Australian software company helps City of
Crunching the Numbers: Australian software company helps City of Richmond deal with massive point cloud data problem
Crunching the Numbers
New software solution lets municipality handle massive volumes of Lidar data, improving dike inspection process and more.
Fig 1: Overview of massive City of Richmond point cloud in Euclideon Vault Client software.
October 01, 2019 -- While hailed as one of the great achievements in modern survey and measurement technology, LiDAR has long been hampered by the very product it creates. Huge data sets representing information gathered, have resulted in extremely long periods of post-processing and an end-product which, while impressive to view and manipulate in small sections, has often been too large to be viewed in its entirety without expensive microstations. This was the issue facing the City of Richmond, B.C., as it worked to move its GIS effort — which included monitoring of the city’s 47 km long series of dikes — forward. Faced with a staggering amount of data and only a limited capability for viewing it, the city turned to an Australian software development firm whose claims for handling massive data sets seemed improbable at best — but ultimately proved even undersold. Today, thanks to that solution, Richmond is...