Cintoo Cloud™ Pushes the AEC and BIM Towards Laser Scanning 2.0

Cintoo Cloud pushes the AEC and BIM sector towards laser scanning 2.0 with cloud-compatible Reality Capture data Cintoo Cloud™

US-French technology pioneer Cintoo has created a revolutionary new technology designed to handle the gigantic point clouds generated from terrestrial laser scans. Developed with a focus on BIM (Building Information Modeling) workflows in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industries, Cintoo Cloud™ embeds a unique point cloud-to-surface and surface-to-point cloud technology (patent pending) enabling users to access high precision terrestrial laser scans on demand via the cloud. Cintoo Cloud™ enables even the highest resolution data with over a billion points from large projects (thousands of scans) to be streamed in 3D as a mesh from any desktop or laptop device by anybody, at anytime, anywhere, using a standard web browser, with no compromise on accuracy. 

Cintoo takes Reality Capture data to the next level by making it cloud-compatible. By doing so, this makes it collaborative, distributable and shareable.  Users can convert point cloud data to 3D surfaces within Cintoo Cloud™ then reconvert it when required. The solution offers powerful visualization features, with display modes in RGB, x-ray, height or 3D Surface, that reveal a granular level of scan detail not previously possible in 3D laser scanning. Cintoo Cloud™ enables both Scan-to-BIM and Scan-vs-BIM workflows, allowing laser scanning to be fully integrated in collaborative BIM processes. From a workflow perspective, the user can organize a project into work-logic areas called Work Zones (such as rooms, floors, etc.) assigning specific scans to each zone and then exporting only the necessary data for a Scan-to-BIM job. Crops of project sections and elevations can also be easily exported, while new measurements can be performed, and annotations created to inform other project users.

Cintoo Cloud™ is fully compatible with the Autodesk portfolio thanks to the integration of the ReCap SDK.  Cintoo Cloud™ can read RCP files (Autodesk ReCap format for registered laser scan projects) and can generate RCS files (unified point clouds format for the Autodesk portfolio) of cropped sections or elevations, scans, Work Zones or the entire project. Cintoo Cloud™ is also connected to BIM 360 Docs via the Autodesk Forge platform, so that users can overlay a 3D BIM model over Reality Data in Cintoo Cloud™’s viewer to check for differences. Import and export of point clouds are also available using the e57 exchange format.

Cintoo Cloud™ can be deployed in the cloud on either Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, and customers have the option to select the specific region where the project data will be hosted. A private cloud deployment is also possible. 

Dominique Pouliquen, co-founder and CEO of Cintoo US Inc. in San Francisco, CA comments: “The data generated by terrestrial laser scanners is so massive that the whole industry is stuck with very desktop-centric workflows. And it’s getting worse. Modern scanners are producing higher quality data all the time, so the size of point clouds is just getting exponentially larger with every new scanner model being released in the market. This is the problem being solved with Cintoo Cloud™: we are removing the bottleneck of data size that has limited the adoption of laser scanning for many years.” 

BBA, Canada is one of Cintoo’s North American users. Mario Laflamme, Development Manager, CAD and 3D Scan Technologies explains how Cintoo Cloud™ is changing the way he and his teams work:

“Cintoo Cloud™ is a game changer for BBA. It allows our clients and our own teams to collaborate directly on a Reality Capture project regardless of their physical location. BBA has a dozen offices across Canada, so being able to work on the same laser scan data via the cloud saves us an enormous amount of time and resources.” 

Pouliquen continues: “The laser scan data is one of the last data types that is not yet cloud compatible and with Cintoo Cloud™ this huge barrier to adoption is now removed. With Cintoo Cloud™, we can finally make laser scanning truly cloud-compatible, and by doing so, it becomes collaborative, shareable, distributable and a seamless part of BIM processes.” 

Leonardo Hidd Fonteles, PhD, co-founder and CTO of Cintoo SAS, based in France comments: “Cintoo Cloud 1.0 is just our first step. Once the Reality Data is in the cloud, there are various analytics and measurements that can be performed. Our goal is to enrich the platform in the months to come with the web services that will help our users extract meaningful value from their laser scans: floor flatness, ADA compliance, beam deflection, cloud to cloud or cloud to BIM diff analysis, for example. Machine learning running in the cloud will also help to automatically classify the 3D data and allow our users to make the most sense of their assets. Since our Reality Data is mesh-based, we are also direct-VR and simulation ready. In the near future, we expect that remodeling from the point cloud will be less necessary since Cintoo Reality Data is already a 3D model.” 

Cintoo Cloud 1.0 will be demonstrated by the Cintoo team at Autodesk University, November 13 to 15 2018 on booth A520. A free 30-day trial is available on Cintoo’s web site: 

For more information, about Cintoo Cloud™, please contact the Cintoo sales team on 

About Cintoo: 

Cintoo develops technologies and solutions to manage and enhance the value of 3D real world digitization (known as Reality Data) in the cloud, specifically for the AEC and Infrastructure industries. Founded in 2013, Cintoo was created by 3 research scientists from the I3S Lab (a joint venture research laboratory between the University of Sophia-Antipolis and CNRS, in the South of France). The team was joined later by experienced business professionals in USA and France. Cintoo’s vision is to become a world leader in cloud-based solutions to empower Reality Data On-Demand. Cintoo’s driving objective is to make Reality Capture data ubiquitous, accessible, collaborative and efficient via the cloud. This will enable the construction industry to become more efficient and productive by collaboratively using data from Reality Capture devices as part of the BIM process. 


M. Dominique Pouliquen
Co-founder and CEO of Cintoo US Inc.
Tel: +1 415 519 8690

Cintoo US Inc.
490 Post Street, Suite 640
San Francisco
CA, 94102


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