To import point cloud data

You can import data from a 3D laser scan—of an object, a topography, a building, or even an entire town—and use it as a real-world reference for your design work. The indexed data from such a scan is called point cloud data.

  1. Click
  2. On the Data Sources panel, do the following:
    • Click (Add File Data Source).
    • Click Point Cloud.
    • Navigate to the folder where files are stored and select the point cloud file.

      InfraWorks 360 supports RCS and RCP files.

      If your point cloud data is stored in LAS format, you must convert it to RCS format. You can use Autodesk ReCap to do this. An RCS file is a single point cloud file that can incorporate multiple scan (LAS) files. There may be an accompanying RCP file (a project file that points to the individual scan files and contains information about them).

    • Click Open.
  3. Double-click the new data source to configure it.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Specify the coordinates for the point cloud data location.
    • Click Interactive Placing.

      In the model itself, the point cloud data appears, attached to your cursor. Navigate to the appropriate location and double-click to place it.

      Note: If the point cloud data includes geopositioning information and a specified coordinate system, it is imported automatically at the correct position.
  5. If desired, adjust the scale, rotation, and offset of the point cloud.
  6. Click Close & Refresh.