Carlson Precision 3D Topo

Bridge the gap between drones and CAD

Designed for use by surveyors, civil engineers, and contractors, Precision 3D Topo allows users to import survey data, points, polylines, surfaces, point clouds, both traditional LIDAR and aerial drone survey data, and more from a wide variety of programs and entities to create usable 3D surfaces.

• Importing Point Cloud data from Lidar and Aerial Drone mapping.
• Merge and edit point clouds to create surface models.
• Import survey data to further refine surface models.
• Powerful surface Editing tools to perfect surface models. Including Google Maps photographic background, automated Google surface creation.
• Easy surface volume tools directly from point clouds or surfaces.
• Advanced Texturing and Presentation Tools
• Import / Export all data as LandXML, DXF, and Surface Models as TIN, TN3, and TTM.

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Import Point Cloud data from Lidar and Aerial Drone mapping.

• Import up to 50 point cloud files at once
• Bare earth classification filter .las, .laz, .ply, .xyz, .pts, .e57, .pcd files
• Remove outliers
• Apply thinning factor
• Automatically merge clouds.

Once the point clouds are loaded use the powerful editing tools.

Powerful Point Cloud Editing Tools

• Point Cloud point selector tool for crop, delete, with
the ability to create a totally new cloud from a the
selection.
• Save point cloud to LAS/LAZ version 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 including coordinate projection WKT.
• Merge multiple point clouds together.
• Crop point cloud to smaller area.
• Delete point cloud points.
• Crop/delete points using polygons.
• Remove trees, vegetation, cars, building using bareground filter.
• Apply all filters within polygon boundaries.
• Reduce points using voxel grid, outlier and shadow points filters.
• Unlimited Undo/Redo support

As it is multithreaded, P3D performance will increase with core count. In addition, because P3D is 64 bit, it will use all available RAM to support large models. The use of advanced 3D shaders will also increase performance when used with graphic cards that process these faster.

Powerful Surface Editing Tools

• Create Surface TIN models from edited point clouds.
• Import Survey data as points, polylines, and 3D breaklines.
• Create or Add Points, Polylines, or 3D breaklines to surfaces.
• Quickly import surface models and images from Google maps.
• Import proposed design surfaces and merge to existing surface models.
• Rich surface editing tool box.
• Export surfaces to LandXML, DXF, TIN, TN3, and TTN.

Surface Editing Tools

• Real-time dynamic contours
• Add/remove points
• Add breaklines
• Swap triangle edges
• Remove triangles
• Edit point elevation
• Set point elevation from slope
• Surface smoothing
• Improve ridges and valleys
• Remove dimples
• Crop surfaces to polyline
• Merge Surfaces

Surface Volumes

• Calculate volumes directly from point clouds.
• Surface to surface volumes.
• Display cut/fill volumes in properties window.
• Display contours in point clouds.
• Tools to create volume reports.

Advanced Texturing and Presentation Tools

• Google map images for backgrounds and draped to surfaces.
• Automated 3D textures of colorized Carlson TIN and LandXML-2.0 surfaces.
• Auto texture / colorization tools for imported monochromatic surfaces.
• Insert 3D models from .OBJ and .SKP files.
• Overlay image data with surfaces.
• Simple texturing using polylines.
• Profile and Section view for polylines.
• Animation tools for drive along and fly over videos.


Carlson Precision 3D Topo 2020 Feature List

More features are multi-threaded and optimized for faster operation. Point clouds will load and merge faster, point cloud smoothing, simplification and surface creation is faster.

Cropping out a group of points now lets the user move or copy these points to a new point cloud instead of deleting them.

Clouds can be cropped during import with area-of-interest polylines.

A point cloud can now be colorized with an image or google map download.

Point Cloud Filtering – all commands within this series have been set up to run on the entire cloud or to run just inside one or more selected closed polylines, allowing the user to target different problems in a cloud with different simplification techniques merely by selecting different polylines.

Smoothing filters have been optimized to do a better job faster.

Adjust Cloud Elevation – this command uses one or more field survey points to make one vertical adjustment to a point cloud. If more than one point is used, variation and standard deviation information is displayed in the Output Window and can be cut and pasted for quantifying point cloud accuracy to a survey.

Bare Earth Filter – now you can save non-ground points that are stripped when the filter is run, allowing the user to look at what was removed and merge any portions back into the working cloud if the filter was too aggressive in specific areas. The Slope parameter may now be displayed in percentage, degrees, or a ratio. The filter has been rewritten to do a better job and run more quickly.

The Resample Grid is “smart”. While the software attempts to push the grid to the setting, it will not skip over critical points to get to the grid spacing, it will preserve high points, low points, edges for a more accurate surface downstream.

The Outlier filter now has user parameters allowing the setting of a minimum distance to another point and a maximum neighbor points for better control of what is considered an outlier.

The Isolate Points command now has the ability to continue to add points or remove points from the selection set by drawing multiple boxes. Once the selection set is finalized, you can move or create a new cloud from the selection as well as keep only or delete.

The Crop/Delete by Polyline has a new feature allowing you to delete every point above or below a user-defined elevation as well as to move or copy points to a new cloud instead of losing them by cropping or deleting.

Undo is much more powerful, allowing you to quickly “start over” if you don’t like the results of a command.

Google Map overlays can be accessed by address or will automatically download the current area of interest if a point cloud, surface or linework exists in the scene. Kentucky users can now download state LIDAR by address or tile numbers.

Surfaces:
● Creating a TIN from a point cloud is faster with more control of hole size and odd shaped clouds.
● Add Breaklines has been completely revised with the ability to process multiple, interrelated breaklines at the same time, processing lines first, then closed polylines with the ability to remove all points within a closed polyline – great for modeling ditches and ponds as well as more traditional uses of breaklines.
● Surface Merging now has buffer control to improve the blending of an interior surface, such as a design road into a surface created from state provided LIDAR.
● Contour lines have more control – you can now specify a start elevation for contouring to begin. Additionally, you can create polylines from generated contours for export.
● You can now create a point cloud from a surface, allowing the user to work back and forth between clouds and surfaces to get a desired result or to clean up old TIN surfaces using cloud tools.
● Rather than draping on import, images can now be simply dragged and dropped from the Scene Explorer onto the surface to colorize the TIN.

Carlson Precision 3D Topo 2019 Feature List

● Automated download and display Google map images.
● Colorize LIDAR pointclouds from imported images.
● LIDAR and drone pointcloud smoothing filter to reduce noise and points to produce smaller, smooth surfaces.
● Smooth existing surfaces models.
● Automated location detection for state LIDAR file downloads (available in Kentucky).
● Unified calculate volumes command for pointclouds and surfaces, including surface to surface volumes.
● Automated bareground filter during pointcloud loading.
● Surface merging with smooth buffer option.

Point Cloud Editing:
● Remove trees, vegetation, cars, building using baregound filter.
● Apply bareground filter and all other filters within polygon boundaries.
● Point Cloud point selector tool for delete and crop, with the ability to create a new cloud from the selection.
● Copy pointcloud regions inside polygons.
● Save pointcloud to LAS/LAZ version 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 including coordinate projection WKT.
● Uses multiple CPU cores for faster performance.
● Merge multiple pointclouds together.
● Crop pointclouds.
● Delete pointcloud points.
● Crop/delete points using polygons.
● Reduce points using smart voxel grid, outlier and shadow points filters.

Surface Creation:
● Create surfaces from point cloud data.
○ No reduction for highest resolution
○ Grid Reduction for faster loading of large surfaces
○ Simplification
● Create surfaces from imported points and polylines.
● Add points and breakline polylines to existing surfaces.
● Crop and merge surfaces

Import:
● Import georeferenced images: GeoTiff, Jpeg2000, jpeg and MrSid.
● Drape image to surfaces preserving textures.
● Import point clouds from .las, .laz, .ply, .xyz, .pts, .pcd files
○ Uses multiple CPU cores for faster performance.
○ Load up to 50 files at once with preview.
○ Apply point thinning filter during load of very large files.
○ Apply Bareground classification and Outlier filter for .las, laz files.
○ Supports color returns.
● Import survey point data from. LandXML, DXF, Text point files, and Carlson CRD files.
● Import surfaces from LandXML, DEM, IMG, DXF and Carlson TIN.
● No reduction for highest TIN resolution
○ Grid Reduction for faster loading of large surfaces
○ Slight simplification
○ Aggressive Simplification
● Import polylines from LandXML, DXF, Shapefile, Carlson CLN and PLN files.
● Survey Field to Finish CRD files with points, polylines, 3D objects and textures for closed polylines.
● Drag and Drop file support.

Export:
● Exports to DXF, LandXML-2.0, Carlson TIN, Trimble .TTN, Topcon .TN3
● Export Google images as GeoTiff.
● Export points, polylines and surfaces to DXF
● Print to PDF
● Export to 3D Printer as .stl file
● Print Preview and Print support

Visualization:
● Overlay Google Maps and other image formats with surfaces.
● Drape image to surfaces preserving textures.
● Automated 3D textures of colorized Carlson TIN and LandXML-2.0 surfaces.
● Auto texture / colorization tools for imported monochromatic surfaces.
● Insert 3D models from .OBJ and .SKP (2013 or older versions) files.
● Profile and Section view for polylines.
● 3D Model editor to adjust insertion, XYZ dimensions and rotation.
● Animate scene along polylines for drive along and fly over videos production.

Surface Editing:
● Real-time surface editing with dynamic contours
● Unified calculate volumes command and includes new surface to surface volumes.
● Surfaces created or used as top surface display cut/fill volumes in properties window.
● Add/remove points
● Add breaklines
● Swap triangle edges
● Remove triangles
● Edit point elevation
● Set point elevation from slope
● Surface smoothing
● Improve ridges and valleys
● Remove dimples (small shallow spots)
● Create PAD template surfaces for cut and fill
● Simple texturing using polylines
● Crop surfaces to polyline
● Merge Surfaces

Create/Edit
● Surfaces (basic, or from points and polylines)
● Points
● Extract 2D alignment geometry polylines from TIN surfaces.
● Polylines (draped to surface, 3D or 2D modes)
● Combine open and closed polylines.
● Split open and closed polylines.
● Replace section for overlapping, multiple polylines.
● Dynamic cursor snaps: perpendicular, intersection, apparent intersection, vertex, insert point, near to, TIN face vertices, TIN Face edges, and Center of TIN faces.
● Dynamic angle and offset snaps.

Carlson Precision 3D Topo 2018 LandXML Edition Feature List:

Functionality:
● Open LandXML Files
● Load point clouds from .las, .laz, .ply, .xyz, .pts, .e57, .pcd files
○ Uses multiple CPU cores for faster performance.
○ Load multiple files at once with preview.
○ Apply point thinning filter during load of very large files.
○ Apply Bareground classification and Outlier filter for .las, laz files.
● Windows 3D thumbnail shell extension for LandXML, TIN, GRD, P3D files.
● Drag and Drop file support
● Draw/Edit Polylines
● Texture surface using closed polylines
● Auto Texture Surface for quick area detection and texturing
● Insert 3D objects (OBJ and SKP files)
● Measure command
● Save LandXML files as 2.0

LandXML Imported Data Supported (LandXML-0.88, LandXML-1.0, LandXML-1.1, LandXML-1.2):
● CgPoints
● Survey Monuments
● Survey Reduced Observations
● Surfaces (TIN and from SourceData Chains, Breaklines)
● Watersheds
● Alignments (CoordGeom Element Supports: Line, Curve, Spirals, IrregularLines and Chains)
● Parcels
● PipeNetworks
● PlanFeatures

LandXML Imported/Exported Data (LandXML-2.0 Specific):
● All texture and 3D object data fully contained in a single LandXML-2.0 file
○ Surfaces with multiple colors and textures
○ Material Table
○ TextureImages
○ 3D Objects


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System Requirements
• OS: Windows 7 64-Bit or later.
• CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 or equivalent.
• 16GB ram min, recommend 32GB if processing
large point clouds
• Nvidia GTX 870, AMD comparable or better