Turning scans into bid documents

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Turning scans into bid documents

Post by jmonell » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:40 pm

Greetings all. I recently completed scanning a waste water treatment plant. Client would now like to use scans for bid documents. How is this handled now; do you supply potential bidders with the pointcloud and viewing software? Other methods? Interested to see what everyone does out there. Thanks in advance for your replies.


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Re: Turning scans into bid documents

Post by Rikore » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:21 pm

You can provide the point cloud and free viewing software as one option. We use Leica products and can provide Jetstream access for a client or we can do TruView by means of TruView Global or can provide a TruView local. You can bring in the point cloud to a cad program and generate cad drawings, but that can be time consuming. I would think it depends on what the bidders need to look at. TruViews allow measurements to be made.

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Re: Turning scans into bid documents

Post by sersab » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:54 pm

Potree gives you the ability to store pointclouds online and give access to the data to whoever you prefer.
There are around many projects of web-based viewer, developed on Potree code.

Not sure if all the following are using Potree, but take a look at:


This is the Potree project home page: http://www.potree.org/
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Re: Turning scans into bid documents

Post by Jamesrye » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:01 am

We are finding that clients really like the RECAP software and increasingly, people are asking for data to be delivered in that format. It's free and gives them all the advantages of TruView, plus they can fly around the point cloud if they are so inclined.

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Re: Turning scans into bid documents

Post by dmercel » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:25 pm

Hi John,


We are another platform that uses the Potree engine (http://www.3dusernet.com), but we added database functionality to help store and recover measurements, notes, views and 'states' (which records different stages of your projects). You can also add 3D models, so you can show proposed designs or other changes to the scene too. It is also Private so you can control who sees your data and when.

It works with desktop computers and mobile smart devices just as seamlessly through any modern web browser, and it means you and your clients can share and collaborate far more easily than passing large datasets and software installers around. It has also been designed for use by both technical and non-technical staff, meaning a much broader audience can experience the data you have collected.

Here's how it works:
1) You signup for an account
2) You create a project/s
3) You upload your dataset/s and it gets converted to a format that can stream online (original file also gets stored in case you want to share that too)
4) You invite other users (in your account), temporary guests or make the project public for people to see (Public links have a URL that you can put into a digital document or embed in an iframe to show your project)

We have a free 30-day trial you can use to check it out: https://login.3dusernet.com/cas/default/register_trial

Also we have plenty of videos explaining how it works on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sZgT ... pXd3ezaXA/

If you give it a try please let us know how you get on, and any feature ideas you may have, as we are constantly developing the platform for our customers.



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Re: Turning scans into bid documents

Post by sreed » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:11 pm

I can vouch for Dave and Mark's 3dUserNet platform. It is the most robust i've seen to date. We have had great success sharing scan projects using their system.

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