3D Reality Capture Technology for Fiber Optic Networks

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3D reality capture is a big deal. There has been an increasing spotlight on 3D reality capture as fiber optic engineers, architects, and design and software engineers are putting this tool to significant use. According to Acumen Research and Consulting, the global 3D reality capture market is set to climb $1.08 billion USD by 2026.

What is 3D reality capture? 

3D reality capture is the process of scanning and capturing a building or site, a portion of that building or site, equipment in the real world and then converting the scanned data into a valuable 3D digital model. What is important is that 3D reality capture relies on a model that can be used for design and comparison purposes, to ensure site safety, capturing every detail with up-to-date data and accuracy. This fast-growing technology enables manufacturers, architects, and design engineers the ability to automate and combine the latest tools for one-touch operation for accurate and reliable cost information.  

So why is 3D reality capture gaining so much momentum in the fiber optic network space?

3D reality capture technology for fiber optic networks

The industry has been
faced with increasing pressure to meet tight deadlines and budgets, and with that, companies are seeking new innovations to fill any gaps. 3D reality capture offers a significant potential to increase efficiencies with:

  • Improved accuracy: Instead of relying on outdated drawings or time-consuming manual measurements, 3D reality capture technology can provide existing site conditions with efficiency and accuracy. In addition, design software has become more intuitive, easier to use, and flexible for any integrations.


  • Collaboration and interaction: 3D reality capture brings teams together anywhere and can track and interact with data in real-time. As a result, any design changes are performed in a highly collaborative and interactive manner.


  • Fast and efficient documentation: With 3D reality capture being the bridge between raw site conditions, regular scans help ensure that construction is matching design intent. This allows the project team to discover any discrepancies before they become costly mistakes.


  • Digital twin and connectivity: When rolling out fiber for millions of subscribers, speed and cost savings have a substantial impact on the business case. The combination of a complete network inventory management system along with a cost-efficient planning and design process, will allow for smooth operation and maintenance of a newly built infrastructure. 

the potential for 3D reality capture should not be ignored. It is poised to be a viable solution and an appealing tool for fiber optic manufacturers and professionals alike. 

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