Point cloud processing and analysis

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Get a quick and clear picture about the status of your project with intuitive survey tools. Process and combine point cloud data from Maptek laser scanners, UAV and other lidar sensors for timely planning. Measure stockpile volumes with ease, update models with new field data, and analyse geotechnical risks that could impact the safety of your operation. PointStudio provides the tools to accurately measure, quantify and communicate conformance to design.

PointStudio provides desktop tools to process, model, analyse and report on point cloud data captured by Maptek laser scanners, photogrammetric drones and other lidar systems. Outstanding processing power easily handles large point cloud datasets.

Seamlessly transform your point cloud data into professional, visual reports to inform decision making.

Dedicated workflows and reporting options improve efficiency and productivity for both surface and underground mine operations. An intuitive ribbon interface guides surveyors, geologists and geotechnical engineers to produce deliverables to close the loop from design to actual mined surface. PointStudio complements functionality in Maptek R3 laser scanners to provide fast, accurate field-to-finish data turnaround for mining applications.

Apply PointStudio to specific mining applications with specialised add-ons to assist with planning and operational decisions

PointStudio is delivered on the Maptek Workbench for interoperability with other Maptek applications. Users can easily set up workflows to automate and standardise site processes. Custom toolbars, menus, workflows and shortcut keys are easily set up to suit individual work patterns and standardise processes across teams, sites and operations.

PointStudio offers the tools and functionality to harness the vast amount of survey data collected and transform it into decision support information. Dedicated add-ons allow for easy, visual reporting in specialised mining disciplines:

  • Geotechnical analysis
  • Conformance reporting
  • Underground reporting
  • Coal resource recovery reporting
  • Fragmentation analysis
  • Inter-ramp compliance reporting


  • Update end of month pit surfaces and accurately manage stockpile inventories
  • Safely map highwall geology
  • Extract structures for geotechnical or kinematic analysis
  • Powerful compliance and conformance tools for comparing design to as-builts
  • Calculate underdig, overdig and volume variances
  • Report on loss and dilution for strip mining
  • Combine with UAV data for accurate survey datasets

How PointStudio helps

Custom survey workflows and easy-to-use interface
Create custom workflows for routine mining tasks. Share and adapt with team members to create standardised processes for repeatable results. Intuitive workflows supported by drag and drop functionality and right click context menus.

Flexible registration tools
Effortlessly match surface features and register to survey stations, and run convergence detection until correct results are received. Single step to register multiple scans and objects together. Automated registration tools for areas without sensor data, including underground.

Intuitive selection modes
Level of Detail operates on point clouds and surfaces for quick loading and viewing of large datasets. Filter data by dataset or individual points with intuitive freehand or polygonal lasso.

Powerful modelling and analysis tools
Create accurate models using topographic, fusion, complex 3D and loop options. Efficiently analyse large datasets using query and visualisation tools to highlight grade and orientation in surfaces.

Intuitive CAD interface
Easily draft haul roads, ROM pad layouts, add strings for shadow zones in stockpiles, indicate directions, driving routes and safety zones direct from 3D point cloud data.

Impressive presentations
Direct export to 3D PDF and universal 3D file formats to allow dynamic viewing of models; create animations from key frames and deliver professional quality, high fidelity digital video output.

Customised language interface
American English, Modern Chinese, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, French, Indonesian (Bahasa) and Simplified Chinese language interface chosen automatically based on PC settings.

Multiple data formats
Many CAD, laser scanner and standard formats.

Additional Capability

Geotechnical Tools

  • Analyse structures and surfaces, identify dominant structures and trends and evaluate impact on designs
  • Customisable stereonet options; define discontinuities dynamically via 3D view window
  • Kinematic analysis - identify failure types, shade failure zones, drag-drop discontinuities onto slope orientation fields
  • Create a solid from discontinuities and surfaces to calculate the shape, size and volume of wedge failures, and intelligently extract discontinuities
  • Calculate average spacing between discontinuities for statistical modelling
  • Waviness analysis tool for reporting on stability
  • Display drilling blind zones on stereonets to identify regions where drillhole analysis indicates poor geotechnical information
  • Extend discontinuity planes to analyse blast block solids and pit advancement solids

Reporting Add-ons

Professional reporting tools allowing preparation of high impact reports for design conformance, inter-ramp compliance, underground and resource recovery applications.


Compare design surface to as-built and other surfaces, export PDFs of cross-sections and volumes showing variance between surfaces.

Inter-Ramp Compliance

Report on bench face angles and catch bench widths by highlighting whether wall angles and catch bench widths need to be adjusted for safe, economic mining.

Resource Recovery

Identify measured removal of commodities for comparison against resource models and set thresholds to prevent ongoing loss and dilution.


Automated report preparation for easily comparing designed solids against surveyed (actual) solids to identify overbreak and underbreak.