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Merged & Decimated vs Separate & Full. Undet ToolBox Philosophy

May 8, 2014

Have the desktop applications for point cloud processing improved as much as laser scanners in the past years? Let’s say you spent one day in the field scanning your object with a fancy hardware which captures 1million points/sec, spent one more day for adjustment and registration. If your final deliverable is 2D documentation or 3D model you’d probably transfer your point cloud into CAD. And here is the annoying part – you know that CAD will struggle dealing with all this huge and rich data, so what you usually do? Let me answer this, you decimate your point cloud to half of the points or even less to increase CAD performance and merge your scanning positions to make your point cloud more manageable. So here is my open question: Do you use only half or even less of your fancy scanner abilities?