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Getting Started with Vercator Cloud
This article describes the quickest way to get started with the Vercator Cloud service. Currently the best experience is provided with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers and we recommend using either of these.
- Add or connect to data
- Create project
- Add scan data to project
- Create scan network
- Set registration settings and start processing
- Verify Coarse Registration (Optional)
- Verify Fine Registration
- Export final registered data
The process in detail
Step 1: Upload data or connect data source
When you first log in to 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 Cloud currently requires 1 scan per file only.
Due to the nature of the algorithm Vercator uses, scan data that is input in pts may cause issues if they are not generated with the scanner position at 0,0,0. This is because the scanner position has to be calculated.
This is not needed for all other supported formats: fls, e57, zfs, rdbx or ptx and we recommend using these.
Step 2: Create Project
Go to the Projects menu item 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.