Many of our clients ask what software they need on their end to use the data. The answer of course is that it depends on what they are doing with the data and what deliverables they have requested from us. The good news is that with all of the major software players in full support of “reality capture”, as the industry has termed it, most of the major software companies support laser scan data.
With firms like Autodesk putting over half of their reality capture team on creating point cloud engine development and support there is no question that laser scan data will continue to get easier to use and more powerful in each upgrade.
By utilizing a laser scanning firm such as TruePoint our clients are able to limit the software necessary on their end to traditional software suites (Autodesk, Microstation, etc.) that they already use; thus, reducing their overall software needs. In addition, our team of Architects and Engineers keep current on the latest features that take advantage of laser scan data which allows us to create better deliverables quicker.
Speaking of technological advances, I thought you would enjoy these quotes:
"640k (of memory) ought to be enough for anybody." – Bill Gates was rumored to have said this in 1981; however denies ever making the statement.
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." – Ken Olsen (1977), founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (Olsen did actually say that, but he said later that the quote was taken out of context, and that he was referring not to PCs but to computers set up to control houses.)
“I think there is a world market for about five computers.” – IBM’s president, Thomas J. Watson in the early 1940’s.
"Technology eh? There’s no future in it." – Sean Brett
Task: To capture the architectural and structural detail of the exterior façade of a historic firehouse being renovated and updated to handle current needs of the fire department.
Deliverable: For this project, the client received the point cloud file (importable into AutoDesk products such as Revit), TruViews (3D images), and a Revit Model of the building façade.
Often times, clients think that field capturing the scan data is the last step in laser scanning. In reality, this is the first step in the process. The “real work” begins on the post-processing side once the data comes back to the office. The often forgotten piece of laser scanning is processing the data – and that requires processing time, manpower and a significant investment in software.
With the ever-evolving world of laser scanning, it is imperative to keep current with all of the software versions, as well as learning how to use these new versions to their fullest. TruePoint spends tens of thousands of dollars annually on software, licenses, and subscriptions. In addition, we have to be fluent in a number of software packages for processing the scan data and also for delivering the end product to our clients in the software they use.
Some of the main software packages we utilize include: Autodesk (Revit, AutoCAD, Civil3D, Maps, Navisworks, etc.), Leica Cyclone, Kubit, ClearEdge 3D by EdgeWise as well as other packages for specific needs.
Let us know if we can be of assistance to you and your team for any of your projects.