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March 18, 2011

FODIS' new 3D measurement system unveiled at SPAR


HOUSTON – Swiss company FODIS will use SPAR International to introduce FODIS Measure3D, a combination of a fast high-resolution 360-degree panorama camera with software packages, allowing direct and accurate 3D measurement in RGB images. 

According to a press release, FODIS Measure3D allows significant savings in field and office work, thereby multiplying productivity. 

As a first step, the operator takes the FODIS camera to the field and captures the high-resolution panoramic images required for the 3D measurement. The images are taken from several vantage points (stations) and saved directly to computer disk. 360-degree image acquisition of, for example, 300 megapixels takes typically five seconds, according to the release. The camera set-up, image scanning and saving take on average only three minutes per station. 

In a second step, these images are transferred to the office computer and imported in the FODIS Measure3D software. In the software the images are orientated and, as a result, the operator can directly see the stations in 3D. Following image orientation, the operator can get started immediately with 3D measurements. These 3D measurements can be performed on the images or 3D points. 

The output of measurement is 3D point coordinates and 3D distances that are exported as a text or as a DXF file. 

The camera is engineered for a maximum of precision and reliability, which translates into a highly accurate pixel registration. Combined with advanced methods of camera calibration and new software algorithms the system achieves an accuracy of on average 1mm in 10 metres. 

For example, the system can be used by an engineering team to rapidly establish measurements of a new construction site. Another application is the inspection of buildings or pipes over time where FODIS Measure3D can make a critical difference in productivity and accuracy. Also, street mapping and mobile scanning are fields in which the FODIS system can significantly reduce the time spent on 3D measurements.

FODIS Measure3D is available as of May 2011 directly from FODIS or via the FODIS distribution network. 

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