Why you should use point clouds in SketchUp?

Just less than a decade ago point clouds were a privilege, available only for technology enthusiasts and early adopters. Now we see this maturing and taking place in many industries and applications, especially over the recent years. 3D laser scanning and imaging technologies are really thriving and constantly bringing new, smaller, lighter, easier to use and lower cost sensor solutions reducing the technology barriers and making it available for almost everyone.

Fig1. 3D City Modeling from point cloud captured with Mobile Mapping System.

Just recently UNDET has released a plug-in for Trimble SketchUp which provides unique opportunity to utilize any point cloud directly in SketchUp Pro environment. This was long awaited by many SketchUp professionals and after hands-on Undet they are vibing some really positive feedback. Just to name a few phrases:

“It looks to be as intuitive to use as SU, itself”
“Great to be able to use point clouds in SketchUp finally!”
“Amazing job on the toolkit and feature set. It’s impressive”

Fig2. Architecture and Interior Design from point cloud captured with Terrestrial Scanner.

Undet for SketchUp V1 has all the tools for efficient point cloud management and that’s definitely enough for starter but sure, there will be more in the near future.

Fig3. 3D Building Modeling from point cloud captured with Terrestrial Scanner.

Undet has also opened brand new workflows for SketchUp users involving point clouds. Just take a look into some pictures of this post. 3D Building Modelling, Architecture and Interior Design, 3D City Modelling – these are screen grabs from recent projects successfully delivered by first Undet for SketchUp users. Furthermore, next to numerous already supported file formats just a week ago we implemented direct DotProduct *.DP import. This combination of DotProduct + SketchUp + Undet makes an extremely affordable solution reducing barriers for technology-savvy end users.

Fig4. Gallery of point clouds in SketchUp captured with DotProduct hand-held scanner.

 

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