3 Types of Software Every Surveyor Needs

Modern surveyors utilizing 3D reality capture to map facilities and sites during builds and for ongoing maintenance need the right tools for the job to stay competitive and up to date. In addition to the right scanning hardware like aerial drones or terrestrial scanners, there are three crucial types of software programs for surveyors. These programs for 3D reality capture are the critical tools surveyors need to get the job done and interface with clients efficiently. Here, we’ll go over each stage of the process and the software you need to optimize your workflow.

Point Cloud Processing Software

Since scanners can only record data for physical objects within their line of sight, most surveys involve multiple scans from different perspectives. This means when a scan is finished, you’ll have multiple point clouds, even from both terrestrial and aerial scanners, that need to get stitched together into one coherent data set representing the entire site as one. Point cloud processing software does just this.

Point cloud processing software such as Leica Cyclone or Z+F LaserControl can do this job, processing multiple point clouds into one model, making sure everything is put together seamlessly. Just make sure your point cloud processing software interfaces properly with your hardware.

Point Cloud Cleaning Software

Once a unified point cloud is created, a little tweaking may be required to optimize the data for client use. This could mean removing temporary or unwanted objects like people, animals, cars, reflections, or other anomalies that are superfluous or distracting in the final 3D model. Some point cloud processing software can also help with cleaning, but not all. If your point cloud processing package can’t help you optimize this data, you’ll need a third-party package to help clean up your point clouds for final production use.

Examples of software that can clean up point clouds include MeshLab and Geomagic.

Visualization Software

Once your point cloud is integrated, clean, and ready to go, the pièce de résistance for any surveyor is a robust visualization package. You’ll need a place to visualize all your point clouds in one place, share with clients seamlessly, and connect all pertinent facility information to actual components on site.

This is where JP Interactive Viewer (JPIV) comes in. JPIV turns your optimized point cloud into a true digital twin, stored in the cloud and accessible in any web browser. Surveyors, engineers, and facility owners can view the same model at the same time, along with all pertinent data including as-is documentation, facility changes, as-designed and as-built CAD models, operational data, maintenance records, operational and business KPIs (key performance indicators), and more.

Make the Most of Your 3D Reality Captures

Modern surveyors need the best toolkit to make the most out of 3D scanning technology, and these three types of programs for 3D reality capture are crucial for any competitive surveyor. If you’re ready to see how JP Interactive Viewer can change your survey game, contact JP Global Digital today for a free trial.

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Ivan Marten

Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group

Ivan Marten is a senior partner emeritus at Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from April 2019. He has supported various companies in the energy, Oil & Gas, power, and environment sectors on developing their strategic visions for over 30 years. Ivan holds a degree in economics and business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was named one of the" Top 25 most influential consultants of the year by Consulting Magazine in 2003.

Javier San Juan

President of the Latin America Region at L’Oreal

Javier is the president of the Latin America region at L’Oreal. He is a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from January 2019. He has over 27 years of experience with a world leading cosmetic company where he held various positions across Europe and the Americas. Javier holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Economics from the University ICADE in Spain, and a Diplôme HEC from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris He is the co-founder of Gibraltar Corporation and is one of the advisory board members.

Elizabeth Coronado

Co-Founder and Head of Marketing

Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She has three years of experience supporting the management of internal and external communications. She holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Miami.

She works hand-in-hand with multiple departments including Quality Management System, Human Resources, and Marketing. She is currently involved in the process of raising funds.

Argenis Pelayo

Product Manager

Argenis has a bachelor's degree in Geophysical Engineering and an MBA. 

Argenis is experienced in the implementation of agile methodology, and project planning. He is knowledgeable in C++, MATLAB, and Python programming languages. He has almost two years of experience in his field.

King Yung

Data Processing Specialist

King is a mechanical maintenance engineer with an MBA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and certified in laser scanning. He is focused on industrial data processing in Panama, the Republic of Panama.

Eduardo Colmenares

Technical Sales

Eduardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and is certified in laser scanning. Eduardo has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Valentin Malave

Project Leader

Valentin is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience as a project engineer. In the last two years, he has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in Houston, TX. He has specialized and is certified in laser scanning.

Ana Gutierrez

Project Leader

Ana has 10 years of experience in the design and engineering area of telecommunications and networks, and digitalization. In the last four years, she has specialized and certified in laser scanning.

Customer and results-oriented. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering, a Master in Management, and a MBA.

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Roberto holds an associate degree in information technology and a law degree. He has an MBA and a specialization in strategic senior management.

He has been a scrum master focused on software and applications development. He has 24 years of experience in his field.

He was second place within the 100 Best Technology Projects Executed in Venezuela in 2006- according to IT Manager 100 Empresas High-Tech 2006

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Marvelys is a civil engineer with a master in project management and specialized in project design and hydraulic engineering. She also holds an MBA and a master in Big Data & Business Intelligence.

She has more than 17 years of experience in her field, and for the last three years, she has focused on industrial data processing. She is located in Mexico City (DF).

Hernan Ocando

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Hernan has more than 20 years of experience in computer science, cryptography, IT, data center design, telecommunications, and digitalization.

He also has experience as an information security management system auditor, and data processing platform manager in both private and public corporations.

Hernan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Management.

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Freddy is a successful senior executive with more than 35 years of experience supporting global companies in their growth.

Freddy is a strong business development professional with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MSE focused on materials science & engineering from The Moore School, University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were simultaneously earned from 1984 to 1986.

Daniel Coronado

COO & Co-Founder

Daniel is the chief operating officer and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for leading the entire overall global operations of JP Global Digital and the implementation of organic growth.

Daniel has a law degree. He has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.

Ysaac Coronado

CEO and Co-Founder

Ysaac is the CEO and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for the overall business performance of JP Global Digital and is highly committed to the development of high-quality 3D digital solutions and to obtain the highest level of client satisfaction and growth for the Oil & Gas, Large Industrial, and Maritime Sectors.

Ysaac has a law degree with a specialization in corporate law. Ysaac has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.