3DR Partners With Autodesk BIM 360 To Integrate Drone Operations Platform
According to the Construction Dive, it looks like 3D Robotics (3DR) has teamed up with Autodesk BIM 360. 3DR’s ascent to become a leader in the drone space has been unmistakable since the AEC-focused company began drawing the attention of big-name investors.
In May, the company snagged $53 million in Series D funding from investors like Autodesk, Atlantic Bridge and True Ventures. With that funding, 3DR representatives said, the company would be investing in expanding its flagship product, Site Scan, and promoting it within the construction and engineering industries.
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Three months later it did just that, announcing a new partnership with global drone maker — and former competitor — DJI. The move, which enables Site Scan to be compatible with DJI drones, opened the surveying technology software to a wider market.
Begun as a joint effort between 3DR, Autodesk and Sony, Site Scan’s single-platform configuration has been reshaping how AEC companies collect and analyze aerial data since March 2016. Today, as more project teams eye greater efficiency in capturing, visualizing and processing construction data, that practice is becoming more mainstream. For companies that do succeed in streamlining the process, that achievement can mean a longer lead time in identifying and correcting potential mistakes, staying in line with project schedules and producing more accurate cost estimations.
“Our big bet is on BIM,” according to Chris Anderson, CEO and co-founder of 3DR. “We think that BIM is the way the industry’s going, not just because it’s the right way to go, but because it’s increasingly mandated.”
Anderson said that shift can be attributed to a larger trend in the industry of a movement toward living documents, or those that are updated and accessible to project teams in real time. Continue reading about this new partnership.