Cintoo Cloud enables the Volterra project to store massive scan data of the entire town and
enable collaboration from a diverse, worldwide team of Reality Capture experts, project
managers and public officials involved in the project.
”This project has become such a ground-breaking research
effort involving technology partners and collaborators from around the world. As the
scope of the project continues to increase, we have struggled to find a platform to
efficiently share data with the team and this important work with the public. Cintoo
provides us a tool which solves this problem”
Since 2016, the Volterra-Detroit Foundation has worked in Volterra, Italy with experts in 3D reality
capture technology, aerial and ground-based photogrammetry to record the city’s archaeological sites
and artefacts. This collaborative group, known as the International Reality Capture Workshop is made
up of architects, surveyors, 3D specialists, engineers, and historians from different organizations
The long-term objective is to create a complete digital document of Volterra’s sites using 3D tools
and methodologies, to preserve these assets digitally and improve both archaeological and
architectural research. As a work group, Volterra technology partners include Autodesk, Case
Technologies, 3DR, Faro and Cintoo who can test their latest 3D products and solutions in a complex
historical urban built environment.
Cintoo approached Case Technologies, one of the key technology stakeholders in the project, to try a
revolutionary new approach for handling the gigantic point clouds being generated from the
terrestrial laser scans in Volterra: Cintoo Cloud.
Cintoo Cloud provides a unique point cloud-to-surface technology, to convert high-precision
terrestrial laser scans into a 3D surface mesh before uploading to the cloud. The mesh reduces the
file size of the point cloud data by between 10 and 40 times, without reducing data accuracy or
simplification in any way. What’s also unique is that Cintoo Cloud can convert the mesh data back
into its original format so it can be used directly in CAD software, with the same accuracy as the
original point cloud source file.
Point clouds are also linked into Autodesk Revit software to be used to construct
detailed Building Information Models (BIM). The Building Information Models may be used
for accurate documentation to aid in research and also for asset and maintenance
Autodesk Revit to construct BIM models
ReCap removes point overlaps and unwanted objects from scan
All data is also being aggregated and integrated with GIS data in Autodesk Map3D and
Infraworks software to produce a produce a comprehensive, integrated digital resource for
The data from the Volterra project is enormous, and growing larger every day with an increasing
number of technology providers now involved. Cintoo Cloud has provided a solution to manage all this
extremely large point cloud data coming in regularly from different providers.
Using Cintoo Cloud, Volterra’s scan data becomes shareable, collaborative and distributable amongst
the user group. Every stakeholder on the Scan Volterra project, can access the 3D projects from any
location via their own laptop.
Cintoo Cloud provides users with a complete set of tools, such as team member invitations,
permissions, assignments, annotations, calendar and notifications.
Cintoo Cloud enables a diverse and geographically dispersed team of people working on the project
from different organizations, countries and professions. Project managers can provide users with
different levels of permissions, based on their profile, and control access to core features and
functionalities of the platform.
As the number of project collaborators increases, existing users share access either by inviting new
team members to join the project, or by sending a link to anybody (with password protection and
expiry date if needed). People receiving the sharing invite will be able to view the reality data in
3D mode and make their own measurements.
Cintoo Cloud provides a way to easily share the archaeological treasures of Volterra with anyone in
the world, without the need for specialized hardware or software.
Cintoo Cloud’s scan to BIM model comparison tools. The Volterra laser scan data is also being used to
create detailed BIM models of the architectural sites. Cintoo Cloud enables the upload of BIM
models, so scans can then be compared to a BIM model of the structure. Comparing the BIM model and
the current build condition to provide an ongoing timeline of the building’s condition. By
overlaying the BIM model to the data, the difference between the original BIM model and the current
build condition can be analyzed and the differences calculated. This helps measure the effects of
damage and help in the restoration or rebuilding of deteriorated structures to its original
Work zones of specific parts of a building can be created, cropped and exported into Autodesk RCS
format for direct use in AutoCAD or Revit for Scan-to-BIM. This means teams can work on a specific
work zone and scan set without having to manage all that other data from the rest of the project.