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Elysium to Release InfiPoints Ver.3.0—Enhanced Functionalities for the Collaboration with BIM Solutions, and Scan Registration

Oct 18, 2016Product

HAMAMATSU, Japan—Oct. 18, 2016—Elysium, a leading provider of point cloud data solutions, announces the latest release of InfiPoints Ver.3.0. Enhancements include supporting a wider variety of output formats to satisfy BIM (Building Information Modeling) software collaboration, as well as capabilities to quantitatively evaluate point cloud registration accuracy to better utilize your captured 3D point cloud data for engineering purposes, marking a shift from “point cloud for viewing,” to “point cloud for high-level application.”

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes the standard for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, effective and efficient 3D laser scanning and utilization of that data become a necessity. Every aspect of design, construction, maintenance, and renovation, are now being managed by 3D data.

It is important to understand the numerous issues, obstacles and complexities of applying BIM to existing buildings and structures. How will the BIM data be modeled? What are the costs and tools needed to collect existing measurements and 3D data? With the rise of building renovations and infrastructure renewals, and the decrease in experienced labor, there is a need for an optimal, cost-efficient solution for this new area of AEC.

Elysium’s newest version of InfiPoints meets this demand by increasing the efficiency of BIM modeling with the addition of steel structure modeling, and enhancements to the current piping capabilities. Elysium has developed technologies which allow not only geometric information to be exported, but parameters such as length and diameter to be exported as well, easing your modeling work flow of existing buildings in your BIM software. The modeled data can be exported as IFC, one of the most commonly used neutral formats, or to various exclusive CAD formats.

“Elysium has been delivering 3D CAD interoperability solutions to the advanced manufacturing industry for more than 30 years. We are really proud to develop our new technology to bridge InfiPoints with BIM not only with point cloud based modeled geometry, but also with its parameters utilizing our expertise and know-how” stated Atsuto Soma, CTO of Elysium Co. Ltd.

Soma adds, “As fundamental processes, such as multiple scan data registration, heighten its functionality and quality, and BIM software coordination strengthens, point cloud practicality needs to step up. BIM will become more active than before with use in existing building renewal, and point cloud will be more widely used in high-level engineering. Elysium has been researching and developing point cloud application solutions at a whole new level. Elysium would like to continue contributing to the expansion of the industry.”

Major Enhancements

1. Added Steel Structure Modeling Functionality

In InfiPoints, you can easily create CAD models of structural elements using planes auto-extracted from 3D scanned point cloud data. Standard specifications of steel structural elements (listed below) are pre-registered to InfiPoints, so that all you have to do is select a type, and adjust the size either by numerical values, or an easy mouse operation in the view window.

  • H-beam
  • I-beam
  • T-beam
  • Angle
  • Channel
  • Flat bar
  • Square pipe
  • User defined standards

This enhancement impacts the digitalization of existing facilities by creating rough CAD models of equipment, as well as surroundings including the piping systems, structures, walls and the floor, in InfiPoints, and then easily creates CAD models in BIM solutions based on them.

  • Create a structural model (highlighted in pink) referencing point clouds

2. Enhanced Pipe Modeling Functionality

Pipe modeling functionality has been enhanced for detailed digitalization of pipe systems—connect pipes with reducers, set the clearance between flange pairs, and more. This allows you to export detailed CAD models to BIM solutions.

  • A reducer connecting two pipes with different diameters
  • Orange: Paired flanges treated as a single element
    Pink: Paired flanges, yet treated as two elements

3. Added Support for Data Export Including the Parametric Information

You can export CAD models in editable formats including parametric information such as length and diameters. This includes IFC, a neutral format for BIM solutions, or other formats for equipment CAD systems. This addition contributes to a significant lead time reduction on the modeling process in BIM solutions because CAD models do not have to be created from scratch. CAD models can be created by modifying the CAD models created in InfiPoints.

4. Added Functionalities to Improve and Validate the Registration Accuracy

To meet the growing demands for “practical” point cloud data for wide utilization in the actual engineering process, data registration functionality has seen intensive enhancements;

  • Added functionality to align shots to improve the registration accuracy
  • Improved the detection accuracy of reference spheres / checker boards in point clouds
  • Added functionality to evaluate registration accuracy and check detected errors in both numerical values and color map visualization
  • Added functionality to export the evaluation results report for records and sharing purposes

This allows work planning based on a common recognition of registration accuracy among related persons, provide the client with an evaluation results report to prove that the registration accuracy is within a set tolerance, and more.

  • Checking registration accuracy by color map and histogram

5. Added Support for Data Import of Scanned Data from DPI-8, a Handheld Scanner from DotProduct

InfiPoints now supports the data import of point cloud data obtained from 3D scanning with DPI-8, a handheld laser scanner developed by DotProduct.

DPI-8 is ideal for capturing areas invisible from stationary laser scanners, e.g., backside of equipment and tight spaces, and is often used in combination with stationary laser scanners. In InfiPoints, you can seamlessly integrate scanned data collected by both devices.