen the hand scanners that are available? It’s time to take advanage of 3D laser scanning technology. Contact ADSK Solutions today for your complimentary presentation of scanning and crucial software workflows and solutions. I have been working with 3D laser scanners since 1998 and utilized the first 3D scanner Cyrax 2400 (now Leica) that was released for production use. I actually have it in my office and yes it still works!

TechKNOWLEDGEy is continously evolving; are you?


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Chad Studer
ADSK Solutions, LLC
Troy, MI



Autodesk created a new division called Reality Capture a couple years back. Within that time we have seen Autodesk develop RECAP software for almost all Autodesk design suites, RECAP PHOTO and RECAP PRO for registering point clouds. They have also released Memento and more. Check out the latest in reality capture (computing) and augmenting techology with Autodesk at AUTODESK REAL in SAN FRANSICO. http://www.real2015.com

3D Laser Scanning on TV – TIME SCANNERS

I am very excited to announce that “Time Scanners” (http://www.pbs.org/program/time-scanners/) – a new TV series featuring Leica scanners and software being used to provide remarkable, new insights into iconic world heritage sites – will be premiering in the USA tonight (PBS @8:00pm Eastern; 7:00 pm Central; 8:00pm Pacific).

“Time Scanners” is, to date, the biggest & best exposure for laser scanning by far to the general public. Lauded as “amazing technology”, the show pairs Leica scanners and software with a renowned structural engineer (Steve Burrows, WSP) to provide viewers with a virtual journey back in time that unlocks some of the world’s oldest engineering mysteries.

The TV series began airing internationally in February and for many months all six episodes (Petra, Pyramids, St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), Coliseum, Machu Pichu, and Jerusalem) had found their way onto YouTube. However, YouTube versions are apparently no longer available, as they were apparently not formally unauthorized. So, if you want to see these shows, you can no longer simply look them up on YouTube. PBS is currently promoting a three-part series (Pyramids, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Petra), and may possibly opt to air the other three sites in the future.

Steve Burrows and Malcolm Williamson of Univ of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) gave a thrilling, standing-room-only presentation on Time Scanners at HxGN LIVE (picture below is Steve Burrows and myself after his presentation). Almost all of these sites had been scanned in the past and all had been studied by learned specialists for many, many years. So, what was the key to unlocking amazing, new secrets for this TV series? The key was putting rich, accurate, 3D scan data in front of the right person – in this case, Steve Burrows – who viewed the data with the eyes and experience of a world-class structural and building engineer. Another key was manipulating it (done by CAST staff) and viewing it in just the right way for him. The importance of those general ideas – providing the right deliverable to the right person – carry well beyond this TV series.
If you’re into scanning and want your friends & family to appreciate the technology you use, have them watch this if they can. Also, anyone into construction or architecture will love these shows, so pass the word.

For additional information about the teams behind this series and each site, see this link for Atlantic Productions (UK), which produced the TV series: http://www.timescanners.com/us/


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ADSK Solutions is partnering with Autodesk to host a COMPLAMENTARY EVENT in TROY, MI. to showcase new technology around Reality Computing. 3D Laser scanning, target FREE registration, UAV’s, Flying cameras for 3D reconstructions, Autodesk ReCAP, Autodesk InfraWorks 360 preview and factory scanning workflows.

This event will showcase Robert Shear, Senior Director, Reality Solutions, Autodesk. Robert Shear leads the new Reality Capture division at Autodesk. You do not want to miss this presentation. He will speak about current technology and where it is going in the future. Reserve your seat TODAY!



3D SENSOR for ipad ……..Mobile Scanning

Structure sensor

This 3D Sensor will revolutionize Reality Capture and Augmenting for Design.

Structure sensor is another path for the future of mobile scanning.  Simply point and capture with your iPAD. Whatever you AIM at becomes digital in your computer. Capture every dimension of a room in seconds and share it on your phone for verification. Architects, Plant layout, Construction, Forensics, Gamers; etc. Combine this with 3D printing capabilities and I could brainstorm all day. Checkout the video below to see how virtual world will be used to play games in the near future.

$329 and imagination is all you need. For $329 I will buy one to finish my basement, deck, or landscaping.


You probably own a device like this already. Did you know the technology came from the XBOX Kinect?

The xbox tracks your location utilizing sensors.

ADSK Solutions does not profit from any of the Kickstarter projects. We are showing/bragging about these projects because we are excited to use them as well. As a techKNOWLEDGEy partner we find the technology; learn the workflows and bring them to life for real-world applications. Our time, and experience will build knowledge, and prepare us to share with you when the product is actually ready for mainstream. Below is the link to get in on the ground floor like we did. You have less than 24 hours. We will continue to provide project updates after we receive out sensor. Structure Sensor Kickstarter

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ADSK Solutions provides Leica Pegasus: One Mobile Mapping Solution

ADSK Solutions partners with Leica to provide first Mobile Mapping Solution.

ADSK Solutions partners with Leica to provide first Mobile Mapping Solution.

ADSK Solutions, LLC Troy, MI partners with Leica Geosystems Inc. to deliver the VERY FIRST LEICA PEGASUS in the US. Spicer Group, inc is actually the first professional engineering, land surveying and planning services firm in North America to purchase the Pegasus;


Two Pelican cases to deliver any where.

Two Pelican cases to deliver any where.

Pegasus on ATV for ALL Terrain solutions

Pegasus on ATV for ALL Terrain solutions

The Pegasus is truly a mobile systems and can be shipped directly to a project site. The system can be mounted directly on a luggage rack. This also provides the opportunity to use it on ATV, golf carts, boats and even push carts for true versatility.



The Pegasus is equipped with 3D laser scanner, cameras, LiDAR sensors and captures data at roadway speeds. Data can be extracted from the point cloud to create accurate road surfaces. This system also offers a unique solution extracting data from images utilizing Esri ArcGIS desktop to extract and manage assets.

Never thought I could write off 3D glasses a business expense.

Never thought I could write off 3D glasses a business expense.


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Actual POINT CLOUD DATA from the Leica Pegasus; Mobile Mapping Solutions

3D glasses provide extreme advantage for extracting 3D assets from the point cloud data scanned from this mobile mapping solution. Technology has proven once again that capturing reality is endless. The data captured is incredible. We drove the road once in both directions at roadway speeds and the point cloud is exact replica of existing conditions that we could extract efficiently.

Contact ADSK Solutions  techKNOWLEDGEy partner to learn more about 3D static mobile and Kinematic solutions and connect with Spicer Group for Mobile mapping project solutions immediately. The system is mobile and they provide projects all over the country. http://www.spicergroup.com/IMG_20131010_113254_711

3D laser scanning the KICKSTART

We have all had great ideas, but how many of us go through with that idea? I have been providing 3D scanning solutions for over 15 years and the reasons for 3D laser scanning never cease to impress me. It is commonly used for Mechanical, Architectural and Infrastructure and is even being used with video games and movies. We are capturing data for preservation, etc, but this client has really opened my eyes on how 3D laser scanning can be used and has introduced me to KICKSTARTER. Please take a moment to review what a KICKSTARTER is: Luke has recognized the beauty that surrounds him and is using 3D laser scanning (Leica P20) to bring it back for everyone to enjoy. This is a link of a small sample of a 3D renderings/demo of Howe Cavern. Take a look!  It really is a point cloud!

Below is some information Luke has provided and would like to share.

More information about this KICKSTART is available to provide your support. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944997127/journey-to-a-lost-canyon

October 15th is next Tuesday and my “Exploring Caves and Canyons in 3D” is literally kicking to get started on Kickstarter! OK, I know that was rather cheesy, but can’t you tell how excited I am to share this adventure with you? So that you become just as jazzed as I am about what we’re about to create together, here are what I consider the TOP 5 MOST AMAZING FACTS about Claustral Canyon.

Claustral Canyon is ancient at 50 million-years-old compared to the Grand Canyon, which scientists believe is only 5-million-years “young.” That makes the birthdate of Claustral a little after when the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

David Noble discovered the ancient Wollemi Pine in 1994 in an area about 30 miles away from Claustral. These trees are a part of the Jurassic era of pine trees.

There is absolutely no record of the aboriginals ever going into the canyons. They didn’t have the ropes to rappel down and probably didn’t have much need to go there. This only adds to the mystery of the place.

Claustral Canyon wasn’t fully explored by humans until the 1960s, which makes it a seemingly undiscovered and mysterious place.

Claustral is a very tough place to explore, making it inaccessible to most people. You have to rappel down three sheer waterfalls to get to the bottom of the canyon. There is a lot of jumping and swimming needed and the water is ice-cold, even in the summer, requiring you to wear wetsuits and helmets. Having mentioned that, you need to be in really good shape. A day in the canyon is exhausting for most people and the ascent out of the canyon is actually tougher than going in, requiring you to scale nasty overhanging jutting rocks.

In June, I received permission from the New South Wales Parks Authority in Australia to scan and film the canyon. This was most certainly no easy achievement considering they have turned away quite a few other film companies. There was a long application process because the Parks Authority wants to preserve Claustral Canyon. At the same time, they see the vital importance of educating people about this wondrous natural beauty.

So you see, the 3D rendition of Claustral Canyon offers you an amazing experience without the physical rigors and dangers of actually being there. I just need your help!

Join me next Tuesday, October 15th, for the start of my Kickstarter Campaign. Your contribution and the support you offer by telling your friends and family about this incredible experience will bring us all closer to the magic and the wonder of this unbelievable place on planet Earth.

All the very best,

P.S. Forward this email and help me share Claustral Canyon with the world!

New FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330 rumored to be at 60k

FARO Ships Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330 (It appears to be the same scanner model as the Faro Focus but shown in Blue instead of Black.)new Faro image                                                           LAKE MARY, FL, Oct 8, 2013 – FARO Technologies, Inc., the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology, announced today it has released the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 330.
Building on the success of the Focus 3D, the new Focus3D X 330 surpasses previous models in functionality and performance. With a range almost three times greater than previous models, the Focus3D X 330 can scan objects up to 330 meters away and in direct sunlight. With its integrated GPS receiver, the laser scanner is able to correlate individual scans in post-processing making it ideal for surveying based applications.

In addition, the Focus3D X 330 scan quality has been increased and noise has been reduced, providing precise three dimensional models in a photo-realistic style. These advances in performance did not come at the expense of safety as the Focus3D X 330 includes a class 1 “eye safe” laser.

“Its minimal weight, small size, touch-screen, SD-card and a battery life of 4.5 hours make the Focus3D X 330 unbeatable and easy-to-use,” said Dr. Bernd Becker, chief technology strategist for the new Focus3D X 330. “No other provider can offer such a technical achievement.”

With its increased range and scan quality, the Focus3D X 330 considerably reduces the effort involved in measuring and post-processing. The 3D scan data can easily be imported into all commonly used software solutions for accident reconstruction, architecture, civil engineering, construction, forensics, industrial manufacturing and land surveying. Distance dimensions, area and volume calculations, analysis and inspection tasks and documentation can thus be carried out quickly, precisely and reliably.


Point Clouds now available in 3ds Max 2014


Autodesk ReCap 2014 is now compatible with 3ds Max 2014. Open .rcs or .rcp files directly with Autodesk 3ds Max 2014 to create renderings with point cloud data. Existing conditions are captured and displayed quickly with the new extension. Download it today from Autodesk subscription center. Contact ADSK Solutions today for 3D laser scanning solutions. We rent, sell, implement, static and moble scanning solutions. Info@ADSKsolutions.com

More information available at: http://area.autodesk.com/products/features/extension3dsmax