Pointools

Point Cloude Software

Bentley Pointools supports the viewing, animation, and editing of point clouds in stand-alone workflows, enabling the intuitive cleanup and preparation of point clouds to make them easier to reuse in downstream applications. Users can streamline scan-to-model workflows by importing point clouds from all major scanner manufacturers.

Fast Point-cloud Engine

Bentley Pointools is powered by Pointools Vortex, the industry’s leading point-cloud engine, which enables the support of very large point clouds. Users can work on huge datasets with billions of points, manage scene parameters interactively, and rapidly load and unload native format point-cloud POD models. The software uses real-time, high-performance streaming to provide incredible display performance while visually maximizing point-cloud density, clarity, and detail.

Improved Visualization

Point clouds can be visualized with a range of fully blendable shading options enabling easier visual interpretation on the fly and production of enhanced imagery or movie content. The 3D Brush enables the coloring of the point cloud, which is ideal for color correction, detailed highlighting, or visual mock-up, while layer colors can be used for per-layer colorization with controllable opacity. Bentley Pointools provides confident identification of clashes between objects, enabling dynamic tests for clashes along a pre-defined movement path or as objects are repositioned. Bentley Pointools also quickly and easily identifies how an asset has changed over time through point-cloud differencing.

Support for Multiple Object Types

With Bentley Pointools, users can easily import and view three types of objects: • Point clouds, which can be imported from a large range of scanners. • Textured 3D models, which can be imported from a number of common model formats. • 2D CAD drawings, which can be imported from DXF, DWG, and SHP file formats. Bentley Pointools also provides the ability to use Pointools POD files with all MicroStation-based applications, eliminating the need for time-consuming data conversion.

Layer-based Editing and Segmentation

​​Bentley Pointools features unique point layer technology for unrivaled point-cloud editing speed. Move points between one of 128 layers to isolate particular areas for detailed editing, making it easier for users to manipulate, clean up, or segment the point-cloud model to enable enhanced understanding and easier reuse. Point layers can also be used to visualize and edit point-cloud classification and also support scan-by-scan editing workflows. All editing operations are saved in an editing stack, which can be manipulated, saved, reloaded, and applied to a different dataset, compressing editing workflows. Bentley Pointools offers two measurement tools: point information (or single point) and point-to-point. Notes can also be attached to objects within the workspace, providing a convenient way to annotate a scene. Both coded measurements and notes can be exported as a text or HTML file.

High-quality Deliverables

​​​With Bentley Pointools, users can generate professional-quality images, animations, and movies. Users can produce high-resolution orthographic and perspective images, by rendering snapshots of any size, limited only by their computers’ graphics hardware and available memory. Users also have the flexibility to set the image size and scale, while benefiting from the choice to output rulers, scale, and positioning for accurate reuse. Bentley Pointools also provides an intuitive timeline-based fly-through and object animation system for users to quickly and easily produce movies. Anti-aliased rendering and motion blur enable users to generate high-quality animations with little or no aliasing and moiré. A graph editor, full object transformation control, and scripting provide advanced animation capabilities.

Perform automatic aerotriangulation

​​​Fully calibrate all images by automatically identifying the relative position and orientation of each photo. Employ automatic 3D reconstruction, texture mapping, and retexturing of ties and reconstruction constraints to ensure highly accurate models.

Publish and view Web-ready models

​​​Fully calibrate all images by automatically identifying the relative position and orientation of each photo. Employ automatic 3D reconstruction, texture mapping, and retexturing of ties and reconstruction constraints to ensure highly accurate models.

Advantages

01

Annotate point clouds

Add notes to your point cloud to ensure everyone working on the project has the most up-to-date information, can review the site remotely, and can prepare field operations.

02

Create animations, videos, and fly-throughs

Produce high-resolution orthographic and perspective images by rendering snapshots of any size. Set image size and scales using output rulers, scale, and positioning for accurate reuse. Take advantage of the intuitive time-based fly-through and object animation system for quick and easy movie production.

03

Detect clashes from point clouds

Extend the value of point-cloud data into your design process. Whether you are utilizing Bentley's Navigator or Descartes products, clash detection between real-world data and proposed designs can be leveraged in your decision-making process.

04

Difference point clouds

Extend the value of point-cloud data into your design process. Whether you are utilizing Bentley's Navigator or Descartes products, clash detection between real-world data and proposed designs can be leveraged in your decision-making process.

05

Difference point clouds

Automatically identify differences between objects. You can compare two point clouds of the same area and identify any additions or subtractions present in the data. Use the difference tools to detect changes and monitor building-site progression over time and other management projects.

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Edit point clouds

Edit huge data sets for point clouds using point layer technology for unmatched editing speed. Move points between 128 layers to isolate areas for detailed editing. Manipulate, clean up, or segment the point-cloud model to clean it, enrich it, and for easier reuse.

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Measure distances within a point cloud

Accurately measure distances between points. Use point information and point-to-point measurements.

08

Model geometry from point clouds

Extract break lines, paint lines, surfaces, planes, cylinder, and cylinder center lines from point clouds. Efficiently clip and section point cloud to streamline vector extract process from point clouds.

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Process point clouds

Work on huge datasets with billions of points and rapidly load and unload point-cloud models. Take advantage of real-time, high-performance streaming that provides incredible display performance while visually maximizing point-cloud density, clarity, and detail.

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Visualize point clouds

Visualize point clouds with a wide range of fully blendable shading options to enable easier visual interpretation of imagery or movie content.