Reality Capture Network

Reality Capture Network

By Matthew Byrd
[Reality Capture Network] is a podcast and video series hosted by Nexus 3D Consulting President and CEO Matthew Byrd, created as a way to share his passion for 3D technology, entrepreneurship, business, and more!

Every week we interview experts and leaders across multiple industry sectors, and cover topics such as business, 3D laser scanning, surveying, UAV/drones, point clouds, virtual reality, BIM, AI, computer hardware / software and the uses within every industry!

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Episode 13: Shannon Conaway of Conaway Geomatics
Welcome to Episode 13 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Shannon Conaway of Conaway Geomatics. Shannon brings over 25 years of progressive experience in managing large infrastructure survey, mapping and GIS projects throughout California. Shannon started his survey experience in the California Army National Guard in 1986 as a field artillery surveyor. In 1996, he earned aBachelor of Science degree in Surveying Engineering from California State University of Fresno and has been licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in California since 1999. Shannon’s clients have included public utilities, water utilities, transportation agencies, state and federal government, local municipalities, oil and gas companies and private development. Through his years of experience, he has performed survey work including field collection, office processing, cradle to grave project management and served as Survey Program Manager of Southern California’s largest natural gas project. Question Guide for this Episode: (0:58) Can you share your background with us? (19:02) What services does your business focus on? (22:00) What are some of the new technologies that your team is using? (33:29) What applications do you see for laser scanning in surveying? (35:30) What challenges are you facing in using the technology? (41:45) What piece of technology or fix would you bring back from the future? Extra Learnings: (9:30) Using new technology to attract the new generation of surveyors (25:40) Technology will never replace good practices and workers (26:36) How new technology is drastically improving safety measures for surveyors (44:35) Shannon’s thoughts on fostering an engaged team first and then focusing on clients (46:50) How COVID has impacted Shannon’s business (52:34) The power of collaboration within the same industry
1:01:36
July 7, 2020
Episode 12: Jeff Miller of Atkins North America
Welcome to Episode 12 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Jeff Miller of Atkins North America. Jeff has over 29 years of Land Surveying experience working on projects all across the United States. He is a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed in Nevada. Jeff also has his Nevada Water Rights License and is a licensed FAA Drone Pilot. He currently works for Atkins North America as a Project Director, providing marketing and business development throughout the western United States. In his career, Jeff has provided surveys of all facets, including ALTA surveys, boundary surveys, topographic surveys and construction staking. Starting in 2015 he served on the board for the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors, Southern Chapter. In 2017 he was the President-Elect and in 2018 he served as the President of the Association. Question Guide for this Episode: (0:25) Can you share your background with us?  (16:05) What current projects are you working on?  (17:57) Are you actively searching out new technology for Atkins?  (22:49) Does your team focus on work for a certain industry?  (24:48) How has COVID impacted your team and business?   Extra Learnings:  (2:08) The project that brought Matt and Jeff together  (4:30) Knowing how to use both new technology tools and how to create backend data  (9:00) The disconnect between those who are selling technology and those who are actually doing the work  (32:10) The difficulty of finding qualified land surveyors  (40:48) Collaboration among reality capture industries   (48:13) Finding a job that excites you and doesn’t feel like work
59:09
June 30, 2020
Episode 11: Christie Bruno of One Nine Architecture
Welcome to Episode 11 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Christi Bruno of One Nine Architecture. Christie has worked in the architecture and design world for 10 years. She earned her BFA in interior architecture from CSU-Long Beach. After working in the corporate world for eight years, she decided to create her own firm, One Nine Architecture in 2018. She also founded the non-profit One Nine for Humanity, which focuses on building homes, structural and design improvements, counseling & mentoring programs or providing supplies in communities in need. Question Guide for this Episode: (0:34) Can you share a little bit of your background with us? (5:55) What is the geographic focus of your non-profit, One Nine for Humanity? (8:15) Where is your business located? (8:55) What is the geographic focus of your architecture firm? (10:22) How does your firm utilize reality capture technology? (11:42) Are you working on ground up projects or renovations? (13:08) What does your process look like when beginning a renovation? (16:32) Has your firm utilized laser scanning on any projects? (19:50) How are you utilizing panoramic images at sites? (20:36) Are you working in Revit or CAD? (22:22) Has your firm used virtual reality on any projects? (25:00) What is the meaning behind your company name? (26:28) What hurdles did you overcome to start One Nine? (29:34) How have you been impacted by COVID-19? Extra Learnings: (17:32) Matt shares a little bit about the history of Nexus 3D and how it helps fill in the gaps of missing building documentation (23:20) The types of technology that One Nine uses in the field (31:24) The current status of One Nine’s capacity to take on more clients
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June 19, 2020
Episode 10: Eugene Liscio of ai2-3D
Welcome to Episode 10 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Eugene Liscio of ai2-3D. Eugene Liscio is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada and is the owner of ai2-3D, a consulting company that specializes in 3D forensic documentation, analysis and visualizations of crime scenes. Eugene has testified in court in both US and Canada, utilizing 3D technologies such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, and has also provided interactive 3D crime scene reconstructions at trial. Eugene is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, where he teaches a 3D Forensic Reconstruction and Mapping course as part of the Forensic Sciences Program. He is actively engaged in research and mentoring students focusing on 3D documentation and analysis techniques in forensics. Question Guide for this Episode: (0:40) How did you get into the 3D forensics industry? (5:15) Can you walk us through some of the different technologies used in forensics?f (7:52) Do you have a specific hardware you’re focused on using at the moment? (9:15) Is there a certain type of project that is your expertise? (10:30) Does your team handle the entire modeling process? (12:44) What are some challenges or opportunities for improvement that you see in the reality capture industry? (15:55) Do you use any mobile scanners in forensics? (19:45) Have you tried any new technologies in the VR/AR realm? (22:10) Have you seen VR used in court rooms to allow jurors to virtually walk through crime scenes? (30:58) What are some of the actual use cases of reality capture technology in forensics? Extra Learnings: (24:00)  Mixing crime scene data and analysis in VR to interact and see results of analysis in the context of a crime scene (27:15) Using 3D data as part of a criminal investigation (28:30) The types of training and expertise to pursue before jumping into reality capture technology (50:30) Eugene’s advice to those getting into forensics
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June 16, 2020
Episode 09: Shaun Lewis of Clark Construction Group
Welcome to Episode 09 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Shaun Lewis of Clark Construction Group.   Shaun started his career in civil engineering, then moved into land surveying and switched into the construction industry so that he could focus on laser scanning. He currently leads the national reality capture service offering for Clark Construction Group, LLC. He ensures the successful corporate deployment and local adoption of reality capture in order to leverage the complete construction data lifecycle, beginning with preconstruction services through construction and project turnover. Shaun also leads reality capture product delivery for Coda LLC, a construction data technology company and Clark affiliate.    Question Guide for this Episode:  (1:50) How did you end up in the reality capture industry?  (5:01) What’s your normal day-to-day role at Clark Construction?  (8:50) Do you have any applications for reality capture that are outside the norm?  (10:14) Besides construction, what other types of industries do you work with?  (11:20) What types of hardware is your team typically using?  (25:30) Are you using any mobile scanning products? (29:23) What deliverables are you creating from your data scans?  (33:16) How do you share data with clients and manage large file sizes?  (37:42) What types of virtual reality stuff has your team interacted with?   (41:53) What types of challenges do you face using this technology?   (54:03) What futuristic product would you bring back with you to the present?  (57:44) What type of computer systems are you using?   (59:42) How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your business?     Laser Scanner Reviews:  (12:20) Matterport  (16:20) BLK360 scanner  (17:37) FARO series   (19:54) Leica P20  (24:14) Leica RTC360  (25:32) NavVis
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June 11, 2020
Episode 08: Nayda Venizelos of R3DFox Studio
Welcome to Episode 08 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Nayda Venizelos of R3DFox Studio. Nayda Venizelos is an experienced industrial designer who specializes in 3D scanning, 3D modeling, digital sculpting and 3D printing. She has worked with LucasFilm, Marvel Studios and Legendary Entertainment and is currently the Creative Director for R3DFox Studio in London. She's worked in film, retail, TV and fashion industries and is comfortable in both workshop and design studio. Working across multiple interconnected fields, she brings comprehensive solutions for a variety of 3D design and building needs.   Question Guide for this Episode:  (0:43) What is your background?   (10:20) What has been your focus within the film industry?   (13:06) Do you have any experience with terrestrial scanning or building?  (15:32) What is your workflow for scanning a prop?   (17:23) What challenges do you face with using this technology in your industry?   (19:31)What challenges do you face with processing the data and turning it into as-builts?   (21:50) Do you have any experience working in the gaming industry?   (22:48) Where do you see the future of VR heading?
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June 4, 2020
Episode 07: Zachary Wassenberg of Burns & McDonnell
[Reality Capture Network] presents Episode 07 of the RCN Podcast! In this episode we welcome Zachary Wassenberg of Burns & McDonnell. As an XR innovation manager, specializing in extended reality, wearable technology, and GIS, Zachary researches, scopes, and deploys new technologies throughout Burns & McDonnell. He is recognized for his insights in augmented reality technology solutions and is leading Burns & McDonnell's enterprise deployment of VisualSpection + RealWear, an augmented reality software and hardware for field users. He received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Kansas. Question Guide for this Episode: (0:27) Tell us a little bit about yourself? (8:36) What are some hands-on use cases for laser scanning that you’ve seen at Burns & McDonnell? (26:09) What are some of the new technologies and innovations that your team is utilizing or interested in? (28:54) How does your firm manage the storage and delivering of data? (31:32) Which computers does your team use? (32:27) What are the biggest challenges your team is facing right now? Extra Learnings (6:10) Burns and McDonell’s response to COVID19 (13:00) The benefits of virtual opportunities for businesses (15:35) How to think about change management when deploying new technologies into an organization or industry (16:16) Tips on how to justify the value of introducing new technologies to executives or decision makers (24:07) What is a data lake and what is the biggest hurdle that is preventing the industry from operating with them regularly? (26:36) Advantage of having wearable augmented reality hardware and what Zachary hopes to see happen with wearable devices (46:08) Advice to a business who wants to start trying to introduce laser scanning
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June 1, 2020
Episode 06: J. Daniel Jenkins of John Daniel Jenkins Architect, LLC
[Reality Capture Network] presents Episode 06 of the RCN Podcast! In this episode we welcome J. Daniel Jenkins of John Daniel Jenkins Architect, LLC and formerly of Walt Disney Imagineering. J. Daniel Jenkins, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is a consulting design executive, licensed architect and author with 21 years of proven, real-world design and project management experience. Jenkins graduated with a five-year Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, completed a year long independent study for Stanford University’s School of Engineering and worked for Walt Disney Imagineering for seven years as the Senior Project Design Manager. Upon leaving Walt Disney Imagineering in 2017, Jenkins started his own design management consulting company, J. Daniel Jenkins Architect. He is also the author of the book, The Design Manager: Successful Management of the Design Process. Question Guide for this Episode (0:20) What is your background? (6:08) When did you first start to use laser scanning in your work? (10:02) Why did Disney start using laser scanning in their theme parks? (12:29) Were you creating individual project scans at Disney or did you create a living as-built document for the entire park? (15:48) Within point cloud and scanning projects, what are some challenges you’ve seen? (18:24) What is your experience using drones, aerial, LIDAR or photogrammetry in projects? (20:44) Have you used panoramic imagery to create virtual tours? (21:58) What kind of scanners and technology are you using today? (22:37) What was your experience with virtual reality? (25:09) What tools and processes do you use to manage teams? (29:42) What is your focus today? (33:40) What product would you bring back from the future? Extra Learnings (9:08) Challenges of using scanning technology in a theme park (24:14) Using virtual reality in theme parks (36:42) Matthew Byrd tells us what he’s excited for in the future of reality capture
45:01
May 26, 2020
Episode 05: Salla Eckhardt of Microsoft
Welcome to Episode 05 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Salla Eckhardt of Microsoft.  Salla is the Director of Transformation Services at Microsoft. She is a passionate and inspiring innovation leader and a change agent for the global construction and real estate industry. She is recognized as an industry game changer, and one of the most innovative and forward-thinking people in the sector. Her focus is on successful business transformation of the AECO industry with four key components: engaging stakeholders in full digital building lifecycle, communicating shared objectives in smart buildings, driving digital transformation in smart cities, and determining coherent ways to maximize productivity and innovation with intelligent cloud & intelligent edge. She has a proven track record of successfully managing multimillion-dollar projects and programs with democratic leadership style. Salla is a frequent public speaker in national and international industry forums evangelizing digital transformation and its impact on people, business, and technology. She earned her Master of Science degree from Tampere University of Technology and has over 15 years of experience in working collaboratively with senior management teams in both academia and industry. Salla has authored and co-authored multiple award-winning publications on emerging technology, innovation, BIM, and construction management impacting the $217 trillion real-estate business. Her thesis work has been adopted in the national BIM standard in the USA and European Union. Question Guide  for this Episode (1:12) What is your background? (6:21) How do you use data capture within a building lifecycle? (8:19)  What are your thoughts regarding using laser scanning in your work? (9:51) What are the benefits of using laser scanning versus older methods of capturing building data? (12:21)  What challenges do you see with using the new technology? (14:30) What has been your experience in finding the right technology or service providers to do scanning work for you? (16:25) What challenges does Microsoft face in trying to utilize a network of providers to do these jobs? (18:47) Which of the existing technologies is your team pulling into your work? (20:07) What type of new software would you like to see developed? (21:29) What type of new hardware would you like to see developed? Extra Learnings (10:14)  Everything that can be captured using laser scanning (13:22)  Making laser scanning more user friendly and cost effective (17:42) The benefits of educating yourself on the the variances of reality capture
38:12
May 22, 2020
Episode 04: Krisjan Hiner of Stack Rock Group
Welcome to Episode 04 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast! In this episode we welcome Krisjan Hiner of Stack Rock Group. Krisjan is an Idaho-based entrepreneur, photographer, web designer and marketing consultant. He runs multiple companies, including Stack Rock Group, an environmentally sustainable landscape company, and Sub-Marketing, a marketing consulting business. He also curates the story-telling platform, The Constructivist, for professionals in real estate and construction. Join us as we listen to his perspective on collaborating with other small businesses, the value of marketing skills in technology and construction firms, and running a business during the time of COVID-19. Question Guide for this Episode: (1:06) What is Krisjan’s background? (15:27) How did Stack Rock Group begin? (18:11) What does a landscape architecture firm do? (21:18) What is Krisjan’s favorite type of project? (23:58) How are 3D imaging technologies used in landscape architecture? (27:53) What are the potential use cases for laser scanning in landscape architecture? (36:50) How involved is Krisjan in virtual reality and what are some of the use cases? Extra Learnings (39:48) The benefits of building great business relationships (45:14) How will collaborating with other businesses provide a better experience for clients? (50:50) What will you find on Krisjan’s podcasts? How should someone start up a podcast? (54:05) How is Krisjan motivating his employees during COVID-19?
58:02
May 20, 2020
Episode 03: Sam Dougherty and Michael Warren of AECOM
Welcome to Episode 03 of the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast!   In this episode we welcome Sam Dougherty and Michael Warren from AECOM.  Sam Dougherty serves as Vice President in charge of AECOM’s Reality Capture and Digital Technologies Group. These roles include asset management data gathering, terrestrial and mobile laser scanning, drone data acquisition, manned aerial acquisition, tablet data collection and modern surveying data collection techniques.    Michael Warren is AECOM’s Americas Director of Digital Practice & Technology. In this role, he serves AECOM’s team of industry leading subject matter experts and technical specialists as the a primary advisor before and during project delivery for small to large and complex projects not limited to Reality Capture, Aviation, Commercial and Passenger Rail, and Highway Surface and Structures projects where BIM technology is a primary delivery method and as a submission requirement at the end of the project design and construction.    
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May 13, 2020
Episode 02 : Matt Higgins of Shark Tank
RCN is proud to present Matt Higgins as our featured guest on Episode 02 of the RCN Podcast. Matt is a man of many talents - from investing to creating to motivational speaking. Despite dropping out of high school, Matt went on to earn his law degree from Fordham University. He became the youngest press secretary in New York City history and handled the monumental challenge of seeing the city through the 9/11 attacks. He went on to create RSE Ventures, an investment firm with a knack for discovering fledgling businesses. He also works with Gary Vaynerchuk to incubate emerging talent. His expertise in investing led him to become a recurring Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank. Matt also specializes in sports ventures and is the Vice-President of the Miami Dolphins, launched the International Champions Cup and established the Drone Racing League. Some Questions We Ask Matt Higgins: (1:39) How did you get to where you are now? Was there anything about your past that led you here? (6:57) What is your favorite thing about being on Shark Tank? (20:38) Have you ever heard of reality capture technology? (23:06 ) What kind of real world applications have you seen for VR? (27:13 ) What actions, defensive or offensive, would you recommend to business owners and leaders during the time of crisis? Some Things You’ll Learn: (2:22) Matt’s perspective on overcoming the stigma of being a high school drop out (10:30) Why Matt believes everyone needs to find their voice (11:53) How transitions in marketing trends have allowed individual business owners to become their own content creators and why that is so powerful (15:02) Why Matt thinks LinkedIn is “the single most underestimated content machine ever unleashed and known to man” (17:07) Matt’s personal strategy for learning anything new, such as a new social media platform (19:32) Matt’s tactics for growing engagement on LinkedIn (21:25) How Matt has been a catalyst for the Drone Racing League (29:16) Which questions all business owners and leaders should be asking themselves during and following the time of COVID - should we be pivoting? (30:12) How to be honest with yourself as a business and not conflate problems in your business model with problems caused by COVID (31:19) Why businesses are afraid to pivot during times of crisis (32:44) Matt’s advice on how to think about fear-based predictions (33:59) The positive optimizations that Matt believes we should keep after COVID is no longer a crisis
37:30
April 22, 2020
Episode 01: Matthew Byrd, host of the [Reality Capture Network]
In this episode we welcome you to the [Reality Capture Network] Podcast and discuss its vision and scope. We invite you to visit realitycapturenetwork.com to subscribe, see the videos from our studio, and submit a form if you're interested in being involved or have a topic request.  Thank you for listening!
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April 8, 2020