Bentley buys French reality modelling firm

By Sandy Guthrie13 February 2015

A picture of Stockholm, Sweden, using Acute3D software

A picture of Stockholm, Sweden, using Acute3D software

US-based software company Bentley Systems has acquired French-based Acute3D, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modelling.

Acute3D software is said to automate the generation of high-resolution, fully-3D representations from digital photographs taken with any camera, whether highly specialised or smartphone.

Bentley said that now photo sequences from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were likely to become the most feasible source for surveying, construction monitoring, and inspection workflows, Acute3D’s industrial-level accuracy and unlimited scalability were making it a preferred technology for UAV manufacturers and professionals.

Bentley Systems founder and chief technology officer Keith Bentley said, “The world-class Acute3D developers have already achieved two breakthroughs which remove the barriers to the adoption of reality modelling.

“First, Acute3D has made it possible for anyone sufficiently to capture existing conditions with just a camera. Of equal importance is the value of the Acute3D result. Rather than a voluminous cloud of discrete points, Acute3D produces a 3D ‘reality mesh’ – intrinsically in the same geometric idiom as engineering models, readily aligning the real-world context.”

Acute3D was co-founded in 2011 by Dr Jean-Philippe Pons and Dr Renaud Keriven.

Applications of Acute3D have included the capture of existing conditions for construction sites, manufacturing facilities, mining operations, pipelines, and oil and gas exploration.

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