Pointfuse 3D Models Boost Social Housing Management and Refurbishment


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Maidenhead, UK, 13 June 2018 – Dutch engineering company Aveco de Bondt has created a unique workflow to improve the energy efficiency and structural safety of social housing in the Netherlands. Using state of the art 3D laser scanners Aveco can capture every detail of an individual house or residential complex. The vast point cloud datasets are collected are then processed, using Pointfuse software, into usable and accessible 3D models for onward use in the design, engineering and construction process.

 “Point clouds are not that user friendly! Therefore, we needed a way to convert the laser captured data into 3D models that were accessible in terms of file size and usable, both in our onward workflow and by the end client,” commented Edu Jonkman, a consultant in 3D scanning and modelling at Aveco de Bondt. “Pointfuse offered us exactly that. Using Pointfuse we can reduce the overall size of the dataset without losing any of the detail contained within. We can also create as-built models to support engineering decisions across the design, construction and management, of a range of improvement works.” 

 Working on behalf of social housing providers across the Netherlands Aveco is helping to regenerate properties in terms of sustainability; by making them energy neutral or more energy economical, and, structural safety; for buildings at risk of earthquakes. Using laser scanning hardware from Zoller + Frohlich, Aveco captures every external detail of single occupancy buildings or more complex multi-residential structures in a fraction of the time compared to traditional survey techniques. The vast point clouds collected – often comprising millions if not billions of individual measurements – are then processed, using Pointfuse, into segmented mesh models complete with selectable surfaces, for use in the onward workflow.

 “Since introducing Pointfuse into our workflow we have transformed our offering to the market. In fact Pointfuse has become such a fundamental part of our laser scanning work that we have multiple copies of the software running virtually around the clock!” continued Jonkman. “While Pointfuse does not deliver the end model per se what it does provide is integral step in the process from data capture to information delivery. You could say that for our unique recipe that Pointfuse is a key ingredient!”

 Aveco de Bondt is a Dutch engineering company that specializes in combining technical expertise with practical project experience. Employing over 300 specialist staff Aveco works alongside local and regional government, utility providers, construction companies, developers and investors to provide research, consultancy and engineering support.

 Pointfuse is a powerful modeling engine that delivers an automatic, precise and flexible way of converting the vast point cloud datasets generated by laser scanners or photogrammetry into segmented mesh models. Pointfuse uses advanced statistical techniques to create 3D models where individual surfaces can be selected and classified as new layers in the Pointfuse environment and exported to IFC and FBX for manipulation in any industry-standard CAD system.

 Offering ‘selectable surfaces’, Pointfuse V3 provides a unique approach. Surfaces within the 3D mesh models produced by Pointfuse V3 can now be identified, grouped and classified. These advancements within Pointfuse V3 bring a catalyst to the workflow of design and engineering projects, offering efficiencies that have not been possible when working with point clouds or traditional mesh models.

 Pointfuse V3 also significantly reduces the file size of 3D models created from point clouds. In simple terms, the data density within each surface is reduced whilst still maintaining the fidelity of the model. This results in a reduction in model size by a factor of ten, making ongoing use of the model easier, faster and more efficient.


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