RSA Scans World’s Largest 3D Printed Structure

Nashville’s OneC1TY development saw the erection of the world’s largest 3D printed structure this summer. The 20 ft x 40 ft (6 m x 12 m) pavilion was built by Branch Technologies of Chattanooga, TN using a design that does not require steel/non-printed supports. RSA’s Reality Capture Group is working with Branch Technologies to monitor the first of its kind structure through periodic mapping via terrestrial laser scanners.

I’ve been watching 3D printing for a long time now and even have a small one that I use at home. Even with that experience, it’s still amazing to see a 3D structure “in the wild” much less one of this size and significance given its prominence at the OneC1TY campus. – Sam Billingsley -Director, Reality Capture Group


Sam Billingsley Named “UAV Visionary” by Commercial UAV News

Commercial UAV News just named Sam Billingsley one of the “Top 7 Drone Visionaries” in the Surveying & Mapping Market. As the Director of the Reality Capture Group at Ragan-Smith, Sam is responsible for managing all Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) projects and the implementation of UAV collections within our Survey Department.

It’s always nice when others recognize you for your work. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize the fact that it took a team effort to get to where we are today. I owe more people thanks than I could possibly mention here; from UAV manufacturers, Re-sellers, other UAV operators, and of course, many in-house at Ragan-Smith. I’m just glad it’s paid off with production ready results. That’s more than I can say for most of my R&D projects!         -Sam Billingsley

For a full listing of all of UAV News’ 2018 Visionaries can be found here.

BIMForum Fall Symposium Introduces New LOD Standards for BIM

The BIMForum announced the release of the latest Level of Detail (LOD) standards for Building Information Models (BIM) at the Fall Symposium which was held in Dallas, TX November 6-8. This year’s symposium was a group effort by the BIMForum, USIBD, And the Associated General Contractors of America. Additionally, new BIM implementation guides and Level of Accuracy (LOA) standards are also being prepared for release. Check out the linked article of 5 Takeaways from by RSA’s Sam Billingsley.

State of the industry: 5 takeaways from USIBD and BIMForum

Communication is the Key to Successful BIM

“3D Scanning has become commonplace on many projects, and can save hours of field verification.  It can also add layers of complexity, confusion, and frustration if not executed properly on a project.”         – Cool, a Point Cloud… Now What?

This article by Jordan Banning and Adam Muñoz for the Autodesk User Group International is an excellent primer on all of the issues that need to be understood or addressed in order to successfully implement a full scan to BIM project.

Read the Full Article


Field Verified Floor Plans

How are you launching your urban infill projects? If you are not using field verified data to build your existing conditions models you are baking error into your project.

RSA has multiple options to produce everything from 2D floor plans to full Revit Building Information Models – and all from field verified data sets. Check out this short video for examples that may prove right for your next project!

Construction Verification for Architectural Cladding

RSA’s ReCap Group was in Atlanta this week collecting data to assist metal fabrication installers. Architectural cladding with metal continues to be a popular choice for commercial architects due to the wide variety of finishes and applications. However, this variety also means that the panels are typically custom made to fit. Variances between the design drawings and the as-built conditions can result in deviations that are beyond an installer’s capabilities to repair on-site. This means stopping the install while new measurements are taken, a replacement panel is cut, and then shipped back to the site from the factory.

In order to avoid these delays our client has RSA capture the as-built conditions so that they can compare them to the design drawings before any panels are cut. Changes in panel and support pieces are made to account for the existing substructure conditions, everything is cut, stacked on the truck in reverse order of installation and shipped for assembly onsite. Schedules are maintained, product is not wasted, and everyone is happy.  Not bad for a morning’s work in Atlanta!