Leica Geosystems HDS has announced its latest point cloud solution for processing laser scan data, Leica Cyclone 9.0.
This new version introduces major, patent-pending innovations for greater project efficiency. These advances benefit both field and office via significantly faster, easier scan registration, plus quicker deliverable creation thanks to better 2D and 3D drafting tools and steel modelling. Cyclone 9.0 allows users to scale easily for larger, more complex projects while ensuring high quality deliverables consistently.
When Leica Geosystems pioneered cloud-to-cloud registration, it enabled users – for the first time – to execute laser scanning projects without having to physically place special targets around the scene, scan them, and model them in the office. With cloud-to-cloud registration software, users take advantage of overlaps among scans to register them together.
“The cloud-to-cloud registration approach has delivered significant logistical benefits onsite and time savings for many projects. We’ve constantly improved it, but the new Automatic Scan Alignment and Visual Registration capabilities in Cyclone 9.0 represent the biggest advancement in cloud-to-cloud registration since we introduced it,” explained Dr. Chris Thewalt, VP Laser Scanning Software.
“Cyclone 9.0 lets users benefit from targetless scanning more often by performing the critical scan registration step far more efficiently in the office for many projects. As users increase the size and scope of their scanning projects, Cyclone 9.0 pays even bigger dividends. Any user who registers laser scan data will find great value in these capabilities.”
Cyclone 9.0 automatically processes scans and, if available, digital images to create groups of overlapping scans that are initially aligned to each other. Once scan alignment is completed, algorithmic registration is applied for final registration. This new workflow option can be used in conjunction with target registration methods as well. These combined capabilities not only make the most challenging registration scenarios feasible, but also exponentially faster.
Marta Wren, technical specialist at UK chartered surveying firm Plowman Craven Associates (PCA) found that Cyclone 9.0’s Visual Registration tools alone sped-up registration processing of scans by up to four times compared to previous methods. PCA uses laser scanning for civil infrastructure, commercial property, forensics, entertainment and Building Information Modelling (BIM) applications.
Leica Cyclone 9.0 is available today. Further information about the Cyclone family of products is available online from Leica. Users may download new product versions online from this website or their myWorld account, or may order directly from an authorised Leica Geosystems representative. For more information please visit the Leica Cyclone website.