TerraStereo


TerraStereo is a stand-along application for visualizing very large point clouds. It uses high-performance graphics boards for rendering huge amounts of points fastly and in high quality.

The software enables you to:

  • Visualize up to 50 billion points that are organized in a TerraScan project
  • Perform visual analysis and quality check in both, small- and large-scale displays
  • Navigate through the point cloud freely or based on TerraScan trajectory files
  • Create animations
  • View laser data in stereo mode and create stereo screen captures
  • Combine different visualization channels to improve the perceptibility of objects in the point cloud
  • Switch point classes on/off
  • Apply elevation exaggeration to the point cloud for specific analysis tasks
  • Measure distances within the point cloud
  • Digitize line vector elements and export them to TerraSurvey

Easily change between different display channels and point rendering modes:

    • elevation, intensity and class coloring
    • color by RGB values
    • shaded surface display
    • point density coloring
    • TerraZ rendering method for masking foreground objects
    • different quality levels for point rendering


Applications

Urban planning | Architectural and historical site viewing and documentation | Asset visualization | Virtual reality | Marketing | Digital Twin Visualization | Fly-through animations | etc.

Hardware requirements and recommendations


There are some specific hardware requirements and recommendations in order to run TerraStereo in a proper way:

  • minimum of 4 real processor cores, more than 4 are recommended
  • > 16 GB of RAM
  • > 8 GB of GPU memory recommended
  • display device that supports quad-buffered stereo display (for stereo viewing)
    • stereo display or projector using DisplayPort or Dual-DVI connection (not HDMI)
    • (optionally) active or passive stereo glasses

TerraStereo for CAD requires a two-screen passive stereo system with a side monitor (no switching glasses possible).

Display hardware recommendations


GPU board used with TerraStereo must be NVIDIA® CUDA™ Compute Capability 5.2 or higher. In two GPU systems the primary (OpenGL) GPU can be older, if the other designated CUDA™ board meets the specs.

  • Low-cost solution (low performance, mono display only):
    one high-end GeForce® board + standard monitor
  • Basic solution (good performance):
    one high-end Quadro® board for example RTX5000 or more powerful one
  • Recommended solution (best stereo quality and performance):
    PluraView 4k StereoDisplay + TerraStereo workstation (http://www.3d-pluraview.com/en/)

Graphics Boards (SLI is not supported)

GPU

Open GL Stereo

TerraStereo for CAD 3 (Passsive dual screen stereo system + side monitor)

nVidia Quadro [M/K/P/RTX] 8000/6000 / 5200 / 5000 / 4200 – or newer

Yes

Yes

nVidia workstation Geforce GTX or RTX series – only the high-end boards will do here due to the minimum memory recommended

May be possible if a Open GL stereo capable Quadro board is also present in the system – otherwise no.

Yes

 

Workstation GPU Memory
Quadro® P6000 24 GB
Quadro® P5000 16 GB
Laptop GPU Memory
Quadro® P5000 16 GB
Quadro® P4000 8 GB

NVIDIA, CUDA, GeForce, and Quadro are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. PluraView is a trademark of Schneider Digital. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

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If you are working with very large pointclouds, TerraStereo is an excellent tool. It enables the rendering of huge amounts of points quickly and in high quality.

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