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Try the Demo in a Box, a go-anywhere 3D mobile mapping technology

Interested in surveying and data capture into a 3D model or 2D drawing, so you can start your design with accurate dimensions? GeoSLAM gives designers the power to collect geospatial data from some of the most difficult environments, whether they are indoor, outdoors, underground – everywhere.

Though during COVID-19, our ability to be able to carry out demo has been restricted so we’ve come up with a solution to bring it to you. Demo in a box means you can still experience the power of GeoSLAM, use it for surveying and data capture into a model or drawing, so you can integrate clear and comprehensive data and real-time processing.

Capturing Reality Into Your Design Process Using GeoSLAM


What is GeoSLAM’s Demo in a Box?

We’ll box up and ship you GeoSLAM’s ZEB to borrow for a couple of days, so you can scan your house (apartment building or garden shed), process the data, and see for yourself the results you can achieve in a matter of minutes.

We’ll show you how you can create a floorplan, layouts, and sections, use a sketch to measure angles, distances, and surfaces, or export the data for third-party software such as Revit.

How does Demo in a Box works?

  • If you want to try GeoSLAM out for yourself, complete the form below
  • We will be in touch to talk to you about your project
  • If GeoSLAM will benefit your business and workflow, we’ll let you know which product we think is most suitable and send you a free of charge rental agreement (a credit check may be required)
  • We’ll send you a product through a courier or postal service, with everything you need to get started
  • You’ll have the product for 2 days, and you’ll have help from our team of experts local to you
  • You’ll take photos of the product once you’ve finished with it and return it to us, using the returns label provided
What can I use the demo for?

Demo in a box is an easy and quick way for you to try out our groundbreaking SLAM equipment, from the comfort of your own home. We’d suggest you do your scans within your own home/garden, depending on regulations where you are.

This scheme is not intended to be used on any commercial project.

I don’t know which product is right for me!

That’s ok, once we have your information, we’ll contact you to talk to you about the environments you’d like to work in (e.g indoor, outdoor, underground, or everywhere) and suggest the product, and accessories that we think are right for you.

Can I borrow a ZEB where I live?

Demo in a box is initially available in the US, Canada, and Europe. Please complete the form below and we will let you know if we can offer you a ZEB where you are.

Which products can I borrow?

You can borrow one product from the main ZEB family – that’s a ZEB REVO, ZEB REVO RT, or ZEB Horizon. We’ll talk to you before anything is sent to work out which product would suit you best.

Products are only available to be lent to a company, rather than an individual.

How long can I borrow a ZEB?

So we can lend to everybody who’s applied for demo in a box, you’ll have 2 days with your ZEB.

How much does it cost to borrow a ZEB?

Borrowing a ZEB is free of charge, though we will ask you to sign a loan agreement to protect GeoSLAM against any damage or loss. If loss or damage does occur, the company borrowing the ZEB will be liable.

A credit check will be carried out against the company borrowing the ZEB, depending on the outcome of the credit check, a fully refundable deposit may need to be paid before a unit is shipped to you.

Will I receive any training?

Yes, we’ll assign you a Microsol Resources and GeoSLAM contact who you will hear from through the week with help to get you started, doing your first scan, processing the data you collect, and to answer any questions you have.

What else should I know about?
  • Demo in a box is only available to companies
  • A credit check will be carried out against the company, and a refundable deposit may be required
  • Microsol Resources & GeoSLAM reserve the right to withdraw the offer at anytime
  • Demo in a box is subject to availability
  • Demo in a box is offered in condition with our general terms and conditions of sale

Interested in trying this Demo in a Box?

Just fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.


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Microsol Resources Partners with GeoSLAM for 3D Mobile Mapping

Microsol Resources Corporation announces its most recent technology partnership with GeoSLAM, a global market leader in 3D geospatial technology solutions.


UK-based GeoSLAM offers users in over 70 countries the unique ability to quickly build highly accurate 3D models with game-changing ‘go-anywhere’ technology. Their robust, easy-to-install and use solutions can create a highly accurate 3D model of any indoor, underground or difficult to access environment—within minutes. Supported by innovative, award-winning software that captures and models complex 3D data up to 10 times faster, GeoSLAM’s versatile technology can produce rapid results that save customers in all industries time and money.


“We are delighted to partner with GeoSLAM to offer a truly unique tool that will be essential for many of our AEC clients,” said Emilio Krausz, President of Microsol Resources. “GeoSLAM’s technology can be used in many urban places—where weak signals and hampered accessibility become barriers to designing and on-site problem-solving—and provide accurate 3D mapping without GPS. This allows Microsol Resources to help solve many of our customers’ challenges and fits seamlessly within our current portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM workflows.”


“Joining forces with Microsol Resources gives us the opportunity to share our technology with a wider audience and to successfully implement our company’s next phase of growth on the U.S. East Coast,” said Shelley Copsey, CEO of GeoSLAM.


This latest partnership draws on the distinct strengths of each company: Microsol Resources’ ability to help AEC firms implement the right software and solutions, and GeoSLAM’s ability to quickly build 3D models on any device, anywhere. It also reinforces Microsol Resources’ dedication to matching business needs with products and support—one of many reasons that the company has received numerous recent accolades and exceptional rankings in customer satisfaction.

To start this new partnership, Microsol Resources is hosting an online event on September 24, 2019 at 12 pm EDT. The event is called “Capturing Reality into your Design Process using GeoSLAM.” To learn more, register for this event https://microsolresources.com/events/.



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Importing NOAA LIDAR scans with Autodesk Recap

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides free access to their Data Access Viewer (DAV). The DAV allows users to search for and download various data types for the coastal U.S. and its territories. The data types available are elevation, imagery, and land cover data. This data can be useful on all phases of a design project, so let’s explore how to access LiDAR data for use in Autodesk applications that support point clouds.

Data Access Viewer (DAV)

NOAA’s Data Access Viewer (DAV) can be accessed via this link (https://coast.noaa.gov/dataviewer/#/) and can be used to access elevation, land cover, and imagery datasets for the coastal regions of the United States.
NOAA Elevation Limits in the USA

After selecting Elevation, zoom into or draw your area of interest (AOI). Alternatively, enter in an address or the coordinates of your project area. You can then see the available data for that region or range. I’ve drawn a region around Long Island City, NY for this example. For that AOI there are three DEM files (digital elevation models) and two LiDAR files are available.

NOAA Example Project limits for LiDAR NOAA 2014 Hurricane Sandy Lidar Scan Tile Limits

Finding LIDAR data

I’m interested in the latest LIDAR scan from the USGS and so I have one of two additional choices. I can use the bulk download feature to download the various tiles that make up my AOI. Alternatively, I can add my request to the cart and let NOAA’s servers process the request to only provide the points bound by my AOI. I will choose the latter which allows me to make additional changes to how I want to receive the data.

NOAA Cart Checkout LIDAR dataI want point cloud information, so I need to change the OUTPUT PRODUCT from Raster to Point. Additionally, I will verify the output format is an LAS file, a format that can be imported into Autodesk Recap. Lastly, I will verify that Data Classes include all points, not just the ground points. To wrap up, enter an email address to allow NOAA’s servers to contact you once the job is ready for download. Click the image on left to see these settings.

Importing the LAS file

The processing time for this job example took about 5 minutes to generate. Once you have received and downloaded your LiDAR scan you will want to import the LAS file(s) into AutoCAD ReCap. Processing the LiDAR scan in Recap allows you to use this scan in Autodesk products such as Civil 3D, Revit, Navisworks, Infraworks, and 3ds Max.

To begin, create and name a new Recap project by choosing a project name directory to store the project. Next, using Windows Explorer, browse to the LAS file(s) you extracted and drag-and-drop them onto Recap.

Dragging and dropping these files onto the target icon in ReCap will take you to a screen where you can change the Scan Settings.

Click on Advanced Settings. It’s important to note it is only at this point of the importing process that you can transform the LiDAR scan from its original coordinate system to your desired coordinate system.
Setting Coordinate System for Lidar Data in Autodesk Recap
Since the site is in Queens, NY, I will be using the NY State Plane Coordinate System NY83-LIF. This datum, (North American Datum 1983, Long Island Zone, US Survey Feet) is used for the 5 boroughs of NYC and Long Island. After setting the coordinate system, select, Import files, then index scans, and when the files are indexed, click Launch Project.
Long Island City Lidar Scan in Autodesk Recap
Once opened, save the project and you will have an RCP file you can link into products like Civil 3D, Revit, and Infraworks.
Revit Section Through LIDAR Scan Autodesk from Recap

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