Navisworks General Discussion

Navisworks General Discussion

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Registered: ‎06-23-2010
Message 1 of 3 (248 Views)

Leica PTS coordinates not consistent

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01-16-2013 11:42 AM

Why is it that Leica point cloud files come in with the X and Z coordinates swapped? I'd image the import settings could be fixed by the developers realitivly easily?


Also, why do coordinates not seem to match at all between a traverse registration and the CAD file used to do the traverse registration? Theoretically, a CAD file and the laser scan based off the coorinates on the CAD file should already be aligned when they are both imported into Navisworks.

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Message 2 of 3 (193 Views)

Re: Leica PTS coordinates not consistent

01-25-2013 10:32 AM in reply to: Chris_Baze

From what I have found, the X and Z coordinates can be swapped on many scanners. However, Navisworks expects the default values. I haven't found a tool to swap them back after the Point Cloud is generated (although that doesn't mean such a tool doesn't exist).

Lance Coffey
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Registered: ‎02-19-2010
Message 3 of 3 (179 Views)

Re: Leica PTS coordinates not consistent

01-28-2013 07:09 AM in reply to: Chris_Baze

I see 3 possibilites:

-> ask your provider that he user the very expensive Leica Cyclone to deliver consistent point clouds

-> Buy a 4k Bentely Pointools to modify and ecit the point clouds yourself

-> Use navisworks:

create a nwf per cloud

Transform the could untl it's upright and standing good

save each cloud then as NWD


Append these NWD to the navisworks you are working with.


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