Autodesk Announces Integrated LiDAR Solution

The Autodesk® Subscription Advantage Pack for AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010 provides new functionality for importing and visualizing point clouds and designing roundabouts, and powerful enhancements that can help streamline existing workflows in AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2010 software. This pack also includes Autodesk® ImageModeler™ 2009 software.

This Subscription Advantage Pack is available exclusively for Autodesk® Subscription customers through download in the Autodesk Subscription Center.

Features and Benefits

Point Clouds—Import and visualize large sets of point cloud data, such as 3D laser scanning/LiDAR data sets with millions of points, in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 with the Point Clouds feature. The point cloud feature enables you to:

Import LiDAR data in LAS format and all point file formats supported by AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010

  • Visualize large point clouds in 3D
  • Stylize point data based on LAS classifications, RGB, elevation, and intensity
  • Filter point data by style
  • Snap to points within the point cloud using standard AutoCAD® software tools

Some common uses of LiDAR data in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 may include using the point cloud data for site surveys, developing an understanding of the site context, and digitizing as-built features (for example, building footprints and curbs) for design projects.

Autodesk and partners released the following webcast overview. The meat of the relevant information starts at about the 35 minute marker.

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