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Best Practices for QA/QC in Scan to BIM

Online Course covering Best Practices for QA/QC in Scan to BIM with Ted Mort at AutoDesk University, December 2017 Eco3d Vice President, Ted Mort, teaches class at AutoDesk University. The quality of a Scan to BIM (Building Information Modeling) model can be subjective and intangible. There are no standards templates to follow, nor any tools that automate this task. This class will focus on the development of tools and options that Revit software and ReCap software can provide to help us through this process of…
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Surveyors & “Wedding Photographers”

by Ken Smerz, CEO, Eco3d USA as seen in LiDAR Magazine, August 2017 Our story begins many years ago when surveyors ruled the world. The highly trained professionals who are an absolute necessity in a world of land ownership, wealth, and political control. After all, they’re the ones responsible for accurately documenting the earth—right? Surveyors have enjoyed a rather powerful and prestigious position in the economic…
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The Tipping Point

Economic Drivers of Emergent Technology - by Ken Smerz, CEO, Eco3d USA as seen in LiDAR Magazine, May 2017 We’re about to undergo another revolution in the 3d imaging industry. Most of the major hardware and/or software manufactures have already announced new products, or are about to. Leica’s partnership with Autodesk and their new BLK360 is as revolutionary as FARO’s initial release of the 120 several years back. Their price point and transportability…
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The Right Target for Growth

Profiling the Ideal Client - by Ken Smerz, CEO, Eco3d USA as seen in LiDAR Magazine, March 2017   The 3d imaging world, as new as it is, has many companies in search of the right target audience to fund growth—and ideally, to provide recurring revenue. Do you really know what types of businesses can best fuel your growth? Who your ideal target client is? And who should you avoid altogether? I’m going to save you thousands of hours of wasted time and money…
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Change on the Horizon!

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published December 2016 To qualify the forthcoming opinion I'm about to give, I've been in the 3d imaging business for about 8 years, managing a 3d imaging service provider that isn't loyal to any hardware or software manufacturer. In face, we actively seek to work with them all, and use the best hardware/software. We average 3,200+ scans every week and create a wide variety of deliverables. I believe the 3d imaging industry…
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Higher Education? Save Your Money!!

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published July/August 2016 As the largest laser scanning service provider and 3d modeling staff in America, we're brought into universities throughout the nation to work with engineering, architectural, and construction management students. We provide several different courses in VDC/BIM, 3d modeling, and scanning. We're typically asked to provide a basic education and real world examples about the ever emerging technology of…
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So, Why Didn't It Work?

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published August 2016 I believe it's mission critical to create "success plans" regradless of the area of focus in the 3d imaging industry. For years I've been writing about how you must have a plan that should include multiple synergistic objectives; assignment of responsibility; financial metrics; and accountability.  I also believe it's important to identify your weaknesses, and make honest assessments. When you look…
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Laser Focus

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published June 2016 We’ve been very fortunate to have grown our lasers scanning and modeling business to more than 45 full-time employees with several offices throughout the nation. We never outsource any function/scope of our work and have aggressive plans for national expansion. Does that make us better than anyone else…? It does not. It is however a function of how we’re building our business. We have many key concepts—none…
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Why We Suck

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published May 2016 So…to my knowledge, my company is the largest scanning service provider in the United States—and by a long-shot. We have more full-time employees, cover more geography, and service more vertical markets than anyone. Am I bragging—no. I’m stating a fact and I honestly wish there were more who were to our scale because it would make us all more successful. There’s so much opportunity for all of us—it’s…
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Cash Strapped?

by Ken Smerz, as seen in LiDAR Magazine, published March/April 2016 Cash is King! No kidding, but when I can’t get my clients to pay for the jobs we deliver in a timely manner, that’s a significant issue for expenses…and little things like payroll. We actually have a chart we use to forecast accounts receivable versus costs, with intersecting lines that project when we are expecting to run out of cash. And there have been many times when it’s made me nauseous. Recognizing…
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