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sourdough

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Civil 3D and Drones and The Point Cloud, Experiment
« on: October 05, 2020, 06:28:08 AM »
The company I work for is wanting and has invested in a Drone. How to best use with Civil 3D and Surveying practices. So all, here is a an extract of what you we ask our Civil3D dealer:
So I have been trying to wrap my head around how as Land Surveyor to use data from drones and laser scanners into what we do with Civil 3d. I guess I should break this down.

"What workflows are there in the Autodesk world for field to finish using point cloud data?

Lets take a typical “Existing Conditions Survey” for example. We are fully capable field to finish in Civil 3d with traditional survey methods, FBK files through the DBS and getting autoline work. The field work takes weeks with traditional survey methods, physical locations of curbs, buildings, sewer and storm strucures ect ect. My “Wish” is to use traditional laser scanners and drones to speed this up. Currently we are capable of scanning a site and registering a point cloud with terrestrial laser scanners. However, we have not figured out how to productively use the point clouds to create an “Existing Conditions Survey”.

Next. Can high resolution pictures be added to a point cloud? We have been structural modeling in Revit from point clouds and in a couple of places in the point cloud we could have used more data.

"What workflow should we employ for creating a point cloud from drone data? We recently purchased a small drone and id like to use the data from it."

Anyone care to share experiences on how to implement this into Survey Dept.'s using Civil 3D? If anyone would like to be a consultant to this end reach out please.
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Mike in Raleigh
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Rod

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Re: Civil 3D and Drones and The Point Cloud, Experiment
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2020, 05:34:15 PM »
Hey Mike,
now that you have had the drone for a month what do you think? Any lessons learned.
I'm in Civil design too and I'm interested in one for work
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sourdough

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Re: Civil 3D and Drones and The Point Cloud, Experiment
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2020, 08:31:40 PM »
Thanks for your interest. We have made contact with 2 people from Autodesk Civil 3D. These specialists in conjunction with Autodesk Univ. sessions have Drone experience that they have said will show the practical application for Drone use. When we get our teeth into the subject we will share if we find something worth passing along.
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Lonnie

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Re: Civil 3D and Drones and The Point Cloud, Experiment
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2020, 05:40:11 PM »
May or may not help. ProSoft in Utah is a dealer in drones with a lot of Civil experience. I worked for them hmmm ... carry the 2 ... 25 years ago.(Nod to MP). They stay pretty cutting edge and are pretty helpful even if you didn't buy from them.

 https://www.prosoftnet.com/

Rod

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Re: Civil 3D and Drones and The Point Cloud, Experiment
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2020, 05:44:22 PM »
Thanks guys.
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