Documentation

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For the time being, check out what's new in the latest release or see instructional videos here.

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1. Supported formats
2. Uploads
3. Scene settings
4. Sharing
5. API
6. Navigation
7. Visualisation
8. Measurements
9. Profiles & Sections
10. Commenting
11. Advanced data preparation 

1. Supported formats

Point clouds:

  • LAS, LAZ, E57 or PTS – format
  • Point cloud data is preferred to be in a known map projection or a known survey grid.
  • There is a hidden beta version of for on-the-fly reprojection of point clouds. For more information contact us at support[a]pointscene.com

Additional data:

Processing requires uploading at least one point cloud file together with any other additional data types.

  • Panoramic images as JPG (images) + CSV / KML (orientation and georeferencing data)
    • Image ratio 2:1 (Equirectangular projection)
  • Reprojection files as CSV
    • CSV structure sample (include header row)
      • filename,x,y,z,roll,pitch,heading
      • 101.jpg,111111.111,222222.222,33.33,-0.123456,-0.1234567,2.123456
      • 102.jpg,111111.111,222222.222,33.33,-0.123456,-0.1234567,2.123456
      • 103.jpg,111111.111,222222.222,33.33,-0.123456,-0.1234567,2.123456
      • etc.
  • Vector data in DXF format (max 50 MB per file). Supported entity types are:
    • POINTS: Point
    • LINES: Line, Polyline, LWPolyline
    • CURVES: Circle, Arc, Spline
    • FACES: 3dFace, Polyface
    • TEXTS: MText, Text
    • Shared Cells and text rotations NOT yet supported

2. Uploads

Uploading data is very simple!

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  • STEP 1: Just give your scene a name (which can be edited later)
  • STEP 2: Select the preferred hosting server / default
  • STEP 3: Upload your files (at least one LAS/LAZ/E57/PTS file needed before more additional data)
  • After upload’s finished, click Create (or check “Create automatically” when finished)

If one or more of your file uploads freezes, just refresh the page (F5) and upload that file again. You might be prompted to give the scene name again before you can continue to next page.

When you are moved to the scene page, just wait for a while for your scene to be processed.

3. Scene settings

When a scene is uploaded and processed, the scene owner can set a default view for opening the scene. As the scene owner, just click “Set Default View” – button in the scene settings menu to save the view and generate a thumbnail image for the scene.

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When scene or that share link is opened, it opens up the same view and in the same location as when generated and with same visualization settings.

4. Sharing

If the scene access is set to “Public” or “Anyone with a link”, the scene can be shared with anyone by using the Share link or can be embedded to any website. 

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NOTICE! Anyone (also not signed in users) having this sharing link can view the dataset in Pointscene and forward/share the link. So if your data is sensitive, distribute with caution or use only “Invitation only” mode.

If the access is set to “Invitation only”, the scene can be opened only by a signed in user who is invited to the scene. The scene owner is responsible for setting the access rights / invitations.

5. API

More information found on our Github page https://github.com/Pointscene/nodejs-client

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6. Navigation

  • Zoom and center the view to a location with a double click
  • Click+hold left mouse button to rotate the view
  • Click+hold right mouse click+hold to pan the view
  • After double clicking, you can orbit around the clicked location with left mouse .
  • Zoom with mouse wheel (forward zoom in, backward zoom out).

You can also move in the environment using mouse and A (left), S (down), D (right), W (forward) and R (up), F (down) keys when 3D window is active. Movement speed can be increased with SHIFT button.

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If your scene contains panoramic images (terrestrial or mobile), the capture locations are shown as green bubbles.

  • Left click to enter image view
  • right click to exit back to point cloud view.
  • Double click a location to move to next image (if available) and center view.

7. Visualisation

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Point clouds can be visualized using RGB color, Z/height values, INT/intensity values or point CLS/classification.

Not all point clouds necessary include RGB, INT or multiple CLS values. In those cases, Z visualization is preferred.

If the uploaded scene also contains panoramic images, the green “image bubbles” can be shown or hidden by setting the 360 photos on/off.

When in image view:

  • Press ‘p’ to overlay the point cloud on top of the 360 panorama.
  • Right click will get you back to the point cloud view.
  • Scrolling in sphere mode will change your field of view

To use the advanced visual features (Edge shader and Adaptive point setting) it is recommended to use a computer with a dedicated GPU, (such as AMD, nVidia or similar)

Height and Intensity values used in visualization can be scaled in the Advanced dropdown menu.

8. Measurements

Whenever any measurement tool is active, you can see the coordinates of the cursor location in the bottom of the screen.

  • Measurements can be activated by left mouse click on the corresponding tool.
  • Measurements are started with left click on the point cloud and ended with a right mouse click.

Coordinates

  • While tool is active, cursor is dynamically showing the XYZ-values of corresponding individual points
  • With left mouse click, values can be stored in the view.

Distances

  • Measuring distances between individual points in XYZ space.
  • Measurement results are shown on the screen as 3D distance and also as its XY (location difference) and Z (height difference) components.

Areas

  • Measuring areas in 2D between multiple points (given values only in XY plane).

Angles

  • Measuring 3D-angles between 3 or more points.

Clear measurements

  • Clearing the active measurements from the view.

Edit measurements

  • All measurement points/nodes can be moved by hovering over the node and dragging/dropping to preferred new location

Save measurements

  • Saves the measurements to your computer as DXF files.

Save screenshot

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  • By clicking the green image icon below the scene window, you can download a high resolution screenshot of the current view as PNG (including also measurements or comments, if visible in the view)

9. Profiles & Sections

Profile

  • You can draw a profile between 2 or more points to download the points within the profile.
  • Profile width can be adjusted in the Advanced – dropdown menu

Section

  • With the Section tool, you can select a specified area only to be visible.
  • Activate the tool and set the box to a preferred location with left mouse click.

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You can move/modify the box and change its extents by using the arrow/plane/snap buttons of the tool.

  • Arrows: blue X, red Y, green Z
  • Planes: cyan, magenta, yellow
  • Snap to surface: white
  • Clicking the small green square on the top right corner of the tool will hide/show the points outside the section box.

Download

  • If the downloads have been enabled to the particular scene by the scene owner, you can download points loaded to the selected profile or section as LAS/XYZ/CSV. Export format can be set in the Advanced – dropdown menu.

Advanced downloads

  • As the scene owner you can enable Unlimited Measurements (via Paid Features menu) for all users who have access to the data.

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  • Scene owner can also enable Unlimited Downloads for the point cloud data to be downloaded as LAZ file blocks on the Downloads page. These functionalities are then available for all users having access to the data.

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10. Commenting

All signed in users can have discussion within a scene they have access to.

Add your comment in the discussion forum below the 3D window and write your comment, add links to websites, documents, other scenes etc.

11. Advanced data preparation

We have a few tips & tricks up our sleeves on preparing your data efficiently for Pointscene.

Contact support[a]pointscene.com to learn how to:

  • Activate the Map View and set proper georeferencing tags to your LAS/LAZ files
  • Export the most Pointscene-friendly DXF file
  • Generating proper image orientation files
  • Do on-the-fly coordinate transformation when uploading new data
  • Use the classification attributes for creating a timelapse scene from overlapping datasets
  • Add data to existing scene
  • Activate other “hidden” Pointscene features
  • And many more…

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