Point clouds gathered from real-life structures or environment represent the current state of the surveyed object. Sometimes the object may change rapidly in time, sometimes it pretty much stays the same for decades. Regular surveys ensure the information of the structure stays up to date.
The amount of point cloud data gathered worldwide is on a rise, due to the improved availability and affordability of the survey equipment. Still, there is plenty space for improvement in proper utilization of the gathered point cloud data. Often the challenge in utilization of the data is due to a lack of suitable software or expertise. In this article, we discuss how the surveyors can ensure the gathered data is fully utilizable for the various types of users of the data, such as asset managers, maintenance, engineers, designers, consultants, and more.
Step 1: Make the data to be the best possible representation of its real-life equivalent
Raw point cloud data has errors in the positioning and noise points here and there. In addition, different datasets may not be a perfect match to each other. Without proper post-processing, the visualization produced is a blurry image without any real possibilities for utilization.
Post-processing comprises for example corrections to the positioning, cleaning of the point cloud and combining different datasets together. We are soon publishing a new guide about post-processing in more detail, so stay tuned!
Step 2: Make the data available for everyone needed
Even though the data has been gathered and processed beautifully, it needs to be easily available to be utilized efficiently in daily work. Often you need to include multiple stakeholders from consulting offices to maintenance workers to the same workflow and ensure everyone gets the needed information from the 3D data.
The easiest way to share point cloud data is via a cloud platform. It is accessible everywhere and anytime, and no one needs to install and learn different engineering or processing software. Just invite your client to see and use the data via an email link. Now you can start a free 28-day trial to test yourself how easy 3D data sharing can be.
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