Bentley announces availability of new software

By on 5 February, 2013

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Bentley Systems recently announced the immediate availability of the Bentley Pointools V8i application, and two new iWare apps: Bentley Pointools View for point-cloud data visualisation and sharing, and Bentley Pointools PODcreator for converting laser scans to the POD file format. These offerings provide pre-processing of point clouds for distribution, facilitating information mobility across the entire infrastructure lifecycle.

New Bentley Pointools V8i features include point-cloud differencing and clash detection functionality that makes differences and clashes easy to detect and visualise. This same capability will also soon be available through a Clash Resolution Visa for Bentley’s information modelling, review, and analysis applications, including MicroStation and Bentley Navigator.

Jiri Blazek, co-founder, Czech Republic-based BW Precision Systems, said, “Using Bentley’s Pointools we can work with huge point clouds without loss of software performance or data quality. We can work in a number of CAD environments and can create high-resolution orthographic point-cloud images and high-quality videos for presentation purposes. That’s why Pointools has become an integral and essential part of our scan data processing workflow.”

Bruno Van Bastelaere, co-owner, Belgium-based Teccon, said, “The speed at which Bentley’s Pointools is able to render these huge point clouds is amazing. In fact, we sometimes find ourselves panning through a new data set just for the fun of it! Before, good point-cloud software was expensive and limited in the number of points we could handle – a maximum of 50 million on a workstation. Using the free Bentley Pointools View, we can load and visualise a billion+ points on a standard laptop. This has unlocked the potential of laser scanners for us and for our clients, and we are proud to act as resellers for this industry-leading software.”

The Bentley Pointools View iWare app, offered for no charge at www.bentley.com/iWare, enables the visualisation of point-cloud models with billions of points, annotations, and distance measurements, and the production of compelling orthographic and perspective images. This facilitates the sharing of rich point-cloud data with all project stakeholders and makes this process more cost effective.

The Bentley Pointools PODcreator iWare app, also offered for no charge at www.bentley.com/iWare, facilitates the batch processing and conversion of a range of laser scan formats to the POD file format. This enables the one-time creation of POD models for distribution and reuse, reducing the time required for data conversion.

For additional information about Bentley Pointools, Bentley Pointools View, and Bentley Pointools PODcreator, visit www.bentley.com/Pointools.

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