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Processing and Preparing Data for 3D Modeling

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Processing Your Data

Today, we’ll cover tips for processing the data so it’s ready to use, cleaning up any messy parts in your data, and registering all your captures together so they’re ready for modeling.

From the NavVis blog by Sean Higgins.

Keep talking to your client

Remember how we said client communication was crucial to the process? Now is a good time to check in with the client again and make sure that everything is going to plan. Good communication will save you from some nasty surprises.

Check your hardware

Since a scan-to-BIM job captures huge amounts of 3D data, and 3D data requires a tremendous amount of processing power, it’s good to make sure that your hardware is capable of handling the load. Check the recommended hardware specifications in your software of choice.

Consider cloud processing

There are a number of good reasons why you wouldn’t want to budget for hardware that can process your scan data. That’s why even today’s largest scan-to-BIM firms have started to offload part of their post-processing to the cloud-computing services. These services are usually integrated with the software you’re already using. For instance, NavVis offers a Cloud Processing Add-on for NavVis IVION.

Cloud computing allows you to upload your data to a remote server that uses parallel processing—multiple computing cores running in tandem—to finalize your data quickly. If you want the data processed faster, you can simply pay to spin up more computers. That allows you to determine what your speed and processing needs are, and allocate your budget accordingly.

Cloud computing offers a number of secondary benefits. You can put money directly into processing rather than continuing to upgrade your IT infrastructure. You can process the biggest data sets from a portable computer or a tablet. And some of these services will also offer automatic registration, error checking, and notifications if something goes wrong. That way, your team can hit process on Friday, and know that the data is waiting for them when they get back.

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