8 Apr 2019

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EVOCATION European project: Fellows recruitment




evocation european project



Formare la prossima generazione di innovatori, creativi ed imprenditori del 3D, per affrontare le sfide attuali future nei campi dell'acquisizione di geometrie scalabili e ad alta fedeltà, estrazione di strutture semantiche, elaborazione, visualizzazione e fabbricazione 3D per applicazioni professionali e di consumo. 

Questi sono gli obbiettivi del progetto europeo "EVOCATION-Advanced Visual and Geometric Computing for 3D Capture, Display, and Fabrication" che vede Gexcel partner insieme a enti di ricerca e Università che rappresentano l’eccellenza europea nella gestione di dati tridimensionali. Finanziato dalla Commissione Europea (call Horizon 2020 sulle reti di formazione europee Marie Skłodowska-Curie), vede la partecipazione oltre che di Gexcel dell'Università di Rostock, che coordinerà il progetto dal CNR-ISTI di Pisa, dal Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung IGD di Darmstadt, dall’Università di Zurigo, dall’Università Tecnica di Vienna, dal Dipartimento CRS4 di Sardegna Ricerche e dall’azienda ungherese Holografika. 

Il progetto, iniziato il 1 ottobre 2018 per la durata di 48 mesi, creerà un collegio di dottorato di primo piano a livello europeo. I dottorandi saranno associati ai partner del progetto e da una lunga lista di istituti che si sono resi disponibili ad ospitare per definiti periodi di tempo i dottorandi stessi. Tra questi enti e aziende sono presenti il Museo Archeologico di Cagliari, le Università di Cagliari e Pisa e l'impresa NVIDIA. 

Il ruolo di Gexcel nel progetto è di affiancare e formare il candidato nel programma di dottorato di ricerca di 36 mesi coordinato tra otto partner accademici e industriali, nello specifico il candidato sarà coinvolto nello studio e nello sviluppo di una pipeline di acquisizione e ricostruzione (strumenti di mappatura mobile e software di elaborazione), focalizzata sulla ricostruzione di geometrie interne 3D e per estrarre informazioni funzionali dalla realtà acquisita. Il progetto EVOCATION si inserisce nelle attività di un gruppo che è stato finora partner maggiore in 14 progetti UE e 4 USA nel periodo 1996-2018. 

Il reclutamento per i ESR borsisti è iniziato. 

Visita la pagina EVOCATION Recruitment per maggiori informazioni sulle pozizioni aperte. 


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Gexcel is the technical partner and contributor of the European project "EVOCATION-Advanced Visual and Geometric Computing for 3D Capture, Display, and Fabrication" financed by the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Marie Skłodowska-Curie. The Rostock University (Germany) coordinates the project supported by public and private bodies including CNR-ISTI, Fraunhofer, Zurich University, Vienna Technical University, CRS4 and Holografika. Third parties collaborations face the Archeological Museum of Cagliari, Cagliari University, Pisa University and NVIDIA enterprise.


The EVOCATION network of public and private entities is naturally multidisciplinary and multi-institutional will train the next generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative experts who will be equipped with the necessary skills and competencies to face current and future major challenges in scalable and high-fidelity shape and appearance acquisition, extraction of structure and semantic information, processing, visualization, 3D display and 3D fabrication in professional and consumer applications.The project has started on October 1, 2018, will continue for 48 months, to create a European foreground fellows collegium.


The Gexcel role is to support and train the candidate in the 36 months research doctorate program. The candidate will be involved in studying and developing an acquisition and reconstruction pipeline (mobile mapping instruments and processing software), focused on reconstruct 3D indoor geometries and to extract functional information from captured reality. The ESR initially will carry out the research of reconstruction on different inputs separately (3D data and image), then will explore data fusion techniques to improve structure recovery.


Recruitment for 14 ESR fellowships has started.

Visit the EVOCATION Recruitment Page for more information about available jobs.
Learn more about the EVOCATION project

26 Feb 2019

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PRESS RELEASE — NEW Reconstructor® 4.0

26th February 2019, Italy — Gexcel today announced a new JRC 3D Reconstructor® release with revolutionary changes and improvements that are going to bring interesting and powerful features on the 3D LiDAR data processing software market. 

With the coming release, the well-known software manufactured by Gexcel will change its name in Reconstructor®, a revised brand for a new agile and easily usable application. This newest release 4.0 expands on the most popular software features, providing customers with even more opportunities to get more out of their dataset, save time and build stunning deliverables.

“Since the beginning, Reconstructor® has been a unique tool for a wide range of laser scanning users. This new release is a great step forward in terms of efficiency, usability, and brilliance”, said Matteo Sgrenzaroli, Gexcel’s R&D manager. “There’s a rich basket of new features in this new release, and we can’t wait to see what users will create with it”.



These are some of the key functions added or improved in Reconstructor® 4.0:

  • NEW SOFTWARE MODULARIZATION and LAYOUT to organize the processing tools and customize the software user interface: Reconstructor® 4.0 and its new add-ons are organized in a completely new user interface that provides simple and straightforward access to the software tools.
  • NEW RENDERING ENGINE for a new powerful way to display 3D modelsReconstructor® 4.0 upgrades the 3D visualization engine providing a completely new and more efficient rendering environment for clouds and meshes, unlocking a completely different experience of 3D object visualization. A strong improvement in using the PC graphics resources will let customers handle point clouds up to 200% larger than before.
  • FASTER and MORE EFFICIENT DATA IMPORT and PROCESSING: With Reconstructor® 4.0, the time required for scan importing and filtering is dramatically reduced, saving more than twice the time required by previous releases.
  • LineUp to automatically register CAD and BIM models: LineUp®, the popular and appreciated technology for automatic scans registration, is now fully embedded in Reconstructor® 4.0 main module. The well-known automatic target-less registration tool has been improved to support CAD/BIM and mesh models. 
  • X-RAY ORTHOPHOTOS for easy measuring and drawing: Reconstructor® 4.0 offers a completely new way to extract orthophotos and blueprints enhancing the relevant geometric features of a 3D scanned object. With the innovative GoBluprint free tool, it will be extremely easy to share X-Ray orthophotos among the users' community.

Press HERE to discover the entire changelog for Reconstructor 4.0 





DISCOVER. TRY. ENJOY

RECONSTRUCTOR® 4.0
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For more information or to receive a quotation, contact us: sales@gexcel.it

12 Dec 2018

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JRC 3D RECONSTRUCTOR SUCCESS CASE — EARTHQUAKE DEFORMATIONS CHECK

RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION INTERVENTION Temple of Belén, Cusco (PERU)

PDF versione italiana

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

KEYWORDS: Architectural | Conservation | JRC 3D Reconstructor | Laser scanner


The church of Belén stands on a strongly seismic territory that from its origins has undermined the structure, rebuilt several times. After the damages caused by the earthquake of 1950, the internal consolidation of the vaults and domes was carried out, in order to avoid subsequent collapses, and only recently (for the first time!) a laser scanner survey was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture in Cusco to evaluate the actual structural conditions of the church and undertake restoration work. Thanks to this important technological step, it was immediately possible to notice some serious structural problems concerning the subsidence of the cupola. An aspect that would never have emerged with traditional measurement systems.

Restauro sac_Templo de Belén-Cusco_JRC 3D Reconstructor_Survey activities and 3d point cloud model
Fig.1_Survey activities and 3D point cloud model

NEEDS AND GOALS
  • Measure, analyze and document the phenomena of the degradation of the church useful for the restoration project.
  • Get for the first time an accurate survey to obtain a full view of the building.

« Working with highly technological tools allows great precision in a short time, which for the client translates into high quality at affordable prices. JRC 3D Reconstructor is an easy-to-use software: only one operator can do the whole job obtaining accuracy never seen before! »

Wilfredo Torres | CEO at Restauro S.A.C.

Restauro sac_Templo de Belén-Cusco_JRC 3D Reconstructor_Side elevation with high-res orthophoto
Fig.2_Side elevation with high-res orthophotos
Restauro sac_Templo de Belén-Cusco_JRC 3D Reconstructor_CAD drawings with high-res orthophoto
Fig.3_CAD drawings with high-res orthophotos

TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS
  • Rapidity of 2D and 3D data extraction.
  • Millimeter accuracy of the technical result.
  • Precision and accuracy of data.
  • Time savings in data processing and acquisition.

RESULTS

  • Detailed report of vaults deformations
  • Plans, elevations, sections 
  • High-Res orthophotos 
  • Data precision and accuracy 

TECHNICAL DETAILS 

  • SURVEYING SYSTEMS: Faro Focus3D 130x laser scanner
  • SURVEYED AREA: 3,145.50 sqm
  • SURVEYING TIME: 3 days
  • PROCESSING SOFTWARE: JRC 3D Reconstructor® | AutoCAD®
  • DATA PROCESSING TIME: 1 month

Restauro sac_Templo de Belén-Cusco_JRC 3D Reconstructor_CAD redrawing on the high-res orthophoto
Fig.4_CAD redrawing on the high-res orthophoto


ABOUT

RESTAURO S.A.C. is a Peruvian company that offers a wide range of services related to Cultural Heritage needs. Founded in October 2009, it offers solutions for management, conservation and restoration problems thanks to a national and international experience as well as a selected professional team and high-level technologies.




11 Dec 2018

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PRESS RELEASE — Gexcel presents the new HERON® Indoor Mobile Mapping System

11th December 2018, Italy — Thanks to the new full HD 360° panoramic camera, HERON® has become a powerful tool for geospatial data mining: to digitally document, collect and geo-reference large dataset and information inside indoor environments has never been so easy, thanks to the perfect integration with OrbitGT packages too.

Gexcel - New HERON Indoor Mobile Mapping System


Gexcel is glad to introduce the market to the innovative benefits provided by the new HERON® family:
  • Thanks to the new high-res 360° panoramic camera, HERON® has become the best choice for facility management, geospatial applications, digital 3D documentation, digital twins for remote planning and project, revamping projects of industrial plants, etc.
  • With the GoBlueprint® free tool (fast point clouds 2D visualization), HERON® users can easily share with clients, already in the field and almost in real-time, the results of the HERON® fast 3D mapping.
  • Now, point clouds coming from drones and/or static scans, as GNSS known points, can become constraints information inside the workflow of the HERON® 3D SLAM data processing.

Gexcel - GoBlueprint free tool


The HERON® family is currently composed of HERON® AC-2 and HERON® MS-2 (rugged device for underground mines or difficult environments), both available in the Color configuration. The HERON® LITE model is the best solution for customers who want to join the HERON® family with an affordable investment.


6 Dec 2018

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HERON SUCCESS CASE — CIVIL PROTECTION

PLANNING THE SECURITY OF PUBLIC EVENTS Fair square, Trento (IT)

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

KEYWORDS: Civil protection | Security | Public event management | Heron | 3D Mapping 

One of the main problems in planning a public event is the lack of updated data. Over time, a site is subject to multiple changes (sidewalks, green areas, maintenance or remediation, etc.) and not always the maps, available for civil protection, represent real metric data. All these issues were met in the present use case, where a tensile structure was planned in the main square of Trento.



NEEDS AND GOALS
  • Check for any differences between the existing cadastral maps and the current state of the square, in order to detect the presence of new elements potentially obstructing the public security plans.
  • Provide easy and effective analysis of places dedicated to events/fairs, starting from real and updated data.

« I’ve been amazed of the speediness of HERON in providing us with real data of the location we chose for the event! Without the HERON real data we would not have seen that this space was not suitable for the structures and the pool of people we had in mind. »

Stefano Farina | Safety Consultant and Trainer


Trento square data elaboration

Thanks to a quick walk with HERON  it was possible to generate an updated map of the square and proceed with the planning of the safety routes. It was possible to discover that the large trees (not marked in the old maps) were a serious obstacle to the management of the event. It was therefore decided to change locations, preventing a huge waste of money and work. (Read more about the Italian public event rules "DECRETO GABRIELLI")


    Public event planning




    HERON AC-1 MAIN BENEFITS
    • Rapid survey and analysis of (large) environments both external and internal.
    • Real-time generation of 3D and 2D maps with 2-3 cm accuracy. 
    • Quick and frequent update of 2D and 3D maps thanks to the automatic localization of the instrument. Survey easily managed by operators with minimal knowledge of surveying.

    RESULTS
    • Blueprint map of the square
    • CAD map with safety path scheme
    • 3D point cloud model of the square

    TECHNICAL DETAILS
    • SURVEYING SYSTEM: HERON AC-1 Color
    • SURVEYING TIME: 720 mt in 9 minutes by walking
    • PROCESSING SOFTWARE: HERON Desktop - JRC 3D Reconstructor
    • DATA PROCESSING TIME: 45 minutes



    ABOUT

    The Client required to Gexcel the rent of HERON with operator for the surveying activities and the data processing delivery. For a privacy agreement, Gexcel is not allowed to show the Client’s name.

    5 Dec 2018

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    JRC 3D RECONSTRUCTOR SUCCESS CASE — NON-INVASIVE ARCHITECTURAL DIAGNOSIS

    ANALYSIS AND CAD REPORT OF AN ANCIENT STABLE Rustic Court “La Faggiola”, Piacenza (ITALY)

    PDF versione italiana

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    KEYWORDS: Architectural | Conservation | JRC 3D Reconstructor | Laser scanner


    Rustic Court “La Faggiola”, Piacenza (ITALY) - Picture of the building and CAD redrawing  and high resolution colored orthophotos - by Studio Tecnico Cottini - JRC 3D Reconstructor
    Fig.1_Picture of the building and CAD redrawing with high-resolution colored orthophotos

    The “Faggiola” Rustic Court is an ancient private residence (now public) dating back to the early twentieth century. Having been neglected for a long time, the client decided to check its status by relying on 3D surveying technologies, before proceeding with redevelopment works and refurbishment and restoration interventions. During the days on the field, we worked with laser scanner instruments and it was possible to detect the geometry of the entire building: from the external areas to every single room, obtaining the highest precision necessary for the graphics redrawing. The material components of the building have been of great importance: building and finishing materials, signs left over from the passage of time, have contributed to a greater understanding of the building's real conditions. The methodology used, fast and non-invasive, is suitable for completing architectural diagnoses of buildings and defining the type of interventions to be carried out, be it demolition or restoration.


    NEEDS AND GOALS
    • Detailed survey of the external and internal environments of the building.
    • Graphics rendering of the exact geometry of the building (plans, sections, and elevations) and its material component.
    • Future restoration and conservation interventions.

    Rustic Court “La Faggiola”, Piacenza (ITALY) - Colorful 3D model - point cloud (general view) - by Studio Tecnico Cottini - JRC 3D Reconstructor
    Fig.2_Colorful 3D model - point cloud (general view)

    Rustic Court “La Faggiola”, Piacenza (ITALY) - CAD redrawing with high resolution colored orthophotos - by Studio Tecnico Cottini - JRC 3D Reconstructor
    Fig.3_CAD redrawing with high-resolution colored orthophotos

    « Thanks to the data collected during the laser scanner survey and the use of JRC 3D Reconstructor processing software, it was possible to obtain a thorough reading of the material components of the building, through the extraction of high-resolution orthophotos, following applied to the CAD drawings. »

    Elena Plebani | Architect at Studio Tecnico Cottini

    RESULTS
    • Detailed technical table with high-resolution orthophotos
    • 3D point cloud model
    • 2D plans and views with millimetric precision

    TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS
    • Precision of final results
    • Management of data coming from different laser scanners.
    • Quick and precise processing of data.

    TECHNICAL DETAILS
    • SURVEYING SYSTEM: Terrestrial Laser Scanner | Total Station
    • SURVEYED AREA: 700 m²
    • SURVEYING TIME: 2 days
    • PROCESSING SOFTWARE: JRC 3D Reconstructor
    • DATA PROCESSING TIME: 2 weeks

    « The merging between the processed point clouds and the traditional topographic polygon, inside JRC 3D Reconstructor, completes the survey in any aspect. »

    Marco Salvi | Engineer at Studio Tecnico Cottini

    Rustic Court “La Faggiola”, Piacenza (ITALY) - Colorful 3D model - point cloud (partial view) - by Studio Tecnico Cottini - JRC 3D Reconstructor
    Fig.4_Colorful 3D model - point cloud (partial view)

    ABOUT

    Studio tecnico ing.i. Adriano Cottini
    The Cottini engineering studio deals with topographic surveys, laser scanner surveys, data processing from point clouds, drafting of graphics drawings and planning for residential and civil construction works.


    9 Nov 2018

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    HERON SUCCESS CASE — MUSEUM DOCUMENTATION

    VIRTUAL REALITY FOR MUSEUM SERVICES ORGANIZING
    MarteS - Art museum Sorlini, Calvagese della Riviera (IT)

    PDF versione italiana

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    KEYWORDS: Virtual reality | Art | Museum | Heritage | Digitalization | HERON










    The "Luciano Sorlini Foundation" is located within the largest architectural complex of Calvagese della Riviera and, from March 31, 2018, is the headquarters of the MarteS. Sorlini Museum of Art: a private art gallery that exhibits to the public the works collected over time by the entrepreneur from Brescia Luciano Sorlini (1925-2015).
    Before the opening to the public, Stefano Lusardi, conservator of the new museum, and Giustina Irene, from DICATAM University of Brescia, commissioned a 3D survey of the building for museum services organizing.


    For this particular work, the Topotek company has chosen to exploit the HERON AC-1 Color technology. 3D mapping acquisitions were carried out following two paths: the first one walking along 1.390 meters in 22 minutes crossing the gardens and the open spaces inside the court, and the second one of 610 meters, extended from the gardens to the outside of the villa, by covering the whole block, including the city square and the war memorial monument. Using the HERON Desktop software, it was possible to obtain a point cloud in .ply format and an "x-ray plan". After that, the results were imported into JRC 3D Reconstructor and automatically aligned.




    In an hour only, the 3D movie of the detected building was generated. Thanks to the HERON technology, was quickly acquired a large number of elements, fundamental for future museum projects. We are therefore faced with the possibility of moving 3D data into video animations or exploiting them to create interactive activities for VR viewers.


    NEEDS AND GOALS
    • A fast survey of the ancient Sorlini palace to generate a 2D drawing of the main building surrounding
    • Realized a 3D movie for the MarteS museum inauguration
    • Using the acquired 3D data to future plan of museum services organization

    HERON AC-1 MAIN BENEFITS
    • Innovation of the product
    • Speed in obtaining technical drawings
    • Intelligibility with third-party 2D and 3D resources

    RESULTS
    • 2D blueprint plans
    • Indoor and outdoor 3D flythrough video
    • 3D point cloud with trajectory and photographic information

    TECHNICAL DETAILS
    • SURVEYING SYSTEM: HERON AC-1 Color
    • SURVEYING AREA: 2.000 sqm
    • SURVEYING TIME: 29 minutes by walking
    • PROCESSING SOFTWARE: HERON Desktop and JRC 3D Reconstructor
    • DATA PROCESSING TIME: 45 minutes + 1 hour for the movie creation