This model was captured autonomously by Skydio 3D Scan. 3D Scan is a first-of-its-kind adaptive scanning software built on top of Skydio Autonomy. It allows the drone to automate data capture for generating 3D models with comprehensive coverage and ultra-high resolution, so that crews can perform higher quality scans in less time and with minimal pilot training.Learn More About 3D Scan
ACWR Train Engine
Trains must be regularly inspected and maintained for worker and passenger safety. Visual inspections are often performed by expert mechanical engineers who know what to look for, and their time is best used hands-on with the apparatus, not documenting the scene for later viewers. Drones can help rapidly inspect and document the status of large vehicles like locomotives, but manual drones struggle to capture imagery up close or in overhung environments.
With 3D Scan, a Skydio can autonomously scan the train and provide a detailed 3D reconstruction to help inspectors detect even the smallest problem, while also opening up doors for digital twins and virtualized asset bases. This model’s photos were taken with 3D Scan on a Skydio 2, and the reconstruction was performed using Bentley ContextCapture. We are thrilled to have the support of Aberdeen, Carolina, and Western Railway in generating and sharing this dataset!