Author: Gaurav Bagga AutoCAD

Following up with the Ideate tradition of What’s New; here is another update for you in my software series.

AutoCAD 2015 brings new productivity enhancements for reality capture. Point Cloud workflow has been streamlined and simplified. You can simply open Autodesk ReCap from within AutoCAD to process LAS files and other proprietary point cloud data formats. You can now process that data and export a ReCap Scan RCS file from ReCap to XRef in AutoCAD. However, you will not be able to attach your existing PCG or ISD files any more. If you do have a project that was using these files you will still be able to modify the point cloud properties in AutoCAD 2015 in properties palette – don’t expect to see the contextual ribbon tab for this.

Once the point cloud is attached within AutoCAD it maintains its visual fidelity displaying scan colors. Here you see the same point cloud displayed in scan colors in AutoCAD 2015 to your left and AutoCAD 2014 to the right.


Left: AutoCAD 2015 Screen Capture      Right: AutoCAD 2014 Screen Capture

Furthermore, the visualization of point clouds has been enhanced in AutoCAD 2015. There is a new color mapping button that gives you the freedom to add a color palette of your choice to visualize your point cloud data. You can now colorize your point cloud data using elevation and classification. A new point cloud lighting tool has been added to help you visualize and present point cloud data professionally. Here is a snapshot of the point cloud tools in contextual ribbon tab.



In addition to visualization, there are performance enhancements – AutoCAD 2015 is able to handle point cloud data better and faster than AutoCAD 2014.

And I will leave you with this – you can now snap to plane on a point cloud to, let’s say, place a window on the point cloud wall. Stay tuned for more on this from Ideate’s blog and YouTube channel.
Check out the video AutoCAD 2015 Reality Capture Productivity Enhancements

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       Gaurav Bagga
Gaurav Bagga
Senior Application Specialist Infrastructure

Gaurav is a Senior Application Specialist for Infrastructure Solutions at Ideate based out of San Francisco. He has over 18 years of experience in construction and related software industry. With this extensive design technology background he helps engineering and surveying companies, federal and state government agencies, and ENR 500 firms critically analyze and improve their construction drawing production process. He implements Civil infrastructure design technology led by InfraWorks and Civil 3D and has helped Ideate grow Civil Infrastructure Services. Being an industry recognized speaker he has presented cutting edge design technology at several industry conferences such as Autodesk University. Find Gaurav on Twitter.