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Time recognizes flying laser scanner

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment Technology Software

Hexagon’s Leica BLK2FLY included amongst Time magazine’s top inventions list for 2022.

(Photo courtesy of Hexagon AB)

The Leica BLK2FLY has been named one of Time magazine’s best inventions of 2022. The fully integrated autonomous flying laser scanner from Hexagon AB is part of the company’s suite of autonomous reality capture sensors.

The LiDAR-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be used to capture everything from large outdoor spaces to complex structures and environments. For example, when renovating building structures, it can capture exterior dimensions of previously inaccessible or difficult-to-reach areas such as rooftops and facades. The resulting colourized 3-D point clouds can then be used by Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and document site conditions.

“Having our reality capture technology recognised by Time as one of the year’s best inventions is both humbling and inspiring. It validates our mission to build smart digital realities that empower an autonomous, sustainable future,” stated Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Our technologies aim to change the world for the better, turning concepts that were once thought impossible into real solutions that benefit everyone. By optimising quality, productivity, efficiency and safety – profitably – we can help industry achieve sustainability through mitigated risk, less waste and reduced cost.”






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