Quantapoint

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Quantapoint, Inc.
Private
Industry 3D Laser Scanning Technology and Services
Predecessor K2T[1]
Founded Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (1991 (1991))[1]
Headquarters Houston, Texas, United States
Area served
North America, Latin America, European Union, Nigeria, South Africa, South East Asia
Key people

John R. Wilson (President and CEO)[2]

Eric Hoffman (Founder and Executive Vice President)[3]
Products PRISM 3D (3D laser scanning data viewer)[4]
QuantaCAD (3D laser scanning data integration with CAD)[5]
AccessPoint (3D laser scanning data integration with facility information)[6]
Services 3D Laser Scanning[7]
Tie Point Certification[8]
Design Validation[9]
Fabrication Verification[10]
Construction Visualization[11]
As-built Documentation[12]
Number of employees
Approximately 70+ (2013)[citation needed]
Website www.quantapoint.com
Quantapoint SceneModeler 9 Laser Scanner
Quantapoint Laser Models

Quantapoint, Inc. is a technology and services company that develops and uses patented[13] 3D laser scanning hardware[14] and software.[15] Quantapoint creates a Digital Facility[4] using 3D laser scanning and then provides visualization, analysis, quality control, decision support and documentation services[16] for buildings, museums, refineries, chemical plants, nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants, offshore platforms and other structures.[17]

History[edit]

Quantapoint was founded as K2T, Inc[1] (or K2T) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1991 by Eric Hoffman,[3] Pradeep Khosla, Takeo Kanade and other Carnegie Mellon University faculty members. K2T focused on creating custom robotics and 3D range-finding imaging systems to help them navigate complex environments. The most notable are the laser range-finding system created in 1992 for the DANTE walking robot that explored Mount Erebus in Antarctica as part of a NASA sponsored competition [18] and the 360-degree phase-based 3D laser scanner named SceneModeler created in 1997.[19]

The company name was changed to Quantapoint in 1999 to reflect the focus on 3D laser scanning hardware, software and services.[19]

Initially Quantapoint focused on using 3D laser scanning to "digitize" buildings and create 2D drawings, 3D models and/or other animations or visualizations for renovations, additions or historic preservation. Notable projects include the Museum of Modern Art,[19] the Theban Mapping Project in the Valley of the Kings,[20] Monticello[21] and the Guggenheim Museum.[22]

Since 2002, Quantapoint has served the chemical, petroleum and power industries[17] both globally and within the United States. Most recently, Quantapoint has also worked with the United States General Services Administration (GSA).[23]

Throughout its history, Quantapoint has received several patents[13] and awards[24] for the 3D laser scanner hardware and 3D laser scanning data software that it has developed.

3D laser scanner hardware[edit]

Quantapoint uses both its own 3D laser scanner hardware, the SceneModeler 5 and SceneModeler 9,[14] and the Photon from Faro Systems.[25] Quantapoint has a fleet of more than twenty (20) 3D laser scanners.[26]

Digital facility[edit]

The Quantapoint Digital Facility consists of the following:[4]

  • Laser Models: Quantapoint technology that integrates all 3D laser scanning data to provide detailed, high-definition 3D solid "models" of a facility.[27] Quantapoint avoids using the term "point cloud" or "cloud of points".[28]
  • Laser Images: Photo-realistic, perspective-corrected panoramic images of individual 3D laser scans.[7]

3D laser scanning data software[edit]

Quantapoint provides the following software for using the 3D laser scanning data in the Digital Facility:

  • PRISM 3D: View and interact with Laser Images and Laser Models directly.[4]
  • CAD Conversion Option for PRISM 3D: Import 3D CAD models into PRISM 3D to view with or clash against Laser Models.[4]
  • QuantaCAD: View and interact Laser Images and Laser Models within 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software, including AutoCAD, AutoPlant, AVEVA Review, MicroStation XM, PDS, PDMS, Revit, SmartMarine 3D, SmartPlant Review and SmartPlant 3D.[5]
  • AccessPoint: View and interact Laser Images and Laser Models via the Internet and integrate with facility information.[6]

Alliances/software development relationships[edit]

Quantapoint has alliances or software development relationships to integrate laser data with software from Autodesk, AVEVA, Bentley Systems and Intergraph.[29]

Locations[edit]

Quantapoint has locations within the United States (Pittsburgh, Houston, Los Angeles), England, Scotland and Nigeria. Quantapoint also uses representatives in various countries, such as Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, Malaysia and Brazil.[30]

Awards/nominations[edit]

Quantapoint has received the following awards for its laser scanning technology and services:[24]

  • World Oil Award: Laser Model Technology named as a finalist for the Best Data Management Solution Award.[31]
  • Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC) Academy Award: Quantapoint's Laser Model technology and Zero-defect services as "Technologies Which are Pioneering Our Ability to Innovate and Add Value in Our Project Industry".[32]
  • FIATECH Celebration of Engineering Technology & Innovation (CETI) Award: Quantapoint's Laser Model technology was recognized as "a significant achievement that benefits all capital projects".[33]
  • R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Awards: Quantapoint PRISM 3D[34] and QuantaCAD[35] have both been named one of the 100 most innovative products of the year.
  • Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh 100 Award: Quantapoint has been named one of the 100 fasting growing companies in the Pittsburgh region three times.[36]
  • Saleforce.com Success Story: Quantapoint recognized for innovative use of Salesforce.com to further improve operational efficiency and customer focus.[37]

Articles[edit]

Quantapoint has published or been included in the articles from the following magazines:

  • Hydrocarbon Processing: Laser Scanning Technology Improves Plant Quality, Safety and Training,[38] Digitize Your Plant Using Laser Scanning for Easier Access to Information,[39] Comparing Historical and Laser Scan Surveys to Identify Discrepancies[40] and Laser Scanning Solutions Secure Accurate Dimensional Data.[41]
  • AVEVA Pipeline: Aker Solutions Achieves Design and Construction Goals in Record Time[42]
  • Intergraph Insight: A Value-Add for Revamps[43]
  • Offshore Technology Conference Newsletter: Advancements in the Usability of Laser Scan Data[27]
  • Petroleum Technology Quarterly: Digitising Plants using Laser Scanning[44]
  • Power Engineering: Laser Scanning Can Help Meet NRC Safety Assessment Mandate[45]
  • Power Magazine: Laser Scanning Yields Digital As-builts[46]
  • Smart Business: Gut Check.[47]
  • Zillion: Beating Project Schedules and Budgets[48]

Patents[edit]

Quantapoint has been issued the following patents in the United States and has filed for similar patents in the EU, Canada and Japan:[49]

  • 360-degree 3D Laser Scanning: 6,034,803,[50] 6,373,612,[51] 6,906,837[52] and 7,365,891.[53]
  • 3D Laser Scan Registration: 7,180,072.[54]
  • Creating Layout from 3D Laser Scan Data: 6,446,030[55] and 7,127,378.[56]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pittsburgh Business Times, July 9, 2004
  2. ^ "John Wilson Named as President and CEO of Quantapoint!". The Chief Executive Forum. 
  3. ^ a b "Management Team". 
  4. ^ a b c d e PRISM 3D Web Page Archived October 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b QuantaCAD Web Page Archived April 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b AccessPoint Web Page Archived September 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Digitize Facilities Web Page Archived October 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Tie Point Certification Web Page Archived September 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Quantapoint Technology Delivers… and delivers again!". 
  10. ^ Fabrication Verification Web Page Archived September 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Construction Visualization Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ As-built Documentation Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ a b Patents Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b "Yahoo". Yahoo. 
  15. ^ "Marketwire - Breaking news, press releases, social media news releases, business news - Marketwired". 
  16. ^ Services Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ a b Industries Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Exploring Mount Erebus by Walking Robot
  19. ^ a b c "History". 
  20. ^ "Historical Overview of the Theban Mapping Project - Theban Mapping Project". 
  21. ^ Monticello Explorer attracts users, praise Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Guggenheim Restoration Has the Wright Stuff". 
  23. ^ Reuters Editorial (7 October 2009). "Quantapoint Awarded GSA Laser Scanning IDIQ Contract". Reuters. 
  24. ^ a b Awards Web Page
  25. ^ "Nov 19 - FARO Delivers 6 Photon Laser Scanners to Quantapoint". 
  26. ^ "SPAR 3D - News & Information on 3D Technology". SPAR 3D. 
  27. ^ a b Advancements in the usability of laser scan data Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Laser Models vs. "Point Clouds" Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Alliances Web Page[permanent dead link]
  30. ^ Locations Web Page
  31. ^ "Home - WO Awards- World Oil Online". 
  32. ^ The ECC Academy Awards for Innovative Technology Solutions[permanent dead link]
  33. ^ Quantapoint Wins a FIATECH CETI Award for Laser Models Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ "2005 R & D 100 Awards Index of Winners". Research & Development. 
  35. ^ Quantapoint Wins an R&D Magazine 100 Award for QuantaCAD
  36. ^ Quantapoint Recognized For Third Consecutive Year with Fastest Growing Companies Award
  37. ^ Quantapoint adds dimension to its business with comprehensive salesforce.com solution Archived May 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ Hydrocarbon Processing: Laser Scanning Technology Improves Plant Quality, Safety and Training Archived April 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ Hydrocarbon Processing: Digitize your plant using laser scanning for easier access to information
  40. ^ Hydrocarbon Processing: Comparing historical and laser scan surveys to identify discrepancies
  41. ^ Hydrocarbon Processing: Laser scanning solutions secure accurate dimensional data
  42. ^ AVEVA Pipeline: Aker Solutions Achieves Design and Construction Goals in Record Time Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  43. ^ Intergraph Insight: A Value-Add for Revamps
  44. ^ Petroleum Technology Quarterly: Digitising plants using laser scanning
  45. ^ Power Engineering: Laser Scanning Can Help Meet NRC Safety Assessment Mandate
  46. ^ Power Magazine: Laser scanning yields digital as-builts
  47. ^ Smart Business: Gut check Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  48. ^ Zillion: Beating project schedules and budgets Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  49. ^ Patents Web Page Archived December 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  50. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for directing energy based range detection sensor
  51. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for directing energy based range detection sensors
  52. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for directing energy based range detection sensors
  53. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for directing energy based range detection sensors
  54. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for creating a registration network of a scene
  55. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for establishing the layout of a building
  56. ^ Patent: Method and apparatus for establishing the layout of a building

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