Point Cloud to Finite Element Model

Although somewhat interesting from a visual point of view a point cloud of the structural elements of a bridge is not of that much value to a structural engineer.

According to the authors of this research paper, to date, no commercial software nor a robust automatic approach for the direct transformation of these data into valid models for analysis by the finite-element method (FEM) exists. The aim of their paper is to provide an easy and practical methodology that allows the conversion of point clouds into FEM models so that daily real cases of engineering can take the benefit of the precise geometrical description to subsequently carry out the structural assessment of bridges in service.

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