Introducing PointStudio

Maptek customers will see a new name and fresh ribbon interface alongside new functionality in the 2018 update of our intuitive point cloud processing software.

Maptek I-Site Studio software originated 20 years ago as a set of desktop tools to process large point cloud data from early laser scanners. Maptek PointStudio continues the logical progression to a new generation 3D platform for modelling, analysis and reporting.

PointStudio 8 is planned for release in October 2018. The modern ribbon interface in PointStudio 8 improves the user experience and means faster uptake for new users.

Maptek Workbench and PointStudio

PointStudio 8 will be delivered on the Maptek Workbench, the common platform for Maptek applications. Users will be able to create their own toolbars, menus, workflows and shortcut keys to suit individual work patterns.

Running PointStudio and Maptek Vulcan side-by-side on the Workbench unlocks the ability to share data and workflows.

A new single click registration workflow will significantly boost laser scan processing efficiency. New animated tooltips display video tutorials on mouseover.

Undocking views when running multiple monitors helps users compare plans against current ‘as builts’ from the field, improving interpretation.

New functionality in PointStudio 8

Underground reporting New
Automated report preparation for easily comparing designed solids against surveyed (actual) solids to identify overbreak and underbreak. Apply to development drives, stopes or crosscuts for improving grade dilution, highlighting unstable areas and reducing costs by identifying unnecessary development and pre-blast issues.

Geotechnical tools Enhanced
Extend Discontinuity Planes to analyse blast block solids and pit advancement solids with a single click.

CAD tools Enhanced
Offset Line to Surface tool more easily projects toe/crest and other CAD lines at an angle onto a surface where it is not possible to acquire scan data due to ongoing mining.


Workbench Enhanced
Use Workflow Editor to build workflows and link to data to run automations in context. Single-click registration workflow streamlines laser scan processing. Access and run other Maptek applications simultaneously. Set up custom toolbars, hotkeys and desktop workspace to suit individual work patterns.

Performance improvements
Significant speed improvements in Despike and Simplify Surface tools. Copy/Paste Selected Facets from one surface to another will be faster in general; greater improvement for data with images applied.

File export
Textured surfaces more easily exported for use in downstream mine planning.


Introducing PointStudio 8


Introducing: Visual improvements in PointStudio 8


How to: Extend Discontinuity Planes in PointStudio 8


Tips and Tricks: Underground reporting in PointStudio 8

Our history in mine measurement

Maptek has been developing point cloud modelling and reporting software since 2000. From October 2018, customers using I-Site Studio 7 with current maintenance will transition to PointStudio 8. New customers will download and start using PointStudio 8.

PointStudio marks the beginning of a new era in desktop tools for processing and modelling 3D laser scan data. The Maptek brand has evolved considerably over the past 37 years and this transition to phase out the I-Site naming does not alter our commitment to developing and supporting spatial mining solutions.