Downloading point cloud data

How to store your point cloud data

Google Drive Download Interface

Depending on the scale of the project, point cloud data can range in size from a few gigabytes (GB) to multiple terabytes (TB, aprx. 1000 GB) in size. Do not try to download multiple files at one time or download a folder filled with files. This will start a zipping process on Google Drive that will take very long and likely cause the download to fail.

The best method is to download one file at a time until all the files you need are downloading. Multiple single downloads can be running at the same time.

Which data do you need?

For Revit or AutoCAD usage, you will want to download the files found in the 3D Point Clouds folder. This will be RCS files that can be used by Autodesk products.

For viewing the first-person 360 panoramic images, you will want to download the files located in the Jetstream or Scene Scan Data folders. You will also need to download either the Jetstream or Scene LT software for opening these files. Please note that neither viewing software can run on a Mac. In order to run Scene LT you will need to have a dedicated video card (which is not typical for most laptops).

Where to save the downloads?

The local machine is the best place to use point cloud data from, however one must ensure there is enough room to handle the files sizes before downloading. All point cloud data is very large and usually runs from 2GB up to 70GB, and sometimes more.

Point cloud data can be stored on your servers, but the RCS files for use in Revit or AutoCAD should be located on the local machine in order to allow the Autodesk software to more quickly refresh views.

The point cloud files should be saved on SSD on individual machines.