Interesting – this kind of turns the point cloud technology upside down… It goes something like this:

  • Revit model 
  • to points
  • to site survey hardware (set out the building)
  • build it
  • then laser scan the as constructed
  • compare points of the as built model for quality control
The part I’m trying to get my head around is this – these aren’t really point clouds, but rather, they are setout points of Revit BIM 3D elements for construction use.  Perhaps the word ‘point’ is going to be more popular than the word ‘BIM’ this year 🙂

Learn more / trial at:
Point Layout | Construction Layout Software | Autodesk

A while ago I posted about Trimble (Trimble Acquires Tekla)

Now, Trimble is developing plug-ins for various CAD softwares (including AutoCAD and Revit), which essentially will allow users to add ‘points’ to their models for easy export to the Trimble field surveying hardware.


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced updates to its Trimble® Point Creator software platform by introducing plug-ins for CAD and Autodesk® Revit® users. Existing users of Autodesk Revit 2012 (Architecture, MEP, and Structures versions) and popular CAD platforms, such as AutoCAD®, AutoCAD® MEP®, Bricscad, and ZWcad can operate natively within the Trimble Point Creator application to create 2D and 3D points. The points are then easily transferred to the Trimble LM80, Trimble MEP, and Trimble Field Link solutions for construction layout in the field.

If you want to be notified when these plug-ins are released, go to:
http://partners.bimtofield.com/get-TPC

Read the rest of the press release at designreform:
Trimble Point Creator Pro Software: Simple, native CAD point creation software – news