Virtual Design Analysis Group is a division of NVentum, LLC.

This unique collaborative endeavor; to utilize the latest reality capture technology to document the artifacts, buildings and campus of History San Jose, provides opportunities for private sector, non-profits and institutions of higher education to work together to solve some of today's most pressing engineering issues. The protocol for retrofitting as-built historic facilities and the use of new technologies to preserve our most prized historic treasures are vital to the continued success and expanded influence of our museums.
This blog will document the challenges and successes of this ambitious, one of a kind project.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Reality Capture Laboratory

In addition to education and training programs, 
The Reality Capture Technology Training Center is a working laboratory that offers students, professionals and leaders in technology the opportunity to experiment, develop and display new techniques and workflows for today's preservation, as-built and geospatial technologies. The time tested application of these technologies for art, engineering and science are being used in a variety of disciplines and occupations. However, as the technology evolves, the possibilities for new applications and uses continue to expand. While the primary uses for mapping, construction, entertainment, forensic documentation and design are widely accepted, we are just beginning to recognize potential uses for the creation of new revenue streams. Reality capture technologies have implications in everything from advertisements and marketing to carbon credits for the reduction of green house emissions.

At NVentum, we see tremendous potential in combining various technologies to properly document and detail structures and environments. The dimensional detail offered by  laser scans, the clarity of HD photos and the flexibility of photogrammetry is key to opening unique, new documentation processes.
The following video combines the laser scans of the Peralta Adobe with HD photos of some of the items inside the historic structure. Though the software necessary to create such a model doesn't exist (yet), it is only a matter of time before this becomes a integral component of the documentation process.

This video model of the Peralta Adobe was created with the FARO 3D Focus Scanner, FARO SCENE software and HD photos provided by History San Jose. For details about FARO products and technology, contact Matt Daly of FARO Technologies at

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