I want to scan non-residential environments. Will Canvas work outside of the home?

The Short Answer:

Canvas was purpose-built for residential environments, but we've certainly had customers use it successfully across all kinds of spaces, including residential, retail, commercial, industrial, and even archaeological. There is nothing explicitly preventing you from scanning non-residential spaces or ordering them for Scan To CAD. 

The Long Answer:

Outside of the home, you may run into a few limitations more frequently than you would within residential environments:

  1. Range: Apple's LiDAR sensor has a range of 5m, and Structure Sensor has a range of 3.5m. Because you can walk around as you scan, this is generally only an issue with very tall ceilings. That doesn't happen very often in a home, but can definitely happen in spaces like office atriums, warehouses, etc.
  2. Size: Capturing a very large space (like a warehouse or office building) might take many scans. Not only can this increase cost, but error can increase when merging that many different scans. However, these problems (cost and accuracy) are present when measuring large spaces the old fashion way as well!
  3. Very reflective or transparent surfaces: Such surfaces can cause issues with most kinds of 3D sensors. In a home, this really only happens with mirrors and sometimes in kitchens, but it's easy to scan around them (and when they represent a small area, like an appliance, it doesn't have a big impact). In commercial and industrial environments, this might be the norm, and you may find the model "slips" more while scanning. This can lead to more error in your final result.  
  4. CAD over-simplification: Scan To CAD was trained on residential environments, so you may find equipment or features only common in commercial or industrial spaces to be over-simplified or missed entirely. 

That all being said, we have worked with many customers in non-residential contexts that have achieved success with Canvas. We simply recommend going in with your eyes wide open on these limitations and an experimental spirit in mind!

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