Point Cloud Visualization

For visualizing point clouds such as (Dense Clouds / DSM_Clouds or Filtered Clouds) we recommend using the free software CloudCompare.

For visualizing the point cloud data please download CloudCompare  from here: http://www.danielgm.net/cc/

CloudCompare enables also the conversion to other 3D data formats, which enables the usage of other programs such as Meshlab.

For the visualization of very large datasets (e.g. from aerial imagery) fast Level-of-Detail visualization engines are required. Bentley Pointools is one commercial solution providing this.

Workflow: 

Using CloudCompare to visualize the result:

CloudCompare SURE & CloudCompare setup 
  • Open the 3D_Points folder within the SURE Directory or directly from SURE GUI.
  • Open CloudCompare Software 
  • Select all .las files and drag-and-drop them into the CloudCompare main window

  • For very large coordinates with many digits (e.g. UTM) the message "Recenter cloud?" appears, since the digit count is limited.
    Make sure to hit Yes to All to reduce all clouds by the same value. For this purpose, all clouds must be imported at once as well.

  • Point Cloud results (eg. 3D_Points) can be opened by an external viewer. (The external viewer can be specified via the SURE Preferences Panel.)

  • Point Cloud results (eg. 3D_Points) can be opened by an external viewer. (The external viewer can be specified via the SURE Preferences Panel.)
  • Opening a Point Cloud from a SURE project can be done just by double clicking the point clouds from the Results Panel, the point cloud will be imported in CloudCompare. 
  • Make sure to hit Yes to All.