Maptek’s i-Site 3.5 Now Includes Geotech Tools = No More Exporting to Vulcan

Maptek has released version 3.5 of their i-Site LiDAR software .  In addition to the normal gambit of tools for processing point cloud data (whether acquired using an i-Site scanner or not, it’s pretty flexible) they have added a fairly decent assortment of Geotechnical analysis tools.  These tools include:

  • Strike and Dip – take measurements straight off of the scan data, reducing or eliminating the need for a field geologist to be put in harm’s way for structure mapping;
  • Stereonets, Rose Diagrams, etc. – Once the structural data is measured in the scan, view and analyze the results easily to identify problematic structures.  It can also import structural data (hand-mapped .csv data, etc.) for additional analysis;
  • Spatial Identification of Features – Facets of the triangulated surface can be colored individually by strike and dip criteria – once a potential problem structure is identified in the stereonets, it can quickly be viewed in real-space according to all associated surface orientations.
This looks like a particularly useful addition to i-Site.  Formerly, it was necessary to generate the triangulated surface from a scan and export it to another software like Vulcan or SplitFX to perform geotech analysis.  Obviously, the new tools are a big benefit to companies that want to be able to do geotechnical scan studies but don’t want to have to spring for an additional software package.
More information on the i-Site 3.5 update can be found here.