Welcome to the Pointcloud project page! The project produces information on the use of a three-dimensional measuring technique known as laser scanning, and thereby creates preconditions for the growth of the Finnish 3D industry. Want to learn more about pointclouds? See our video introduction:
Laser scanning rapidly produces a large number of three-dimensional points from the environment, referred to as pointclouds. They serve as a basis for identifying and modelling features. The open data that is produced benefits a wide user base, from individuals to companies and state and local administration.
A pointcloud application is the most important technology for producing 3D maps, models, and virtual reality. Several mobile laser scanners in the air and on the ground create a point cloud ecosystem. The ecosystem supplements information on the environment produced by the Internet of Things and various sensor networks.
Pointcloud project focuses on the utilization of point clouds for 3D modelling and commercial potential in mapping of forests, cities and routes such as roads, power lines and rivers. Laser scanning has already significantly improved forest inventory, among other things.
The project is funded by The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland and is carried out by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Aalto University, University of Oulu and University of Turku. The SRC funds high-quality research that has great societal impact. The research seeks to find concrete solutions to grand challenges that require multidisciplinary approaches.