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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by tbwester » Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:52 pm

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pburrows145 wrote: I agree it's not what some were hoping for in terms of full automation, but this is step 1, and the feedback from EMEA region users has been good. Looking forward to the next evolution of this feature for sure.
I agree Paul and (as you well know ;) ) appreciate the difficulties faced by both companies in getting this far.

No doubt batching will come along.

iSTAR saves time capturing the image per scan; can this saving be offset against using the onboard camera when taking 50-80 scans and individually colourising...?

Once you start using an iSTAR you quickly forget how long in the field it actually takes capturing images using the onboard camera and there is a quality difference.

If users think that its taking far too long using ColourCloud to colourise individual scans (in the comfort of an office :) ) and I do appreciate the workflow, you always have the option to try reverting back to the onboard camera :D

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Colin, I think most users are comparing the IStar to using a nodal ninja and not to the onboard camera. I think the istar system competes with nodal ninja workflow more than anything else.

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Post by Phil Marsh » Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:45 am

formbysurveys wrote:Phil, not sure how versed you and Jason are at php coding but this maybe worth a look re like button...

http://www.mildredbrennan.com/blog/?p=118
Hi Andy, I've seen that while ago but just trying to find the time to test on another server before I can go live. :D

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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by Mark Francis » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:48 am

Here's a 10 minute tutorial video of using the iSTAR camera with Cyclone 9.1.2


youtu.be/RB8bytqhGQk

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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by Jason Warren » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:36 am

Hi Mark,
Thank you for sharing the NCTech iSTAR - How to Tutorial... ;)
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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by JLarson » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:16 pm

Just a quick question: in the video, they make a big deal about setting the time/date in scanner and camera. After that there's no mention about it again. When the files are imported to Cyclone it seems like they are navigating to files in the order which they are listed (which comes from the time stamp). Is the only way to match scans to images is by the order they were collected? Is the software looking at the time stamps at all or just the user?

Ideally it would be best to be able to add a name to the images at capture time that matches the scanner position name. This would also make creating a batch import process much easier.
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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by formbysurveys » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:21 pm

Great suggestion JLarson but one suggested a while back. I'm sure it's coming as at the moment we note it down on a bit of paper (yes paper). High end scanner, high end camera and in the middle is a bit of paper!

Anyone got a nifty way of dealing with this?


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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by Rollo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:07 pm

I used to have a simple gps device that you clicked whenever you took a picture to drop a waypoint.

The software then looked not at the time stamps, but at the difference between time stamps to identify a best fit between waypoints and images, then geo-tagged them. A bit like matching two ticker tapes.

It avoided the need to time sync the two devices, but does assume your camera didn't get a flat battery. It did identify outliers, either duff points or where you went out of sync. You then had to manually correct the points, but quite simple to do.

Looking forward to seeing how NCtech and Leica solve the puzzle!

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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by formbysurveys » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:08 pm

Nice idea but I assume won't work indoors ;-)


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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by Rollo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:14 pm

Not using gps, just the time deltas from each instrument

Leap frogging may need a little 'user input' though!

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Re: Istar Workflow

Post by pburrows145 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:02 pm

Rollo wrote:Looking forward to seeing how NCtech and Leica solve the puzzle!
Someone might be working on this right now Rollo... ;)

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