I am working through a registration issue now, that is very large (over 2000 scans). It appears that recap will only allow you to merge / constrain a single scan to one other single scan. What we notice is that there is a lot of stack up error from one side of the project to the other. Cyclone has a feature that is ran once scans are linked one by one that is called 'auto add cloud constraints'. What this does is look at all overlap between the registered scans, and creates a constraint between anything that overlaps. This tightens up the error dramatically with large projects. It would be great if Recap would do the same thing.
Would be very nice if a base sketch capability is incorporate it into Recap like line circle, square etc with the option of snapping to the points of the cloud
and later export those trace to AutoCAD or any other app to use it for developing a 3d model from it.
Multi selection of item in the Project Navigator is really missing. Please add this option, it would be very usefull specially when creating grou of scan location. I have a project with over 500 scans which I have to group under some sectors. For now I have to move each scan location one by one to place them under it's group. That's a real pain.
I think the tool is nice but it need some more work for a little more precise snapping specially on perspective views. see it don't lock correct to edge sometime too. if any one have a suggestion about the correct way to snap please advice here where to go.
Until there is a way for Recap 360 to prove it is accurate it will remain a novelty. What we need is one a better way to add and assign GCPs (Ground Control Points) to Recap . Two we need an official Report that can be created to show the errors for each GSP. We need to see just how close to our ground targets the final product really is.
Have a look at what others are providing and include something similar. Before we waste out time of exporting and importing into Recap then into Civil 3D (or whatever) we need to know if what we are about to import is accurate enough for our needs. As of right now this is not being done and until then any data from Recap 360 or Recap is just conceptual in nature as is about about as valuable as the old Google Earth surfaces we were able to import back in 2012.
Sure the final model sure looks pretty, but if it isn't accurate what good is it? Proofs in the Pudding!
Include the option to export to LAS files, retaining lat/lon/elev data.
Currently trying to find a low-effort workflow for generating a Revit toposurface from ReCap Photo-to-3D data. I have a license for Globalmapper which has some very slick tools for filtering out points that don't represent ground, and then generating 3D contours from the resulting subset, but Globalmapper is happiest with georeferenced LAS files.
If ReCap could export LAS this workflow would be complete.
I have some projects which are georeferenced and I'd like to see which coordinate I use.
After set the coordinate system in the settings I cannot see it anymore. And it would be grat if the coordinate assign window is the same like in Civil or map and if you can filter the coordinate systems with EPSG codes, countries etc.
Furthermore it would be great if the coordinate system of the point cloud is set automatically and is shown for checking to the user.
I would like to see a 'bundled' format for RCS files which can be extracted with programs like 7ZIP (such as a DOCX or DWFX). If I ONLY copy over the RCS files, I cannot re-register them again in ReCap as it loses the thumbnail and other functionality I'm not yet aware of. I would like to have the .DIFF, .LLT, .RCC, and .THUMBNAIL 'bundled together' with the .RCS with some .XML file which also stores scanner setting information and locational data (from the original RAW scan data of the device). Correct me if I'm wrong, the RCS is the RAW unfiltered data with the deltas carried inside the other dependency files.
The primary reason I'm trying to do this is so that I can organize my files better. My folder usually is exploding with scan files. I use ReCap by distributing the import point process onto multiple computers manually (I'm impatient, I don't like waiting and I don't drink coffee). For example, I would divide the set of scans between (eg. 3 computers) and run import from .FLS simultaneously. I would then reimport the .RCS files into a new project and re-register them together as a 'master' file.
I am logging this on behalf of a customer, we noticed that textures/materials are not supported on RCS/RCP files. We caught this when the customer reported this as a behavior with the technical support group - so if you try to assign a texture/material to the RCS in say Navisworks for example, the texture doesn't come in (it appears as white) and there isn't any option within ReCap itself to say select a portion of the scan and assign a different texture. We found you could assign color overrides but not textures. The customer would like to see ReCap support textures coming in from other Autodesk products.
It seems that the transformation applied in civil 3d to a point cloud from recap applies a scale factor of only 3.2808. This is fine with a local 5000,5000 coordinate system, but if my project is in the millions of feet, the scaling is not correct. solution is simple... Export in Feet! Please!
I've just been cleaning up a scan for the past 30 mins or so and whilst the in-built cloud tool 'Cleanup' does an OK'ish job, it sill take a great deal of time and then removes points which should not be removed and leaves many which I need to remove. I the had to use the fence selection and removal tools repeatedly to get close to a fully cleaned model.
The points I want to remove are create by the laser bouncing off of glass and reflective surfaces. My thinking is that because all points created as a reflection are effectively white, would it no be possible to add a cleanup tool which looks for point of no colour? I believe that the only objects which would be this true white would be reflections as even white surfaces are going to have RGB values applied which are close but not fully RCG 255, 255, 255
These white reflection points are all around and inside the building.
This would save an huge amount of time.
Recap use to index the scans much faster, before RealViews were made. While RealViews are nice, they increase processing time and file size. Sometimes they are not needed. Please make a way for the user to 'check' RealView creation before indexing.
My wishlist for ReCap to be usable in our company:
1. Provide the ability to use point clouds in US Survey Foot instead of meters. Living in the USA, we only use US Survey Foot. This is a large majority of your selling base that gets excluded, just because the units are unusable.
2. Provide the ability to click isolated points and export them to Civil 3D. When we use point clouds for large infrastructure projects, the data in raw form is generally unusable for design purposes. Being able to zoom to a spot on the corridor and export PNEZD to Civil 3D for design would be incredibly helpful. If the program did nothing else but this, I would be happy.
Can you add a Limit Box Manager to the Project Navigator in which these things become possible:
It would be great to be able to edit/enhance the individual associated colour images attached to the scanworld at the post-registration/Project stage.
Eg.; removing unwanted image artefacts on a surface due to passing cars or people, editing the edge of a surface such as a slightly moving tree (usually has the colour of the sky is mapped onto the leaf edges), balance multi-tonal surfaces due to lens flares, or touch-up irregular colours when there is a considerable difference between dark and light surfaces. Although this could be done in the original scan (unregistered) dataset, it would save time to focus on the most obvious problem images.
A link to a secondary application like Photoshop may work but it may be better to have the capability within ReCap. Specific tools like an alpha channel wand, colour eye-dropper or clone stamp.
It would be great if we could import 2d dwg's or 3d files for the use of alignment. if we could select a location on the drawing or model and associate it with a point in the picture that would be a great way to align project data.
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