NavVis Digital Factory Solution + BMW

NavVis Digital Factory Solution is a key building block for the production of the future – BMW

BMW Group relies on the support of the NavVis Digital Factory Solution to digitalize its plants worldwide, making them fit for the automotive production factories of the future.

Munich, 21.06.2022 – NavVis, one of the world’s leading providers of reality capture and digital factory solutions, is capturing BMW Group’s worldwide plants and making the photorealistic panoramic images, floor plans, and point cloud data available to all the car manufacturer’s sites via its web-based platform, NavVis IVION Enterprise. The Munich-based mobile scanning specialist NavVis is supporting the BMW Group in the digitalization of its production network with its Digital Factory Solution.

The facts: Worldwide coverage of BMW Group plants

Since the project began in November 2020, NavVis has already scanned nearly 4 million square meters of BMW’s plants using the wearable mobile mapping system NavVis VLX and other drone scanning systems. This includes complete coverage of Plant Spartanburg, BMW Group’s plant in South Carolina, USA, with over 1 million square meters of indoor space and over 4.5 square kilometers of outdoor areas. Additionally, Plant Munich with 575,000 square meters and the production facilities in Plant Regensburg have already been successfully scanned.

By September 2022, Plant Dingolfing and Plant Leipzig will be fully captured, and by spring 2023, BMW Group plants in Mexico, South Africa, China, and England will be fully digitized as well.

Part of the global strategy for the production of the future

“We are very proud to support BMW Group, one of the major global players in the automotive sector, in the digitization of its production network,” said NavVis CEO Dr. Felix Reinshagen. “Our cooperation demonstrates the importance of digitizing all locations for the BMW iFACTORY, BMW’s strategic vision for their production. As a young Munich-based company, we can play a central role in contributing to the complete digital redesign of international production processes.”

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Strong international usage of scan data in NavVis IVION Enterprise

Since making the detailed 3D scans available via NavVis IVION Enterprise, thousands of BMW employees have already accessed the data and integrated it into their daily work. The exact geographical positioning of the scans, as well as the entire workflow of the NavVis Digital Factory Solution, which is geared towards regular updating of the data, allow the scan data to be used in planning and simulation.

The scans are already being used today for the planning of production processes in logistics and in maintenance, without the need for time-consuming on-site appointments. Especially within worldwide production planning and in the simulation of processes, 3D scan data already plays a central role in visualization, planning, and collaboration. Meetings of international teams often take place on the basis of NavVis IVION Enterprise. “You see what I see” forms the foundation for sustainable, joint decisions.

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