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Jay Meszar
Bedford, New Hampshire
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I believe the topic of this blog post will highlight a feature that many people either don’t know about or don’t know how to use in Cyclone Register 360. Of course, I am referring to the photo editing features. I suppose for many people they don’t need to edit the photos because they aren’t really using them when the export the point cloud out to another file. I believe these features are invaluable when trying to show a client what a project really looks like or when trying to place a co-worker at a project when they haven’t really been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Software can be a wonderful tool to assist in completing many of today’s tasks. When it works well, it can make our jobs seem less like work and more like a hobby or fun. When it doesn’t work the way it is supposed to, it can actually make our jobs more difficult. Leica’s HDS software is certainly no different than other software packages out there in the sense that it can have issues that may come from any number of places. These places can include anything from user error to faulty hardware. There is one common error that I find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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There is a lot of buzz right now over a software product that Leica has released known as Cyclone 3DR. Many people out there are referring to Cyclone 3DR as a new product from Leica. However, there are also many out there referring to the same software package as 3DReshaper. For those not in the know, they might think these are two different packages and maybe even competitors. The truth is, 3DR is kind of both a new software package and one that has been around for a while. Cyclone 3DR was formerly known as 3DReshaper. You see, it was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Anytime I go to demo or teach Cyclone Register 360, I will get a person ask me the hypothetical questions: “What if we need to do a large project where we might scan over several days?” “Do we organize the data as separate projects?” “What if we need it as one large point cloud” Well, I use my own method here that I think works well. I want to explain what I am talking about. First, I start by coming up with a way to organize my data while scanning. I do this by breaking down the areas I scan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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We all enjoy getting something new and pushing all the buttons and checking out all the new features. We want to see how they can improve our workflows and help us with our every day lives. So whether it is a new TV or tablet or whatever, we get excited about opening the box to see what awaits. Part of my job here at IMAGINiT requires me to get new equipment and learn all about it so I can teach and consult others on how the equipment can improve their workflows. Getting new hardware is awesome for sure but there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Whether I am attending a seminar, attending a point cloud seminar or teaching a class on how to use point cloud data, one question always seems to come to the surface. That question is centered around how to use the point cloud data for different uses. You see, some people simply want to use the data to show and measure existing conditions via some measurement tools. That is perfectly fine but others want to use the data to create something to show or model from. Different types of modeling can be done in different types of software like creating a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Processing surveying data is often a challenge for some firms due to the constant changes in some of their projects. For instance, if a company is constantly measuring volumes of a stock pile, they could re-survey a site several times a month. Using traditional survey methods, this could keep a crew tied up for long periods of time. If the company invested in a drone and photogrammetry software like Pix4D, they could fly an area and have data back within a couple of hours. Maybe you are a person looking to create a 3D model but only have limited resources... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Leica Geosystems has changed the high definition laser scanning workflow forever! If you are not familiar with the world of high definition laser scanning, you may not understand how much the June 13th announcement has changed the scanning workflow for the better. Let me explain for those who are not familiar. The current workflow consists of a laser scanning technician traveling out to the scan site, placing the scanner in a location and running a scan. When a scan finishes, he equipment is picked up and moved to a location where similar features can be seen from one location to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Recently I was asked how to create a Civil 3D surface from a point cloud that was provided in LAS format. Now I know what you might be thinking, easy enough, just create a point cloud in Civil 3D from the LAS and then create the surface from there. Here is the problem, the LAS file provided to me was not a classified point cloud. that means if I try to create a surface from point cloud in Civil 3D, I am going to get all the vegetation, building, cars and whatever other undesirable points that might be in an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Hello everyone!! Recently I have had several people ask me about the Land Area tools in Infraworks. Their questions almost always revolve around the fact that they either don't like the radius used to create the land area or they simply don't want to see a radius at all. While there is not a dialog or setting inside the software that I am aware of, there is a way to accomplish the task using files that exist in the background. Please keep in mind that it is not recommended that inexperienced users edit program files. The first step in accomplishing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Last year when Leica introduced Cyclone 9.0, they created what I believe to be an amazing feature that allows users to quickly and accurately register their point clouds. In the past, registering point clouds accurately without the use of targets proved to be long and difficult process. Often the time spent during the registration process became a task that would have to be repeated over and over because the registration was out of the allowable tolerances. Leica introduced Visual Registration in the 9.0 version and I believe this is still a ground breaking feature that no other scanning software has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
C:\Users\jmeszar\Documents\video (3).avi As many of you know, Infraworks is the latest and greatest software offering from Autodesk with relation to the Civil Engineering industry. You may also know that LiDAR technology and 3D laser scanning have come to be used more often in the civil engineering industry as well. I recently was working with a firm in the New England area who wanted to be able to show their point clound along with aerial imagery and an extended existing surface (beyond their lidar scan). Here is how I went about creating something like that using a combination of Infraworks, Civil... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Infraworks 2015 introduced a new drainage feature to the software that is quite remarkable. If you have yet to use this feature I strongly encourage you to check it out. When I first started reviewing what this feature had to offer, I was quickly discouraged that I could not get the structures in my model to show properly. They were displaying as a sort of proxy graphic with the logo of my video card company on them. So immediately, I thought my hardware was not up to Autodesk's standards and did some research on new drivers with a little help... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Jun 12, 2013
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Everyone is used to creating a subassembly with some sort of end condition that finds existing ground at a slope but have you ever tried the retaining wall subassemblies? If not you are in for a surprise and a little bit of frustration if you don't know what to look for. First lets start with some of the challenges you might face with some of these subasseblies. I used the RetainWallTapered subassembly for this example. This particular subassembly was challenging because I could create a corridor with it but creating a finished ground surface wasn't showing up the way the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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Blog post talking about what Civil View for 3ds Max Design is. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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So you’re excited about Autocad Civil 3D 2013 having the ability to create pressure pipe networks? You open the software and while creating a parts list, you realize some of the parts you need aren't created in the Civil 3D Content Library. What now, learn part builder? No way, too confusing and takes too much time. At this point, you might be thinking Autodesk added a useless feature to Civil 3D as far as your company is concerned. Well, reading this blog is going to change your view on that. Some of the new features in Autocad Civil 3D 2013... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
On April 12th 2012, Autodesk will release the 2013 version of AutoCAD Civil 3D. When you open the software the interface is very familiar. Upon closer look, we notice that the command line has been tweaked to give us more screen space. Below is a list of items Autodesk has added to the software in this version. Data Interoperability Civil 3D data can now be saved in the IMX format making it easier to send data back and forth between Civil 3D and Infrastructure Modeler. Survey Surveyors will be happy to see some of the new functionality added to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
So Autodesk has released update 1 for Civil 3D 2012. While this isn't exactly breaking news, I find that when speaking with people who are having some problems with Civil 3D, they often aren't aware that there is even an update. So I would like to take a minute to point out that an update is available and ready for download from Autodesk's website. I would also like to take some time to point out a few of the fixes. The information below is from Autodesk's readme fie and displays what problems have been fixed in this update. Primary Issues... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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What is Infrastructure Modeler? Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler is a new software solution released recently to help the civil engineering community produce presentation quality conceptual designs. As the civil engineering community moves forward with technology, I see this solution replacing the public hearings’ aerial images pasted on a foam board. Companies can now use the projectors or computer monitors they already have in the office to show these designs in color and in 3D! This modeler has some familiar features that you may have used in Civil 3D and also includes the ribbon interface we have all come to know and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog
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