How to Import Your BLK360 Data into ReCap and Featured ReCap Functions

In our first video of the BLK360 series, I performed a full live-action scan of the U.S. CAD Scottsdale office using the Leica BLK360 and an iPad.  For the second installment of this series, I decided to demonstrate the simple process for importing the scanned BLK360 data into Autodesk ReCap on desktop and some powerful functions for creating great presentations in ReCap. Let’s get started!

Importing your BLK360 Data from iPad to Desktop

After you have scanned your model using your Leica BLK360, your data should be stored on the ReCap app within your iPad. From this point, simply follow the steps below to import the data from your iPad to ReCap on your desktop:

  1. Plug your iPad to your computer.
  2. Create a new project.
  3. Transfer from mobile device.
  4. Select your correct project and the directory to store it in.
  5. Click Proceed.
  6. Once all the information is transferred, you will select and label any targets you may have, confirm the registration results, and verify that the scans are accurate.
  7. Finally, you will move forward to “index scans” which will combine all the scans into one point cloud. This step will also remove duplicate points and optimize your data so that it will run faster.

Once you have imported your data from the iPad, you will want to verify the data and set up a coordinate system.

Cleaning Up Your Data

  1. Set a horizontal cut plane around 5 feet to just below the ceiling using the “Limit Box Edit” command. With this tool, you will drop the top cut plane to just below the ceiling and the bottom cut plane to around 5 feet. This height is just enough to clear desktops, cubicles, and other items on the floor.
  2. After setting the horizontal cut planes, you can clean up your data that’s outside your area of interest using the fence, window, or plane features.
  3. Next, you will set a coordinate system to make the scan parallel to the screen, edit your limit box again, and cut from the top plane.
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Setting Up a Coordinate System

After you’ve cleaned up your data, you can set up a coordinate system to make the scan parallel to the screen.

  1. Use “Limit Box Edit” again – this time only using the top cut plane.
  2. Use the “Update Origin” command, select a point on the floor, and ReCap will automatically find a plane from the neighboring points and make the Z-axis or up perpendicular to that surface.
  3. From this point, you will be able to select a point on a wall to tell ReCap to make the wall align with the Y-axis. This would make the project parallel to the sheet.

*Please note that if you wanted to do a project coordinate or state plane coordinate system, this step would have already been set in your registration.

Featured ReCap Functions

After you have imported and cleaned up your scan, you can create some impressive presentations with the many functions within ReCap. Here are a few of the powerful functions in ReCap that I’ve highlighted in my video:

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Clicking the “RealView” button at the bottom menu, ReCap takes you to the closest setup location and drops you right into the model for a realistic in-person perspective. From here, you can look around, measure, and toggle back to the 3D view.

blk360 import realview

Measuring & Mark Ups

Although you can easily import your scan into AutoCAD or Revit for greater detailed measuring and markups, ReCap offers quick and easy-to-use functions for measuring distances and marking up sections within your model. This is also very convenient for team members or viewers that do not have access to AutoCAD or Revit.

blk360 import measure markup

Fly Through

ReCap offers the function to create a Fly Through view of your model in a matter of minutes. This is a great presentation tool for giving a quick overarching look at the model and requires minimal effort and time.

blk360 import flythrough

Web Viewer

You can also publish your point clouds to the web and access them using the Web Viewer. This feature makes sharing your point clouds with your clients extremely easy. By publishing your point cloud to the web, you can simply provide your client a URL link to the model, giving them access to view and interact with the model, without having to download ReCap or additional software.

blk360 import web viewer

What other questions do you have about importing your data from the BLK360 into ReCap?  Leave your comments and questions below!

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