Software Advances Push Point Cloud Use to New Level in Building Documentation

Users cite breakthroughs in registration speed, simplicity as key drivers. — Point clouds captured with professional-grade 3D laser scanners have long been the gold standard for as-built documentation because of their unrivaled accuracy and level of detail. More recently, innovations such as the imaging laser scanner have promised to make point clouds accessible to everyone. But achieving maximum usability of these rich 3D datasets has been impeded by a few hurdles. For one, registration of the point cloud – the process of aligning various views into a complete model – in the past required a certain level of expertise and manual manipulation. Loading and processing large point clouds could also be laborious and time-consuming, often adding hours or even days to the office side of the workflow. Fortunately, recent advances in software have eliminated these obstacles, paving the way for point clouds to become the universal foundation for building documentation. Continue reading…