Maptek PointStudio

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.

How does PointStudio help?

  • Faster end of month survey
  • Accurate 3D stockpile models
  • Pre/Post blast analysis
  • Geological mapping
  • Underground Survey
  • Geotechnical analysis
  • Open pit updates
  • Process UAV data

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.

Introducing PointStudio 8


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. Users can also analyse shotcrete thickness by comparing scans.

Volume reporting Enhanced
Volume reporting tools are now available to all users as a menu item, streamlining reporting of stockpile volumes by region. Users can attach photographs and other documentation before PDF export.

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.


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 November 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.


  • Survey workflows
    Create customised workflows for routine survey tasks. Share and adapt with team members to save time on data processing and analysis
  • Easy to use interface with Vulcan integration
    Intuitive workflows supported by drag and drop functionality, right click context menus and minimal data entry; open Vulcan database formats via drag and drop
  • Manage large data
    Level of Detail operates on point clouds and surfaces for quick loading and viewing of large datasets
  • CAD
    Create CAD design direct from 3D point cloud data - easily draft haul roads, ROM pad layouts, add strings for shadow zones in stockpiles, indicate directions, driving routes and safety zones
  • Flexible registration options
    Effortlessly match surface features and register to survey stations, and run convergence detection until correct results are received, range filter option saves time in aligning scans
  • Powerful modelling tools
    Create accurate models using topographic, fusion, complex 3D and loop options.
  • Intuitive filtering options
    Filter data by dataset or individual points selected with intuitive freehand or polygonal lasso options
  • Share models in 3D
    Direct export to 3D PDF and universal 3D file formats to allow dynamic viewing of models
  • Extensive analysis tools
    Efficiently analyse large datasets using query and visualisation tools such as colour scans by distance and section view mode, and colour by dip and strike functionality to highlight grade and orientation in surfaces
  • Specialised geotechnical module
    Analyse structures and surfaces, identify dominant structures and trends and assess wider impact
  • Global registration
    Streamlined interface with single step to register multiple scans and objects together. Automated registration tools for areas without sensor data, eg underground
  • Impressive presentations
    Create animations from key frames and deliver professional quality, high fidelity digital video output
  • Customised language interface
    American English, modern Chinese, Spanish, German or Japanese language interface chosen automatically based on PC settings
  • Multiple data formats
    Work with CAD data, visualisation and modelling formats including DXF, DWG, CSV, 3DP, ZFS, las, E57 and PTX
  • Compatibility with new Maptek XR3 and LR3 laser scanners
    Tools which support new scanner functionalities, including registering a scan to multiple backsights, multiple point returns to enable setting points to the best returns on import, and ability to adjust image colour to hide greyscale points which appear outside camera image extents

Additional Modules

  • Geotechnical Module
  • Customisable stereonet options; defining discontinuities dynamically via 3D view window
  • Revamped kinematic analysis for adding failure types, shading failure zones, drag-drop discontinuities onto slope orientation fields
  • Create a solid from a selection of 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 for reporting on stability analysis
  • Display drilling blind zones on stereonets to identify regions where drillhole analysis will provide poor geotechnical information

More about the Geotechnical Module

  • Report Modules
  • Conformance
    Compare design surface to as-built and other surfaces. PDF export of cross-sections and volumes showing variance between surfaces.
  • Resource Recovery
    Identify measured removal of commodities for comparison against resource models and set thresholds to prevent ongoing loss and dilution.
  • Underground
    Automated report preparation for easily comparing designed solids against surveyed (actual) solids to identify overbreak and underbreak.