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Leica Cyclone II Topo

Leica Cyclone II Topo 2.0 Early Look at New Find Terrain Feature

Cyclone II Topo 2.0’s “Find Terrain” results

Boundaries stay in tact when imported into Civil3D via LandXML export from Topo 2.0

David Langley, Applications Engineer at Leica Geosystems, was kind enough to share a video tutorial of a useful new feature coming in the next release of Cyclone II Topo – version 2.0. In the video below, David demonstrates the software’s ability to easily filter through terrestrial laser scan data to locate and isolate the ground surface. This feature looks to be a great survey industry solution for creating a DTM/TIN from point cloud data by automatically thinning the hardtop surfaces while keeping breaklines and changes in elevation very dense. Using LandXML to transfer the resulting surface to Autodesk Civil3D, the boundaries can also be retained for better control over the final surface.

Leica Geosystems expects to release Cyclone II Topo 2.0 by mid-January 2011. We will be sure to give it a thorough review once we get our hands on it. Watch David’s tutorial below:

Thanks, David for taking the time to create this video and for sharing it with us!

INOVx RealityLINx

INOVx Announces Release of RealityLINx 5.4 and Leica HDS pcE Support

Tuesday November 30, 2010 – INOVx Solutions, the leader in virtual asset solutions for plants, announces the release of version 5.4 of its RealityLINx® Asset Virtualization® platform. RealityLINx 5.4 includes a number of performance, functional, and usability enhancements. The new release features an entirely new underlying database engine, providing for significantly faster queries of the virtual plant model and associated data. The new RealityLINx release is also now available in a 64-bit version, taking advantage of the superior processing capability of Windows 64 bit architectures. Users will also discover a number of functional and usability improvements in the 5.4 release including private Knowledge Views, customizable tool tips, additional templates, new macro features, and new options for marked points.

A New Milestone in the Leica Geosystems HDS / INOVx Partnership
This latest release of RealityLINx, also breaks ground as the first offering from a partnership with Leica Geosystems HDS to jointly develop and distribute advanced software for converting laser scan data into intelligent plant models. Through this partnership with Leica Geosystems, the RealityLINx platform now incorporates the powerful point cloud engine (pcE) from Leica Cyclone. This combination of Leica and INOVx technologies found in RealityLINx 5.4 enables the transformation of laser scans of as-built assets into highly accurate geometries and intelligent asset models, faster than ever before possible. The Leica Geosystems / INOVx collaboration is grounded in an open solutions approach that can be deployed regardless of the specific type of laser scanner used or plant design software involved. The RealityLINx family of CAD adapters has also been expanded to support the import and synchronization of Leica Cyclone (COE) models into RealityLINx intelligent asset models.

Customers that rely on RealityLINx for creating plant models from laser scans will realize a number of benefits with the 5.4 release, including:

  • enhancements in assisted, rapid modeling of steel structural elements
  • display scan points for >10x as many scanner positions
  • speed up display times by >25x for regions of point clouds that include multiple scanner positions
  • quickly “clip” or remove undesired scan points near objects of interest, even with >40 regions displayed
  • eliminate time consuming scan data format conversion and import/export steps
  • display true color point clouds that look exactly like the real plant object

Finally, this release of RealityLINx also marks an expanded business agreement between Leica Geosystems and INOVx, establishing Leica Geosystems HDS the sole distribution channel for the RealityLINx Model product. Leica Geosystems will also offer, via their global distribution channels, the RealityLINx View and RealityLINx Manage products.

Industry Embracing the Benefits of Plant Models from Laser Scans
The use of 3D laser scanning to capture as-built geometry of plants has grown rapidly. This technology is driving improvements in the accuracy and completeness of Asset Documentation, providing customers with a foundation for better safety and environmental compliance. In addition, industry is increasingly taking advantage of intelligent 3D models developed from laser scans of facilities in order to drive new efficiencies in work processes ranging from design and construction through operations and maintenance. This new Asset Virtualization approach is transforming the way plant assets are managed, across the industry. By enabling the rapid construction of highly accurate models from laser scans, the RealityLINx platform accelerates activities in both Asset Documentation and Asset Virtualization solutions.

“We are pleased to already be delivering on the partnership we announced earlier this year with Leica Geosystems. Over the coming months and years, our combined technologies and efforts in providing tools for the rapid modeling of plant assets will set the standard for the process industries and benefit customers of both Leica and INOVx. Improvements in the creation of intelligent models from laser scans of as-built facilities further accelerates deployment of INOVx’s Asset Virtualization solutions by making these solutions faster, more cost effective, more functional and easier to maintain,” says Costantino Lanza, CEO of INOVx.

“Leica Geosystems is very excited to take this next, important step with INOVx. The new product, RealityLINx 5.4, is not only a great example of the significant productivity advantages of Leica point cloud Engine (pcE) technology in third party point cloud software, but our expanded partnership also provides customers with an even more complete laser scanning product solution offering from Leica Geosystems for the plant market,“ states Juergen Dold, CEO, Leica Geosystems.

About INOVx
INOVx, founded in 1999, provides a platform and solutions for Asset Virtualization® to companies in the process industries worldwide. INOVx’s RealityLINx product enables the creation, management and access to high fidelity three dimensional views of plant assets. These views are used in daily work practices to better communicate and navigate all asset information. INOVx solutions support many plant functions such as reliability, safety, operations, maintenance, inspection, and engineering. INOVx is a pioneer and thought leader in the application of laser scanning technology for the creation of accurate and precise three dimensional models of existing facilities. This Asset Documentation Service offers a reliable and proven way of creating and maintaining the three dimension asset models. INOVx is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information please visit www.inovx.com..

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3’500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

Hexagon Metrology Launches PC-DMIS Reshaper

Note: Hexagon Metrology is owned by Hexagon AB Group which also ownes Leica Geosystems. It will be interesting to see if any of this functionality will end up in Cyclone.

North Kingstown, RI – June 2, 2009 – Wilcox Associates, a Hexagon Metrology company, announces the immediate availability of PC-DMIS Reshaper software as a standlone application. PC-DMIS Reshaper is a comprehensive 3D point-cloud processing program that can be used to collect or import large quantities of 3-dimensional point data for manipulation and processing for downstream processes such as CAD modeling, Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) or rapid prototyping.

PC-DMIS Reshaper operates as a fully functional application in an online or offline mode. Data collection can be accomplished “live” via a direct connection to a digitizing device, such as a ROMER portable measuring arm with a laser scanner, or offline via file import from more than a dozen 3D data file formats, including STEP, IGES, ASCII, DXF, DMIS, ISO and RAW.

Point clouds, which can be imported with no file size or point quantity limitations, can be cleaned, merged, and edited from the streamlined user interface, and then rapidly converted into a polygon mesh model. The conversion from cloud to mesh is extremely rapid, utilizing proprietary alogorithms for polygon organization that results in highly accurate, yet lightweight file size models. Further manipulation of mesh models, including hole filling, deformation, and smoothing is rapidly accomplished with point-and click simplicity. Final export of meshes is possible to a dozen file fomats.

“PC-DMIS Reshaper is an excellent package for the user who wants to do a relatively discrete set of tasks, namely collection and cleanup of point clouds, and quickly getting them into a format that can be taken to the next stage in the development process. It has a short learning curve and is very intuitive to use,” said Ken Woodbine, President of Wilcox Associates, Inc. “At the moment, PC-DMIS Reshaper is a standalone module, but in time, we will be incorporating elements of the technology into the core PC-DMIS product suite.

A basic set of point cloud to CAD comparison dimensional inspection is also possible with PC-DMIS Reshaper. A point cloud can be aligned to an IGES or STEP CAD model, and deviations from nominal shown in a colored graphical “weathermap” format. This function is ideal for users who wish to compare a physical object, such as a mold cavity, to its virtual CAD counterpart. Deviations indicate areas of variation to the original model.

PC-DMIS Reshaper software benefits functional areas such as product development, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering, plus industries that create or use molds and dies, or produce parts with complex surfaces. Even heritage preservation can benefit from using PC-DMIS Reshaper software to collect 3D models of priceless artifacts for archival or copy purposes.

Wilcox Associates (PC-DMIS)

Wilcox Associates is a Hexagon Metrology company. Founded in 1990, Wilcox Associates, Inc. is the developer of PC-DMIS, the world’s leading CMM software, and Enterprise Metrology Solutions (EMS), a tightly integrated suite of software products focused on the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. These products allow manufacturers to quickly capture dimensional data, analyze it and act on it to reduce scrap, improve throughput and reduce costs.Wilcox Associates, Inc. employs over 100 talented software engineers located worldwide working in a collaborative environment. They are dedicated to bringing our customers the best metrology software technology possible. More information can be found at www.PC-DMIS.com

Hexagon Metrology

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, CE Johansson, CimCore, CogniTens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER, Sheffield and TESA. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivaled global installed base of millions of CMMs, portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services. More information can be found at www.HexagonMetrology.us

Crafting Quality Laser Scan Animations using Cyclone

5 Tips from the CyArk Team
By: Hannah Bowers
May 26th, 2009

It is often difficult to capture the beauty of a site with drawings and photographs alone. This is why animations are often helpful for viewers to get a sense of the space and relation of objects to one another. Yet, animations can be a tricky thing to master—particularly in Leica’s Cyclone software. This list is intended to help you add greater eloquence and expression to your Cyclone animations while speeding up the preparation time.

1) Simulate the Animation
Use the view mode to fly through the modelspace to get an idea of what areas would be the best to animate. Manipulate the modelspace as though you were watching an animation. This will help you notice if there are areas that you may not want to show, or areas that need emphasizing.

2) Pick a Point
When you figure out what will be the focus of your animation, pick a point that will be the center with Cyclone’s Seek Mode tool.

Save a “view” (located in the drop-down menu “View”, under “Save View”) with this point as the center.

By doing this, you will always be able to reference this point, even when you pan through the modelspace. With simple, rotating animations, it is best to always check the box “Keep Current Focal Point” in the Animation Editor window.

This will ensure that your animation will have a smooth gliding effect and will also keep the focus of the animation on the point that you selected. Note that this, however, may not be the desired result if your video is traversing a site as it may then cause unintentional camera-angle changes.

3) Frames
Make the number of frames between key points a multiple of 15. Exporting the animation as a 15fps movie will make the movie smooth and consistent. Keep in mind that the spacing of Key Points will affect the amount of frames needed between them; e.g., if you want two seconds between the key points indicated, then 30 frames will be needed.

4) Number of Cameras
The number of cameras used in your animations will depend on the size of the modelspace. But a good number should be 4-15 cameras. If you have more, or less, than it is possible that the animations are too complicated, or not enough. In either case, the animation may become bumpy or uncontrolled. Here we see a Moai from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with 4 cameras located around the monument to create a simple fly-around animation.

5) Animation Sequence Length
If you desire long and/or complex animations, then it is best to create several short animations with these tips and then merge the individual, short clips together in a separate video editing program. This provides greater video editing ability in a second program more suited to video production; these aditional editing abilities would include options such as fades, transitions and title sequences. The short videos are also easier and less time-consuming to generate within Cyclone.