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Vercator cloud delivers game-changing 3D point cloud registration

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Vercator cloud delivers game-changing 3D point cloud registration

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Our new cloud-based registration service allows users to harness the power of the cloud to rapidly align laser scan data sets more accurately and cost-effectively. It also provides a platform on which we plan to add additional processing services.

Aligning scan data, or registration as it is commonly known, is a key requirement of the increasingly popular reality capture process used by construction professionals in building projects. Assembling the numerous point clouds recorded on site where accurate information results in large file sizes, all of which require aligning, can be a daunting prospect for those tasked with scanning. The alignment of this data is well known to be a laborious and often unreliable process, requiring powerful computers that usually have to be set to run overnight (or longer) whilst registration takes place. Users might often return to find misaligned scans or worse, complete registration failures, meaning that the whole process would need to be carried out again, consuming valuable time and resources where efficiency is critical to meeting project specifications.

Faster processing in the cloud

The new Vercator® cloud service automatically aligns point cloud data created by static terrestrial laser scanners, saving time in the field by enabling targetless scanning and in the office by registering data sets in the cloud. This powerful new service is aimed at land surveyors, engineers and those involved in reality capture, and brings automation at a time where cost efficiency is high on the stakeholder agenda. The power of cloud processing offers vast improvements to the BIM community by delivering faster, reliable, more accurate and affordable point cloud registration. With no need for hard- and software updates, computer performance issues and user concerns are eliminated. Plus, with the prospect of 5G data technology imminent, the convenience of working and sharing from the cloud signals a clear path forward for the laser scanning community.

Plan your scan network

The new and improved scan network tool gives users the ability to pair up scans in sequence with simple drag and drop functionality. This is an essential part of planning the registration process but can be carried out easily using anything from a 2D site plan to a roughly sketched scheme on a notepad, as shown in the image.

Pay-as-you-go

Vercator cloud operates a pay-as-you-go model, allowing users to subscribe to the service as and when needed, with the flexibility to turn the service on and off as required each month.

How it works:

  • Use the free trial to register a maximum of 100 scans
  • The trial gives you 30 days to test the service
  • To download more you must become a member
  • Membership costs a minimum of 20 tokens per month
  • Tokens give you the ability to register scans
  • Example: 123 scans will require 123 tokens
  • Use the cost calculator to work out token costs

The new service utilises a token system whereby users only pay for what is used at 1 token per scan registered. Monthly membership costs 20 tokens which provide 100GB of storage and access to registration and other new features when released (membership cost waived for large scale users). And with your data stored in the cloud, projects can be shared with the click of a button.

Key benefits:

  • Fast, automatic registration in the cloud
  • No need for target placement in the field
  • Reliable, accurate data alignment
  • Major input/export formats supported
  • Integrate with your existing cloud storage
  • Share secure data with anyone, anywhere
  • No need for computer or software upgrades
  • Switch the service on and off as required
  • API available on request

 

With a brand-new interface, user-friendly controls, and intuitive workflow, Vercator cloud makes laser scan alignment simple and reliable. Load a scan network from the Vercator mobile app or plan your own using the handy network planning tool, set your scan parameters, then just hit ‘register’. With support for all the major scanner manufacturer formats, preparing raw laser scans for downstream work couldn’t be easier. Once complete, export the files and share with colleagues and collaborators.

Visit vercator.com to find out more and for a free trial.

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