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US CAD drives innovation in laser scanning with Pointfuse software

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California-based US CAD is exploring the latest developments in laser scanning and working with Pointfuse to help shape the future of point cloud processing software following the completion of the Pointfuse authorized training program. The first in the US to complete the course, US CAD will now work closely with Pointfuse to share knowledge within the AEC sector.

US CAD is a technology consultant with twenty years’ experience in combining BIM content creation and 3D modelling with application development and configuration services. US CAD joined the rapidly expanding Pointfuse international network of distributors last year and has been working with Pointfuse aligning the software with its existing product and service portfolio, learning the full capabilities and ROI of the software, as well as discovering the recent product development functionality.

Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning, photogrammetry and mobile mapping systems into useable 3D mesh models. The unique ability to classify objects within Pointfuse, both automatically and manually, has already had a huge impact on how as-built data is used within design and construction workflows.

“We already knew the addition of Pointfuse point cloud processing software to our market offering would release the power of laser scanning, photogrammetry and mobile mapping systems for a range of digital construction, facilities management and virtual design workflows,” commented Jeff Rachel, President, US CAD. “However, working with Pointfuse to complete the training program we now truly understand how to help and support our customers as they integrate these technologies within their organizations.”

“It has been a learning curve for both Pointfuse and US CAD as we work together to position them as a fully trained and authorized reseller,” commented Mark Senior, Regional Sales Director at Pointfuse. “As one of the country’s most established and respected AEC industry technology and consulting firms, and an Autodesk Authorized Platinum Partner, their knowledge of and presence in key geographical and vertical markets will help us shape not only our communications but also future product development.

Pointfuse bridges the gap between reality capture and digital construction. It automatically converts point cloud data from laser scanners or photogrammetry into intelligent as-built mesh models that can be classified and used in any industry BIM, CAD or CAFM system.

Pointfuse has been designed with a focus on ease of use, resulting in a deskilling and streamlining of workflows, which also contributes to a reduction in project overheads. Whether producing visualizations for stakeholder engagement, running coordination against as-built conditions or producing LOD200 BIM for space and facility management, Pointfuse flexible toolset reduces time to delivery by around 70% compared to existing workflows.

Pointfuse is unique in automatically segmenting the mesh into discrete, selectable surfaces, by identifying objects based on their geometry and assigning unique identifiers to them. Removing the human aspect of the modelling process eliminates a significant bottleneck, while also removing any chance of subjectivity, producing consistent, accurate results. This makes Pointfuse models repeatable and directly comparable – ideal characteristics for accurate project validation.

These models, which are highly optimised, reduce the size of working data by a factor of up to 100. This ensures that the ongoing use of the model is accessible for all working on the project, across most devices.