By Daniel Watkeys
So, you’ve spent days on site gathering your data followed by further days in the office processing the data, and now you have your point cloud ready for drawing up. Your client is already nagging you to see the data but it’s still days away from being the elevations and floorplans they commissioned you to deliver. You want to give them something (at the very least it will keep them off your back for a few more days), but they don’t have the facility to look at the point cloud directly. There are options though…Both Faro and Leica offer software routes to sharing point cloud data in a meaningful way to your customers or other interested parties.
Faro’s Scene2go app (formerly Webshare 2 go) is an extension to their Scene registration software and allows you to export your point cloud AND a free viewer to a storage media of your choice. No internet connection is required you simply transfer the data, hand the media over to your client and they can wonder at the beautiful point cloud you have worked so hard to create. Best of all IT’S FREE. All you need to do is register an account on Faro’s download centre (https://3d-apps.faro-europe.com), download and install the app and away you go.
If you’re after something cloud based, you can investigate Faro’s Webshare Cloud. For a small yearly fee (£790) Faro will host your data for you and it can be shared with multiple users if you grant access to it. For your money you get 50GB of storage, 50GB of downloads (equivalent to around 500 scans) and can assign unlimited users. You can add additional storage for £0.10 per GB.
You can check out the interface and some sample data on the Webshare Cloud site here https://websharecloud.com
For those of you using Leica Scanners there is the option of Leica’s TruView software. TruView has been around for years now and comes in several flavours depending on your needs. At its most basic level TruView Local is a free viewer add on to Internet Explorer (I did say TruView had been around for a while) that lets you open and view Truview exports from your registration software. You can step it up a level and move to TruView Enterprise which lets you host the files yourself on your own server and distribute them or subscribe to Leica’s TruView Cloud and let Leica Geosystems server take the strain.
All these options though require you to have purchased an additional publishing license in addition to the cost of your registration software.
You can read more about Leica’s TruView here https://leica-geosystems.com/en-gb/products/laser-scanners/software/leica-truview