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February 6, 2013

New free software for point clouds and 3D models

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3DVEM comes out of Universitat Politècnica de València

VALENCIA, Spain – The Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Research Group at the Universitat Politècnica de València (known as GIFLE) has released this week the beta version of a free software package for managing point clouds and 3D models they’re calling 3DVEM-Viewer, Editor & Meter. You can download it with a simple registration process, along with sample data to work with, here.

It’s available for those working in a Windows environment, currently.

02.06.13.gifle1According to GIFLE director José Luis Lerma, the group’s work has largely been focused on research and the development of in-house software for private companies, along with its work doing multi-spectral analysis of historical buildings and development of augmented reality solutions.

“Now it’s time to open it to the market,” he said.

The software is designed to be hardware agnostic – accepting data from laser scanners and photogrammetry, along with a variety of model formats – and offers the ability to visualize point clouds in full color or with intensity values; alternate between perspective and orthographic views; take and save measurements; and manipulating lighting for visualization purposes, among other things.

Next, after the beta version is fully vetted, will come modules that sit on top of the base 3DVEM, offering things like camera calibration and the ability to work with data in real time. Those will be “non-free, but cheap,” said Lerma.

For the time being, GIFLE is looking for feedback on the beta version. Go ahead and request a download.

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