"Existing Conditions" vs. "Matterport"

3D point clouds vs. a platform for digital twins

You can think of Matterport as another tool in Existing Conditions' toolbox. While 3D laser scanning and BIM allow for a higher-accuracy digital model, we are happy to create Matterport files to suit your needs. If all you need is a virtual tour and good imagery of your space, instead of a set of accurately dimensioned drawings or BIM, a Matterport model by Existing Conditions may be the best route.

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When you hire Existing Conditions, our work typically consists of delivering 3D laser scanning data and building information models. 3D laser scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures spatial data on the physical environment using a line of laser light. Three-dimensional laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from the surface of an object.

In comparison, Matterport is a 3D media platform lets you create, navigate, modify & share interactive 3D models. Matterport's roots are in high-end cameras that are designs to capture multiple images of a space and stitch them together to make a Their cameras and virtual tour software allow for people to digitize their buildings, create 3D tours, print photos, and draw schematic floor plans.

As opposed to a 3D point cloud, Matterport primarily uses a technology called photogrammetry to create its 3D models. Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. The input to photogrammetry is photographs, and the output is typically a map, a drawing, a measurement, or a 3D model of some real-world object or scene. Many of the maps people use today are created with photogrammetry and photographs taken from aircraft.