I-Site Studio 5.0 boosts survey workflow

Maptek I-Site Studio 5.0 delivers new features and improvements to existing software tools to further boost survey efficiency and productivity.

Hallmarks of Maptek I-Site laser scan technology include easy setup and use, featuring familiar workflow and integration with site survey practices. I-Site Studio™ software brings out the real value in the scan data - superb accuracy and flexible reporting.

I-Site Studio 5.0 introduces new capability for quick and easy viewing of large datasets. Applying a Level of Detail (LOD) function to the data allows a manageable amount of data to be loaded and viewed at one time.

A new Workflow manager allows users to create their own workflows. A series of transactions can be shared and adapted within survey teams and launched from custom toolbars to save time on routine survey data processing and analysis. The status of the current process is conveniently highlighted.

The Global registration interface has been streamlined and smart sampling has been introduced. Tolerance ellipsoids can be set and viewed for each scan. Multiple scans from the same location can be moved together as a group. It is now possible to register two scans unlevelled, but constrained to a GPS point in global registration.

The Combination surface tool allows a new surface to be outside the original surface, which is often the case when mining operations expand. The function no longer requires completely closed intersections between surfaces to generate a new solid.

Additions to the Geotechnical module allow easier analysis of different failure modes and more intuitive display of results. A maximum discontinuity area can now be specified in the Extract discontinuities tool. A Kinematic analysis option allows analysis for potential failure types such as wedge, planar and toppling.

Software development is enhanced by responding to user feedback.

Stereonet display improvements include type, grid style and scalable pole size. The great circle tool now autopopulates from a stereonet selection.

The new Vegetation filter includes a new wizard-style interface, with an option to remove objects above evenly distributed low points in a selection. A distance from ground slider dynamically updates the view of points to be removed.

The new Panoramic photograph to scan tool renders a 360º panoramic image captured with any digital device to an I-Site point cloud. Improved standard rendering allows up to 7 images to be rendered to a single surface.

Import/Export options are expanded to .e57 and .las files, with a new Maptek file format supporting transfer of any objects in the database between Maptek applications.

Usability enhancements include creating default legends for colouring objects; saving views; licence borrowing; and new reporting formats.

I-Site Studio 5.0 is in the final stages of beta testing with release to customers scheduled for July.