The popularity of point cloud data is growing thanks to the falling costs of required technology

LiDAR point cloud data is an example of the big data that so many technology sectors are embracing.


The challenge of big data

Along with the benefits it provides are the challenges that big data presents to technology users everywhere. How do you make this information accessible to as many people within the organization as possible in order to leverage its value, decrease your time, and increase productivity?

Opus Stewart Weir and our clients need applications that allow users to view and use these ever increasingly large datasets. LiDAR point cloud viewers presently available have limited display and navigating functionality where the viewer experiences either lengthy load times, re-sampling of the point cloud to a smaller dataset or having the 3D model break up and/or pixelate as you "drive", "fly-thru" or rotate within the dataset.

Consequently, LiDAR point cloud users have tended to only view and utilize derived products such as contours, regular spaced DEM or rendered models, hardly getting the maximum return from their investment in acquiring the 3D point cloud data.

Making big data work for you

Geoverse software gives you the ability to efficiently view and interactively navigate through datasets in the 100TB range. It has been developed to accommodate quick loading and smooth, interactive viewing of these extremely, large LiDAR/point cloud datasets while utilizing low-end, ‘off-the-shelf’ computers.

Geoverse empowers our clients to efficiently view the LiDAR point cloud datasets at the original density without the need for subjective extraction of information. You can view the 3D data without leaving the office, allowing for multiple inputs in decision making. Using Geoverse, we are continuing to develop services like ‘virtual brushing’ for our Powerline partners, bringing the field into the office, and helping our people and clients achieve the extraordinary.

With Geoverse you can:

  • Create annotated presentations with bookmarks and labels
  • Take measurements at the precision of the data set
  • Overlay data onto base maps, including OpenStreetMap and Bing Street, Aerial and Hybrid
  • Overlay map data with KMLs files

Emergency managers can now quickly assess a site, and make informed decisions for the best way to handle a landslide, access scanned BIM asbuilts of buildings in fire or hostage situations, or view your 3D data in other crisis situations. 

We can take your project design data in CAD format, convert them to point clouds and import the design into the point cloud, so you can see the impact your design has on the existing infrastructure. We can also merge multiple datasets together to fill holes created by incomplete scans in the field. This data can be accessed on the internet or locally on a USB thumb drive when no connectivity is available in remote areas.

Key benefits

Geoverse solves some of the biggest limitations facing users of point cloud data, saving time and money, increasing productivity, and changing the ways that it can be used, forever.

  • Data is 5-20% of the original data size; making it much easier to store and manage
  • Loading times are less than a second regardless of data size; no need to commit to long loading times
  • Store your data in one place on the network or online; there is no need to copy to every computer
  • See all of your data, all at once; you don\'t have to chop your data into pieces or load individual tiles
  • Visualise data in real-time; say goodbye to lengthy offline renders
  • Communicate spatial concepts in 3D; the viewer includes unrestricted camera controls for viewing and measuring
  • Run on any computer; even entry-level laptops without dedicated graphics cards
  • Easy, user friendly ‘drag and drop’ interface – so simple, anyone can use it

To find out more about Geoverse, contact us.