Sequoia 1.1 Previews

Sequoia 1.1, a new version of the standalone point cloud meshing application will be previewed for the first time at SIGGRAPH 2016. Additional advancements include:

  • Double the speed of v1.0
  • Native Linux support
  • New workflows capable of maintaining geo-referenced data precision
  • Simplified process of exporting textured mesh data to 3D applications and game engines.
  • Baking high-resolution point colors to texture maps

Sequoia quickly and efficiently creates geometry from point cloud data acquired from laser scanners, photogrammetry and other sources. Compatible with the Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms, it easily handles large data sets exceeding system memory, and remains interactive throughout. Native integration with Thinkbox’s Deadline enables point cloud and mesh processing across multiple compute nodes.

Other feature additions include:

  • Support for new point cloud file formats, including Zoller + Fröhlich and Riegl;
  • New mesh file formats, including Autodesk .FBX, U3D, and 3D PDF; and
  • New image file formats .CIN, .DPX, .HDR and .SGI.

Scripts for importing meshes and textures in Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya are also provided.

SIGGRAPH 2016 attendees can check out Sequoia 1.1 during the show in Thinkbox’s booth #449. 

Sequoia 1.0.27 Update Released On February 5, 2016

A new minor update of SEQUOIA has been made available.

It adds support for Riegl RDB point fles, improves some workflows (for example, double-clicking in the Document Explorer now focuses the viewport at the selected object), and fixes a number of bugs.

The 1.0.27 update uses the same license as the previous version.

For details, please see the Release Notes section of the SEQUOIA Documentation!

Thinkbox Software’s Sequoia Saves Time for Lanmar Services

New Solution Converts Data Sets to Geometry with Unprecedented Efficiency

Austin, Texas-based Lanmar Services creates clarity from chaos, literally connecting the dots for clients, using laser scanners to record and translate 3D structural data from existing buildings into functional, precise 2D CAD or 3D building information models (BIM). With 360-degree views and the ability to document 250,000 points per second, laser scanners offer a more efficient and accurate measurement method than traditional surveying, and can easily document dangerous or hard-to-reach areas without risk. To help translate point data into more recognizable objects, Lanmar leverages Sequoia, a powerful new standalone meshing tool from Thinkbox Software.

Lanmar CTO and Lead Modeler Larry Kleinkemper began testing Sequoia while it was in beta, putting it to work on a project for NASA documenting buildings from the space shuttle program for historical reference. Kleinkemper and his team were tasked with creating detailed notes on each building’s function along with its interior and exterior appearance. Using Sequoia proved to be a significant time saver, streamlining the conversion of 3D scan data to geometry across the board. In modeling a building that housed a complex sled system designed to test different landing struts and gears, Kleinkemper was able to shape a perfect visualization using Sequoia in less than five hours, including clean up – a process that took approximately 41 hours prior to adopting Sequoia.

“Sequoia was amazing at handling this complex structure that had pipes crisscrossing and jutting out in every direction. It significantly reduced the time it takes to get a model out of a point cloud. Plus, Sequoia handled overhangs with no problem, whereas they are too complicated with other auto-extraction programs and we have no choice but to go in and model them manually. With Sequoia, it’s like a whole new way of working,” commented Kleinkemper.

Based on the success of the NASA project, Kleinkemper has since integrated Sequoia into his standard workflow at Lanmar. He uses 3D scanner data and extracts geometry within Sequoia or ClearEdge 3D’s Edgewise, and then sends the geometry to Autodesk Revit or AutoCAD for modeling and often also to Autodesk 3ds Max for rendering and animation. He has found Sequoia to be particularly useful for tackling challenging architectural details, such as onion domes or entryway lion sculptures.

“Specialty shapes are no match for Sequoia,” said Kleinkemper. “If we didn’t have the software, we’d spend hours or even weeks modeling those elements manually. We’ve been blown away by Sequoia so far and definitely plan to continue expanding its role here at Lanmar.”

For more information on Sequoia, please call 1-866-419-0283 or visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales. 

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume compute management software used to render, manage and process files locally and across the cloud as well as standalone point mesher Sequoia and particle renderer Krakatoa, which are used to create, visualize and modify massive datasets. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

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Thinkbox Software Releases Sequoia at Autodesk University 2015

Powerful Point Mesher Helps Streamline AEC Workflows

Los Angeles, CA (December 1, 2015)Thinkbox Software today announced that Sequoia is now available. The powerful standalone point mesher is being demonstrated at the Autodesk University conference December 1-3, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV in booth #520.

Running on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms, Sequoia converts point cloud data from laser scanners, photogrammetry, and other sources to geometry quickly and efficiently. Leveraging out-of-core asynchronous parallel processing, Sequoia easily handles large data sets exceeding system memory on a wide range of hardware including tablets, laptops and graphics workstations. Through its native integration with Thinkbox’s Deadline® compute management solution, Sequoia can also perform distributed processing using local network or cloud resources. For enhanced visualizations, 3D meshes can be textured through image projections.

"The reception to Sequoia since we started previewing the technology last year has been tremendous. Our beta testers have been using it in exciting ways we’ve never dreamed, which has pushed us to make Sequoia even better. We’re thrilled to now bring it to market and for architects, designers, engineers and beyond to discover this new faster way of working," said Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software.

Beta tester Larry Kleinkemper, CTO and Lead Modeler of Lanmar Services, tapped Sequoia for a project documenting buildings for historical reference. He shared, "Sequoia reduced the time it takes to get a model out of a point cloud. Plus, it handled overhangs with no problem, whereas they are too complicated with other auto-extraction programs and we have no choice but to go in and model them manually. With Sequoia, it’s like a whole new way of working."

For more information on Sequoia, please call 1-866-419-0283 or visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales.

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume compute management software used to render, manage and process files locally and across the cloud as well as standalone point mesher Sequoia and particle renderer Krakatoa, which are used to create, visualize and modify massive datasets. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

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Thinkbox Software to Show Off Sequoia At RAPID 2015 Expo

Thinkbox Software will be showing off SEQUOIA at the RAPID 2015 Expo. The Expo is taking place in Long Beach, California from May 19th to 21st.

Please stop by our booth #553 to check out the latest development of the product, including the newly added batch-processing workflows and tight integration with Thinkbox Deadline enabling distributed processing across local network compute resources, or using the Cloud.

Also check out the latest Preview video demonstrating SEQUOIA workflows using a LiDAR scan of the historical Fort Mason building in San Francisco.

Thinkbox Software to Show Off Sequoia at SPAR International

Standalone Tool Enables Point Cloud Processing and Meshing for AEC Users

Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2015) – Thinkbox Software will be at SPAR International in Houston, Texas, previewing its powerful AEC-focused Sequoia software that converts point cloud data into geometry. The SPAR International conference focuses on end-to-end business and technology solutions for 3D measurement and imaging for industrial facilities, building, architecture and construction, and civil infrastructure. Visit Thinkbox in booth #224 for a Sequoia demonstration. 

Sequoia is a robust standalone application for point cloud processing and meshing, compatible across OS X, Linux, and Windows platforms. Its multi-threaded technology leverages modern multi-processor systems and handles data processing asynchronously to ensure interactivity even during heavy calculations. Thanks to an out-of-core design, Sequoia can also process data successfully even if the system memory prevents data from being loaded all at once. Additional features of Sequoia include: 

  • Hacksaw meshing: Creates multiple meshing tasks to process very large data sets as smaller spatial regions with lower RAM usage. Distributed meshing is supported via Thinkbox’s Deadline software for render farms or the cloud.
  • Mesh resampling: Direct mesh-to-point conversion allows creation of a continuous water-tight mesh, enabling faster production of 3D printable models.
  • Image projection: Color information is projected onto a mesh, allowing users to alter texture or lighting separate from the scan itself.
  • Hacksaw meshing: Creates multiple meshing tasks to process very large data sets as smaller spatial regions with lower RAM usage. Distributed meshing is supported via Thinkbox’s Deadline software for render farms or the cloud.Mesh resampling: Direct mesh-to-point conversion allows creation of a continuous water-tight mesh, enabling faster production of 3D printable models.Image projection: Color information is projected onto a mesh, allowing users to alter texture or lighting separate from the scan itself.

Sequoia is currently in development, with a beta program that is gaining new testers daily. It will be released to the public later this year. For additional information, please visit: http://sequoia.thinkboxsoftware.com/. 

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, engineering and design industries, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume data management software used to render or process files and several other artist-driven software tools to create, visualize and modify datasets for visual effects, animation and digital simulations. For more informationvisitwww.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter.

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Thinkbox Software Previews Sequoia at REAL 2015 in San Francisco

Live Demos Scheduled for Powerful Standalone Point Meshing Tool at
Inaugural Autodesk Event Highlighting 3D Visualization Technology

Los Angeles, CA (February 16, 2015)Thinkbox Software today announced that it will be demonstrating Sequoia at REAL 2015, being held February 25-27, 2015 in San Francisco, CA at the Fort Mason Center. Currently in development with beta expected for later this year, Sequoia converts particle and point cloud data to geometry, and was first shown as an early technology demonstration at SIGGRAPH 2014.  

The powerful new standalone tool leverages Thinkbox’s robust application framework to create a single 3D mesh from particles, vertex clouds, or laser scan data quickly and easily, often with data sets that exceed actual memory. Tailored for applications in the architecture, engineering and construction markets, Sequoia is cross-platform compatible and features flexible file I/O, enabling seamless integration within established pipelines and toolsets.  

The following videos provide a closer look at Sequoia:

http://sequoia.thinkboxsoftware.com/hacksaw-preview/

http://sequoia.thinkboxsoftware.com/image-projection/

http://sequoia.thinkboxsoftware.com/resampling-meshes/

Point data and images provided courtesy of Eugene Liscio, AI2-3D  http://ai2-3d.com/

Organized by Autodesk, REAL 2015 will focus on the technologies and best practices behind 3D sensing, scanning, processing, visualization and creation. Thinkbox Software will preview Sequoia in their booth #XXX. Limited discounted passes to REAL 2015 are available through Thinkbox. For more information, please call 1-866-419-0283 or visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales

Additional information on Sequoia can be found here: http://sequoia.thinkboxsoftware.com/.  

About Thinkbox Software

Founded by Chris Bond in 2010, Thinkbox Software develops production-proven tools for visual artists and backs each product with highly responsive support. Used across entertainment, engineering and design industries, Thinkbox’s products include Deadline® high-volume data management software used to render or process files and several other artist-driven software tools to create, visualize and modify datasets for visual effects, animation and digital simulations. For more information, visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com or follow @thinkboxsoft on Twitter. 

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Thinkbox Software Reveals Sequoia at SIGGRAPH 2014

Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2014)SIGGRAPH, Booth 609 – Thinkbox Software today announced Sequoia, a powerful new standalone tool for converting particle and point cloud data to geometry backed by Thinkbox’s new application framework. Tailored for applications in the architecture, engineering and construction markets, Sequoia creates a single mesh from particles, vertex clouds, or laser scan data.

Compatible across OSX, Linux and Windows platforms, Sequoia leverages a brand new application framework that embraces out-of-core asynchronous parallel processing. The framework allows for progressive workflows where results can be returned before all the data is loaded, allowing users to work faster and without software wait times. Flexible file I/O ensures Sequoia can ingest or export data in nearly any format required, enabling seamless integration within established pipelines and toolsets. Once a 3D mesh has been generated, additional features allow for smoothing and decimation to reduce triangle count. Meshes can be colored and can be textured through image projections for enhanced data visualization.

"Sequoia establishes the foundation for a new way of working with Thinkbox tools. We’ve created a new standalone architecture for handling massive amounts of data, helping users work faster, easier and with data sets that exceed actual memory. Efficient 3D data visualization through textured and colored meshes is only the beginning of what we aim to achieve with Sequoia technology," said Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software.

Currently in development, the Sequoia beta is expected to launch early 2015. Thinkbox Software will preview the technology at the SIGGRAPH Conference in Vancouver, BC in the booth #609 from August 10-14, 2014. For more information, please call 1-866-419-0283 or visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales.