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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2015: Autodesk Official Press by James Vandezande, Eddy Krygiel

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Chapter 21Working with Point Clouds

The use of laser scanning and point clouds in conjunction with Autodesk® Revit® software is a quickly emerging technology and an excellent way to document existing building conditions accurately and quickly. An existing building can be scanned using LiDAR, or laser scanning, to locate geographic information and extrapolate that into a three-dimensional collection of points—a point cloud. This type of scan is used to reduce the time of a traditional survey while collecting more accurate data about the site or building.

In this chapter, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand how to create a point cloud
  • Plan for a scan
  • Use a point cloud in a project

Understanding LiDAR

There are many forms of 3D reality data capture ...

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