Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by Oatfedgoat » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:31 am

I'm not a Revit user personally, but last years top rated class at AU was on toposurfaces in Revit by Marcello Sgambelluri
(he also did the 2nd and 3rd rated classes as well as top rated class in 2012!)

It's well worth checking out here
http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/classe ... cts/ab3340

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by zoltan » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:16 pm

Jana-at-kubit wrote:Thank you Zoltan,
For sharing this.

Would be great if FARO would just add such an option without having to hack the registry.
Hope Oliver is reading this ;)
Jana,

I definitely agree that if it is a parameter that can change in the software, it should be accessible to the user. There are a lot of good reasons why people would want to export the Project Point Cloud, especially with the new color balancing feature. I would think that giving people the ability to choose the density of the points would allow them to use it in more downstream applications.

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by Jason Warren » Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:12 pm

cheers Zoltan, excellent post... ;)
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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by Oatfedgoat » Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:08 pm

This blog post may well help!
Generate Revit Topography from Point Cloud Data
http://betterrevit.com/revit/generate-r ... loud-data/

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by zoltan » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:01 am

Oatfedgoat wrote:This blog post may well help!
Generate Revit Topography from Point Cloud Data
http://betterrevit.com/revit/generate-r ... loud-data/

Thank you for this. I am about to use this very technique on some retention ponds that we scanned today.

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by Oliver Buerkler » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:15 pm

Dear Forum.

This is a very interesting discussion!

We do not want to reduce the spacing in the Project Point Cloud of SCENE for visualization reasons.

While I do understand your need, I need to say that modifying Windows registry settings is of course not a supported feature of SCENE and may lead to unexpected behavior of the software.

To get the best of both worlds, you might want to have a look at the "Uniform Filter" Plug-In by ATS which is available on the FARO 3D App Center: http://www.faro.com/faro-3d-app-center/ ... orm-filter
This plug-in is doing what you need while offering an easy to use user interface for it: ;)

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by berdindc » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:57 pm

Looks like the FARO plugin runs about $480.

It would it be wise to offer this free, to get more of us using FARO for applications such as this.

With all the bugs I've dealt with in Scene, I'm reluctant to through more money after it. Just my 2 cents. :D

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by Oliver Buerkler » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:36 pm

Hello Dan.

Thank you very much for your feedback!
What would be the value for yourself to have such a plug-in? Saving disc space as well for the exported as for the imported files, the availability of evenly gridded point cloud data and the saved labour time and cost?

This plug-in is not a FARO product but developed by ATS. Why should they put in effort to develop software which is very benefitial for many users without getting some money back for their effort?
Also, looking at prices charged for other software packages on the market, I think FAROs pricing policy as well as the ones of our partners are more than moderate.
Additionally, the plug-in concept allows you to get exactly those features you need for your daily work instead of paying for numerous things you will never use.

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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by jedfrechette » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:36 pm

I would echo Eugene's suggestion on the first page to check out CloudCompare. It has some nice subsampling tools and can easily replace steps 3-5 in the original workflow.
Oliver Buerkler wrote:What would be the value for yourself to have such a plug-in?
I would consider the ability to subsample a point cloud a fundamental tool that should be included, out of the box, in any application designed for point cloud editing. Data sets produced by ground-based lidar are inevitably highly variable in terms of point density and there are numerous reasons why more homogeneous data is desirable.
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Re: Actual terrain model from Faro Scene to Autodesk Revit

Post by berdindc » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:55 pm

I do think the plugin concept makes sense, paying for only the tools that one needs.

It terms of delivering a point cloud, I think delivering a file that has a consistent point spacing across the entire cloud would be very beneficial.

For example, when scanning an interior space, why have 1,000,000 points on a chair (or wall or floor) right in front of the scanner??

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