2023 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

BLK360 Further Disrupts Reality Capture

Entrant Company

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon

Category

Product Design - Computer & Information Technology

Client's Name

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon

Country / Region

United States

The next generation Leica BLK360 is a fast, lightweight imaging laser scanner that creates visually stunning, accurate and realistic digital twins within seconds. It dramatically advances reality capture by delivering two of the most sought-after necessities: speed and efficiency.



First introduced in 2016, the original BLK360 redefined the laser scanning industry, fusing innovative form and function to offer a portable imaging laser scanner for reality capture. The new BLK360 reflects the market demand for an even faster, smaller and more powerful way to comprehensively capture a space in the simplest and fastest way possible without compromising accuracy. With simple push-button operation, it is designed for users of any skill level to operate.



The BLK360 is an ideal sensor for any application requiring fast, up-to-date scanning. It enables users to move quickly about any environment without interruption, viewing and sharing the data during the capture process to provide real-time access to updated digital twins.



The BLK360 has been used to design new hospital wings during COVID-19; identify natural sources of underground water for a climate change research project; create digital records of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark properties; build production sets for TV and feature films; capture the inside of an ambulance for virtual training of emergency responders; and capture underground caves in Pompeii.



Below are examples of how the BLK is used across a variety of industries.



Architecture/Engineering/Construction: Quickly and accurately capture spaces without having to return to the site to correct inaccurate measurements or hire additional staff to travel and ship reality capture products to the site.



Public Safety: Document crime scenes and locations of manmade or natural disasters



Property Management and Real Estate: Get accurate dimensions and panoramic images for space planning, property valuations and sales.



Media and Entertainment: For location scouting and building 3D models of sets and creating workflows for visual effects (VFX).



Cultural Heritage: Archive historical spaces for preservation, learning and restoration.

Credits

CTO, Hexagon AB
Dr. Burkhard Boeckem
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