Leica Geosystems has teamed with reality imaging systems developer NCTech to deliver automated, colorized 3D point clouds for enhanced usability and clarity.

In Leica Cyclone 3D point cloud processing software, users can now automatically import and align high-dynamic range (HDR) data from NCTech’s iSTAR camera database, producing enhanced deliverables quicker and easier.

“It is not only about attractive images, but also the accuracy to which these images fit the 3D point cloud data that is paramount, and NCTech’s iSTAR camera produces high-quality HDR imaging at the accuracy everyone expects,” says Faheem Khan, vice president of business development for Leica Geosystems High-Definition Surveying (HDS). “Including this capability directly into Leica Cyclone provides fully optimized workflows for maximum productivity.”

Previously, Leica Cyclone users accessed iSTAR imagery database through NCTech’s ColourCloud software application, which produced colorized point clouds in E57 format. With the new partnership, export and re-import of this highly-accurate data is eliminated, speeding up and simplifying the overall 3D point cloud creation process.

“We are excited to collaborate with Leica Geosystems on this development, which provides direct access for Leica Cyclone users across the world to colorize their point clouds using iSTAR’s panoramic HDR imaging,” says Cameron Ure, CEO of NCTech. “With our iSTAR products, we are focused on capturing the most accurate color data as rapidly as possible, and everyone benefits when that data is seamlessly integrated into our partners’ applications.”

About NCTech

NCTech designs and manufactures leading 360-degree reality imaging systems that automate and streamline the workflow of image documentation and can be used repeatedly, accurately, consistently by anyone, anywhere. NCTech is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is funded by Archangel Investors Ltd. and the Scottish Co-Investment Fund.

About Leica Geosystems

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services help customers worldwide capture, analyze and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.