List of programs for point cloud processing

This is an overview of programs for processing 3D point clouds from appropriate photos or surveys with laser scanners.

Programs for photogrammetric creation of point cloudsEdit

The programs create point clouds based on appropriate photos to process them to 3D models, e.g. for meshing.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats License Operating systems
123D Catch Autodesk yes no photo meshing Autodesk cloud Commercial Android, Mac, Windows
3DF Zephyr 3DFlow yes yes photo, laser scan (PTX, E57) registration, georeferencing, orthomosaic, true orthophoto, DSM, point cloud creation, aerial triangulation, densification, photoconsistency based mesh optimization mesh, point clouds, DSM/DTM, geotiff, KML Commercial Windows
Agisoft MetaShape Agisoft yes yes photo, LAS, LAZ, e57, PTS meshing point data, DSM/DTM, LAS, LAZ, e57, PTS Commercial Windows, Mac, Linux
Reconstructor Gexcel yes yes LiDAR, UAV, and 3D sensors (.txt, .las, .laz, .e57, .ptx, .pts, .asc, .ply, .csv) registration, georeferencing, orthophoto, DEM, point cloud creation, point cloud filtering, point cloud editing, mesh optimization Point cloud in LAS, LAZ, XYZ and PLY, mesh, DSM/DTM, GeoTIFF, PDF report, Contour lines in SHP, DXF and PDF Commercial Windows
Bentley ContextCapture Bentley Systems yes yes photo, laser scan (PTX, E57) registration, meshing mesh, web, point clouds, DSM, geotiff, KML Commercial Windows
ELCOVISON 10 PMS AG yes yes photo, laser scan(PTS, LAS, LAZ, XYZ) registration, georeferencing, orthophoto, point cloud creation meshes: PLY, point clouds: PTS, LAS, LAZ, Geotiff, DWG Commercial Windows
Pix4Dmapper Pix4D yes yes Any photos in jpg and tiff

4K videos in avi, mov, wmv, and mp4

aerial triangulation, point cloud densification, 3D meshing, orthorectification

<2D>

• Orthomosaic in GeoTIFF

• Map tiles in KML, HTML

• Vegetation index map in GeoTIFF

• Application map in SHP

• Thermal maps in GeoTiff

<3D>

• 3D PDF for 3D mesh

• DSM and DTM in GeoTIFF

• 3D textured mesh in OBJ, PLY, DXF, and FBX

• 3D level-of-detail (LoD) mesh in SLPK and OSGB

• Point cloud in LAS, LAZ, XYZ and PLY

• Contour lines in SHP, DXF, and PDF

• Vector objects in DXF, SHP, DGN and KML

Commercial Windows, Mac, Linux
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes yes photo, laser scan (ptx, e57)[1] registration, meshing point data, DSM, geotiff [2] Commercial Windows
ReCap Photo Autodesk yes no photo meshing Autodesk cloud, RCM, OBJ, STL Commercial Windows
Trimble Business Center Trimble yes yes JXL for raw photogrammetry data, LAS, LAZ, e57, PTX, PTS, POD, TDX registration, georeferencing, orthomosaic, raster DSM, point cloud creation Point Cloud:

LAS, LAZ, e57, PTX, PTS, POD, TDX, TopoDOT, RCP, ASCII

Image:

GeoTIFF, JPEG, KML/KMZ, 3D PDF

CAD:

DWG, DXF, SHP, SKP

Commercial Windows
VisualSFM ChangChang Wu yes no photo sparse point cloud creation, dense point cloud creation PLY Free for personal, nonprofit, or academic use Windows, Mac, Linux

Programs for importing laser scanner data as point cloudsEdit

The programs can import data of laser scanners or point clouds to preprocess them for 3D modeling.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats Operating systems
Pointly Supper & Supper GmbH yes independent of manufacturer LAS, LAZ Cloud-Application for storing and visualizing large point clouds.

Smart selection tools for fast manual classification, Training data generation for 3D Deep Learning. Offers on-demand Object Detection services.

LAS, LAZ Web browser
3DF Zephyr 3DFLOW yes independent of manufacturer various scanners, pts, ptx, e57, ply, .fls, .fws, .rdbx, .dp, .zfs automatic registration with or without targets, layouts, profiles, meshing, contour lines, volume calculation (with or without projection on a reference plane), hollow volume calculation, modelling, coloring, texturing, ortho photo creation, 3d and projection based comparison of surfaces and point clouds, HTML export point data, obj, ply, fbx, xyz, dsm/dtm, geotiff, orthomosaic, true orthophoto, textures Windows
Reconstructor https://gexcel.it/en/software/reconstructor Yes independent of manufacturer Imports scans from 3D laser scanner sensors (.fls, .zfs, .rxp, .3dd, .x3s, .x3m, .clr, .cl3, .dp, .ixf, .nctri) Data Registration, point cloud automatic registration with or without targets, Noise Reduction, Feature Extraction, volume calculation (with or without projection on a reference plane), Ground Extraction, Measurement, Verification against CAD Model, orthophoto, Point Cloud Editing, Ortho Image measurement and exporting, Visualization File Export, Video Creation, CAD Data Import / Export, Annotation Creation PTX, LAS, LAZ, OBJ, PTS, PTX, TXT, E57, IGES, STEP, ASC, PLY, PTC, DWG, DXF, IXF Windows
Bentley Descartes Bentley Systems no independent of manufacturer various format meshing, classifying, coloring, texturing, draping, orthographic projection, merging with CAD or GIS data point data, obj, ply, pod, las, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows
Bloom CE https://bloomce.com/#!/ no independent of manufacturer FLS, ZFC, ZFS, TZF, RCP, e57, PTX, DP, LAS, ASCII, IFC, DWG, DGN, SAT, FBX, DAE, JPG, PNG Combine as-built point cloud and 3D (CAD) design data for deviation analysis, clash detection and change management. Process point cloud data from, LIDAR, Photogrammetry, SLAM, Laser Triangulation, 360 Photography and more. Register to plane, survey control points, cloud to cloud, CAD and spatial coordinates. Pointcloud: RCP, e57, PTX, ASCII

CAD / Mesh: FBX, OBJ

Windows
CloudCompare cloudcompare.org no xyz,las,laz,ply
Infipoints https://www.elysium-global.com/en/product/infipoints/ no independent of manufacturer FLS, FWS, PTX, E57, LAS, DP, ZFS, ZFPRJ, CL3, PTS, TXT Data Registration, Noise Reduction, Feature Extraction, Point Cloud Grouping, Ground Extraction, Measurement, Collision Detection, Verification against CAD Model, Polygon Generation, Point Cloud Editing, Pipe Modeling, Steel Structure Modeling, Equipment Modeling, Duct Modeling, Ortho Image Export, Visualization File Export, Video Creation, CAD Data Import / Export, Data Size Reduction, Annotation Creation, External Referencing PTX, LAS, PTS, TXT, E57, IGES, STEP, DWG, DXF, CATIA V4/5, JT, Parasolid, ACIS (SAT) Windows
Leica CYCLONE Leica Geosystems no Leica, Faro and others Leica, Faro and others scanners meshing point data, CAD formats Windows
Pointer Web-Platform GeoSignum no independent of manufactures XYZ,PTX,LAZ,LAS SaaS platform to store, share, process, manage and visualize enormous LiDAR datasets, all within the same web-platform. Fully automated object detection, analysis and point cloud classification using only a web-browser. Detecting and analyzing trees, curbs,roads, crash barriers, pole-like objects, paint markings, sound walls,road signs, vehicles, DSM,DTM LAS,LAZ,CSV,SHP Web-browser
Pointools Bentley Systems no independent of manufacturer various format classifying, coloring, texturing, animation production point data, pod, las, obj, ply, xyz Windows
ReCap Autodesk no independent of manufacturer XYZ, E57 view, split and export AutoCAD, RCP, RCS AutoCAD plug-in, Revit plug-in, 3ds Max plug-in (Windows)
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes independent of manufacturer ptx, e57 meshing, coloring, texturing, orthographic projection point data, obj, ply, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows
Trimble Business Center Trimble yes independent of manufacturer LAS, LAZ, e57, PTX, PTS, POD, TDX region classifying, coloring, rendering, sampling, CAD point creation, orthophoto and panorama creation, feature extracting, point-based or automatic registration, georeferencing in a true geodetic environment (coordinate system projections) Point Cloud:

LAS, LAZ, e57, PTX, PTS, POD, TDX, TopoDOT, RCP, ASCII

Image:

GeoTIFF, JPEG, KML/KMZ, 3D PDF

CAD:

DWG, DXF, SHP, SKP

Windows
Trimble RealWorks Trimble no independent of manufacturer various scanners, XYZ, E57, PTX, PTS, LAS, LAZ, ZFS, RSP, FLS, DP automatic registration with or without targets, layouts, profiles, meshing, contouring, volume calculation, modelling, classification, coloring, texturing, animation production, ortho photo creation, storage tank inspection, 3d and projection based comparison of surfaces and point clouds, publish projects for sharing E57, ASC, LAS 1.2, LAS 1.4, LAZ, POD, PTS, PTX, TZF, BSF, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DGN, FBX, OBJ Windows
Undet Undet no independent of manufactures *.E57, *.FLS, *.ZFS,*.LAS, *.LAZ, *.PTS, *.DP, *.FPR, *.LSPROJ, *.FWS, *.CL3, *.CLR, *.RSP, ASCII / NEZ (X,Y,Z/i/RGB). classifying, coloring, texturing, animation production *.LAS, *.TXT Windows
Voxxlr Voxxlr no independent of manufacturer XYZ, E57, PTX, PTS, LAS, LAZ, Cloud application to store, process and share large 3D point clouds entirely online using only a standard web browser. Provides a growing number of measurement and annotation tools as well as various point cloud visualization techniques. ply, pdf Web browser

Programs for processing laser scanner data and photographsEdit

The programs can import data of laser scanners, images or point clouds and process them for 3D modeling.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats Operating systems
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes independent of manufacturer photo (various types, codecs), ptx, e57 meshing, coloring, texturing, orthographic projection point data, obj, ply, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ RC import formats, April 2016
  2. ^ RC export formats, April 2016