#003- RTC360 feature you probably didn’t know about

Lukasz Wiszniewski
3 min readJun 1, 2021

It can help you in the filedwork and save time in post-processing

Fot. Leica RTC360 - fieldwork

Have you occurred a situation in your career when you packed your entire laser scanning equipment, drove to the project’s spot, and realized you forgot the iPad? Of course, you don’t need the iPad to scan with the RTC360 but it is much simpler and all point clouds can be pre-aligned.

Fot. Picture from makeameme.org

I had this kind of situation several times and I will tell you how did I approach it in a way to have the best possible results and to not extra overload the office part of the project.

Fot. from steamcommunity.com

One of the options is to drive back to the office to pick up the iPad with installed Cyclone Field360 but in many cases it is time-consuming.

Fot. Handmade sketch of the area. — twinkl.com

The second option to solve this issue is a bit old fashion way. I mean hear the field sketch where you draw the work area with details like buildings, entrances, roads, trees, etc. It would be useful to have a printed-out piece of a map or technical drawing of the building (for indoor scanning). You can there mark the scan stations with name labels and spots where are placed targets. Believe me, this type of drawing even though would be not beautiful gives a high value in the post-processing of the data. It will be helpful in case someone else does the post-processing or even though you do it because usually, you forget some information as the number of information increases.

RTC360’s feature you probably didn’t know exists

It is time to tell about this feature mentioned in the title. It will be something new for those who always use Cyclone Field 360 or those who are didn’t read instructions. I am the second type of person and I found this feature accidentally. This feature is the list of previous scans in the current RTC’s project. To see that list you have to swipe up on the main screen — this where you have a huge red button to begin scanning.

In my opinion, it is very useful to control the scan station’s name with the labels you wrote on the sketch.

Fot. The list of scans in the current project stored on RTC360. — YT Leica Geosystems AG

In the case that you use the RTC360, not RTC360 LT, data most likely will be connected cloud to cloud like you would do in Cyclone Field 360. Just remember to have a good overlap between neighbor scans and some common features so VIS technology can do the rest.



Lukasz Wiszniewski

I am a geomatician and software developer with over decade experience in reality capturing and BIM. More info read on 3d-points.com