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Matt__W

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Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:47:43 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with converting a point cloud to a usable Revit model? Are there any programs that can help facilitate the conversion process?? I know you can import the clouds into Revit and use the view depth to get a decent plan view and sort of model on top of that, but what if you have sloped piping? If you have gone through the process of converting scans to Revit, how large was the area and how long did it take to model it?

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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2014, 11:52:51 AM »
In theory...RECAP
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2014, 12:24:55 PM »
EdgeWise BIM Suite is a usable program. The price tag may seem hefty at first, but if you calculate the hours it would take away from manually remodeling and forfeiting accuracy then it's a no-brainer. The MEP tools are pretty amazing: http://www.clearedge3d.com/products/edgewise-bim-suite/

Also, Navisworks & Navis Switchback has helped me in the past for the manual route.

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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 12:41:43 PM »
The scans for my current project were down with a Faro Scanner and registered with Faro software but opened with Recap and saved as a recap file. This was all done by the guy with the scanner.  This allowed me to groom my cloud and then bring in to  Revit.  Our scanner guy said that you definitely want to use the Recap file because of faster performance.  I can not confirm that because I have nothing to compare to. 

For piping there are some third party apps that help trace the pipe. Our other offices test drived Leica CloudWorx, see attached pdf.  I will reach out them them for their thoughts 

Also, just another LinkedIN thread about working with the cloud that I found useful.

Do you have panoramic pictures as well as the scans?   Faro has a application called SCENE WebShare that is browser based that you can have your whole team (Revit Users and Non-Users) access.  This software is IMO is freaking awesome.  Saves time and answers a lot of questions.
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 01:10:55 PM »
I have ReCap and have played around with it a bit on this particular job but it doesn't have any modeling capabilities.  ReCap is WICKED FAST when it comes to viewing the point clouds and visualizing the space.  I have one that is almost 3GB and it FLIES!!
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 01:36:28 PM »
I have ReCap and have played around with it a bit on this particular job but it doesn't have any modeling capabilities.  ReCap is WICKED FAST when it comes to viewing the point clouds and visualizing the space.  I have one that is almost 3GB and it FLIES!!
Recap is viewer and registering software, not modeling software.   Yes it is fast but still in its infancy.  I like I mentioned in LinkedIN, groom you cloud first before you turn your users loose, because you can not save recap if Revit has it opened.   Revit (2014) in drawing the recap file (I heard 2015 is faster) but it does a decent job.  Keep in mind I have an 3 y/o computer.   Save often is your mantra because Revit will crash.  Ooh do your saves in a non-point cloud view.  Much faster and stabler too.
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 03:23:47 PM »
Can you snap to points of the cloud to create ducts/pipes/etc...??
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2014, 03:56:14 PM »
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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2014, 05:06:49 PM »
Leica CloudWorx for Revit
Micheal,  This is a perfect example of how much you pay attention to me.  :x :cry: :roll: :-D



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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2014, 05:11:11 PM »
Can you snap to points of the cloud to create ducts/pipes/etc...??

My understanding from what I was told is that you tell it what points are a pipe and that it will chase the adjacent points to those points and draw/model the pipe for you auto-magically (after you tell what pipe to use) including modeling fittings.

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Re: Point clouds to a usable Revit model
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2014, 05:50:33 PM »
Leica CloudWorx for Revit
Micheal,  This is a perfect example of how much you pay attention to me.  :x :cry: :roll: :-D
Must have been distracted by that sandwich    ;-)
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