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Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

3D laser scanning technology may still seem like science fiction to many, but it is increasingly becoming a standard tool relied upon by a number of diverse trades and professions from construction to archaeology. Laser scanning, now under the umbrella term, “Reality Capture,” as it has come to be known, continues to find new applications for those needing detailed as-built data. Simply put, Reality Capture is the digital documentation of a 3D environment. This can be accomplished though laser scanning or by photogrammetry. Both methods are able to capture most existing site elements within view. The result is a full-color, 3D point cloud. Laser scanners may sound like highly specialized and expensive equipment—they are. However, as the price of scanners continues to drop and photogrammetry software continues to improve, we can expect reality capture technology to become a commonplace tool used by an even wider array of trades and industries...


Via oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Excellent article about "reality capture" (aka point clouds) for AEC/BIM/Buildings. It's more and more relevant and needed to compare "as built" to planned/virtual.

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Real-time Point Cloud Visualization

Real-time Point Cloud Visualization | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Bentley Pointools View is for project reviewers, consultants, or clients who need to provide feedback on the point cloud model in progress or review the final model but they don’t have a fully working Bentley Pointools license.

Via Courtney Bradford, Mohammed Alqaq, Ray Howard
Jed Fisher's insight:

I had not come across Pointtools before. Point cloud visualization is increasingly relevant so it's nice to see this done well. Product looks fairly mature. Great way to compare Plan vs Built, etc.

I like the View version - at least allowing the data to be accessed downstream.

Only gripes - it is near impossible (IMHO) to find the prices of products out from Bentley. Also Windows only. And I think it only works with the Bentley file format - not sure if there is an open format.

 

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