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LASER SCANNERS & DRONES (UAVs)

Anyone who has looked into the topic of laser scanning before – whether for purchase or rent – knows how many different devices and manufacturers there are. Often, additional software must be purchased for each laser scanner to register the point cloud and generate results from it. Working with PointCab Origins means working with independent software. PointCab Origins can read almost all native laser scanning file formats and of course all universal formats like *.e57, *.xyz, or *.las. But that’s not all. Drone data can also be processed with PointCab Origins and even combined with laser scanning data. So when comparing different hardware, always pay attention to your software options as well. Here you can find a selection of popular laser scanners for which PointCab Origins offers a simple workflow:

CAD & BIM SOFTWARE

Scan-to-BIM has long been an established term. It’s about creating a BIM model based on data collected with the laser scanner. However, most CAD and BIM systems have difficulty with this data. These systems were not originally developed to handle such large amounts of data and to display point clouds. Therefore, most users of these systems face major challenges: data import takes a long time, software delays because of the large amounts of data, and navigation in the point cloud is difficult, which causes modeling to take more time. 

To let you fully concentrate on your modeling work, PointCab Origins offers you two types of workflows to bypass these problems.

1. POINTCAB PLUGINS

Our PointCab plugins offer by far one of the easiest scan-to-BIM workflows. You work in parallel with PointCab Origins and Revit, ArchiCAD, or BricsCAD. You simply select the required 3D information in the clearly arranged PointCab Origins views and the 3D information is transferred directly to Revit, Archicad, or Bricscad. No export/import, no cumbersome navigation in the point cloud. Of course, the information can be translated directly into the required objects.

Pugin 4Revit, Point Cloud Software, Punktwolken Software

REVIT PLUGIN

Plugin 4BIMm, Point Cloud Software, Punktwolken Software

ARCHICAD PLUGIN

Plugin 4Brics, Point Cloud Software, Punktwolken Software

BRICSCAD PLUGIN

2. DATA EXPORT FOR CAD

Even if you use another CAD system, PointCab Origins can massively speed up your workflow. Instead of laboriously importing the complete point cloud into your system, you can pre-process the point cloud data with PointCab Origins. It even allows you to semi-automatically vectorize entire floor plans. This way, you can drastically reduce the amount of data to be imported without sacrificing important 3D information.  Here you can find a selection of popular CAD systems PointCab Origins provides an easy workflow for:

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INDUSTRIES

Numerous industries have discovered laser scanning for themselves. The advantages are obvious: laser scanning makes it possible to create a precise digital image of reality – the digital twin. It comes as a little surprise that PointCab Origins is also being used in various sectors. Learn directly from our customers how the PointCab Origins workflow is used in your industry.

COMPATIBILITY & SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Our software is constantly being developed and is compatible with many formats and programs.

Pointcloud formats – Import

  • lsdx – PointCab Origins/Share
  • sproj – Artec
  • e57, las, laz, ply – Open format
  • asc – ESRI GRid
  • fws, lsproj, fls – Faro
  • dae, 3ds, ifc, stl – Mesh format
  • ptg, ptx – Leica
  • rcp – AutoCAD
  • xyz, pts – Open Source Ascii
  • zfs, zfprj – Zoller+Fröhlich
  • rsp, rdbx, rxp – Riegl
  • cl3 – TopCon
  • dp – DotProduct
  • mcx – Mantis

Pointcloud formats – Export

  • pod – MicroStation
  • xyz – ASCII
  • las, laz, e75 – Binary
  • spw – Sema
  • rcp – Autodesk
  • ptx, ptg – Leica
  • stl – Mesh format

CAD formats – Export

  • dxf, dwg – AutoCAD AutoDesk
  • dae – Collada Open
  • 3ds – 3D studio max Autodesk
  • x – Microsoft direct3d

Supported CAD Software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Bricsys BricsCAD
  • Dassault Systèmes DraftSight, SolidWorks
  • Graphisoft ARCHICAD
  • HKK GEOgraf
  • Nemetschek Allplan, VectorWorks
  • SEMA Software
  • Trimble SketchUp
  • VIS-All 3D
  • WETO – VISKON
  • and much more…

Supported languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

General data

  •  Displayable scans: unlimited
  •  Displayable points: unlimited

System requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 x64
  • minimum RAM: 8 GB, 32 GB preferred
  • Min 10 GB HDD (recommended 100 GB SSD)
  • CPU Cores: unlimited
  • Graphics card: GTX 950/AMD/comparable card or more powerful recommended