Bentley Systems announces the acquisition of France-based Acute3D, a provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modelling.

Reality modelling allows observations of existing conditions to be processed into representations for contextual alignment within design modelling and construction modelling environments. Acute3D software automates the generation of high-resolution, fully-3D representations from digital photographs taken with any camera. The scalable and precise Acute3D technology ensures that existing conditions are considered throughout the architecture, engineering, construction, and operations of any infrastructure asset.

With UAVs likely to become the most feasible vehicle for surveying, construction monitoring, and inspection workflows, Acute3D’s industrial-level accuracy and unlimited scalability are making it a preferred technology for UAV manufacturers and professionals around the world.

Bentley Systems Founder and CTO Keith Bentley explains that the world-class Acute3D developers have already achieved two breakthroughs to remove the barriers to the adoption of reality modelling. Acute3D has made it possible for anyone to sufficiently capture existing conditions with just a camera. Secondly, instead of a voluminous cloud of discrete points, Acute3D produces a 3D ‘reality mesh’ similar to engineering models, readily aligning the real-world context.

Co-founded in 2011 by Dr Jean-Philippe Pons and Dr Renaud Keriven, Acute3D is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, the French equivalent of the Silicon Valley. Acute3D’s user base spans Nokia, PASCO, and Saint-Gobain, and OEM licensees such as Airbus Group and Autodesk. In China, Internet giant Tencent is working with Acute3D on large-scale 3D city modelling for several megacities, combining both aerial and street view photography.

Acute3D has also been used to capture existing conditions for construction sites, manufacturing facilities, mining operations, pipelines, and oil and gas exploration.