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October 9th, 2012
Leica Geosystems Announces Cyclone 8.0 Software with Major Advancements

Office Productivity Gains

Cyclone 8.0 features several enhancements that increase office productivity, often significantly:

  • 20 – 50% faster scan data import
  • Automatic conversion on import to Enhanced Working Format, for faster data processing
  • Automatic creation of all pipe cylinders, with a single click, for an entire project or for a selected set of scan data, even during import
  • Automatic creation of TruView Hotlinks, linking scan points in panoramic TruViews to asset information
  • Easy saving and re-use of complex models created from geometric primitives 
  • New “scripting” capability speeds repetitive or customized sequences of model building
  • Fewer clicks and a modern CAD-like interface for popular “Move” and “Rotate” commands

New Connectivity, Sharing, and Customization Capabilities

Registered laser scan or High-Definition Survey™ (HDS™) data is a rich source of “as-is” or scene information that is often shared and leveraged among many users and disciplines. Cyclone 8.0 provides exciting new capabilities to further leverage this rich information source:

  • New Hotlink markup feature enables connecting scan data (as TruViews) with other spatial information sources, such as intelligent 3D models or spatial databases
  • New “Model Library” allows easy sharing of complex models and model libraries (built from geometric primitives) with other projects or users
  • New “Scripting API” capability lets users develop custom point cloud processing applications

To use the new Hotlink markup capability, a Leica Cyclone 8.0 user simply selects a spatial area of the point cloud to publish Leica TruViews with built-in Hotlinks to asset information for this same area. 

New Business Opportunities
Both the new “Model Library” and the new “Scripting API” capabilities open new business opportunities for users. Now users can readily share, trade or sell complex models created from geometric primitives that, in turn, have been created from point clouds. Likewise, the Scripting API enables users to create customized point cloud processing and model building applications that can provide a competitive advantage for service businesses. Scripts can also be shared, traded, or sold.

A plant area that has been modeled from a point cloud in Leica Cyclone. The user has saved the tall vertical vessel into his model library, a new feature in this Cyclone 8.0 release, so he can easily insert it at other locations in the plant where he finds it used. He will also have it available for future projects and can easily share it with other users. 

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.