I'm back from Las Vegas with lots of photos, notes, and business cards. The whole thing was fantastic and it happened in a blur. One of the first things that struck me was how large the conference was. The keynotes were probably the best indicator – people on all sides of the room with a near packed house.
I attended two different keynotes – a general keynote with the whole group (above) and then a separate Geosystems keynote with a nice spotlight on BIM, courtesy of Cathi Hayes. It was really cool to see our logos and images on the big screen.
The Geosystems keynote announced the Nova MS50 – a “one box” instrument that is both a total station and laser scanner. Here’s the video that explains it better than I could:
Features aside, this "one box" concept solves a really simple problem: owning multiple instruments. The ideal setup for layout is a total station for control and a separate laser scanner for sending back what’s been built. Combining the two is an obvious gain in efficiency.
Zack Creach is a senior engineer for Holder Construction in Atlanta.