3D surface model of trees

Departing from traditional tree models made of cylinders (in green), sharper models (in blue) can be computed. Expressed as a continuous surface, they describe the shape better and allow to assess precisely the tree properties.

The 3D samples and the surface model of a tropical tree can be visualize here


An easy way to enhance colored point cloud rendering

1 – Load a colored point cloud in CloudCompare

2 – Use its PCV plugin to compute the ambient occlusion of the point cloud. Save the resulting point cloud as a ASCII file.

3 – Use the following command to apply the ambient occlusion to the RGB values :

awk ‘{ print $1 ” ” $2 ” ” $3 ” ” int($4*$7) ” ” int($5*$7) ” ” int($6*$7) }’ input.xyz >> output.xyz