Leica Geosystems and Pointfuse announce cooperative agreement

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Pointfuse, makers of a 3D point cloud modeling software, and Leica Geosystems have announced a global cooperation and development agreement aimed to streamline the use of reality capture.

The Pointfuse modeling engine works to convert point clouds into usable 3D models, primarily for downstream BIM and facility management software, and Leica Geosystems has been developing scanning tools like the Leica BLK2GO to bring 3D scanning into more construction workflows.

This strategic cooperation demonstrates the shared focus of Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems to democratise 3D technology and create intuitive reality capture tools that bring advanced project efficiencies to their users. This streamlined workflow provides the fast, simple solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of the building construction, operations, maintenance and lifecycle management.

To launch this new cooperation, Pointfuse has developed a new version of its software, called Pointfuse, powered by Jetstream, that provides users of Leica Geosystems solutions with a scan-to-BIM workflow within the Leica Jetstream ecosystem. Taking its place within the Jetstream ecosystem, Pointfuse, powered by Jetstream, is configured with tailored profiles specifically for Leica Geosystems 3D laser scanners, including the Leica Geosystems LGS file format, to ensure best results first time round.

The LGS file format defines a true single file to simplify file sharing. In particular, the adoption of the LGS file format enables Pointfuse, powered by Jetstream, to extract data contained within the LGS file to assist in the classification of building information and substantially automate the workflow process. This centralised solution ensures a simple Scan-2-BIM workflow for space and facilities management as a companion solution to the new Leica BLK2GO handheld imaging laser scanner.

Matt Wheelis, Hexagon’s Geosystems Division Global Business Development Leader for Building Construction, hopes this partnership will help their digital design and construction customers.

“We are excited to enter into this agreement, especially since Pointfuse democratises point cloud modelling to make reality capture workflows easier and quicker for our users to execute across digital construction, space management and visualisation workflows,”

Rich 3D data has a crucial role in digital construction workflows. Projects are dependent upon the right information being in the hands of the relevant team members and stakeholders at the right time. In Pointfuse, powered by Jetstream, we have a platform that delivers automation that truly drives the digital construction lifecycle.”

Steve Salmon, General Manager at Pointfuse added that this integration paves the way for more seamless workflows.

“With functionality and developments implemented specifically for Leica Geosystems users, Pointfuse, powered by Jetstream, harnesses the unique benefits of the Jetstream ecosystem with the power of Pointfuse to deliver a seamless capture-consume-collaborate workflow.”

“This integrated solution overcomes many of the barriers associated with laser scanning and photogrammetry, through providing an optimised storage solution, instant data loading and production of intelligent outputs. This platform enables Leica Geosystems users to exploit the intelligence captured in the point cloud, easily share outputs, and produce deliverables that drive the advancement of workflows in the digital age.”

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