A quick way of inserting the representation of the terrain to our model is using the point cloud import feature of ARCHICAD. Point clouds are more and more popular since they can give the most detailed surveying results, however at the same time need some touch up for architectural BIM use. They are only used as references to model the terrain meshes which – compared to the point cloud – will:
- be native ARCHICAD elements with significantly smaller size
- no longer contain excessive number of points that might slow down navigation
- have solid bodies for proper representation in all viewpoints
- be used for quantity takeoffs and visualization purposes.