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Preferences of 3D Hover and Measure Techniques

This page describes Measure Technique and 3D Hover behavior and appearance preferences.

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The 3D Hover (“yellow puck”) represents the on-the-fly detected 3D surface around the position of the mouse pointer. The hover is based on screen pixels within the given query “Search Radius” for which a coordinate is known. A pixel coordinate can be derived from any visible dataset object from the point cloud, vector, or image resources. Overlays are not taken into account.

If given the 3D Hover Query settings, no 3D surface can be detected around the mouse pointer position as seen from the current 3D viewpoint, no hover will be displayed no 3D coordinate measurement will be possible.

Measure Techniques

There are several measurement techniques available in Orbit which can be used depending on accuracy requirements and the data availability and quality, for more information see Measurements.

3D Measurement

The measurement technique is chosen depending on the available datasets. If one technique is not possible, the measurement falls back to the next one in line. The order of measurement techniques used in 3D Measurement is:

  1. Point Cloud Closest Point
  2. DEM Intersection
  3. Reference Plane Intersection
  4. Ground Surface Intersection

Point Cloud Closest Point

Measurement is based on Point Cloud.

Flat Surface Intersection

Measurement is based on Point Cloud.

Ridges and Corners Intersection

Measurement is based on Point Cloud.

For more information about point cloud measurements, see Measurements using Point Cloud.

DEM Intersection

The use of a DEM simplifies a measurement. A coordinate measurement can be done with a single click in a single view, much faster compared to measurements by triangulation, but some experience and basic knowledge about elevation models is advised.

Forward Intersection

Measurement is based on triangulation, see Measurements using Forward Intersection

Reference Planes Intersection

Coordinate measurement by intersecting the horizontal or vertical reference planes.

Ground Surface Intersection

Coordinate measurement by intersecting the ground surface.

For more information about DEM and Reference planes based measurements, see Measurements using Reference Surfaces.

Measure Options

Enable linear referencing

For more information, see Linear Referencing.

  • Length parallel distance: setting used for Fixed Horizontal Distance parallel to Reference Line measurement.
    For more information, see Basic 3D Measurement Functions.

Calculate center Z-range

enables extra measure attribute to calculate the point cloud z range (max z - min z) at the center of the measurement.

  • Search area parameter defines the radius around the measurement in which z-range will be determined.

Simplify catenary measurement to straight line

Auto copy measurements to recorded dataset

Copy multiple parts meas. to recorded dataset

Highlight point cloud selection

Query Parameters

Define 3D Hover radius around the current mouse pointer position to select all pixels for which a 3D coordinate is known.

  • Search Radius: minimum and maximum search radius in pixels.
  • Min # points: the minimum amount of detected points to form the hover.
  • Min distance: minimum distance between the hover and the viewer focus position. In the image viewer, this is equal to the photo position. In the 3D View, this is equal to the position of the viewer focus.
  • Cluster gap size: minimum distance between two points in order not to be considered part of the same cluster.

If there aren't enough Pixel Coordinates (Min # points) within the defined Search Radius due to the above set conditions, no 3D Hover can be calculated, so no point cloud measurements will be possible.


Set the appearance of the 3D Hover

  • Show hover
  • Show used points
  • Show search radius
  • Show plane inclination as outline color
  • Show point deviation as the fill color
  • Transparency
Last modified:: 2023/01/09 12:48