What’s New in Terrasolid? – Feb 2021

The following are the highlights of the new features that have been added to the Terrasolid software between Jan 2020 and Feb 2021, and can be found in the version 021 releases. A few additional tools added before the Terrasolid Virtual Training Event in March 2021 were added to the presentations from February and the updated versions are available below.

  • Various Improvements
    • Support for reading PTS file format without RGB values
    • Compute distance to another class
    • Settings/menu commands for trajectory accuracies
    • Speed improvements in Hard Surface and Ground classification routines
    • Import trajectories will automatically read matching accuracy files for POF and SBET.OUT file formats.
    • Support for POQ 1.0 format
    • Fix time macro action has Class and Lines settings for specifying which class(es) and line(s) to apply the fix to.
    • Convert storage format in Define Project now supports writing converted data to another folder.
    • Improvement in Add using files menu command in Define Project. Tool will optionally adjust borders of imported blocks to even coordinate values.
    • Elevation coloring using smoothly changing RGB colors.
    • Support for Reflectance and Deviation attributes in LAZ read and write.
    • Inside fence only option added to Classify / Trajectory interval tool.
    • Write by line menu command in Define Project for writing out project data by line sorted into time order.
    • Support for TerraModeler TIN models in Compute distance macro action.
    • Support for copying DistanceGroupNormal vectorDeviation and Reflectance in Copy from Reference.
    • Export raster image has settings for specifying background color.
    • Assign color has options for limiting assignment by line, scanner or fence.
    • Support for up to 20 fields in user defined point file formats.
  • Group Improvements
    • Assign Color to Points can assign group colors to points
    • Inspect Groups has Section View setting.
    • Group / Write Group Points menu command for writing each group into a separate file.
    • Assign Groups has a user setting for fixed gap distance between groups for Group by density.
  • Spatial Reference System Improvements
    • Support for Netherlands RD NAP 2018 projection system and correction grids (which come with setup package).
    • Convert geoid model supports RAF18 as source file.
    • Convert geoid model supports Belgium HBG03 and HBG18 source files.
  • Resizable Windows
  • Cloud Type Setting
  • Display Mode
    • Smooth Distance Coloring
    • Color by Time
    • Color by Density
    • Color by Deviation
    • Color by Normal
    • Color by Reflectance
    • Color by Scan direction
  • TerraSlave/TerraDispatcher
  • Vegetation Index in Ground Classification
  • Improvements in Add Synthetic Point
  • Faster mobile project block creation using:
    • New logic in Cut Turnarounds
    • Create Along Trajectories
  • Geometric Improvements in Vectorizing Buildings
    • Vectorize Buildings tool creates cleaner vector models (=fewer geometric flaws)
    • Check Building Models checks buildings for two new types of geometric flaws:
      • Non-watertight model
      • Roof polygons crossing each other
  • Improvements in Building Vectorization
    • TerraSlave can run building vectorization
    • Vectorize Buildings has a user setting for fixed point density setting.
    • Improvements in automatic building vectorization.
    • Mark Polygons by Centroid tool for marking polygons which are inside selected bounding polygon(s).
    • Improvements in 3DCityDB storage.
    • Improvements in editing building vector models.
    • Check Footprint Polygons has new method Check as list. This compares laser points against footprint polygons and displays results as a list. User can check one polygon at a time and shift or rotate polygons to match the laser data.
    • Read buildings has options for drawing complete building model or selected component types (roof, wall, base).
  • Export to Google Maps in Define Project
  • More control in Classifying Moving Objects with Limit and Pass Thru parameters
  • Compute distance tool can compute how much eachhttps://terrasolid.com/guides/tscan/export-to-google-maps.html point on a road surface differs from a line fitted to a narrow longitudinal section along the road using Road Bumps & Potholes option.
  • Measure Coverage tool
  • Find Rails can use Rail Tops Hits to vectorize rails from airborne data
  • Various Improvements
    • Support for signed short values for Riegl amplitude and deviation values in LAS files.
    • Tie Lines window is now resizable. View / Fields menu command lets you choose visible fields.
    • Result window from Find Tie Line Fluctuations is now resizable.
    • TerraMatch can display observations together with correction curve in the Find Tie Line Fluctuations graph.
    • Apply Correction displays a report when applying a fluctuating correction to a project.
    • Change in searching wall tie lines making it usable with airborne data sets.
  • Gaussian smoothing in Find Tie Line Fluctuations and Filter Bad
  • Various Improvements
    • Support for PNG+PGW as raster references.
    • Support for BigTIFF file format with LZW compression. •Support for tiled LZW compressed TIFF files.
    • Expand setting in Search seamlines.
    • Application now allows max 80 cameras in a mission (used to be max 35).
    • Faster display speed in Define color points.
    • Trajectory / Set accuracy menu commands can now enforce given minimum accuracy estimates for trajectory positions
    • Photo Settings has new category Trajectory accuracies.
    • Resizable main window.
    • Support for Riegl POQ format 1.0.
    • Improvements in texturing walls using panoramic images.
    • Ability to favor forward or backward portion of panoramic images in extracting color for points.
    • Support for Netherlands RD NAP 2018 projection system and correction grids (which come with setup package)
  • Various Improvements
    • Stability improvement in Exclude Triangle.
    • Support for Inframodel 4.0 export of TIN models.
    • Ability to prepend file name surface name in Inframodel 4.0 export.
    • Public variables and actions for running volume calculation from another application.
    • Draw Alignment Sections can draw section marker lines at locations where each cross section was generated from.
  • Display Contours has separate settings for visibility in views 1-8 in Preview mode
  • Smoothen Linear Element too for smoothing linear elements that have high vertex density
  • Group based classification tools
    • Selection of Groups
    • Snapping and Visibility Filters
    • Visualization Views
  • Group Editing Tools
    • Trimming groups using Point Selection Sphere
  • Sessions for storing the current project and rendering settings
  • Auto stereo mode updates (also on the CAD plugin)
  • New details parameter on contrast setting
  • Improved fixScreens -utility for CAD plugin

For more information on what’s new in Terrasolid as of Feb 2021, please watch our webinar presentation.

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