CloudWorx PDS®

CloudWorx PDS® is the most efficient and popular plug-in software for using as-built point cloud data – captured by laser scanners – directly within PDS.

benzene reduction plant,  laser-scanned

Intergraph® PDS® is a comprehensive, intelligent computer-aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE) application for plant design, construction, and operations. Production-driven, it helps EPCs and owner operators deliver the best design possible – and do it more efficiently to reduce the total installed cost of the project.

The CloudWorx add-on uses the Leica Geosystems HDS Cyclone™ software platform to provide access to point cloud data inside PDS. This powerful combination enables you to perform a plant walkdown without leaving the comfort and safety of your office!

CloudWorx PDS® is the most efficient and popular plug-in software for using as-built point cloud data – captured by laser scanners – directly within PDS.

Why CloudWorx PDS®?

Improve productivity

Fast manipulation of point clouds in PDS

Accurate building documentation

Tracing and auto-fitting of pipes, surfaces, 2D lines, polylines, and arcs

As-built piping models

Definition of accurate tie-ins

Detailed information

Point cloud clash-checking against 3D CAD

Enjoy these great features

Large point cloud management

3D limit boxes, slices, interactive visualization of massive data sets
Cyclone object database technology for fast, efficient point cloud management


Level of Detail (LOD) graphics for real-time manipulation of high-density data sets
“Single-pick” point cloud density control


3D point coordinate, point-to-point, point-to-design entity


Intensity mapping and photo-quality true color
TruSpace panoramic viewer
Select view point from key plan
Drive CAD viewpoint from TruSpace
Quick limit box in CAD from single pick in TruSpace
Send point picks from TruSpace to CAD commands
Include background image
Limit boxes, slices, cut planes


Pipe modeling
Least-squares fitting
Fit points inside fence
Grow from pick
Grow a piping run from picks
Connection of piping run
Planar surface (patch) modeling
Best-fit 2D lines, polylines, arcs
Flange tie-point location tool

Interference checking

Check designs for potential interferences with point clouds
Advanced clash management database system

Additional Information

Point cloud display control

To focus on particular areas of interest, easy-to-use tools define specific areas of 3D point clouds to display. For improved visualization, segments of point clouds can be selectively hidden using fences and user-defined cutplanes, slices, or 3D limit boxes.

Accurate building documentation

Slices through point cloud data facilitate the creation of planimetric and elevation drawings. 2D lines, polylines, and arcs can be best-fit to provide accurate results. Cross sections of point clouds can also be plotted directly, introducing an entirely new, accurate deliverable and reducing project cycle time.

As-built piping models

Pipe fitting tools enable users to quickly create accurate, intelligent, as-built piping models, best-fit to the point clouds, in conjunction with tools in PDS. Tie-in locations for proposed retrofit designs are also easily identified. Planar surfaces can also be modeled from point clouds using CloudWorx fitting and region growing tools.

Detailed information for retrofit projects

Engineers can use CloudWorx in retrofit design projects to check for potential interferences with point clouds that represent actual as-built or as-is conditions. The unparalleled detail provided by point clouds enables engineers to create 2D or 3D designs based on accurate, comprehensive information, providing time- and cost-savings throughout a project’s various construction phases.

Civil engineering applications

CloudWorx also integrates with other MicroStation applications like Bentley’s InRoads and GEOPAK to deliver solutions for civil engineering projects such as transportation infrastructure, land development, bridge models, and more. Users can extract 3D coordinates to represent site features that are easily identifiable in detailed point clouds. Original ground points can be extracted for topographic modeling.