View point clouds
BricsCAD uses an improved data representation to speed the performance of point cloud display, using half of the disk space versus the point cloud source files.
Import and view point clouds
Attach point cloud data to your DWG files. Point Cloud data attachment triggers a pre-processing procedure that runs in the background of your BricsCAD session, leveraging multiple cores of your workstation. Once processed, you can move through massive point clouds in near real-time.
Which file formats are supported?
BricsCAD supports industry standard point cloud formats, like LAS, PTX, PTS, RCS, RCP and (new in V21) E57.
Adaptive Point display
Adaptive display size determines the point display size, based on local point density. This technology lets you view point cloud information in a more photo-realistic way. Low density areas have larger points. This can be toggled on and off as desired, to facilitate snapping to point cloud data.
Navigate with Bubble Views
When extended resolution point cloud data is available per scan position (via E57, PTX and some RCP formats), BricsCAD pre-processor creates view bubbles, denoted as semi-transparent spheres within the scene. Double-clicking a view bubbles raises a detailed spherical image, as seen from the original scan position.
Fast importing of point clouds
CPU thread parallelization, as well as improvements to the input algorithm, speed up point cloud pre-processing. For ASCII files (PTS, PTX), the speed is on average 5 times faster than BricsCAD V20.
Align point clouds with drawing coordinate systems
When BricsCAD’s point cloud engine detects a wall, it re-orients the point cloud to align the wall with the current drawing’s coordinate system.
Modeling with Point Cloud data
Crop the point cloud data
You can limit the displayed point cloud data set to a specific volume within your drawing, using circular & rectangular crops along the view direction. POINTCLOUDCROP does not affect CAD entities in your drawings, only the displayed point cloud.
Snap to points
When BricsCAD’s ESNAP “point cloud closest point” is switched on, you can snap to any point within a point cloud, in addition to existing drawing entities, to create new geometry.
Create visual interpretations of point clouds using Colormaps. BricsCAD contains a pre-defined set of Colormaps, such as Spectrum (based on intensity or elevation), Earth, Hydro, etc.
Point cloud properties panel
Select any point cloud and change its display properties and geometric properties (rotation scales, insertion XYZ, etc). You can also apply Colormaps to attached point clouds from the point cloud properties panel.
Scan to BIM
In BricsCAD BIM V21, we’re continuing the evolution of our Scan to BIM technology with scan alignment tools, planar surface geometry fitting and volume section generation from scan data.
Create planar patches & solids from point clouds
When a user selects a point in a point cloud, BricsCAD returns a planar patch that includes all points detected in the current plane. Users can then choose between a rectangular or polygonal boundary for the extracted patch. This rectangular surface can be extended to a planar solid, via automatic detection of nearby co-planar subsets of points.
Automatic line detection in Point Clouds
BricsCAD detects lines in point cloud data sets, automatically generating 2D layouts from 3D point clouds. For example, this feature can be used to extract floor plans from scan data.
Automatic story detection in Point Clouds
With POINTCLOUDDETECTFLOORS, you can automatically detect stories within the Point Cloud of a building. BricsCAD will automatically create a volume section for each of the detected floors.