PointCloud to Surface Suite

PointCloud to Surface Suite

Win64, English

ADB3D
Create Floor, Roof, Topography, Model Line or Wall elements that accurately match your point cloud data.

General Usage Instructions

Instructions For Use - Surface from Pointcloud Selection

  1. Insert pointcloud into Autodesk® Revit® via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Select the pointcloud instance you wish to select points from.
  3. Draw a selection box around the points you wish to convert to a surface element
  4. You will be prompted to choose whether to create a topo, floor or roof element.
  5. Choose the maximum number of points with the decimate slider, and for floor and roof, you will be able to designate a type and level to the new element.
  6. The app will convert your selected point data to a new element that accurately matches the original scan data.

 

Instructions For Use - Surface from Adaptive Points

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Add adaptive points to your document that mark the surface you wish to create- ensure that snap to pointclouds is enabled in Revit snapping settings. Suggest working in top-down 3D view with section box enabled.
  3. Run the Surface from the Adaptive Points tool -You will be prompted to choose whether to create a topo, floor or roof element.
  4. ALL adaptive points from the document will be read to map a new surface to those points. you will be able to designate a type and level to the new element.

 

Instructions For Use - Add Adaptive Points to Existing

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Add adaptive points to your document that mark points you wish to add to an existing surface - ensure that snap to pointclouds is enabled in Revit snapping settings. Suggest working in top-down 3D view with section box enabled.
  3. Run the Add to Existing Surface tool -You will be prompted to choose whether to add to a topography, floor or roof element.
  4. Then choose which element to add to -  it will read ALL adaptive points from the document and add them to the surface of the element.

 

Instructions For Use - Wall Tool

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Add adaptive points to your document that mark points you wish to align walls to - ensure that snap to pointclouds is enabled in Revit snapping settings. Suggest working in top-down 3D view with section box enabled.
  3. Run the Wall tool - it will prompt you to select the parameters for the new wall - straight or curved, Align to center, interior or exterior, wall type, height, base offset and level.
  4. You will be prompted to select the left-hand point then the right-hand point of the wall ( for the curved walls you will also be prompted for a 3rd point at the center of the curve).
  5. The wall will be created, then you will be prompted for another new wall, or to finish using the tool.

 

Instructions For Use - Model Lines

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Add adaptive points to your document that mark points you wish to align model lines to - ensure that snap to pointclouds is enabled in Revit snapping settings. Suggest working in top-down 3D view with section box enabled.
  3. Run the Model Lines tool - it will prompt you to select the parameters for the new Model Line - straight or curved.
  4. You will be prompted to select the start point then the end point of the Model Line(for curved model lines you will also be prompted for a 3rd point at the center of the curve).

 

Instructions For Use - Export from Pointcloud Selection

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Run the Export command, and Select the pointcloud instance you wish to select points from.
  3. Draw a selection box around the points you wish to Export
  4. Choose the maximum number of points with the decimate slider.
  5. Choose a file save location and name.

 

Instructions For Use - Export Adaptive Points

  1. Insert pointcloud into Revit via the pointcloud insert tab. We suggest working in 3D view and activating the section box to focus on specific structures in the scan.
  2. Add adaptive points to your document that mark the points you wish to export.
  3. Run the exporter, and choose a file save location.
  4. ALL adaptive points from the document will be read and exported to an XYZ CSV document

Commands

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Works with structured and unstructured pointcloud instances. Supports shared co-ordinates. writes 10-800 points for floors and roofs, 200-20,000 for Topography Surfaces. Exporter supports pts format when reading directly from point cloud instances, and XYZ CSV format for point cloud and adaptive point data.

Import to surface supports a maximum of 1500 points for Floor and 1000 Points for Roof. Processing maximum points for floors and roofs may take 6-15 minutes depending on computer processing power

Note: App must be purchased with the same Autodesk account which is used to log in to Revit or the App will not run.

Known Issues

It does not work with Revit Family files (.rfa). Does not support the creation of sloped glazing roofs. Import to surface supports a maximum of 1500 points for Floor and 1000 Points for Roof. Processing maximum points for floors and roofs may take 6-15 minutes depending on computer processing power

Contact

Company Name: ADB3D
Support Contact: info@adb3d.com.au

Author/Company Information

ADB3D

Support Information

Please report crashes to support so we can fix them. Some slabs may take 5-6 minutes to process depending on the number of points used.

Version History

Version Number Version Description

2.1.2

Version 2.1.2 improves export by pointcloud selection functionality by providing a detail slider, and also reading section view limits to avoid selection of points outside of the active section view.

2.1.1

Features the original PointCloud to the Surface app, with new features added to create a suite of tools for working with point cloud data. Added Model Lines and 2x importer to make total of 14 tools. Support for 2020 added. Floor and roof boundaries better match point set in version 2.1.1

2.1.0

Features the original PointCloud to the Surface app, with new features added to create a suite of tools for working with point cloud data. Added Model Lines and 2x importer to make total of 14 tools.

2.0.0

Features the original PointCloud to the Surface app, with new features added to create a suite of tools for working with point cloud data.
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