Latest Leica CloudWorx Advancements Improve Processing of 3D Laser Scan Data for Plant Applications

New Release Combines Industry-Leading Performance with Intuitive Modeling Functionality

(Norcross, Ga., 3 July 2007) – New productivity enhancements and expanded licensing opportunities spotlight the latest release of Leica CloudWorx 3.3 for AutoCAD-a powerful software application that allows designers and engineers to visualize and work efficiently with 3D point cloud data created by 3D laser scanning systems such as High-Definition Surveying (HDS) directly within AutoCAD. A similar version is planned to support Bentley MicroStation applications and users.

The latest release incorporates a number of exciting features that specifically benefit plant designers, including a clash detection manager, a powerful new flange point selection tool, and an enhanced point cloud density display control.

Bill Wallace, senior software product manager for Leica Geosystems HDS LLC, explains, "The point cloud clash management functionality allows plant designers to readily find clashes between existing "as-built" conditions and the new piping, equipment and structural designs inside their Plant CAD application. It has the look and feel of familiar plant CAD model clashing features, thus requires little training and immediate benefit. Moreover, designers can also manage the clashes better over time, assigning them to individuals and systematically monitoring their resolution as the project progresses."

A powerful new flange point selection tool enables the precise definition of critical "tie-in" points, which has heretofore been one of the most difficult, yet important, office tasks when working with as-built point clouds in the piping applications.

Finally, a new enhanced "point density display control" capability speeds office productivity, particularly when working with large and dense point cloud data sets often associated with plant as-builts. Such data sets could otherwise take a long time to display on screen before allowing the user to focus in on a selected area.

Leica CloudWorx 3.3 for AutoCAD is available with new licensing options that enable organizations to more easily deploy laser scanning across their enterprise, a current industry trend.

Wallace concludes, "This latest release incorporates a powerful combination of performance, visualization, and intuitive modeling functionality that is unheard of in the industry to-date."

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