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I wanted to follow up on a previous blog about the Point Cloud Streaming that is now available with ProjectWise.  To start off with, the streaming is available for ProjectWise Clients running MicroStation, MicroStation based applications, Navigator, Descartes.  A future release will also include a connector for AutoCAD.

To give you a good feel for expected performance we ran some test on two Point Clouds. One, a relatively small 50 MB and the other was a 1.5 GB Point Cloud.  Not that our testing should represent the performance that you would experience, but it should give you a feel for what to expect.  Here are the results that we experienced:

Standard MicroStation Download and Launch:

  • 50 MB – 3 minutes 30 seconds
  • 1.5 GB – Greater than one hour

Streaming MicroStation Launch:

  • 50 MB – 1 minute and 26 seconds
  • 1.5 GB – 1 minute and 38 seconds

EJA

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Starting in ProjectWise V8i (SELECTseries 4) the available Point Cloud Service can stream Point Clouds and large images to client machines running MicroStation SS2, Navigator, Open Plant, Descartes SS3 and Bentley Civil products.  A possible AutoCAD streaming integration may be in the works.  Much like Google Earth, Point Cloud Streaming only sends the needed information to the client based on the location and zoom ratio.  Point clouds can be from several megabytes to many gigabytes in size.

The Point Cloud Service can be loaded either on an Integration Server or Caching Server.  There is a price difference, so consult your sales team for pricing, however it is less expensive when running on a Caching Server.  Once configured, import your .las or .pod files into a storage area/folder on the Caching Server or Integration Server that is running the Point Cloud Service.  This Streaming also works for large images.

In general, you can run one Point Cloud Service and have all of the point cloud files on one server, or you can add multiple Point Cloud Services and store the point clouds in multiple storage areas.  Keep in mind there is no need to cache point clouds in remote office, as they will be streamed as needed.

EJA