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The Value of Automated Point Cloud to Mesh


The problem with conventional wisdom

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In the age of transformative technology, it has never been easier to enhance, manipulate and improve data. However, there’s one thing that always gets in the way, and that’s conventional wisdom. It hinders the optimization of any kind of workflow, especially in the service industry. Due to the ever-complex nature of this industry, a new buzzword has emerged in the world of investment: industrialization 4.0.

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This new wave of tech and industrialization has given rise to a new method of service delivery. Everyday service providers who offer a single solution must now become multidimensional service providers offering turnkey solutions.

Lidar service industry companies have seen a spike in interest among clients for a multi-solution approach from a singular data set of scans. This, in turn, increases their operational costs, workflow, and in-house or outsourcing fees. It simply becomes an unsustainable business model.

Such is the plague of conventional wisdom, which says to focus on the workflow and not the deliverable. The problem with this logic is that they are intertwined. Both capital and labour must create an optimal deliverable to maximize value for clients.

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Boosting perceived value

Reverting to conventional wisdom, the lidar service industry is facing a new trend in the market: a race to the bottom. The increase of technological communication and cheaper labour has price dumped the service industry to a point that many service providers are backing out of smaller projects.

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Lidar service providers give clients the power to capture and translate information. They can manipulate the point clouds into almost anything the client wants, within reason. Many of these providers have created hundreds or thousands of floor plans and LODs, but these become a repetitive task. This task is also a one-time deliverable requiring minimal data manipulation; once the client receives the desired documentation, their job as a lidar provider is done and their perceived value deteriorates. This is where a mesh may come in handy.

What can you do with a scan to mesh? As mentioned, point clouds make it possible to provide a deliverable of a static object. The static object tends to be a floor plan, a model, or a quick survey analysis. The issue with this is that the deliverable is static, and once it’s given to the client, the relationship is terminated. This mesh model that is converted from point cloud, however, can be manipulated and crafted according to the client’s discretion. Clients can crop different aspects of their own environment and manipulate it. The conversion from point cloud to mesh is digestible even to the untrained eye and allows clients to embrace the world of VR and AR technologies. This transition increases PreVu3D’s perceived value to its clients because the value is now tangible.

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Conventional wisdom 4.0

The secret sauce of almost any service provider is workflow automation. The problem is that the difference between hard work and smart work tends to cloud our judgment. Many of the conventional deliverables will not go away, but our stagnant thinking will if we embrace an alternative mode of thought known as conventional wisdom 4.0.