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» 10/12/2017: VRMesh V9.5 Available with New Advanced Features for LiDAR Strip Adjustment

 

Oct. 12th, 2017 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the availability of VRMesh v9.5, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. This new release provides a simple and fast way for LiDAR strip adjustment with high accuracy. It adds a new feature to separate overlapping LiDAR strips, redesigns and speeds up global registration over 10 times faster, and also allows you to generate a PDF report for viewing the quality of registration.

The complete workflow of strip adjustment includes:

Step 1: Separate overlapping LiDAR strips based on the selected trajectories

Step 2: (Optional) Automatically classify vegetation in each strip to get a clean surface

Step 3: Run global registration to fix the misalignment between the laser scanner and the inertial measurement unit (IMU)

The unique classification features in VRMesh can easily identify some noisy objects on the surface, e.g. vegetation, in each LiDAR strip to prevent these noises from disturbing strip adjustment. The global registration method works well for unstructured point clouds. With these cutting-edge technologies, VRMesh provides a flexible and accurate strip adjustment solution for both airborne and mobile LiDAR data. VRMesh is truly an industry-leading software product that maximizes productivity and reduces overhead costs.

For a live demonstration, please stop by Booth 529 at Commercial UAV Expo 2017 in Las Vegas from Oct. 24 - 26, 2017. We are pleased to show you our innovative technologies.


» 4/20/2017: VRMesh V9.4 Adds More Feature Extraction Tools

April 20th, 2017 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v9.4, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh v9.4 offers more feature extraction tools allowing you to quickly pick a line along a ridge, railway, powerline, etc. You can process any data not only acquired from airborne, terrestrial, or mobile laser scanners, but also generated from UAV images. Furthermore, in this version, more measurement tools are available.

The key improvements have been summarized as follows:

  • Quickly pick a line along a chosen ridge, ditch, railway, powerline, and road markings

  • Allow classifying points using a brush

  • Easily measure track gauge, vertical height, perpendicular distance, vertical area, etc.

  • Has the ability to align point clouds to ground control points

  • Automatically detect edges and corners

  • And more...

This new release improves the workflow efficiency of VRMesh in the field of land surveying, construction, transportation, mining, architecture, manufacturing, etc. For a live demonstration, please stop by Booth 1230 at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 in Dallas from May 8 - 11, 2017. We are pleased to show you our innovative technologies.


» 10/28/2016: VRMesh V9.3 with Texture Add-on Launches at UAV Expo 2016

Oct. 28th, 2016 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the availability of VRMesh v9.3, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh is best known for its cutting-edge technologies including automatic point cloud classification, feature extraction, high accurate triangle meshing, and advanced mesh editing. This new release has added texture and several concept design tools, with the aim of improving the workflow efficiency of VRMesh in the field of land surveying, construction, transportation, architecture, manufacturing, entertainment, etc.

The texture add-on is able to convert vertex colors to texture. Later, these 3D textured meshes can be decimated to an appropriate size for visualization and 3D printing. This new feature has expanded the capabilities of VRMesh to better serve our customers and satisfy their requirements when processing data from airborne, mobile, terrestrial LiDAR, and UAV images.

VRMesh v9.3 has also added several mesh editing tools for mine modeling, such as Open Cut, Pavement Brush, Elevation Brush, Sculpt Contour, etc. These new tools let customers do interactive terrain design directly on 3D scan data.

Meanwhile, classification and mesh processing functions have been speeded up significantly. For a live demonstration, please stop by Booth 610 at Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas from Oct. 31 - Nov 2, 2016. We are pleased to show you our innovative technologies.


» 7/8/2016: VRMesh V9.2 Release Added Curb Fitting for LiDAR Data and UAV Images

July 8th, 2016 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v9.2, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh v9.2 adds a new function which automatically traces curb edges and fits curbs seamlessly on a surface mesh. Furthermore, in this version, point cloud classification is able to classify point clouds not only acquired from airborne, terrestrial, or mobile laser scanners, but also generated from UAV images.

This new release provides a complete workflow solution for transportation and urban design users, including automatic point cloud classification and feature extraction tools, accurate surface generation tools, and powerful curb fitting tools. It greatly shortens the time for road design and makes reality computing much easier.

The key features added in version 9.2 include:

  • Classify Points from Photos command to classify point clouds generated from photos

  • Fit Curb command to automatically trace curb edges and fit curbs on a surface mesh

  • Create Spline Patch command to create a spline surface from two parallel curves

  • Seam Patch command to join a patch into a target object seamlessly

  • Indexing native file formats from Faro, Reigl, and Z+F scanners: *.fls, *.rdbx, and *.zfs

To celebrate the new release, VRMesh provides a limited-time offer - save 20% on all product options. Meanwhile, VRMesh has created a lite version of VRMesh Survey for users who need the classification functions only.


» 2/18/2016: VRMesh Plugin for AutoCAD 2016 Is Released

Feb. 18th, 2016 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the availability of VRMesh for AutoCAD, a plugin application for AutoCAD 2016 and its family products (Architecture, Civil 3D, Map 3D...). This release includes two plugins, VRMesh Studio and VRMesh Reverse, which allow AutoCAD users to quickly and easily classify point clouds, extract features and create accurate triangle meshes.

VRMesh Studio for AutoCAD includes all features in VRMesh covering from point cloud classification to triangle mesh generation. It uses a simple and straight-forward approach to help users generate a clean ground surface. It allows users to extract building footprints, poles, curbs, railways, power lines and tree crowns from point clouds. It also delivers best-in-class point cloud clean-up tools and mesh processing functionalities.

VRMesh Reverse for AutoCAD enables users to handle large datasets of triangle meshes. Users can decimate and de-noise point clouds, convert point clouds to accurate meshes, reshape road curbs, extract pipes, compare cross-sections of a scanned object to its CAD model, etc.

VRMesh provides AutoCAD users a comprehensive set of point cloud and mesh processing tools which makes reality computing much easier.


» 2/1/2016: VRMesh 9.0 Released with New Ribbon Interface and Significant Product Enhancements

Feb. 1st, 2016 - VirtualGrid is exited to announce the availability of VRMesh v9.0, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh is best known for its unique point cloud classification workflow, extended feature extraction capabilities, and high accuracy of triangle meshing. This new release offers more control than ever over these cutting-edge technologies through a new intuitive user interface, new integrations, and enhanced work efficiency.

The key improvements have been summarized as follows:

  • Work faster with a modern interface, a customizable Quick Access toolbar and contextual tabs

  • Make data easier to work with by adding a widget box for dynamic adjustment

  • Offer more flexibility to a walkthrough animation

  • Allow creating a round pipe or a square pipe from point clouds

  • Measure the deviation between two surfaces at each cross-section

  • Rendering speed increased significantly

  • And more...

With the launch of version 9.0, VRMesh has reached a new level of maturity. Our customers come from a wide range of industries, including land surveying, civil engineering, mining, architecture, manufacturing, gaming, etc.


» 6/30/2014: VRMesh v8.5 Released for Classifying Powerlines, Poles, and Tree Crowns

Jun. 30th, 2014 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the availability of VRMesh v8.5, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. This new release has significantly extended and enhanced the usability of VRMesh Survey module for LiDAR point cloud processing.

The key improvements in version 8.5 include:

  • Automatic extraction of powerlines, poles and tree crowns from LiDAR point clouds

  • Automatic extraction of boundary curves along the classified points in a desired region

  • Enhanced workflow for placing catenary strings along points


Automatic Feature Extraction from LiDAR Point Clouds

With these new and enhanced capabilities, VRMesh has significantly improved the workflow efficiencies of VRMesh Survey. It becomes the most complete solutions for automatic point cloud classification,feature extraction, and triangulation in the field of airborne and mobile LiDAR processing.


» 2/11/2014: VRMesh Triangulation for AutoCAD Is Released

Feb. 11st, 2014 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the formal release of VRMesh Triangulation for AutoCAD, a plugin application for AutoCAD 2014 and its family products (Architecture, Civil 3D, Map 3D...). It allows users to quickly and easily wrap point cloud data into accurate triangle meshes as well as create cross-section curves within the AutoCAD environment.

Key features include:

  • Advanced point cloud decimation

  • Accurate triangulation

  • Efficient denoising with edge-preserving capability

  • Cross-section curve generation

  • Finding the line of intersection between two planes

  • No limit concerning the point cloud and mesh size

  • Supporting *.txt, *.asc, *.xyz, *.las, *.ptx, *.pts, *.stl, *.obj

With VRMesh's cutting-edge technologies, the plugin provides AutoCAD users with a powerful tool for point cloud and mesh processing that can be used in the field of urban planning, architecture, civil engineering construction, transportation, gaming, etc.


» 1/30/2014: VRMesh v8.0 Released for Point Cloud and Mesh Processing

Jan. 30th, 2014 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the availability of VRMesh v8.0, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh provides cutting-edge solutions for automatic point cloud classification, feature extraction, and accurate triangle mesh generation. This new release has mainly focused on improving workflow efficiencies of VRMesh Survey and VRMesh Reverse, with the aim of enhancing the usability of VRMesh in urban planning and civil engineering construction.

In VRMesh Survey module, new features are added to automatically detect railways and curbs in LiDAR point clouds. Grid surface can be exported as Esri ASCII Grid format for use in downstream applications. Meanwhile, building roof identification has been enhanced. Building footprint extraction becomes more accurate.

In VRMesh Reverse module, point cloud decimation has been speed up and also reorganized to make more uniform distribution of points on flat regions. The process of point cloud triangulation has been significantly improved.

With these new and enhanced capabilities, VRMesh becomes the most powerful point cloud and mesh processing software in current market. Our customers come from many fields such as defense, transportation, urban planning, architecture, mining, manufacturing, gaming, etc.


» 3/18/2013: VRMesh v7.6 Released with Enhanced Performance

Mar. 18th, 2013 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v7.6, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. This new release mainly focuses on performance improvement in all functional areas.

The key improvements in version 7.6 include:

  • Reduced memory usage and improved performance on several commands, such as Index/Attach, Point Cloud to Mesh, Seam Gaps, etc.

  • More accurate boundary tracing for building footprints.

  • A batch process module added for streamlining the design of dental drill guides.

  • More mesh repair and editing tools added.

  • Enhanced workflow for creating NURBS surfaces.

With the launch of version 7.6, VRMesh has reached a new level of maturity. It delivers best-in-class solutions for point cloud classification, triangle meshing, and STL editing. Our customers come from a wide range of industries, including land surveying, mining, manufacturing, architecture, dental implant, gaming, etc.


» 3/18/2013: Dental Drill Guide Design in VRMesh v7.6

Mar. 18th, 2013 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v7.6. This release adds several new capabilities to streamline the process of creating a drill guide for dental implant surgery.

The entire workflow for dental drill guide design includes:

  • Separate cylinders and tubes from a dental cast.

  • Extract a desired region for producing a drilling template.

  • Fit cylinders and tubes to the template.

  • Execute Boolean operations to generate a drill guide for 3D printing.

The new version combines all these steps into a batch process module to provide users a simple way for creating a drill guide, which significantly reduced the number of clicks that users need to take. Users just need to define a region of interest, and the program will automatically generate a water-tight drill guide for 3d printing.

For detailed information, please refer to the following materials:

Drill guide design - PDF tutorial:

Drill guide design - YouTube video: http://youtu.be/91rRfCKL0To


» 1/14/2013: VRMesh Plugin for ArcGIS Released for Point Cloud Classification and Triangle Meshing

Jan. 14th, 2013 - VirtualGrid is pleased to announce the release of VRMesh plugin for ArcGIS Desktop 10.1. This release includes two plugins, VRMesh Classification and VRMesh Triangulation, which enable users to automatically classify point clouds and generate accurate triangle meshes within the Esri ArcGIS environment.

VRMesh Classification for ArcGIS provides best-in-class point cloud classification and feature extraction technologies for LiDAR data processing. It uses a simple and straightforward approach to extracting vegetation, building roofs, and ground points from airborne and mobile LiDAR data. 99% classification jobs can be done automatically and accurately. It also allows you to extract building footprints and create 3D buildings in one click.

VRMesh Triangulation for ArcGIS allows you to wrap point cloud data into accurate triangle meshes. It delivers the most advanced point cloud clean-up and triangulation functionalities for generating an accurate TIN surface from LiDAR data no matter how complex the terrain topography is.

Product Brochure PDF:

VRMesh Classification YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/ZfjV6yxwK1M

VRMesh Triangulation YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/uFkurJm2O_k


» 10/9/2012: VRMesh Library available for Point Cloud Classification and Triangle Meshing

Oct. 9th, 2012 - VirtualGrid announces the release of VRMesh library, providing advanced technologies for point cloud classification, triangle meshing, and mesh editing. These technologies can be used in a wide range of industries such as land surveying, manufacturing, medical and dental, etc. Our goal is to give you advanced technologies at an affordable price to build better quality applications in less time, help you succeed, and win in your market.

VRMesh library consists of three parts:

  • VRMesh-Survey: provides automatic point cloud classification and feature extraction tools, working well under extreme variations in terrain, no matter the data is gathered from steep slopes covered with dense vegetation or areas where there is very few ground points available.

  • VRMesh-Wrap: provides point cloud clean-up and triangulation tools, handling large datasets with high accuracy and efficiency.

  • VRMesh-Editing: provides powerful mesh repair and editing tools, allowing practitioners to easily prepare STL files for 3D printing.

VRMesh library is written in C++, compiled as DLL files, and compatible with Microsoft Windows. The input and output (I/O) methods are left open to your application. We welcome enquiries from companies interested in adding or integrating our technologies with their products and solutions. Please contact us for complete details and scheduling.


» 9/19/2012: VRMesh v7.5 Released for Triangulation of Large Point Clouds

Sep. 19th, 2012 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v7.5, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. VRMesh provides an advanced solution covering the complete workflow from automatic point cloud classification to accurate surface mesh generation. This new release has specially focused on the high accuracy and efficiency in triangulation of large point clouds.

The key improvements in version 7.5 include:

  • Data reading speeds up. VRMesh has reorganized the structure of data reading that allows you to quickly retrieve inquiring points into the window. The interaction time of an indexed file has been speeded up.

  • Point cloud classification adds more accuracy.

  • The triangulation method has been redesigned for handling large datasets in excess of 100 million points with high accuracy and efficiency. Non-manifold edges have been significantly reduced.

  • More tools of mesh repair are added, such as seam gaps, remove undercuts, remove narrow bridges, etc.

  • The performance of NURBS creation has been enhanced.

With these new and enhanced capabilities, VRMesh becomes the most powerful point cloud and mesh processing software in current 3D scanning market. Our customers come from many fields such as defense, mining, urban design, transportation, manufacturing, medical and dental, gaming, etc.


» 4/2/2012: VRMesh v7.1 Available with Enhanced Features

April 2nd, 2012 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v7.1, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. This new version delivers extended capabilities for LiDAR data processing.

New and Enhanced Features include:

  • Automatic plane detection in point clouds, which provides users a convenient tool to detect vertical walls.

  • More accurate point cloud classification for mobile LiDAR data.

  • Boolean operation on two curves, which is useful for calculating the cross-sectional area of a mine tunnel.

  • A maximum of sixteen cores supported.


» 2/27/2012: VRMesh v7.0.2 Released with Enhanced Point Cloud Classification Capabilities

Feb. 27th, 2012 - VirtualGrid releases VRMesh version 7.0.2 with enhanced capabilities for automatic point cloud classification.

The improvements in this release include:

  • More accurate classification on high roofs.

  • More cleaned-up ground points in steep regions.

  • Bugs fixed in the Extract Building Footprints command.

  • Bugs fixed in the Extrude Surface Curve command.

  • A maximum of eight threads supported under the current list price.


VRMesh provides a next-generation solution for automatic point cloud classification and feature extraction. Please feel free to try a demo version of VRMesh v7.0.2.


» 1/23/2012: VRMesh v7.0 Announced for LiDAR Point Cloud Classification at ILMF 2012

January 23rd, 2012 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh version 7.0 at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver. Please visit Booth 95 to learn about our cutting-edge point cloud classification and feature extraction technologies.

This new release has significantly extended and enhanced the usability of VRMesh Survey module in the field of LiDAR data processing. The key contributions of VRMesh Survey are its unique capability to automatically classify point clouds under extreme variations in terrain and its excellent functionalities that allow you to extract building footprints and create 3D buildings in one click.

Unlike traditional LiDAR data processing workflows that have to extract ground points first before classifying vegetation and buildings, the first fundamental step in VRMesh Survey is to detect vegetation. It provides a next-generation solution to automatically extract vegetation, buildings, and ground points from LiDAR data, no matter the data is gathered from steep slopes covered with dense vegetation or areas where there is very few ground points available.

Key features of VRMesh Survey empower users to:

  • Automatically classify LiDAR point clouds with high accuracy.

  • Extract building footprints and create 3D buildings in one click.

  • Detect powerlines and conduct a clearance analysis.

  • Create a grid surface or an accurate meshed surface from point clouds.

  • Import and export the shape file.

  • Batch process multiple files.

Please stop by Booth 95 at ILMF 2012 for a live demonstration. We are pleased to show you our innovative technologies. We provide stand-alone applications, and also provide customized versions upon customers' specifications.


» 11/17/2011: VirtualGrid to Introduce Point Cloud Classification at AU 2011

Nov. 17th, 2011 - This year at Autodesk University, VirtualGrid will introduce VRMesh Survey, their latest software product for automatic and accurate point cloud classification. Please visit Booth 6A (Nov. 29th - Dec. 1st, 2011, Las Vegas) to learn about the powerful point cloud capabilities in VRMesh Survey.

VRMesh has become known for its cutting-edge point cloud and mesh processing functionalities. The latest product VRMesh Survey, an automatic point cloud classification solution, has been used worldwide by surveying, mining, civil engineering, and urban design companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

Key features of VRMesh Survey empower users to:

  • Automatically classify LiDAR point clouds as ground, vegetation, building, and others, working well under extreme variations in terrain including steep slopes with dense vegetation.

  • Automatically detect hidden man-made structures that are fully covered by canopies.

  • Automatically extract building footprints and create 3D building models.

  • Accurately decimate millions of point clouds.

  • Accurately generate triangle-meshed models.

The new and enhanced features in VRMesh v7.0 Survey will give users the ability to detect ground points in steep terrain and the ability to create 3D buildings based on extracted footprints.


Please stop by Booth 6A at AU 2011 for full demonstrations. Or watch an introductory video from here.


» 2/18/2011: Automatic Point Cloud Classification Available in VRMesh v6.0

February 18th, 2011 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v6.0, the latest version of its powerful 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. This release has significantly extended and enhanced its point cloud processing capabilities.

The biggest breakthrough in this release is the new VRMesh Survey module introduced for automatic LIDAR point cloud classification and bare-earth extraction. These innovative technologies provide users a simple workflow to automatically and accurately classify LIDAR point clouds into ground, vegetation, building, and others. More than 90% identification jobs will be done in a one-click process. And also, manual adjustments can be easily performed in a cross section view.

Compared to others on the market, the major advantages of VRMesh Survey module are as follows:

  • Directly work on irregularly distributed point clouds

  • Simple and straightforward parameter setting

  • Short data processing time

  • Accurate bare-earth generation

  • Intelligent point cloud thinning




» 2/18/2011: STL Editing Significantly Improved in VRMesh v6.0

February 18th, 2011 - VirtualGrid announces the availability of VRMesh v6.0. Besides the introduced VRMesh Survey module, another significant update in this release is the enhancement of its STL repair and editing capabilities.

The new version includes numerous improvements, such as Boolean, offsetting, hole-filling, triangle error fixing, etc., which have greatly improved VRMesh usability and performance in 3D printing industry. The VRMesh Design module, delivering advanced STL file repairing and editing capabilities, is especially suitable for dental implant treatment planning, orthographic surgery planning, customized shoe insole design, etc. It allows practitioners to easily prepare STL files for template fabrication. The following image illustrates the effective use of VRMesh Design in surgical template preparation for dental implants. View Case Study »


"It is a pleasure working with VRMesh team. They were attentive to our needs, understood what we were trying to accomplish and went above and beyond to provide support and answer questions. They even modified the software to create a module that makes the software easier for us and our partners to use." said Michael Saltzman, Director of Blue Sky Plan, "I highly recommend the VRMesh software to anyone looking for a valuable STL editing tool."

In addition, several new STL editing features have been included in this release, e.g. triangle refinement, edge connection optimizing, labeling, etc.

    Refinement

Please feel free to try the demo version and compare the results with your favorite STL editing suite.


 
 
 
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