Vercator - automatic registration and 3D point cloud processing
Terrestrial laser scanning has become a powerful way of capturing 3D measured data about the built environment. However, the process to register the point clouds produced and extract useful information is user-intensive and time-consuming.
The Vercator™ software toolkit greatly improves the processing of 3D point cloud data by making it faster, easier and more robust. Point clouds are created by 3D scanners and can be used to create visual models of everything from geographic terrain to the built environment, or any object within them. Created by a UCL spin-out team, Vercator technology lowers the barriers to onsite data capture, accelerates alignment and makes downstream analysis more convenient. The software improves the time-consuming scanning phase and simplifies the reality capture process through:
- Eliminating the need for artificial targets during scanning
- Automating 3D dataset registration using natural targets
- Compatibility with common data sources and formats
- Significantly reducing data registration and processing time
- Enhancing accuracy with traceable, repeatable reporting
These features deliver substantial user benefits through significantly increased cost and process efficiencies - less time staging a scan, less time extrapolating the data, yet still providing repeatable and accurate results.
Advantages of using Vercator:
Improving cost efficiencies
The graph below indicate how Vercator improves on conventional alignment processing techniques. The software is currently available as a desktop platform with a cloud version set for release early in 2019.
The red paths represent typical current methods widely used in the market today.
Vercator software has been developed initially for the construction industry where it is being used in a trial programme by BIM professionals. As the need to prevent and correct construction errors onsite becomes more pressing, the convenience of downstream data analysis with faster and verifiable information is sure to be welcome by users. Highly encouraging feedback indicates that the first commercial release, scheduled for June 2018, will be a potentially game-changing service, both within the sector and beyond.
With its ground-breaking technology advance Vercator users achieve state-of-the-art measurement accuracy and benefit through significantly improved cost and process efficiencies. This means less time staging a scan, less time extrapolating the data, yet still yielding reliable and accurate results
The software is also compatible with all common data sources and formats, making it simple to integrate into your current workflow.
Take a typical office interior with corridors, a large hall and a multi-floor atrium recorded over 251 scans. Registering the datasets using conventional software took 60 hours under operator supervision. Vercator software automatically registered the same datasets in 10 hours, an 83% reduction in processing time without the need for operator supervision.
The Vercator software toolkit is developed by Correvate Limited under a license from University College London, UCL, from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering where the technical advance originated.