As the Chair of the Data Interoperability subcommittee – E57.04 I am very pleased to announce that our data exchange format has been approved as ASTM standard E2761. This represents over 3.5 years of volunteer work that included weekly calls, incredible donations of valuable time and travel twice a year to face-to-face meetings by a core group of dedicated people.
The challenge now lies in adoption. The market decides what will become a standard – not subcommittees.
If you are a vendor and want to support the standard we have provided reference reader/writer open source software at this website. Please let me know of your intention to support E57.04 and I will add your company name to the soon to be published list.
If you are a person struggling with proprietary laser scanned point cloud data formats then your job is to create demand for the standard. If you request it there is no reason for your vendor not to support it.
Please let me know if you have any questions and we need your support.