Computing Advances in Reality Capture

During GeoWeek 2024 in Denver, Matthew Byrd sat down to chat with Ken Flannigan from Dell Technologies and Owen Welsh from Intel to discuss the crucial role of advanced computing in revolutionizing reality capture technologies.

Conversation Timeline

01:00

Introduction of Ken Flannigan and Owen Welsh and their roles

01:35

The partnership between Dell Technologies, Intel, and Reality Capture Network, focusing on how computing power affects productivity in reality capture workflows

03:55

System requirements for processing large datasets, like those from LIDAR and drone scans, and how new technology (like Intel Thread Director) helps in multitasking during data processing

06:15

Insights into new processor technologies (e.g., Intel 13th Gen) that improve processing times and system efficiency

09:50

The importance of proper system configuration, including considerations for processors, memory, and storage, to handle large data sizes typical in reality capture

14:25

The need for education within the community regarding the technical aspects of computing hardware to better understand and utilize reality capture data

18:10

Infrastructure requirements for efficient data transfer, including the use of technologies like Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E to handle large data volumes

18:10

Infrastructure requirements for efficient data transfer, including the use of technologies like Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E to handle large data volumes

19:13

The need for comprehensive solutions in hardware and software to fully leverage the capabilities of reality capture technologies

In this discussion, Matthew, Ken, and Owen discuss the challenges and solutions around processing large data sets, emphasizing how cutting-edge hardware like Intel’s 13th Gen processors and Dell’s Precision workstations are pivotal in enhancing productivity and decision-making speeds in the field.

Ken and Owen share their take on the evolution of processor technology and system configurations that optimize performance for heavy-duty tasks. They discuss the significance of matching the right hardware to the demands of reality capture applications in order to ensure data can be processed efficiently while being accessible and usable for clients. From threading technologies that allow multitasking to understanding the nuances of system specs that handle terabytes of data, this conversation is packed with valuable information aimed at professionals navigating the rapidly growing demands of reality capture technology.

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Ken Flannigan

Ken Flannigan

  • Director, AEC Alliances and Solutions
  • Dell Technologies
Ken Flannigan

Ken Flannigan

Director, AEC Alliances and Solutions

Dell Technologies
Owen Welsh

Owen Welsh

  • Director, Data Science & AI Development Segment Product Manager
  • Intel
Owen Welsh

Owen Welsh

Director, Data Science & AI Development Segment Product Manager

Intel
RCN Host Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

  • Founder, President
  • Reality Capture Network

Matthew Byrd is a visionary leader, influencer, and expert in the world of construction technology and reality capture. He is devoted to enabling companies worldwide to leverage new technologies and workflows to convert real-world project data into digital environments. His mission is to inspire change through innovation and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

He founded Nexus 3D Consulting in 2016 and leads a team of geospatial and reality capture specialists focused on the Built Environment. With hundreds of clients and over 600 completed projects spanning 40 states and several countries, his firm has established a global reputation for expertise and innovation in just a few years.

In 2020, Matthew founded the “Reality Capture Network” which has grown into the largest community of reality capture professionals. RCN started as a podcast, and now offers an online education center with a growing library of digital content and hosts an annual conference where experts from around the world gather to share, learn, and network with the community.

Matthew’s goal is to help build a better future. He envisions a vastly different work environment in 20 years and is driven to drive that change by inspiring others to proactively shape the future. In his words, “We have the power to build the future or watch it unfold. The choice is ours.”

RCN Host Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

Founder, President

Reality Capture Network

Matthew Byrd is a visionary leader, influencer, and expert in the world of construction technology and reality capture. He is devoted to enabling companies worldwide to leverage new technologies and workflows to convert real-world project data into digital environments. His mission is to inspire change through innovation and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

He founded Nexus 3D Consulting in 2016 and leads a team of geospatial and reality capture specialists focused on the Built Environment. With hundreds of clients and over 600 completed projects spanning 40 states and several countries, his firm has established a global reputation for expertise and innovation in just a few years.

In 2020, Matthew founded the “Reality Capture Network” which has grown into the largest community of reality capture professionals. RCN started as a podcast, and now offers an online education center with a growing library of digital content and hosts an annual conference where experts from around the world gather to share, learn, and network with the community.

Matthew’s goal is to help build a better future. He envisions a vastly different work environment in 20 years and is driven to drive that change by inspiring others to proactively shape the future. In his words, “We have the power to build the future or watch it unfold. The choice is ours.”

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