By Dean Solberg and Steve Young, Exact Metrology

Many industrial sites present inhospitable environments, where the health and safety of the employees and visitors are at risk due to temperature, corrosive materials, moving machinery, and heavy objects. In addition, sites often have networks of pipes, tunnels, storage vessels and other structures that need to be examined. 3D reality capture permits complete site visualization for safety training. Site visibility also greatly improves plant management efficiency. Accurate measurements help designers create extensions without needing to visit the site and enhanced planning of workflow avoids disruptions.

3D reality capture is a process of scanning and capturing any site, for example, factories, buildings, crashes, and crime scenes, in a 3D digital model, combining measurements and imagery. The model can be used for design and comparison purposes in various situations, capturing every detail with to-the-millimeter accuracy. This technology combines one-touch operation with portability and speed to deliver high levels of accuracy, automation, and the ability to create 3D environments in a matter of minutes. 


Exact Metrology, a comprehensive metrology service provider and an architectural scanning company, is proud to announce the immediate availability of the Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner. Manufactured by Leica Geosystems and distributed by Exact Metrology, these portable coordinate measuring machines are designed to measure large-scale objects. This laser scanner uses 3D reality capture.

Thanks to 3D reality capture, building information modeling (BIM) experts save time and money as BIM processes become more efficient, from the accuracy of construction documentation to design and build quality assurance. The latest laser scanning technological developments improve understanding and documentation of the build environment through the use of millimeter-accurate laser scanning and high-dynamic range (HDR) imagery. By using 3D reality capture, previews of data and imagery are viewable onsite directly from a tablet, enabling scans to be checked and verified before going to the office. 


The RTC360 3D Reality capture scanner is ideal for professionals managing project complexities with accurate and reliable 3D representations. This scanner effectively combines a high-performance 3D laser scanner with Leica Cyclone Field 360, a mobile device app for edge computing that automatically registers scans in real time and Leica Cyclone Register 360, an office software that integrates the 3D model into the workflow. Additional features include capturing scans, including enriching HDR imagery in less than two minutes, automatically recording moves from station to station, and augmenting data capture with information tags. 

Using 3D technology is useful when a crash or crime scene requires quick analysis of the scene. Scanning creates a 3D environment that can be explored and analyzed, as well as documents the entire scene in detail. Furthermore, fast scanning minimizes disruption and delays and removes scene degradation, thus providing jurors with credible evidence. Security and site validation at public events are likewise very important and an accurate model of the area can highlight threats and risks not readily evident. 


With a measuring rate up to two million points per second, automated targetless field registration (based on VIS technology) and automated transfer of data from site to office, the device and software greatly reduce time spent in the field and maximize productivity. 

The scanner’s portable design and collapsible tripod fit into most backpacks. Low noise data allows for better images, resulting in crisp, high-quality scans that can be used in a variety of applications. 

As part of the RTC360 solution, the Cyclone Field 360 links the 3D data acquisition in the field with the laser scanner and data registration in the office with Cyclone Register 360. The user can automatically capture, register and examine scan and image data.


Exact Metrology is ISO9001, AS9100 certified as well as FFL and ITAR registered. With facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio; Moline, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plus affiliated offices throughout the country, Exact Metrology is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development, and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. For more information, visit

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