Use the Batch Processor to process multiple LiDAR flights, get fully colorized point clouds in .LAZ format and obtain geotagged photos simultaneously.
The ROCK Robotic Batch Processor is a configuration tool for PCMaster and PCPainter that allows you to add specific properties to the software and run through the entire processing job(s) spectrum in one location.
Computer Specifications for ROCK Robotic Batch Processor
Since the Batch Processor works with PCMaster and PCPainter, the required computer specifications are the same and listed below:
- Intel Core i7 or better
- 32 GB RAM
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or better
- Windows 10 x64
Be sure to install the latest PCMaster, PCPainter and Batch Processor before proceeding.
How to use Batch Processor:
- Create a Project Name
- Open the ROCK Robotic Batch Processor and give the dataset a name underneath "Project Name"
If you have multiple projects to pre-process, use the "add project" button. The Batch Processor can process multiple projects quickly and easily!
2. Select the project folder in "Project Directory"
- Click on "Project Directory" and select the file folder which came from the USB. Once selected, click "Select Folder".
3. Configure the data
- Click on "Needs Configuration" and verify the Project Directory and Project Files are autogenerated. Then, click the "Select" button from the Basefiles and choose the .22O (or similar) file in the "data" folder and select "Open".
4. Set the LiDAR FOV
- For the R2A, this should be 237-303
5. Set the Vehicle to IMU Rotation
- For the R2A (not using facade mount) this should be Yaw: 180
6. If needed, add the Lever Arm Offset from a previous PPK report into the "Vehicle to IMU Rotation"
- This step will reduce processing times if the values were not entered into the R2A prior to flying
- These values can be found in any previously processed flight within the PPK report in the INS folder. See "How To Increase Your Pre-Processing Software Speed" for instructions on finding and entering this values.
7. Click "Select paths in PCMaster GUI"
- The Batch Processor will unpack all of the data files from your project. Then PCMaster will automatically open once the unpacking is finished.
7. Start Selection in PCMaster
- Start the selection of the data by right clicking "Start selection here".
8. Finish Selection in PCMaster
- Finish the selection of the data by right clicking "Finish selection here".
9. Save Project in PCMaster
- Once your data is selected, save your project with the "Save Project" button. A warning will pop up asking if you want to return to the Batch Processor. Click on the "Exit PCMaster" button.
10. Click "Ok" in Batch Processor
- Once back in the Batch Processor, click "Ok".
11. Click "Select Output Directory"
- Once your project is configured, click "Select Output Directory".
12. Click "Select Folder"
- Then choose a folder for where your colorized .LAZ files will be exported to and click "Select Folder"
13. Click "Process"
- Once your folder is selected, click the "Process" button. Your files will now be converted and processed to produce a colorized .LAZ for the ROCK Cloud.
A 30 minute flight will result in approximately 30 minutes of processing with the Batch Processor to create the colorized .LAZ. If multiple projects are being processed at the same time, the Batch Processor will complete the projects in order of creation.
14. Click "OK" on "Batch processing complete!"
- Once done, a message will pop up confirming that Batch Processing is complete. Click "OK". Your colorized files will now appear in your output directory folder.
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