GeoAfrika Surveys and NavVis BMW Project

Laser Scanning and Indoor Mapping

The BMW Group is digitalising its existing plants in cooperation with NavVis. The Munich-based software company is considered one of the world’s leading providers of technology in the field of reality capture and digital twins. Mobile 3D laser scanners will be used to create photorealistic panoramic images, 3D pointclouds and floor plans for all BMW Group vehicle plants, by end of 2022, that are accurate down to the last detail, including all building structures, facilities and outdoor areas.

Since November 2020, more than four million square metres of indoor space and nine million square metres of outdoor space at BMW Group plants have been scanned using portable mobile scanning systems and drone systems. Digital data will also be available for the BMW Group plants in South Africa.

GeoAfrika Surveys and NavVis BMW Project

GeoAfrika Surveys are currently undertaking a large-scale reality capture project of the BMW Assembly Plant in Rosslyn on the outer edge of the Tshwane Municipality. The project is being undertaken in partnership with NavVis – a German-based software-company that focuses on digital twin solutions for enterprise clients.

The project involves the laser scanning of the full 350 000sqm facility utilizing specialized indoor mapping hardware and the establishment of first-order control anchors throughout the site. The scale of the operation requires detailed planning and execution of reality capture operations to ensure minimal clashes with production time on site.

The data captured is processed into a high resolution, accurate 3D point cloud and panoramic imagery dataset. The project is part of a global contract being undertaken by NavVis to support the BMW Group in the digitalization of its production network.

For the BMW Group, the digitalization of its plants is a crucial building block for the successful transformation towards e-mobility. With its LEAN, GREEN, and DIGITAL pillars, the BMW iFACTORY represents a globally interconnected production network that operates efficiently, precisely, and highly flexibly, while also remaining sustainable, conserving resources, and applying circular economics. Data science, virtualization, and artificial intelligence are essential elements of this massive advance in digitalization.

An important component of the DIGITAL area is the highly accurate, photorealistic mapping of all main production plants as well as many other locations by spring 2023. The 3D scans are the first step in the virtualization of production processes towards a complete, object-oriented digital twin. BMW planning experts will thus be able to collaborate in real-time across geographical distances and time zones. This raises the precision and efficiency of planning for all structures, production facilities, and even individual processes to a completely new level

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