Faster data capture vs. colorized point clouds
The default mode for 3D Laser Scanning is greyscale. This refers to the coloring of the point cloud inside of Revit and JetStream. When the scanner captures the data it assigns a greyscale value from 0-100 based on the reflectivity of the object and the angle of incidence.
The 3D Laser Scanner does not need the spaces to be lit in order to capture this information – it can work in pitch dark.
The 3D Laser Scanner also has built in digital cameras that can capture the color of the space as well. The scanner performs a second rotation after the initial scanning is completed and takes 100s of small pictures that it then stitches together to form a full, color, stereoscopic picture at the point of the scan. The software then colorizes the 3D Points based on this stereoscopic image so the end result is a full color 3D Point Cloud.
Those stereoscopic pictures can also be turned on and off within the JetStream viewer for better visualization. The 3D Laser Scanner needs the spaces to be well lit in order to capture these pictures.
Color scanning takes three times as long as typical greyscale scanning and also increases the file size of the JetStream data dramatically. There is typically an increase in fee for this service. Please reach out to your sales representative to inquire about color scanning for your project.