Getting Started with Vercator Registration

This article describes the quickest way to get started with the Vercator registration service. Currently the best experience is provided with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers and we recommend using either of these.

Vercator Registration runs as a series of stages that can be run one after the other or as a chain in one process. The overall process is shown by the project flow below.

Although default settings are given at the Settings stage parameter tweaks or manual registration may be required to obtain the desired result.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Add or connect to data
  2. Create project
  3. Add scan data to project
  4. Create scan network
  5. Set registration settings and start processing
  6. Verify Coarse Registration (Optional)
  7. Verify Fine Registration
  8. Export final registered data

The process in detail

Step 1: Upload data or connect data source

When you first log in to the Vercator cloud the default view is the file explorer. Here you can view external storage you have connected such as Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure storage, how to do this can be found here. You can also see the private Vercator storage that comes with your account. This Vercator storage is private to each user but can be seen by users with administrator privileges.


Vercator services currently require 1 scan per file.

Step 2: Create Project

Go to the Registration menu item in the top navigation bar and select Add Project. This opens the first stage of the project to allow naming.

Step 3: Add Scans

Pressing Select scans opens the file picker in the same style as the Files page. This will allow you to choose data from either Vercator or remote storage to add to the project. Data can also be uploaded from her if required in the same way as on the Files page.

Step 4: Create Scan Network

Place the scans in a connected network based on overlap. Either by linking automatically or placing in the scene.

A fuller description is provided here.

Scan Pairs Rules
– All scans must form a single network with one or more branches. No disconnected scans allowed.
– The user-defined network cannot contain loops although the registration algorithm itself will solve loops it finds.

Step 5: Registration Settings

Enter the required settings for the registration job. Default values are placed by selecting one of the three defaults but they will likely need changes to suit your data. The defaults assume metres but all values will be in the units of the scan data provided.

A full description of each of the parameters can be found here.

When you press Start processing this is the charging point at which tokens are deducted. A message will be displayed confirming this as below:

If the job needs to be re-run, you will not be re-charged tokens for scans that are already in the project – only additional ones and you will be alerted as below to any extra costs.

Step 6: Verify Coarse Registration

If you have not skipped this stage then you can use the 3D view to analyse the interim result. This does not have to be perfect but close enough (within a few centimetres at most) for the fine registration to complete successfully. If there are errors then either the parameters can be changed and the job re-run or some manual registration can take place to fix them. Some pairwise statistics for overlap and visibility are listed with the scans as a guide.

Step 7: Verify Fine Registration

This is a visualisation of the final registered data. Also there is a statistical overview and the full statistical report can be downloaded as a csv.

Step 8: Export Data

The final stage allows you to export the registered data back to your Vercator storage in different formats including e57 and rcs.

Once exported the scans are placed in a folder named after the job ID with a link from the project created as below.