Plant Simulation can be used in many ways, one of its strength is the unlimited table size. Where products like MS Word and Excel reach their limits Plant Simulation can handle large quantities of data. A large point cloud like this factory scan can easily exceed the 3 million lines of a table in the PLY format each with the x,y,z coordinate and the r,g,b color value.
To demonstrate the factory layout point cloud in Plant Simulation 3D I have written a short parser which reads the tablefile point by point and creates spheres at the designated 3D position and in the desired color.
Of course the point cloud can also be combined with Plant Simulation material flow simulation objects, textures of a layout file and other geometries coming from .jt or vrml.
for local i := 1 to n loop
_3D.setGraphicMaterial(makeArray(o), makeRGBValue(r,g,b), makeRGBValue(20,20,20), makeRGBValue(20,20,20), makeRGBValue(10,10,10), 0, 0);
If the pointcloud is available as a wrl, you can of course easily use the wrl in Plant Simulation using drag and drop. Plant Simulation converts the vrml to jt internally. This visualization in Plant Simulation is amazingly fast; you can zoom into, pan and tilt the scenery shown in this picture without any time delay.
Below the pointcloud the CAD layout is positioned on level -0.1. This overlay of the layout and the pointcloud enables user to combine both sets of information to find is/to be deviations.