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9th September 2020

Enhancements and fixes included in this version:

  • Wall Verticality Inspection Tool: Inspect plumbness and flatness of walls.
    · Inspection Map Color Layer: When creating an inspection map you can now choose to add a color layer. You can choose what color render to use such as intensity, elevation or true color, if available. Inspection maps can also be exported with the new coloring.
    ·         Create Smaller Mesh Files: The Mesh Creation tool now allows you to create a surface mesh of reduced size. You have the option to maintain full detail or create smaller less detailed mesh. This size reduction can also be done in the Mesh Editing tool.
    ·         Fill Mesh Holes: A new mode for filling holes has been added to the Mesh Editing tool.
  • Filling a hole in a mesh in Trimble RealWorks 11.3
    ·         Autodetect and Fit Beam Model: New tool will search for best size and shape model from a catalog and fit to the point cloud.
  • Beam autofit to point cloud in Trimble RealWorks 11.3
    ·         Auto Classify Tunnel: New classification option will separate different objects of a tunnel scan such as the tunnel itself and remove people as well as other objects.
  • Classified Tunnel point cloud in Trimble RealWorks 11.3

Check out the What's New Video


For a full list of enhancements and bug fixes please read the Release Notes

Projects can become very large and complex, full of scan stations, line work and models. This can make finding specific objects or groups of objects a bit cumbersome. An easy way around this is to use the Find and Locate tools. These are found in the Search group of the Home tab.








In the example below I have selected the gray colored scan station in the 3D view. It has been registered and is in a group within another group but I’m not sure which one. I can right click the scan in the 3D view and select Locate, or click the Locate button in the Search area of the ribbon menu. The station will then be selected in the Workspace pane and if it is in a group the group will be selected as well.




Sometimes you would like to find a specific object or similar objects even if you can’t see them in the 3D view. In this case you can use the Find command. Different Types of objects are available for searching based on whether you are in Registration or Production mode.



In the example below I wanted to find station 003. I entered 003 for the Text and for the Type I chose Station. For the Search in field I selected Name. This project was a combination of scans from different scanners over multiple days so you can see that searching for the text 003 brought up two results.

Selecting objects in the results pane will also select the objects in the WorkSpace.




From the search result you can access contextual tools such as right click and choose View Only This.




In another example below I wanted to find all the leveled scans in this project. When searching for leveled or unleveled scans use the Find Text, True for leveled or False for not leveled, set the Type to Station and set the Search in field to Instrument Leveling.



You can find more information on the on the Find and Locate commands in the Trimble RealWorks help.

Registering large, complex projects can sometimes become overwhelming, especially when using multiple scanners over multiple days. Using groups or labels in Trimble RealWorks to isolate specific areas to work on helps quite bit but you still end up with lots of station markers all over the project, which can clutter up the screen.

The image below shows an example of trying to register a section of a ship that has station markers displayed from unregistered stations.



To help clean up the view you can use the Station Marker List. It is found under the View tab in the Station Markers section.



Once the Station Marker List is open you can use it to select whether a specific station or group of stations is displayed or hidden. Putting a check mark in the box for the station or group will display the markers. You can also select multiple stations at once by using the CTRL or Shift key to select the stations before clicking the check box.



As you can see in the example below the view is much cleaner and easy to understand when only displaying the station markers for the area you are working on.


So try using the Station Marker List to help with your next complex project.


  • FLS Import: Added support for latest FARO instrument importer SDK 2019.2.2.3361
  • Trimble X7 Data Import: Improved performance of scan colorization - up to 40% - when importing TDX / TZF files Target-Based Registration / Georeferencing: Significantly improved performance on projects with many targets Refine Registration using TZF Scans: Improved behavior - some loops were not properly closed
  • 2D Image Display: Improved performance on large imported images - e.g., in annotations.
  • Annotations: Displayed content can now be resized and has a vertical slider for long descriptions

Resolved Issues

  • RCP Export: Some clouds had a wrong bounding box or were wrongly positioned
  • Profile / Cross-Section: Fixed regression – the tool no longer produced slices
  • 3D Inspection: Improved stability when deleting colorbars
  • Geometry Creator: Fixed issue when changing picking parameters
  • Ortho-projection: More consistent behavior of the preview button with use depth option


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Using constraints on how you rotate the view around the point cloud is a great way to get just the view you need quickly and easily.

In Trimble RealWorks there are various options to do this.

The most common is setting a rotation point. By default, TRW will rotate around the position of the mouse cursor.



This setting can be changed under the View tab in the Navigation section. Alternatively, you can select to have the center of rotation manually defined by pressing the X key and then using the mouse to select the specific location you would like the view to rotate around. You can use the shortcut key Q to toggle between the two options.



Another unique feature is locking the view to Heads Up. This is turned on by default and helps to not det disoriented why navigating the point cloud. When this is active you will notice that you can’t rotate the Z or Elevation axis side to side, only toward you and away from you.



The option to turn this off is also found under the View tab under the Navigation section. As you can see when this is turned off you can end up with some strange views. It is easy to turn the Heads Up lock back on by simply pressing the shortcut U button.



However, there are some useful options available with the Heads Up lock is turned off. Moving the mouse cursor to the far left or right of the screen will allow you to rotate the project around a horizontal axis through the middle of the 3D display.



Moving the mouse cursor to the far top or bottom of the screen will allow you to rotate the project around a vertical axis through the middle of the 3D display.



Moving the mouse cursor to the corners of the screen will allow you to rotate the project in a circular motion around a point in the center of the 3D display.



These rotation options are even more effective when combined with the View toolbar and remember you can always use the U button to quickly return to the more familiar Heads Up locked view.

Sometimes you just need a quick diameter, distance, or angle on objects. Using tools in Trimble RealWorks that best fit a geometry to the point cloud can be a way to quickly get precise answers.


Start by opening the Measurement Tool.




For a quick diameter you can use the Fitted Cylinder Diameter Measurement tool. Select the tool and then click on the point cloud and move the mouse out to define an area to extract a cylinder. Then click a second time set the area.




After the second click the software will fit a cylinder to the point cloud and display the diameter.



You can also quickly get the angle between two secant geometries. Secant simply meaning that the two geometries such as cylinders are of the same radius and that the axes intersect.


Start by selecting the Angle Between Geometries’ Measurement tool.




Click to select the two cylinders.




The angle will be displayed at the point of measurement and also in the upper right-hand corner in the Information box.



There are several useful options in the Measurement Tool so be sure to explore them all.

I get a lot of questions about time saving tips when working with point clouds. One of my favorites is simply using shortcut keys to quickly access commonly used commands.

In Trimble RealWorks you can find a full list of short cut keys by opening the Help menu which is found under the Support tab.



 From the Help menu click on the search tab and type in, “shortcut”.



In addition to the standard CTRL C to Copy and CRTL V to paste some of my favorites are F4 to open the limit box and CTRL M to merge two cloud objects.


You can click the Print button to make a hard copy or save to a file to share.




To be even more efficient I use a mouse which allows me to assign short cut keys to the buttons on it.



I have assigned a button to let the thumb button save projects. This way I can do it quickly and often in case the software closes unexpectedly such as when the power fails. I have also set a button on the mouse to go to the top view as I use this often when working with point cloud data.


So try using short cut keys to speed up you point cloud processing.

New features and enhancements included in this version:

  • Trimble X7/ Perspective Support: Added support for the new Trimble X7 and Perspective software.
    Includes annotations, labels, and panorama image creation.

    ·         Annotations: New 3D annotation creation tool to let you improve your deliverables and share information about a 3D content.

    ·         Inspection Tools UI: New interface for editing color maps.

    ·         3D Inspection: New algorithm provides more accurate results in significantly less time.
            New algorithm also provides unique capability to reduce exaggerated effects when comparing two point clouds of different density.

    ·         Beam Extraction: New AI tool for automatically segmenting support beams from the point cloud.

    ·         Floor Flatness: Improved area selection and the ability to use parallel/orthogonal sample segments.

    ·         Ortho-Projection: New rendering options to provide more detailed orthophotos.

    ·         Import/Exports: Added support for import and export of IFC files. Improved RCP exporter no longer requires ReCap to be installed.

For a full list of bug fixes, please read the Release Notes.

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